Sweet taste in the mouth according to Chinese Medicine

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Sweet taste in the mouth 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 sweet taste in the mouth 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 sweet taste in the mouth is often associated with poor appetite, feeling of cold in the epigastrium and loose stools in the pattern “Cold-Damp invading the Spleen”.

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

Cold-Damp invading the Spleen, a "pattern of disharmony" that can cause sweet taste in the mouth

In Chinese Medicine sweet taste in the mouth is a symptom for the pattern "Cold-Damp invading the Spleen". 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

Cold-Damp invading the Spleen

Pulse type(s): Slippery (Hua), Slow (Chi)

In addition to sweet taste in the mouth, other symptoms associated with Cold-Damp invading the Spleen include poor appetite, feeling of cold in the epigastrium and loose stools.

Cold-Damp invading the Spleen 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".

Read more about Cold-Damp invading the Spleen here

A herbal formula that might help with sweet taste in the mouth

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 sweet taste in the mouth?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Cold-Damp invading the Spleen' of which sweet taste in the mouth is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Cold-Damp Invading The Spleen include poor appetite, feeling of cold in the epigastrium and loose stools.

Read more about Ping Wei San here

Black atractylodes rhizome might help with sweet taste in the mouth

Why might Black Atractylodes Rhizome (Cang Zhu) help with sweet taste in the mouth?

Because it is a key herb in Ping Wei San, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Cold-Damp invading the Spleen' (a pattern with sweet taste in the mouth 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