Chinese Med 101: Heart/Small Intestine System, Circulation

In order for our patients to receive more information on the fundamentals of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and associated western symptoms, we are putting together a series of very basic information of each system.  It is not meant to be all inclusive or include every combination or possibility of a diagnosis from a TCM perspective, that is up to your practitioner to figure out. Your practitioner will help you understand your specific diagnosis.

 

We are also including some common foods that a patient can eat in order to assist in balancing their energy and associated patterns.

Heart Meridian

The Heart Meridian travels from the pinky, up the inner side of arm as shown in the picture.

Heart Syndromes

The  Heart System in TCM is different in many ways than what we think of as the circulatory system in western medicine.  The heart element has the following correspondences:

  • Yin  associated Yang organ is the Small Intestine
  • Color: Red
  • Flavor: Bitter
  • Emotion: Happiness/Joy
  • Tissue: Blood and vessels
  • Sense: Speach
  • Element: Fire

 

The Heart Qi in TCM has the following etiology and associated pathology signs/symptoms:

  • Dominates blood – Stagnant blood, extremities cold, lack of strength, poor constitution
  • Controls vessels – Irregular pulse
  • Complexion – Blue lusterless complexion, ruddy lustrous complexion
  • Hair is the ends of blood – dry brittle hair
  • Small Intestine relationship – Defecation and urination disorders
  • Houses Shen (spirit) – Mental symptoms, illogical speech, mind not clear, insomnia
  • Controls speech – forgetfulness

Heart Qi deficiency:

  • Palpitations
  • Shortness of breath
  • Excessive perspiration (daytime)
  • Symptoms worse after exertion
  • Facial pallor
  • Fatigue, weakness
  • Suffocating sensation in the chest

Western symptoms: Cardiac failure, Cardiac disease, Arrhythmia, Reactive depression (neurosis), Coronary Arteriosclerosis

Dietary recommendations:

Oats, Rye, Wheat germ, Reishi, Apple, Cherry, Longan, Chickpea, Lentil, Pheasant, Cinnamon bark, Hawthorn, Licorice, Sage, Thyme, Arnica Flower, Hawthorn, Pollen, Rue, Yarrow, Algea, Ginseng (American), Coconut

Heart Yin Deficiency.

  • Palpitations
  • Low grade fever
  • Irritability
  • Night sweats
  • Insomnia
  • Dry mouth, thirst
  • Excess dreaming
  • Dry throat, mouth
  • Poor memory
  • Malar flush
  • Anxiety
  • May be depressed

Western symptoms: Anemia, Arrhythmia, Reactive Hypertension, Hyperthyroidism, Neurosis, Tachycardia

Dietary recommendations:

Wheat, Apple, Persimmon, Mung Bean, Coconut milk, Cuttlefish, Arnica Flower, Chickweed, Ginseng (American), Hops, Rose

Heart Blood Deficiency:

  • Palpitations
  • Poor memory
  • Excess dreaming
  • Anxiety
  • Dizziness
  • Insomnia
  • Pale lips
  • Dull complexion
  • Lack of concentration
  • May be depressed
  • Fatigue

Western symptoms: Aesthenia, Anemia, Neurosis, Hyperthyroidism

Dietary recommendations:

Oats, Wheat germ, Beetroot, Reishi, Longan, Coconut, Chickweed, Microalgae, Pollen

Heart Yang Deficiency:

  • Palpitations
  • Shortness of breath on exertion
  • Four limbs cold
  • Watery stool with undigested food
  • Mental cloudiness
  • Bright – pale face

Western symptoms: Cardiac insufficiency, Cardiac Failure, Depressive neurosis, Arrhythmia, Shock, Angina pectoris

Dietary recommendations:

 Scallions, Aniseed, Cayenne, Chili, Cinnamon bark, Garlic, Ginger (dry), Rosemary, Aconite, Arnica Flower

Heart Fire:

  • Ulcerations, erosion and pain in the mouth and tongue
  • Thirst with a desire for cold drinks
  • Irritability
  • Feeling of heat and disturbance in the heart
  • Insomnia
  • May be red or flushed face
  • Bitter taste in mouth
  • Inability to stay asleep
  • Extremely anxious
  • Deep yellow urine

Western symptoms: Tongue ulcers, Avitaminosis

Dietary recommendations:

Wheat, Wheat germ, Lotus root, Apple, Persimmon, Watermelon, Aduki bean, Mung bean, Vitamin C, Clary Sage

Heart Phlegm-Fire:

  • Irritability
  • Palpitations
  • Bitter taste in mouth
  • Insomnia
  • Dream disturbed sleep
  • Agitated
  • Restless
  • Alternates between depression and confusion

Western symptoms: Manic or hypomanic psychosis, Schizophrenia, Epilepsy, Neurosis

Dietary recommendations:

Hijiki, Agar, Persimmon, Aduki bean, Chickpea, Aniseed, Licorice, Sage, Calamus, Lobelia, Myrrh, Rhubarb root, Sandalwood, St John’s Wort, Yarrow, Tea (black and green), Neroli

Heart Qi/Blood Stagnation:

  • Palpitations
  • Cold hands
  • Heart pain radiating down arm into palm
  • Oppressive discomfort in the chest

Western symptoms: Angina pectoris, Coronary artery disease, Heart Attack, Myocardial infarction, Pericarditis

Dietary recommendations:

Oats, Rye, Wheat Germ, Beetroot, Lotus root, Scallion, Cherry, Aniseed, Cayenne, Chili, Cinnamon bark, Garlic, Ginger (fresh), Hawthorn, Licorice, Oregano, Pepper (black), Thyme, Arnica flower, Barberry bark, Camphor resin, Catnip, Celandine, Cinnamon twig, Aduki bean, Frankincense, Hops, Mistletoe, Lavender, Limeflower, Lobelia, Motherwort, Myrrh, Pasque flower, Passionflower, Rhubarb root, Rose, Rue, Scullcap, St Johns Wort, Spirits

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Chinese Medicine 101 – Spleen/Stomach and Digestive System

In order for our patients to receive more information on the fundamentals of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and associated western symptoms, we are putting together a series of very basic information of each system.  It is not meant to be all inclusive or include every combination or possibility of a diagnosis from a TCM perspective, that is up to your practitioner to figure out. Your practitioner will help you understand your specific diagnosis.

 

We are also including some common foods that a patient can eat in order to assist in balancing their energy and associated patterns.

SP-routeSpleen Meridian

The Spleen Meridian travels from the upper part of the chest down the inside of the arm to the thumb on bilateral. As shown in the picture.

Spleen Syndromes

The Spleen System is very different it TCM than in western medicine.  It is the powerhouse system that produces energy for the entire body.  Spleen Element correspondences include:

  • Yin  associated Yang organ is the Stomach
  • Color: Yellow
  • Flavor: Sweet
  • Emotion: Anxiety, desire, pensiveness
  • Tissue: Muscles
  • Sense: Taste
  • Element: Earth

The Spleen Qi in TCM has the following etiology and associated pathology signs/symptoms:

  • Dominates muscle – Thin muscles, general weakness
  • Controls blood – