Macules according to Chinese Medicine

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 “/tcm-education-center/patterns/heat-in-nutritive-qi-level”. As you will see below, we have in record three 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 three herbal formulas that may help treat patterns behind the symptom.

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

The three "patterns of disharmony" that can cause macules

In Chinese Medicine macules is a symptom for 3 patterns that we have on record. Below is a small explanation for each of them with links for more details.

Water Buffalo Horns (Shui Niu Jiao) is the king ingredient for Qing Ying Tang, a formula used for /tcm-education-center/patterns/heat-in-nutritive-qi-level

Heat in Nutritive Qi level

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

In addition to macules, other symptoms associated with /tcm-education-center/patterns/heat-in-nutritive-qi-level include fever at night, delirium and incoherent speech.

/tcm-education-center/patterns/heat-in-nutritive-qi-level 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 Nutritive Qi level here

Water Buffalo Horns (Shui Niu Jiao) is the king ingredient for Xi Jiao Di Huang Tang, a formula used for /tcm-education-center/patterns/heat-victorious-agitating-blood

Heat victorious agitating Blood

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

In addition to macules, other symptoms associated with /tcm-education-center/patterns/heat-victorious-agitating-blood include high fever, manic behavior and vomiting of blood.

/tcm-education-center/patterns/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

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 /tcm-education-center/patterns/heat-in-pericardium include fever at night, delirium and incoherent speech.

/tcm-education-center/patterns/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

Three 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 '/tcm-education-center/patterns/heat-in-nutritive-qi-level' of which macules is a symptom.

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 '/tcm-education-center/patterns/heat-victorious-agitating-blood' of which dark macules is a symptom.

Read more about Xi Jiao Di Huang Tang here

Zhi Bao Dan

Source date: 1075

Number of ingredients: 9 herbs

Key actions: Clears Heat. Opens the sensory orifices. Resolves toxicity. Transforms Phlegm .

Why might Zhi Bao Dan help with macules?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern '/tcm-education-center/patterns/heat-in-pericardium' of which macules is a symptom.

Read more about Zhi Bao Dan here

Acupuncture points used for macules

The two Chinese Medicinal herbs most likely to help treat 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 Zhi Bao Dan 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

Why might Musk (She Xiang) help with macules?

Because it is a key herb in Zhi Bao Dan, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Heat in Pericardium' (a pattern with macules as a symptom)

Musk is a Warm herb that tastes Pungent. It targets the Spleen, the Heart and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Opens the Orifices and awakens the spirit. Moves Blood and reduces inflammation and pain. Moves downward, assisting the delivery of late or stillborn babies.

Read more about Musk here