Night fever according to Chinese Medicine

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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 delirium, incoherent speech and aphasia in the pattern “/tcm-education-center/patterns/heat-in-nutritive-qi-level”. 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 five 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.

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

/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

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 night fever, other symptoms associated with /tcm-education-center/patterns/heat-in-pericardium include delirium, incoherent speech and aphasia.

/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

Two herbal formulas that might help with night fever

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 night fever?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern '/tcm-education-center/patterns/heat-in-nutritive-qi-level' of which fever at night is a symptom.

Read more about Qing Ying 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 night fever?

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

Read more about Zhi Bao Dan here

Acupuncture points used for night fever

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

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

Because Water Buffalo Horn is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat night fever 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 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 '' (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 Bright Yang stage according to the Six Stages Theory. 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 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 '' (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 Musk (She Xiang) help with night fever?

Because it is a key herb in Zhi Bao Dan, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Heat in Pericardium' (a pattern with night fever 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

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 '' (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