Lying with body curled according to Chinese Medicine

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Lying with body curled 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 lying with body curled 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 lying with body curled is often associated with feeling of cold, diarrhea and chills in the pattern “Lesser Yin Cold Transformation”.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of lying with body curled we’ve identified that a herbal formula called Si Ni Tang can help treat the patterns behind the symptom.

Lesser Yin Cold Transformation, a "pattern of disharmony" that can cause lying with body curled

In Chinese Medicine lying with body curled is a symptom for the pattern "Lesser Yin Cold Transformation". Below is a small explanation for it with links for more details.

Prepared Aconite (Zhi Fu Zi) is the king ingredient for Si Ni Tang, a formula used for Lesser Yin Cold Transformation

Lesser Yin Cold Transformation

Pulse type(s): Deep (Chen), Slow (Chi), Weak (Ruo)

In addition to lying with body curled, other symptoms associated with Lesser Yin Cold Transformation include feeling of cold, diarrhea and chills.

Lesser Yin Cold Transformation is often treated with Si Ni Tang, a herbal formula made of 3 herbs (including Prepared Aconite - Zhi Fu Zi - as a key herb). Si Ni Tang belongs to the category of "formulas that rescue devastated yang", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Rescues devastated Yang".

Read more about Lesser Yin Cold Transformation here

A herbal formula that might help with lying with body curled

Si Ni Tang

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 3 herbs

Key actions: Rescues devastated Yang. Warms the Middle Burner. Stops diarrhea.

Why might Si Ni Tang help with lying with body curled?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Lesser Yin Cold Transformation' of which lying with body curled is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Lesser Yin Cold Transformation include feeling of cold, diarrhea and chills.

Read more about Si Ni Tang here

Prepared aconite might help with lying with body curled

Why might Prepared Aconite (Zhi Fu Zi) help with lying with body curled?

Because it is a key herb in Si Ni Tang, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Lesser Yin Cold Transformation' (a pattern with lying with body curled as a symptom)

Prepared Aconite is a Hot herb that tastes Pungent and Sweet. It targets the Spleen, the Heart and the Kidney.

Its main actions are: Raises the collapse of Yang. Warms the meridians and relieves pain caused by Cold. Reduces Damp caused by Deficiency in Yang.

Read more about Prepared Aconite here

Other symptoms often associated with lying with body curled

Feeling of cold Diarrhea Chills Listlessness Cold limbs