Night fever according to Chinese Medicine

Night fever 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 night fever 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 night fever is often associated with emaciation and irritability in the pattern “Empty-Heat caused by Yin Deficiency”. As you will see below, we have in record two patterns that can cause night fever.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of night fever 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 night fever.

The two "patterns of disharmony" that can cause night fever

In Chinese Medicine night fever 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.

Empty-Heat caused by Yin Deficiency

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

Tongue coating: Complete absence of coating

Tongue color: Red

When Yin Deficiency lasts for a long it may lead to Interior Heat

In addition to night fever, other symptoms associated with Empty-Heat caused by Yin Deficiency include emaciation and irritability.

From a Western Medicine standpoint Empty-Heat caused by Yin Deficiency is associated with health issues such as Lupus.

Empty-Heat caused by Yin Deficiency is often treated with Qing Hao Bie Jia Tang, a herbal formula made of 5 herbs (including Softshell Turtle Shells - Bie Jia - as a key herb). Qing Hao Bie Jia Tang belongs to the category of "formulas that clear heat from deficiency", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Nourishes the Yin and clears Heat".

Read more about Empty-Heat caused by Yin Deficiency here

The Triple Burner is a so-called "Fu" Organ. Learn more about the Triple Burner in Chinese Medicine

Heat and Blood Stagnation in the Lower Burner

Pulse type(s): Choppy (Se), Full (Shi)

In addition to night fever, other symptoms associated with Heat and Blood Stagnation in the Lower Burner include lower abdominal pain, delirious speech and irritability.

Heat and Blood Stagnation in the Lower Burner is often treated with Tao He Cheng Qi Tang, a herbal formula made of 5 herbs (including Peach Kernels - Tao Ren - as a key herb). Tao He Cheng Qi Tang belongs to the category of "formulas that invigorate blood and dispel blood stagnation", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Dispels Heat and".

Read more about Heat and Blood Stagnation in the Lower Burner here

Two herbal formulas that might help with night fever

Qing Hao Bie Jia Tang

Source date: 1798 AD

Number of ingredients: 5 herbs

Key actions: Nourishes the Yin and clears Heat.

Why might Qing Hao Bie Jia Tang help with night fever?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Empty-Heat caused by Yin Deficiency' of which night fever is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Empty-Heat Caused By Yin Deficiency include emaciation and irritability.

Read more about Qing Hao Bie Jia Tang here

Tao He Cheng Qi Tang

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 5 herbs

Key actions: Dispels Heat and. Eliminates Blood Stagnation.

Why might Tao He Cheng Qi Tang help with night fever?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Heat and Blood Stagnation in the Lower Burner' of which night fever is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Heat And Blood Stagnation In The Lower Burner include lower abdominal pain, delirious speech and irritability.

Read more about Tao He Cheng Qi Tang here

The four Chinese Medicinal herbs most likely to help treat night fever

Why might Softshell Turtle Shell (Bie Jia) help with night fever?

Because it is a key herb in Qing Hao Bie Jia Tang, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Empty-Heat caused by Yin Deficiency' (a pattern with night fever as a symptom)

Softshell Turtle Shells is a Neutral herb that tastes Salty. It targets the Kidney and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Nourishes Yin and subdues exuberant Yang. Resolves hardness.

Read more about Softshell Turtle Shells here

Why might Rhubarb (Da Huang) help with night fever?

Because it is a key herb in Tao He Cheng Qi Tang, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Heat and Blood Stagnation in the Lower Burner' (a pattern with night fever as a symptom)

Rhubarb is a Cold herb that tastes Bitter. It targets the Spleen, the Stomach, the Large intestine, the Liver and the Pericardium.

Its main actions are: Drains Excess Heat and eliminates Dampness, especially when in the Sunlight Yang stage. Cools the Blood and stops bleeding. Invigorates Blood, breaks up Stasis and relieves pain. Clears Heat and toxins from Excess. Applied topically for Hot sores and Blood Stasis.

Read more about Rhubarb here

Why might Sweet Wormwood Herb (Qing Hao) help with night fever?

Because it is a key herb in Qing Hao Bie Jia Tang, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Empty-Heat caused by Yin Deficiency' (a pattern with night fever as a symptom)

Sweet Wormwood Herbs is a Cold herb that tastes Bitter. It targets the Gallbladder, the Kidney and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Treats malaria. Treats summer Heat and clears symptoms of deficient Heat. Clears Blood Heat and stops bleeding.

Read more about Sweet Wormwood Herbs here

Why might Peach Kernel (Tao Ren) help with night fever?

Because it is a key herb in Tao He Cheng Qi Tang, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Heat and Blood Stagnation in the Lower Burner' (a pattern with night fever as a symptom)

Peach Kernels is a Neutral herb that tastes Bitter and Sweet. It targets the Heart, the Large intestine and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Moves Blood and breaks up Stasis. Moistens the Intestines. Relieves coughing.

Read more about Peach Kernels here

Other symptoms often associated with night fever

Emaciation Lower abdominal pain Delirious speech Irritability Amenorrhea Dysmenorrhea