Leukorrhea according to Chinese Medicine

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Leukorrhea 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 leukorrhea 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 leukorrhea is often associated with dizziness, irregular menstruation and poor appetite in the pattern “Blood Deficiency with disharmony of Liver and Spleen”.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of leukorrhea we’ve identified that a herbal formula called Xiao Yao San can help treat the patterns behind the symptom.

Blood Deficiency with disharmony of Liver and Spleen, a "pattern of disharmony" that can cause leukorrhea

In Chinese Medicine leukorrhea is a symptom for the pattern "Blood Deficiency with disharmony of Liver and Spleen". Below is a small explanation for it with links for more details.

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

Blood Deficiency with disharmony of Liver and Spleen

Pulse type(s): Empty (Xu), Wiry (Xian)

Tongue color: Pale

In addition to leukorrhea, other symptoms associated with Blood Deficiency with disharmony of Liver and Spleen include dizziness, irregular menstruation and poor appetite.

Blood Deficiency with disharmony of Liver and Spleen is often treated with Xiao Yao San, a herbal formula made of 6 herbs (including Bupleurum Roots - Chai Hu - as a key herb). Xiao Yao San belongs to the category of "formulas that harmonize liver-spleen", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Harmonizes the function of Liver and Spleen".

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A herbal formula that might help with leukorrhea

Xiao Yao San

Source date: 1107 AD

Number of ingredients: 6 herbs

Key actions: Harmonizes the function of Liver and Spleen. Relieves Liver Qi stagnation. Nourishes the Blood.

Why might Xiao Yao San help with leukorrhea?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Blood Deficiency with disharmony of Liver and Spleen' of which leukorrhea is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Blood Deficiency With Disharmony Of Liver And Spleen include dizziness, irregular menstruation and poor appetite.

Read more about Xiao Yao San here

The five Chinese Medicinal herbs most likely to help treat leukorrhea

Why might Bupleurum Root (Chai Hu) help with leukorrhea?

Because it is a key herb in Xiao Yao San, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Blood Deficiency with disharmony of Liver and Spleen' (a pattern with leukorrhea as a symptom)

Bupleurum Roots is a Cool herb that tastes Bitter. It targets the Gallbladder and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Harmonizes exterior and interior. Smoothes the Liver and upraises the Yang.

Read more about Bupleurum Roots here

Why might Smilax Glabra Root (Tu Fu Ling) help with leukorrhea?

Because it is a herb specifically indicated to treat leukorrhea as can be seen on Smilax Glabra Root's page.

Smilax Glabra Roots is a Neutral herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Stomach and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Expels Damp-Heat especially from the skin. Clears Heat and dispels Dampness. Dispels toxicity such as Syphilis.

Read more about Smilax Glabra Roots here

Why might Rhodiola Root (Hong Jing Tian) help with leukorrhea?

Because it is a herb specifically indicated to treat leukorrhea as can be seen on Rhodiola Root's page.

Rhodiola Roots is a Cold herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Liver.

Its main actions are: Supplies Qi and activates blood circulation. Clears meridians and eases wheezing. Stop bleeding and relieves leukorrhea,

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Why might Chinese Gentian (Long Dan Cao) help with leukorrhea?

Because it is a herb specifically indicated to treat leukorrhea as can be seen on Chinese Gentian's page.

Chinese Gentian is a Cold herb that tastes Bitter. It targets the Gallbladder, the Heart, the Large intestine, the Liver and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Expels Damp-Heat especially in the Liver and Gallbladder Meridians. Clears Liver-Fire. Clears Liver-Wind.

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Why might Angelica Root (Bai Zhi) help with leukorrhea?

Because it is a herb specifically indicated to treat leukorrhea as can be seen on Angelica Root's page.

Angelica Roots is a Warm herb that tastes Pungent. It targets the Spleen, the Stomach and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Relieves the Exterior and disperses Wind. Disperses Wind and Cold from the Yang Brightness channels. Relieves Wind-Damp Cold painful obstruction. Dries Dampness and pus and reduces swelling. Opens the nasal passages.

Read more about Angelica Roots here