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Red and white vaginal discharge 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 red and white vaginal discharge 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 red and white vaginal discharge is often associated with poor appetite, weak extremities and abdominal distension in the pattern “Blood and Qi Deficiency with Blood Stagnation”.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of red and white vaginal discharge we’ve identified that a herbal formula called Ba Zhen Yi Mu Tang can help treat the patterns behind the symptom.

Blood and Qi Deficiency with Blood Stagnation, a "pattern of disharmony" that can cause red and white vaginal discharge

In Chinese Medicine red and white vaginal discharge is a symptom for the pattern "Blood and Qi Deficiency with Blood Stagnation". Below is a small explanation for it with links for more details.

Blood and Qi Deficiency with Blood Stagnation

Pulse type(s): Weak (Ruo)

Tongue color: Pale

In addition to red and white vaginal discharge, other symptoms associated with Blood and Qi Deficiency with Blood Stagnation include poor appetite, weak extremities and abdominal distension.

Blood and Qi Deficiency with Blood Stagnation is often treated with Ba Zhen Yi Mu Tang, a herbal formula made of 9 herbs (including Motherwort Herbs - Yi Mu Cao - as a key herb). Ba Zhen Yi Mu Tang belongs to the category of "formulas that tonify", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Tonifies Qi and Blood".

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A herbal formula that might help with red and white vaginal discharge

Ba Zhen Yi Mu Tang

Source date: 1624 AD

Number of ingredients: 9 herbs

Key actions: Tonifies Qi and Blood. Invigorates the Blood.

Why might Ba Zhen Yi Mu Tang help with red and white vaginal discharge?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Blood and Qi Deficiency with Blood Stagnation' of which red and white vaginal discharge is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Blood And Qi Deficiency With Blood Stagnation include poor appetite, weak extremities and abdominal distension.

Read more about Ba Zhen Yi Mu Tang here

The three Chinese Medicinal herbs most likely to help treat red and white vaginal discharge

Why might Prepared Rehmannia (Shu Di Huang) help with red and white vaginal discharge?

Because it is a key herb in Ba Zhen Yi Mu Tang, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Blood and Qi Deficiency with Blood Stagnation' (a pattern with red and white vaginal discharge as a symptom)

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

Why might Motherwort Herb (Yi Mu Cao) help with red and white vaginal discharge?

Because it is a key herb in Ba Zhen Yi Mu Tang, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Blood and Qi Deficiency with Blood Stagnation' (a pattern with red and white vaginal discharge as a symptom)

Motherwort Herbs is a Cool herb that tastes Bitter and Pungent. It targets the Heart and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Moves and regulates Blood, breaks Stasis and regulates the menses. Increases the flow of urine and reduces Stagnation of water

Read more about Motherwort Herbs here

Why might Ginseng (Ren Shen) help with red and white vaginal discharge?

Because it is a key herb in Ba Zhen Yi Mu Tang, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Blood and Qi Deficiency with Blood Stagnation' (a pattern with red and white vaginal discharge as a symptom)

Ginseng is a Warm herb that tastes Bitter and Sweet. It targets the Spleen, the Heart and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Very strongly tonifies the Qi. Tonifies the Lungs and Spleen. Assists the body in the secretion of Fluids and stops thirst. Strengthens the Heart and calms the Shen (mind/spirit).

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Other symptoms often associated with red and white vaginal discharge

Poor appetite Weak extremities Abdominal distension Irregular menstruation