Incoherent speech according to Chinese Medicine

Incoherent speech can be the consequence of several so-called “patterns of disharmony” in Chinese Medicine.

Chinese Medicine sees the body as a system, not a sum of isolated parts. A "pattern" is when the system's harmony is disrupted, leading to symptoms or signs that something is wrong (like incoherent speech here). It is similar to the concept of disease in Western Medicine but not quite: a Western disease can often be explained by several Chinese patterns and vice-versa.

A pattern often manifests itself in a combination of symptoms that, at first glance, do not seem necessarily related to each others. For instance here incoherent speech is often associated with aphasia, coma and mental confusion in the pattern “/tcm-education-center/patterns/phlegm-fire-harassing-the-pericardium”. As you will see below, we have in record three patterns that can cause incoherent speech.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of incoherent speech we’ve identified five herbal formulas that may help treat patterns behind the symptom.

We’ve also selected below the five medicinal herbs that we think are most likely to help treat incoherent speech.

The three "patterns of disharmony" that can cause incoherent speech

In Chinese Medicine incoherent speech is a symptom for 3 patterns that we have on record. Below is a small explanation for each of them with links for more details.

The Pericardium is a so-called "Zang" Organ. Learn more about the Pericardium in Chinese Medicine

Phlegm Fire harassing the Pericardium

Pulse type(s): Overflowing (Hong), Rapid (Shu), Slippery (Hua), Wiry (Xian), Full (Shi)

In addition to incoherent speech, other symptoms associated with /tcm-education-center/patterns/phlegm-fire-harassing-the-pericardium include aphasia, coma and mental confusion.

/tcm-education-center/patterns/phlegm-fire-harassing-the-pericardium is often treated with Wen Dan Tang, a herbal formula made of 8 herbs (including Crow-Dipper Rhizomes - Ban Xia - as a key herb). Wen Dan Tang belongs to the category of "formulas that dry dampness and transform phlegm", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Clears Phlegm".

Read more about Phlegm Fire harassing the Pericardium here

Water Buffalo Horns (Shui Niu Jiao) is the king ingredient for Qing Ying Tang, a formula used for /tcm-education-center/patterns/heat-in-nutritive-qi-level

Heat in Nutritive Qi level

Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu), Fine (Xi)

In addition to incoherent speech, other symptoms associated with /tcm-education-center/patterns/heat-in-nutritive-qi-level include aphasia, insomnia and fever at night.

/tcm-education-center/patterns/heat-in-nutritive-qi-level is often treated with Qing Ying Tang, a herbal formula made of 9 herbs (including Water Buffalo Horns - Shui Niu Jiao - as a key herb). Qing Ying Tang belongs to the category of "formulas that clear nutritive-level heat", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Clears the Nutritive level Heat".

Read more about Heat in Nutritive Qi level here

The Pericardium is a so-called "Zang" Organ. Learn more about the Pericardium in Chinese Medicine

Heat in Pericardium

Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu), Fine (Xi)

In addition to incoherent speech, other symptoms associated with /tcm-education-center/patterns/heat-in-pericardium include aphasia, coma and mental confusion.

/tcm-education-center/patterns/heat-in-pericardium is often treated with Qing Ying Tang, a herbal formula made of 9 herbs (including Water Buffalo Horns - Shui Niu Jiao - as a key herb). Qing Ying Tang belongs to the category of "formulas that clear nutritive-level heat", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Clears the Nutritive level Heat".

Read more about Heat in Pericardium here

Five herbal formulas that might help with incoherent speech

Wen Dan Tang

Source date: 1174 AD

Number of ingredients: 8 herbs

Key actions: Clears Phlegm. Clears Gallbladder. Regulates Qi. Harmonizes the Stomach.

Why might Wen Dan Tang help with incoherent speech?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern '/tcm-education-center/patterns/phlegm-fire-harassing-the-pericardium' of which incoherent speech is a symptom.

Read more about Wen Dan Tang here

Qing Ying Tang

Source date: 1798 AD

Number of ingredients: 9 herbs

Key actions: Clears the Nutritive level Heat. Relieves Fire Toxin. Removes Heat. Nourishes Yin.

