Severe and continuous palpitations

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Severe and continuous palpitations 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 severe and continuous palpitations 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 severe and continuous palpitations is often associated with irritability, insomnia and anxiety in the pattern “Disharmony between Heart and Kidneys caused by Kidney Yang Deficiency”.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of severe and continuous palpitations we’ve identified that a herbal formula called Jiao Tai Wan can help treat the patterns behind the symptom.

Disharmony between Heart and Kidneys caused by Kidney Yang Deficiency, a "pattern of disharmony" that can cause severe and continuous palpitations

In Chinese Medicine severe and continuous palpitations is a symptom for the pattern "Disharmony between Heart and Kidneys caused by Kidney Yang Deficiency". Below is a small explanation for it with links for more details.

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

Disharmony between Heart and Kidneys caused by Kidney Yang Deficiency

Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu), Fine (Xi)

Tongue coating: Partial absence of coating

Tongue color: Red

In addition to severe and continuous palpitations, other symptoms associated with Disharmony between Heart and Kidneys caused by Kidney Yang Deficiency include irritability, insomnia and anxiety.

Disharmony between Heart and Kidneys caused by Kidney Yang Deficiency is often treated with Jiao Tai Wan, a herbal formula made of 2 herbs (including Goldthread Rhizomes - Huang Lian - as a key herb). Jiao Tai Wan belongs to the category of "formulas that nourish the heart and calm the mind", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Restores the functional communication between the Heart and the Kidneys".

Read more about Disharmony between Heart and Kidneys caused by Kidney Yang Deficiency here

A herbal formula that might help with severe and continuous palpitations

Jiao Tai Wan

Source date: 1522 AD

Number of ingredients: 2 herbs

Key actions: Restores the functional communication between the Heart and the Kidneys.

Why might Jiao Tai Wan help with severe and continuous palpitations?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Disharmony between Heart and Kidneys caused by Kidney Yang Deficiency' of which severe and continuous palpitations is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Disharmony Between Heart And Kidneys Caused By Kidney Yang Deficiency include irritability, insomnia and anxiety.

Read more about Jiao Tai Wan here

Goldthread rhizome might help with severe and continuous palpitations

Why might Goldthread Rhizome (Huang Lian) help with severe and continuous palpitations?

Because it is a key herb in Jiao Tai Wan, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Disharmony between Heart and Kidneys caused by Kidney Yang Deficiency' (a pattern with severe and continuous palpitations as a symptom)

Goldthread Rhizomes is a Cold herb that tastes Bitter. It targets the Gallbladder, the Spleen, the Stomach, the Heart, the Large intestine and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Expels Damp-Heat especially in the Lower Burner. Eliminates Fire toxicity especially when there is associated Dampness. Acts as a sedative by eliminating Heart Fire. Eliminates Stomach Fire. Expel parasites

Read more about Goldthread Rhizomes here

Other symptoms often associated with severe and continuous palpitations

Irritability Insomnia Anxiety