Lightheadedness according to Chinese Medicine

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Lightheadedness 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 lightheadedness 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 lightheadedness is often associated with vertigo, tinnitus and diminished hearing in the pattern “Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency”.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of lightheadedness we’ve identified that a herbal formula called Liu Wei Di Huang Wan can help treat the patterns behind the symptom.

Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency, a "pattern of disharmony" that can cause lightheadedness

In Chinese Medicine lightheadedness is a symptom for the pattern "Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency". Below is a small explanation for it with links for more details.

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

Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency

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

Tongue coating: Partial absence of coating

Tongue color: Red

In addition to lightheadedness, other symptoms associated with Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency include vertigo, tinnitus and diminished hearing.

From a Western Medicine standpoint Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency is associated with health issues such as Absence Of Menstruation, Menopausal Syndrome or Vaginal Itching.

Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency is often treated with Liu Wei Di Huang Wan, a herbal formula made of 6 herbs (including Prepared Rehmannia - Shu Di huang - as a key herb). Liu Wei Di Huang Wan belongs to the category of "formulas that nourish yin and tonify", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Nutritive tonic for the Liver and Kidney Yin Essence (nourishes the parasympathetic nervous system)".

Read more about Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency here

A herbal formula that might help with lightheadedness

Liu Wei Di Huang Wan

Source date: 1119 AD

Number of ingredients: 6 herbs

Key actions: Nutritive tonic for the Liver and Kidney Yin Essence (nourishes the parasympathetic nervous system).

Why might Liu Wei Di Huang Wan help with lightheadedness?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency' of which lightheadedness is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Kidney And Liver Yin Deficiency include vertigo, tinnitus and diminished hearing.

Read more about Liu Wei Di Huang Wan here

Prepared rehmannia might help with lightheadedness

Why might Prepared Rehmannia (Shu Di Huang) help with lightheadedness?

Because it is a key herb in Liu Wei Di Huang Wan, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency' (a pattern with lightheadedness as a symptom)

Prepared Rehmannia is a Warm herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Kidney and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Tonifies the Blood. Tonifies the Yin of the Kidneys.

Read more about Prepared Rehmannia here

Other symptoms often associated with lightheadedness

Vertigo Tinnitus Diminished hearing Night sweats