Loss of taste according to Chinese Medicine

Loss of taste 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 loss of taste 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 loss of taste is often associated with poor appetite, epigastrium discomfort and weak limbs in the pattern “/tcm-education-center/patterns/stomach-and-spleen-qi-deficiency”.

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

We’ve also selected below the four medicinal herbs that we think are most likely to help treat loss of taste.

Stomach and Spleen Qi Deficiency, a "pattern of disharmony" that can cause loss of taste

In Chinese Medicine loss of taste is a symptom for the pattern "Stomach and Spleen Qi Deficiency". 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

Stomach and Spleen Qi Deficiency

Pulse type(s): Empty (Xu)

In addition to loss of taste, other symptoms associated with /tcm-education-center/patterns/stomach-and-spleen-qi-deficiency include poor appetite, epigastrium discomfort and weak limbs.

/tcm-education-center/patterns/stomach-and-spleen-qi-deficiency is often treated with Si Jun Zi Tang, a herbal formula made of 4 herbs (including Ginseng - Ren Shen - as a key herb). Si Jun Zi Tang belongs to the category of "formulas that tonify qi", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Tonifies Qi".

Read more about Stomach and Spleen Qi Deficiency here

Two herbal formulas that might help with loss of taste

Si Jun Zi Tang

Source date: 1107 AD

Number of ingredients: 4 herbs

Key actions: Tonifies Qi. Strengthens the Spleen and Stomach.

Why might Si Jun Zi Tang help with loss of taste?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern '/tcm-education-center/patterns/stomach-and-spleen-qi-deficiency' of which lack of taste is a symptom.

Read more about Si Jun Zi Tang here

Shen Ling Bai Zhu San

Source date: 1107 AD

Number of ingredients: 10 herbs

Key actions: Augments the Qi. Strengthens the Spleen. Leaches out Dampness. Stops diarrhea.

Why might Shen Ling Bai Zhu San help with loss of taste?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern '/tcm-education-center/patterns/stomach-and-spleen-qi-deficiency' of which lack of taste is a symptom.

Read more about Shen Ling Bai Zhu San here

Acupuncture points used for loss of taste

The four Chinese Medicinal herbs most likely to help treat loss of taste

Why might Atractylodes Rhizome (Bai Zhu) help with loss of taste?

Because Atractylodes Rhizome is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat loss of taste as a symptom, like Si Jun Zi Tang or Shen Ling Bai Zhu San for instance.

Atractylodes Rhizomes is a Warm herb that tastes Bitter and Sweet. It targets the Spleen and the Stomach.

Its main actions are: Tonifies the Spleen Qi. Fortifies the Spleen Yang and dispels Damp through urination. Tonifies Qi and stops sweating. Calms restless fetus when due to Deficiency of Spleen Qi.

Read more about Atractylodes Rhizomes here

Why might Liquorice (Gan Cao) help with loss of taste?

Because Liquorice is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat loss of taste as a symptom, like Si Jun Zi Tang or Shen Ling Bai Zhu San for instance.

Liquorice is a Neutral herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Heart, the Lung, the Spleen and the Stomach.

Its main actions are: Tonifies the Basal Qi and nourishes the Spleen Qi. Clears Heat and dispels toxicity. Moistens the Lungsexpel phlegm and stop coughing. Relieves spasms and alleviates pain. Harmonizes and moderates the effects of other herbs.

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Why might Poria-Cocos Mushroom (Fu Ling) help with loss of taste?

Because Poria-Cocos Mushroom is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat loss of taste as a symptom, like Si Jun Zi Tang or Shen Ling Bai Zhu San 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.

Read more about Poria-Cocos Mushrooms here

Why might Ginseng (Ren Shen) help with loss of taste?

Because Ginseng is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat loss of taste as a symptom, like Si Jun Zi Tang or Shen Ling Bai Zhu San for instance.

Ginseng is a Warm herb that tastes Bitter and Sweet. It targets the Heart, the Lung and the Spleen.

Its main actions are: Very strongly tonifies the Qi. Tonifies the Lungs and Spleen. Assists the body in the secretion of Fluids and stops thirst. Strengthens the Heart and calms the Shen (mind/spirit).

Read more about Ginseng here