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Thirst for cold drinks 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 thirst for cold drinks 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 thirst for cold drinks is often associated with insomnia, tongue ulcers and mouth ulcers in the pattern “Full-Heat in the Small Intestine”.
Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of thirst for cold drinks we’ve identified that a herbal formula called Dao Chi San can help treat the patterns behind the symptom.
In Chinese Medicine thirst for cold drinks is a symptom for the pattern "Full-Heat in the Small Intestine". Below is a small explanation for it with links for more details.
The Small Intestine is a so-called "Fu" Organ. Learn more about the Small Intestine in Chinese Medicine
Pulse type(s): Overflowing (Hong), Rapid (Shu)
Full-Heat in the Small Intestine is often treated with Dao Chi San, a herbal formula made of 4 herbs (including Akebia Stems - Mu Tong - as a key herb). Dao Chi San belongs to the category of "formulas that clear heat from the organs", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Clears the Heart".
Source date: 1119 AD
Number of ingredients: 4 herbs
Key actions: Clears the Heart. Promotes urination.
Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Full-Heat in the Small Intestine' of which thirst for cold drinks is a symptom.
Its main actions are: Encourages urination and clears Heat. Clears Heat and inflammation of the Heart. Promotes lactation. Moves and smoothes the flow of Blood. Used for painful obstruction associated with either Dampness, Blood Stagnation, Wind or Heat.