Slight desire to drink according to Chinese Medicine

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Slight desire to drink 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 slight desire to drink 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 slight desire to drink is often associated with aversion to cold, fever and urinary retention in the pattern “Greater Yang Accumulation of Water”. As you will see below, we have in record three patterns that can cause slight desire to drink.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of slight desire to drink we’ve identified four 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 slight desire to drink.

The three "patterns of disharmony" that can cause slight desire to drink

In Chinese Medicine slight desire to drink is a symptom for 3 patterns that we have on record. Below is a small explanation for each of them with links for more details.

Water Plantain (Ze Xie) is the king ingredient for Wu Ling San, a formula used for Greater Yang Accumulation of Water

Greater Yang Accumulation of Water

Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu), Floating (Fu)

In addition to slight desire to drink, other symptoms associated with Greater Yang Accumulation of Water include aversion to cold, fever and urinary retention.

Greater Yang Accumulation of Water is often treated with Wu Ling San, a herbal formula made of 5 herbs (including Water Plantain - Ze Xie - as a key herb). Wu Ling San belongs to the category of "formulas that promote urination and leach out dampness", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Promotes urination,".

Read more about Greater Yang Accumulation of Water here

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

Stomach Yin Deficiency

Pulse type(s): Empty (Xu), Floating (Fu)

Tongue coating: Partial absence of coating

Tongue color: Red

Stomach Yin Deficiency causes Dryness and Heat, which harms the Organ's ability of receiving and ripening foods and drinks. It is the result of prolonged unbalanced diet and irregular eating habits.

In addition to slight desire to drink, other symptoms associated with Stomach Yin Deficiency include epigastric pain, dry mouth and poor appetite.

Stomach Yin Deficiency is often treated with Mai Men Dong Tang, a herbal formula made of 6 herbs (including Dwarf Lilyturf Roots - Mai Dong - as a key herb). Mai Men Dong Tang belongs to the category of "formulas that enrich yin and moisten dryness", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Nourishes the Stomach".

Read more about Stomach Yin Deficiency here

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

Qi Stagnation in Gallbladder and Stomach with Phlegm Heat

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

Tongue coating: Yellow coating

In addition to slight desire to drink, other symptoms associated with Qi Stagnation in Gallbladder and Stomach with Phlegm Heat include palpitations, anxiety and bitter taste in the mouth.

Qi Stagnation in Gallbladder and Stomach with Phlegm Heat is often treated with Wen Dan Tang, a herbal formula made of 8 herbs (including Crow-Dipper Rhizomes - Ban Xia - as a key herb). Wen Dan Tang belongs to the category of "formulas that dry dampness and transform phlegm", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Clears Hot-Phlegm".

Read more about Qi Stagnation in Gallbladder and Stomach with Phlegm Heat here

Four herbal formulas that might help with slight desire to drink

Wu Ling San

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 5 herbs

Key actions: Promotes urination,. Warms the Yang. Strengthens the Spleen. Promotes Qi transformation function. Drains Dampness. Clears edema.

Why might Wu Ling San help with slight desire to drink?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Greater Yang Accumulation of Water' of which slight desire to drink is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Greater Yang Accumulation Of Water include aversion to cold, fever and urinary retention.

Read more about Wu Ling San here

Shen Ling Bai Zhu San

Source date: 1107 AD

Number of ingredients: 10 herbs

Key actions: Augments the Qi. Strengthens the Spleen. Leaches out Dampness. Stops diarrhea.

Why might Shen Ling Bai Zhu San help with slight desire to drink?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Stomach Yin Deficiency' of which slight desire to drink is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Stomach Yin Deficiency include epigastric pain, dry mouth and poor appetite.

Read more about Shen Ling Bai Zhu San here

Wen Dan Tang

Source date: 1174 AD

Number of ingredients: 8 herbs

Key actions: Clears Hot-Phlegm. Clears Gallbladder heat. Regulates Qi. Harmonizes the Stomach.

Why might Wen Dan Tang help with slight desire to drink?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Qi Stagnation in Gallbladder and Stomach with Phlegm Heat' of which slight desire to drink is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Qi Stagnation In Gallbladder And Stomach With Phlegm Heat include palpitations, anxiety and bitter taste in the mouth.

Read more about Wen Dan Tang here

Mai Men Dong Tang

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 6 herbs

Key actions: Nourishes the Stomach. Generates Body Fluids. Directs Rebellious Qi downward.

Why might Mai Men Dong Tang help with slight desire to drink?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Stomach Yin Deficiency' of which slight desire to drink is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Stomach Yin Deficiency include epigastric pain, dry mouth and poor appetite.

Read more about Mai Men Dong Tang here

The five Chinese Medicinal herbs most likely to help treat slight desire to drink

Why might Poria-Cocos Mushroom (Fu Ling) help with slight desire to drink?

Because Poria-Cocos Mushroom is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat slight desire to drink as a symptom, like Wu Ling San or Shen Ling Bai Zhu San for instance.

Poria-Cocos Mushrooms is a Neutral herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Spleen, the Heart, the Kidney and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Encourages urination and drains Dampness. Tonic to the Spleen/Stomach. Assists the Heart and calms the Spirit.

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Why might Liquorice (Gan Cao) help with slight desire to drink?

Because Liquorice is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat slight desire to drink as a symptom, like Shen Ling Bai Zhu San or Mai Men Dong 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.

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Why might Crow-Dipper Rhizome (Ban Xia) help with slight desire to drink?

Because Crow-Dipper Rhizome is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat slight desire to drink as a symptom, like Wen Dan Tang or Mai Men Dong Tang for instance.

Crow-Dipper Rhizomes is a Warm herb that tastes Pungent. It targets the Spleen, the Stomach and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Drains Dampness and reduces Phlegm. Reverses the flow of Rebellious Qi. Reduces hardenings and relieves distention.

Read more about Crow-Dipper Rhizomes here

Why might Ginseng (Ren Shen) help with slight desire to drink?

Because Ginseng is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat slight desire to drink as a symptom, like Shen Ling Bai Zhu San or Mai Men Dong Tang for instance.

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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Why might Dwarf Lilyturf Root (Mai Dong) help with slight desire to drink?

Because Dwarf Lilyturf Root is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat slight desire to drink as a symptom, like Mai Men Dong Tang or Yi Wei Tang for instance.

Dwarf Lilyturf Roots is a Cool herb that tastes Bitter and Sweet. It targets the Stomach, the Heart and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Replenishes Yin Essence and promotes secretions. Lubricates and nourishes the Stomach. Soothes the Lung. Nourishes the Heart.

Read more about Dwarf Lilyturf Roots here