Sallow complexion according to Chinese Medicine

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Sallow complexion 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 sallow complexion 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 sallow complexion is often associated with nausea, loose stools and feeling of heaviness in the pattern “Obstruction Of The Spleen By Dampness with Liver Qi Stagnation”.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of sallow complexion we’ve identified that a herbal formula called Ping Wei San can help treat the patterns behind the symptom.

Obstruction Of The Spleen By Dampness with Liver Qi Stagnation, a "pattern of disharmony" that can cause sallow complexion

In Chinese Medicine sallow complexion is a symptom for the pattern "Obstruction Of The Spleen By Dampness with Liver Qi Stagnation". Below is a small explanation for it with links for more details.

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

Obstruction Of The Spleen By Dampness with Liver Qi Stagnation

Pulse type(s): Slippery (Hua), Wiry (Xian)

In addition to sallow complexion, other symptoms associated with Obstruction Of The Spleen By Dampness with Liver Qi Stagnation include nausea, loose stools and feeling of heaviness.

Obstruction Of The Spleen By Dampness with Liver Qi Stagnation is often treated with Ping Wei San, a herbal formula made of 4 herbs (including Black Atractylodes Rhizomes - Cang Zhu - as a key herb). Ping Wei San belongs to the category of "formulas that transform dampness and harmonize stomach", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Dries Dampness".

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A herbal formula that might help with sallow complexion

Ping Wei San

Source date: 1051 AD

Number of ingredients: 4 herbs

Key actions: Dries Dampness. Improves the Spleen's transportive function. Promotes the movement of Qi. Harmonizes the Stomach.

Why might Ping Wei San help with sallow complexion?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Obstruction Of The Spleen By Dampness with Liver Qi Stagnation' of which sallow complexion is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Obstruction Of The Spleen By Dampness With Liver Qi Stagnation include nausea, loose stools and feeling of heaviness.

Read more about Ping Wei San here

Black atractylodes rhizome might help with sallow complexion

Why might Black Atractylodes Rhizome (Cang Zhu) help with sallow complexion?

Because it is a key herb in Ping Wei San, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Obstruction Of The Spleen By Dampness with Liver Qi Stagnation' (a pattern with sallow complexion as a symptom)

Black Atractylodes Rhizomes is a Warm herb that tastes Bitter and Pungent. It targets the Spleen and the Stomach.

Its main actions are: Dries Damp and tonifies the Spleen. Relieves the Exterior for invasion of Wind-Cold-Damp. Relieves Wind-Damp painful obstruction. Dries Damp for either Damp-Cold or Damp-Heat when combined with the correct herbs. Clears the eyes and improves sight.

Read more about Black Atractylodes Rhizomes here