Manic behavior according to Chinese Medicine

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Manic behavior 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 manic behavior 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 manic behavior is often associated with high fever, vomiting of blood and epistaxis in the pattern “Heat victorious agitating Blood”.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of manic behavior we’ve identified that a herbal formula called Xi Jiao Di Huang Tang can help treat the patterns behind the symptom.

Heat victorious agitating Blood, a "pattern of disharmony" that can cause manic behavior

In Chinese Medicine manic behavior is a symptom for the pattern "Heat victorious agitating Blood". Below is a small explanation for it with links for more details.

Heat victorious agitating Blood

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

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

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".

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A herbal formula that might help with manic behavior

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 manic behavior?

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

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

Read more about Xi Jiao Di Huang Tang here

Water buffalo horn might help with manic behavior

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

Because it is a key herb in Xi Jiao Di Huang Tang, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Heat victorious agitating Blood' (a pattern with manic behavior as a symptom)

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

Other symptoms often associated with manic behavior

High fever Vomiting of blood Epistaxis Bloody stools Blood in urine