Shaking chills according to Chinese Medicine

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Shaking chills 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 shaking chills 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 shaking chills is often associated with heat and pain in the joints, reduced mobility and fever in the pattern “Painful Obstruction due to Damp Heat in Channels”.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of shaking chills we’ve identified that a herbal formula called Xuan Bi Tang can help treat the patterns behind the symptom.

Painful Obstruction due to Damp Heat in Channels, a "pattern of disharmony" that can cause shaking chills

In Chinese Medicine shaking chills is a symptom for the pattern "Painful Obstruction due to Damp Heat in Channels". Below is a small explanation for it with links for more details.

Painful Obstruction due to Damp Heat in Channels

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In addition to shaking chills, other symptoms associated with Painful Obstruction due to Damp Heat in Channels include heat and pain in the joints, reduced mobility and fever.

Painful Obstruction due to Damp Heat in Channels is often treated with Xuan Bi Tang, a herbal formula made of 9 herbs (including Stephania Roots - Fang Ji - as a key herb). Xuan Bi Tang belongs to the category of "formulas that dispel wind-damp", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Clears and resolves Damp-Heat".

Read more about Painful Obstruction due to Damp Heat in Channels here

A herbal formula that might help with shaking chills

Xuan Bi Tang

Source date: 1798 AD

Number of ingredients: 9 herbs

Key actions: Clears and resolves Damp-Heat. Unblocks the meridians. Disbands painful obstruction.

Why might Xuan Bi Tang help with shaking chills?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Painful Obstruction due to Damp Heat in Channels' of which shaking chills is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Painful Obstruction Due To Damp Heat In Channels include heat and pain in the joints, reduced mobility and fever.

Read more about Xuan Bi Tang here

Stephania root might help with shaking chills

Why might Stephania Root (Fang Ji) help with shaking chills?

Because it is a key herb in Xuan Bi Tang, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Painful Obstruction due to Damp Heat in Channels' (a pattern with shaking chills as a symptom)

Stephania Roots is a Cold herb that tastes Bitter. It targets the Bladder and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Encourages urination. Allays pain and dispels Wind-Damp painful obstruction (Bi Pain).

Read more about Stephania Roots here