Thirst for warm drinks according to Chinese Medicine

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Thirst for warm 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 warm 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 warm drinks is often associated with intermittent fever that worsens upon exertion, spontaneous sweating and aversion to cold in the pattern “Qi Deficiency Fever”.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of thirst for warm drinks we’ve identified that a herbal formula called Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang can help treat the patterns behind the symptom.

Qi Deficiency Fever, a "pattern of disharmony" that can cause thirst for warm drinks

In Chinese Medicine thirst for warm drinks is a symptom for the pattern "Qi Deficiency Fever". Below is a small explanation for it with links for more details.

Milkvetch Roots (Huang Qi) is the king ingredient for Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang, a formula used for Qi Deficiency Fever

Qi Deficiency Fever

Pulse type(s): Empty (Xu)

Tongue color: Pale

Tongue shape: Swollen

In addition to thirst for warm drinks, other symptoms associated with Qi Deficiency Fever include intermittent fever that worsens upon exertion, spontaneous sweating and aversion to cold.

Qi Deficiency Fever is often treated with Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang, a herbal formula made of 10 herbs (including Milkvetch Roots - Huang Qi - as a key herb). Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang belongs to the category of "formulas that tonify qi", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Tonifies Qi of the Spleen and Stomach (Middle Burner)".

Read more about Qi Deficiency Fever here

A herbal formula that might help with thirst for warm drinks

Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang

Source date: 1247

Number of ingredients: 10 herbs

Key actions: Tonifies Qi of the Spleen and Stomach (Middle Burner). Raises the Yang. Detoxifies. Lifts what has sunken.

Why might Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang help with thirst for warm drinks?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Qi Deficiency Fever' of which thirst for warm drinks is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Qi Deficiency Fever include intermittent fever that worsens upon exertion, spontaneous sweating and aversion to cold.

Read more about Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang here

Milkvetch root might help with thirst for warm drinks

Why might Milkvetch Root (Huang Qi) help with thirst for warm drinks?

Because it is a key herb in Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Qi Deficiency Fever' (a pattern with thirst for warm drinks as a symptom)

Milkvetch Roots is a Warm herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Spleen and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Tonifies the Wei Qi and stops perspiration. Tonifies the Spleen Qi and the Yang Qi of the Earth Element. Tonifies the Qi and Blood. Expels pus and assists in the healing of wounds. Helps to regulate water metabolism in the body and reduce edema.

Read more about Milkvetch Roots here