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 “/tcm-education-center/patterns/phlegm-fire-harassing-the-pericardium”. 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 five 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 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 /tcm-education-center/patterns/phlegm-fire-harassing-the-pericardium include red face, aphasia and coma.

/tcm-education-center/patterns/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

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 /tcm-education-center/patterns/phlegm-fire-harassing-the-heart include red face, aphasia and coma.

/tcm-education-center/patterns/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

Five herbal formulas that might help with uncontrolled laughing

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 '/tcm-education-center/patterns/phlegm-fire-harassing-the-pericardium' of which uncontrolled laughing or crying is a symptom.

Read more about Wen Dan Tang here

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 '/tcm-education-center/patterns/phlegm-fire-harassing-the-pericardium' of which uncontrolled laughing or crying is a symptom.

Read more about Huang Lian Wen Dan Tang here

Zhi Bao Dan

Source date: 1075

Number of ingredients: 9 herbs

Key actions: Clears Heat. Opens the sensory orifices. Resolves toxicity. Transforms Phlegm .

Why might Zhi Bao Dan help with uncontrolled laughing?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern '/tcm-education-center/patterns/phlegm-fire-harassing-the-pericardium' of which uncontrolled laughing or crying is a symptom.

Read more about Zhi Bao Dan here

Hui Chun Dan

Source date: Late 18th century

Number of ingredients: 19 herbs

Key actions: Opens the sensory orifices. Arrests spasms and convulsions. Clears Heat and transforms Phlegm.

Why might Hui Chun Dan help with uncontrolled laughing?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern '/tcm-education-center/patterns/phlegm-fire-harassing-the-pericardium' of which uncontrolled laughing or crying is a symptom.

Read more about Hui Chun Dan here

Sheng Tie Luo Yin

Source date: 1732 AD

Number of ingredients: 15 herbs

Key actions: Sedates the Heart . Clears Phlegm. Clears Fire. Calms the Mind.

Why might Sheng Tie Luo Yin help with uncontrolled laughing?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern '/tcm-education-center/patterns/phlegm-fire-harassing-the-heart' of which uncontrolled laughing or crying is a symptom.

Read more about Sheng Tie Luo Yin here

Acupuncture points used for uncontrolled laughing

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

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.

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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 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 Cinnabar (Zhu Sha) help with uncontrolled laughing?

Because Cinnabar is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat uncontrolled laughing as a symptom, like Sheng Tie Luo Yin or Zhi Bao Dan for instance.

Cinnabar is a Cool herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Heart.

Its main actions are: Calms the spirit and Heart. Stops convulsions. Clears Heat and toxins.

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Why might Fritillary Bulb (Chuan Bei Mu) help with uncontrolled laughing?

Because Fritillary Bulb is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat uncontrolled laughing as a symptom, like Sheng Tie Luo Yin or Hui Chun Dan for instance.

Fritillary Bulbs is a Cool herb that tastes Bitter and Sweet. It targets the Heart and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Clears Hot Phlegm and stops cough. Clears Lung Heat caused by Yin Deficiency. Clears Heat and reduces hard lumps and swellings.

Read more about Fritillary Bulbs here