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Emaciation

Spleen/Stomach Deficiency (Stressed digestive problems)

Clinical manifestations:

  • Anemia, malnutrition, indigestion, thin constitution with indigestion
  • Poor appetite, chronic loose stool, fatigue, shortness of breath, weak voice
  • Sallow or pale complexion
  • T: Pale
  • P: Weak

Treatment principle

  • Tonify Spleen

Formula

  • Si Jun Zi Tang
  • Ba Zhen Tang
  • Stress carminative herbs

Qi and Blood Deficiency (Digestive problems less stressed)

Clinical manifestations:

  • Anemia, malnutrition.
  • Pale face, nails, tongue, lips
  • fatigue, dizziness, vertigo
  • Yang Qi and Blood unable to rise to nourish head
  • T: Pale
  • P: Thready/Weak

Formula

  • Ba Zhen Tang
  • Stress tonic herbs such as He Shou Wu, E Jiao, Ji Xue Teng

Lung Yin Deficiency (Any Yin deficiency leads to a certain amount of emaciation)

Clinical manifestations:

  • Thin, emaciated body
  • Chronic dry cough, i.e. allergies
  • Lung TB, AIDS, both lead to this sort of emaciation
  • Cough with blood streaked sputum
  • Hematemesis
  • Dry mouth, tidal fever, night sweats, five center heat
  • T: Red with scanty coat
  • P: Thready, rapid

Treatment principle

  • Tonify Yin

Formula

  • Bai He Gu Jin Tang for Lung Yin deficiency
  • Liu Wei Di Huang Wan for any Yin deficiency

Stomach Heat (genetic, or acquired, usually chronic)

Clinical manifestations:

  • Excessive appetite, hyper-metabolism, bad breath, thin constitution
  • Craves cold drinks
  • Irritability
  • Scanty urine, tends to be constipated
  • T: Red with dry coat
  • P: Thready, rapid, forceful

Formula

  • Qing Wei San for Stomach heat
  • Yu Niu Jiao for Stomach Yin deficiency due to Stomach heat

Liver Fire (XS heat)

Clinical manifestations:

  • Easily angered
  • Chest and hypochondriac pain or burning
  • Bitter taste, dry mouth
  • Insomnia, restlessness
  • Dark yellow urine, constipation
  • T: Red with yellow coat
  • P: Wiry, rapid, forceful

Formula

  • Long Dan Xie Gan Tang

 


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