Uncontrolled laughing according to Chinese Medicine

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Uncontrolled laughing 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 uncontrolled laughing 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 uncontrolled laughing is often associated with red face, aphasia and coma in the pattern “Phlegm-Fire harassing the Heart”. As you will see below, we have in record two patterns that can cause uncontrolled laughing.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of uncontrolled laughing we’ve identified two 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 uncontrolled laughing.

The two "patterns of disharmony" that can cause uncontrolled laughing

In Chinese Medicine uncontrolled laughing is a symptom for 2 patterns that we have on record. Below is a small explanation for each of them with links for more details.

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

Phlegm-Fire harassing the Heart

Pulse type(s): Overflowing (Hong), Rapid (Shu), Slippery (Hua), Wiry (Xian), Full (Shi)

In addition to uncontrolled laughing, other symptoms associated with Phlegm-Fire harassing the Heart include red face, aphasia and coma.

Phlegm-Fire harassing the Heart is often treated with Huang Lian Wen Dan Tang, a herbal formula made of 7 herbs (including Crow-Dipper Rhizomes - Ban Xia - as a key herb). Huang Lian 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 Phlegm-Fire harassing the Heart here

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

Phlegm Fire harassing the Pericardium

Pulse type(s): Overflowing (Hong), Rapid (Shu), Slippery (Hua), Wiry (Xian), Full (Shi)

In addition to uncontrolled laughing, other symptoms associated with Phlegm Fire harassing the Pericardium include red face, aphasia and coma.

Phlegm Fire harassing the Pericardium 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 Phlegm".

Read more about Phlegm Fire harassing the Pericardium here

Two herbal formulas that might help with uncontrolled laughing

Huang Lian Wen Dan Tang

Source date: 1852 AD

Number of ingredients: 7 herbs

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

Why might Huang Lian Wen Dan Tang help with uncontrolled laughing?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Phlegm-Fire harassing the Heart' of which uncontrolled laughing is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Phlegm-Fire Harassing The Heart include red face, aphasia and coma.

Read more about Huang Lian Wen Dan Tang here

Wen Dan Tang

Source date: 1174 AD

Number of ingredients: 8 herbs

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

Why might Wen Dan Tang help with uncontrolled laughing?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Phlegm Fire harassing the Pericardium' of which uncontrolled laughing is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Phlegm Fire Harassing The Pericardium include red face, aphasia and coma.

Read more about Wen Dan Tang here

Acupuncture points used for uncontrolled laughing

The five Chinese Medicinal herbs most likely to help treat uncontrolled laughing

Why might Poria-Cocos Mushroom (Fu Ling) help with uncontrolled laughing?

Because Poria-Cocos Mushroom is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat uncontrolled laughing as a symptom, like Wen Dan Tang or Huang Lian Wen Dan Tang for instance.

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

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 Crow-Dipper Rhizome (Ban Xia) help with uncontrolled laughing?

Because Crow-Dipper Rhizome is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat uncontrolled laughing as a symptom, like Huang Lian Wen Dan Tang or Wen Dan Tang for instance.

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

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 Bamboo Shaving (Zhu Ru) help with uncontrolled laughing?

Because Bamboo Shaving is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat uncontrolled laughing as a symptom, like Huang Lian Wen Dan Tang or Wen Dan Tang for instance.

Bamboo Shavings is a Cool herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Gallbladder, the Stomach and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Clears Phlegm-Heat in the Lungs. Clears Heat in the Stomach and stops vomiting. Cools the Blood and stops bleeding.

Read more about Bamboo Shavings here

Why might Liquorice (Gan Cao) help with uncontrolled laughing?

Because Liquorice is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat uncontrolled laughing as a symptom, like Huang Lian Wen Dan Tang or Wen Dan Tang for instance.

Liquorice is a Neutral herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Heart, the Lung, the Spleen and the Stomach.

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 Tangerine Peel (Chen Pi) help with uncontrolled laughing?

Because Tangerine Peel is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat uncontrolled laughing as a symptom, like Wen Dan Tang or Huang Lian Wen Dan Tang for instance.

Tangerine Peel is a Warm herb that tastes Bitter and Pungent. It targets the Lung and the Spleen.

Its main actions are: Warms the Spleen and regulates the Middle Burner Qi. Dries Dampness and disperses Phlegm from the Lungs and Middle Burner. Reduces the potential for Stagnation caused by tonifying herbs.

Read more about Tangerine Peel here