Macules according to Chinese Medicine

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Macules 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 macules 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 macules is often associated with fever at night, delirium and incoherent speech in the pattern “Heat in Pericardium”. As you will see below, we have in record two patterns that can cause macules.

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

We’ve also selected below the one medicinal herbs that we think are most likely to help treat macules.

The two "patterns of disharmony" that can cause macules

In Chinese Medicine macules is a symptom for 2 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

Heat in Pericardium

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

In addition to macules, other symptoms associated with Heat in Pericardium include fever at night, delirium and incoherent speech.

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

Heat victorious agitating Blood

Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu), Wiry (Xian)

In addition to macules, other symptoms associated with Heat victorious agitating Blood include high fever, manic behavior and vomiting of blood.

Heat victorious agitating Blood is often treated with Xi Jiao Di Huang Tang, a herbal formula made of 4 herbs (including Water Buffalo Horns - Shui Niu Jiao - as a key herb). Xi Jiao Di Huang 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: "Treats severe fevers and Heat in the Blood system".

Read more about Heat victorious agitating Blood here

Two herbal formulas that might help with macules

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 macules?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Heat in Pericardium' of which macules is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Heat In Pericardium include fever at night, delirium and incoherent speech.

Read more about Qing Ying Tang here

Xi Jiao Di Huang Tang

Source date: 650 AD

Number of ingredients: 4 herbs

Key actions: Treats severe fevers and Heat in the Blood system. Removes Blood Stagnation.

Why might Xi Jiao Di Huang Tang help with macules?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Heat victorious agitating Blood' of which macules is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Heat Victorious Agitating Blood include high fever, manic behavior and vomiting of blood.

Read more about Xi Jiao Di Huang Tang here

Acupuncture points used for macules

Water buffalo horn might help with macules

Why might Water Buffalo Horn (Shui Niu Jiao) help with macules?

Because Water Buffalo Horn is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat macules as a symptom, like Qing Ying Tang or Xi Jiao Di Huang Tang for instance.

Water Buffalo Horns is a Cold herb that tastes Bitter and Salty. It targets the Stomach, the Heart and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Cools the Blood, drains Fire and stops reckless movement of Blood. Clears Heat and Fire and stops tremors and convulsions. Cools Fire and expels toxins.

Read more about Water Buffalo Horns here