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Preference for warm drinks and foods 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 preference for warm drinks and foods 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 preference for warm drinks and foods is often associated with cold limbs, poor appetite and pale complexion in the pattern “Stomach Deficient and Cold”. As you will see below, we have in record two patterns that can cause preference for warm drinks and foods.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of preference for warm drinks and foods we’ve identified three 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 preference for warm drinks and foods.

The two "patterns of disharmony" that can cause preference for warm drinks and foods

In Chinese Medicine preference for warm drinks and foods 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.

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

Stomach Deficient and Cold

Pulse type(s): Deep (Chen), Slow (Chi), Weak (Ruo)

In addition to preference for warm drinks and foods, other symptoms associated with Stomach Deficient and Cold include cold limbs, poor appetite and pale complexion.

Stomach Deficient and Cold is often treated with Xiao Jian Zhong Tang, a herbal formula made of 6 herbs (including Maltose - Yi Tang - as a key herb). Xiao Jian Zhong Tang belongs to the category of "formulas that warm the middle and dispel cold", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Warms and tonifies the Middle Burner (Spleen and Stomach)".

Read more about Stomach Deficient and Cold here

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

Large Intestine collapse

Pulse type(s): Deep (Chen), Weak (Ruo), Fine (Xi)

In addition to preference for warm drinks and foods, other symptoms associated with Large Intestine collapse include cold limbs, poor appetite and anus prolapse.

Large Intestine collapse is often treated with Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang, a herbal formula made of 10 herbs (including Milkvetch Roots - Huang Qi - as a key herb). Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang belongs to the category of "formulas that tonify qi", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Tonifies Qi of the Spleen and Stomach (Middle Burner)".

Read more about Large Intestine collapse here

Three herbal formulas that might help with preference for warm drinks and foods

Xiao Jian Zhong Tang

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 6 herbs

Key actions: Warms and tonifies the Middle Burner (Spleen and Stomach). Tonifies Qi. Relieves spasmodic pain.

Why might Xiao Jian Zhong Tang help with preference for warm drinks and foods?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Stomach Deficient and Cold' of which preference for warm drinks and foods is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Stomach Deficient And Cold include cold limbs, poor appetite and pale complexion.

Read more about Xiao Jian Zhong Tang here

Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang

Source date: 1247

Number of ingredients: 10 herbs

Key actions: Tonifies Qi of the Spleen and Stomach (Middle Burner). Raises the Yang. Detoxifies. Lifts what has sunken.

Why might Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang help with preference for warm drinks and foods?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Large Intestine collapse' of which preference for warm drinks and foods is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Large Intestine Collapse include cold limbs, poor appetite and anus prolapse.

Read more about Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang here

Huang Qi Jian Zhong Tang

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 7 herbs

Key actions: Warms and tonifies the Middle Burner (Spleen and Stomach). Tonifies Qi. Relieves spasmodic pain.

Why might Huang Qi Jian Zhong Tang help with preference for warm drinks and foods?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Stomach Deficient and Cold' of which preference for warm drinks and foods is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Stomach Deficient And Cold include cold limbs, poor appetite and pale complexion.

Read more about Huang Qi Jian Zhong Tang here

The five Chinese Medicinal herbs most likely to help treat preference for warm drinks and foods

Why might Liquorice (Gan Cao) help with preference for warm drinks and foods?

Because Liquorice is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat preference for warm drinks and foods as a symptom, like Xiao Jian Zhong Tang or Huang Qi Jian Zhong Tang for instance.

Liquorice is a Neutral herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Spleen, the Stomach, the Heart and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Tonifies the Basal Qi and nourishes the Spleen Qi. Clears Heat and dispels toxicity. Moistens the Lungsexpel phlegm and stop coughing. Relieves spasms and alleviates pain. Harmonizes and moderates the effects of other herbs.

Read more about Liquorice here

Why might White Peony Root (Bai Shao) help with preference for warm drinks and foods?

Because White Peony Root is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat preference for warm drinks and foods as a symptom, like Xiao Jian Zhong Tang or Huang Qi Jian Zhong Tang for instance.

White Peony Roots is a Neutral herb that tastes Bitter and Sour. It targets the Spleen and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Tonifies the Blood and preserves the Yin. Nourishes the Liver and assists in the smooth flow of Qi. Regulates the meridians and eases the pain.

Read more about White Peony Roots here

Why might Fresh Ginger (Sheng Jiang) help with preference for warm drinks and foods?

Because Fresh Ginger is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat preference for warm drinks and foods as a symptom, like Xiao Jian Zhong Tang or Huang Qi Jian Zhong Tang for instance.

Fresh Ginger is a Warm herb that tastes Pungent. It targets the Spleen, the Stomach and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Relieves the Exterior and disperses Cold. Warms and circulates Qi in the Middle Burner. Calms a restless fetus and treats morning sickness. Treats seafood poisoning.

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Why might Maltose (Yi Tang) help with preference for warm drinks and foods?

Because Maltose is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat preference for warm drinks and foods as a symptom, like Xiao Jian Zhong Tang or Huang Qi Jian Zhong Tang for instance.

Maltose is a Warm herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Spleen, the Stomach and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Fortifies Qi and tonifies the Spleen. Soothes and tonifies the Middle Warmer. Lubricates the Lungs.

Read more about Maltose here

Why might Jujube Date (Da Zao) help with preference for warm drinks and foods?

Because Jujube Date is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat preference for warm drinks and foods as a symptom, like Xiao Jian Zhong Tang or Huang Qi Jian Zhong Tang for instance.

Jujube Dates is a Warm herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Spleen and the Stomach.

Its main actions are: Tonifies the Spleen and Stomach Qi. Tonifies the Blood. Calms the Shen (spirit). Moderates the actions of other herbs in formula.

Read more about Jujube Dates here