Why might Qing Ying Tang help with incoherent speech?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern '/tcm-education-center/patterns/heat-in-nutritive-qi-level' of which incoherent speech is a symptom.

Read more about Qing Ying Tang here

Zhi Bao Dan

Source date: 1075

Number of ingredients: 9 herbs

Key actions: Clears Heat. Opens the sensory orifices. Resolves toxicity. Transforms Phlegm .

Why might Zhi Bao Dan help with incoherent speech?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern '/tcm-education-center/patterns/heat-in-pericardium' of which incoherent speech is a symptom.

Read more about Zhi Bao Dan here

Huang Lian Wen Dan Tang

Source date: 1852 AD

Number of ingredients: 7 herbs

Key actions: Clears Hot Phlegm. Clears Gallbladder Heat. Regulates Qi. Harmonizes the Stomach.

Why might Huang Lian Wen Dan Tang help with incoherent speech?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern '/tcm-education-center/patterns/phlegm-fire-harassing-the-pericardium' of which incoherent speech is a symptom.

Read more about Huang Lian Wen Dan Tang here

Hui Chun Dan

Source date: Late 18th century

Number of ingredients: 19 herbs

Key actions: Opens the sensory orifices. Arrests spasms and convulsions. Clears Heat and transforms Phlegm.

Why might Hui Chun Dan help with incoherent speech?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern '/tcm-education-center/patterns/phlegm-fire-harassing-the-pericardium' of which incoherent speech is a symptom.

Read more about Hui Chun Dan here

The five Chinese Medicinal herbs most likely to help treat incoherent speech

Why might Crow-Dipper Rhizome (Ban Xia) help with incoherent speech?

Because Crow-Dipper Rhizome is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat incoherent speech as a symptom, like Wen Dan Tang or Huang Lian Wen Dan Tang for instance.

Crow-Dipper Rhizomes is a Warm herb that tastes Pungent. It targets the Lung, the Spleen and the Stomach.

Its main actions are: Drains Dampness and reduces Phlegm. Reverses the flow of Rebellious Qi. Reduces hardenings and relieves distention.

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Why might Poria-Cocos Mushroom (Fu Ling) help with incoherent speech?

Because Poria-Cocos Mushroom is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat incoherent speech as a symptom, like Wen Dan Tang or Di Tan Tang for instance.

Poria-Cocos Mushrooms is a Neutral herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Heart, the Kidney, the Lung and the Spleen.

Its main actions are: Encourages urination and drains Dampness. Tonic to the Spleen/Stomach. Assists the Heart and calms the Spirit.

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Why might Tangerine Peel (Chen Pi) help with incoherent speech?

Because Tangerine Peel is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat incoherent speech as a symptom, like Wen Dan Tang or Huang Lian Wen Dan Tang for instance.

Tangerine Peel is a Warm herb that tastes Bitter and Pungent. It targets the Lung and the Spleen.

Its main actions are: Warms the Spleen and regulates the Middle Burner Qi. Dries Dampness and disperses Phlegm from the Lungs and Middle Burner. Reduces the potential for Stagnation caused by tonifying herbs.

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Why might Cinnabar (Zhu Sha) help with incoherent speech?

Because Cinnabar is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat incoherent speech as a symptom, like Sheng Tie Luo Yin or Zhi Bao Dan for instance.

Cinnabar is a Cool herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Heart.

Its main actions are: Calms the spirit and Heart. Stops convulsions. Clears Heat and toxins.

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Why might Bamboo Shaving (Zhu Ru) help with incoherent speech?

Because Bamboo Shaving is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat incoherent speech as a symptom, like Wen Dan Tang or Huang Lian Wen Dan Tang for instance.

Bamboo Shavings is a Cool herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Gallbladder, the Stomach and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Clears Phlegm-Heat in the Lungs. Clears Heat in the Stomach and stops vomiting. Cools the Blood and stops bleeding.

Read more about Bamboo Shavings here