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Pain relieved by pressure and cold 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 pain relieved by pressure and cold 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 pain relieved by pressure and cold is often associated with night sweats, insomnia and dizziness in the pattern “Yin Deficiency”.

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

We’ve also selected below the three medicinal herbs that we think are most likely to help treat pain relieved by pressure and cold.

Yin Deficiency, a "pattern of disharmony" that can cause pain relieved by pressure and cold

In Chinese Medicine pain relieved by pressure and cold is a symptom for the pattern "Yin Deficiency". Below is a small explanation for it with links for more details.

Prepared Rehmannia (Shu Di huang) is the king ingredient for Liu Wei Di Huang Wan, a formula used for Yin Deficiency

Yin Deficiency

Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu), Empty (Xu)

Tongue coating: Thin white coating

Tongue color: Red

In the case of Yin Deficiency, the body is short in the cooling, moistening and nurturing aspects. This leads to Heat and Dryness accompanied by weakness and lack of strength and resistance. Yin becomes Deficient by over-working, lack of sleep, over-exercising, overindulgence in sex, long-term chronic diseases, internal injury due to the seven emotions, and the over-eating of dry and hot-natured foods.

In addition to pain relieved by pressure and cold, other symptoms associated with Yin Deficiency include night sweats, insomnia and dizziness.

Yin Deficiency is often treated with Liu Wei Di Huang Wan, a herbal formula made of 6 herbs (including Prepared Rehmannia - Shu Di huang - as a key herb). Liu Wei Di Huang Wan belongs to the category of "formulas that nourish yin and tonify", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Nutritive tonic for the Liver and Kidney Yin Essence (nourishes the parasympathetic nervous system)".

Read more about Yin Deficiency here

Two herbal formulas that might help with pain relieved by pressure and cold

Liu Wei Di Huang Wan

Source date: 1119 AD

Number of ingredients: 6 herbs

Key actions: Nutritive tonic for the Liver and Kidney Yin Essence (nourishes the parasympathetic nervous system).

Why might Liu Wei Di Huang Wan help with pain relieved by pressure and cold?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Yin Deficiency' of which pain relieved by pressure and cold is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Yin Deficiency include night sweats, insomnia and dizziness.

Read more about Liu Wei Di Huang Wan here

Zuo Gui Wan

Source date: 1624 AD

Number of ingredients: 8 herbs

Key actions: Nourishes the Yin. Strengthens the Kidneys. Fills the Essence. Augments the marrow.

Why might Zuo Gui Wan help with pain relieved by pressure and cold?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Yin Deficiency' of which pain relieved by pressure and cold is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Yin Deficiency include night sweats, insomnia and dizziness.

Read more about Zuo Gui Wan here

The three Chinese Medicinal herbs most likely to help treat pain relieved by pressure and cold

Why might Cornelian Cherry (Shan Zhu Yu) help with pain relieved by pressure and cold?

Because Cornelian Cherry is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat pain relieved by pressure and cold as a symptom, like Liu Wei Di Huang Wan or Zuo Gui Wan for instance.

Cornelian Cherries is a Warm herb that tastes Sour. It targets the Kidney and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Preserves and tonifies the Kidney, Liver and Essence. Stops sweating and benefits the Yang and Qi. Assists menstruation and stops bleeding.

Read more about Cornelian Cherries here

Why might Yam (Shan Yao) help with pain relieved by pressure and cold?

Because Yam is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat pain relieved by pressure and cold as a symptom, like Liu Wei Di Huang Wan or Zuo Gui Wan for instance.

Yam is a Neutral herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Spleen, the Kidney and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Tonifies the Spleen and Stomach. Tonifies the Lung Qi and nourishes the Lung Yin. Nourishes the Kidneys and consolidates Jing.

Read more about Yam here

Why might Prepared Rehmannia (Shu Di Huang) help with pain relieved by pressure and cold?

Because Prepared Rehmannia is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat pain relieved by pressure and cold as a symptom, like Liu Wei Di Huang Wan or Zuo Gui Wan for instance.

Prepared Rehmannia is a Warm herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Kidney and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Tonifies the Blood. Tonifies the Yin of the Kidneys.

Read more about Prepared Rehmannia here

Other symptoms often associated with pain relieved by pressure and cold

Night sweats Insomnia Dizziness Poor memory Irritability Headaches Dry cough Flushed nose Malar flush Restlessness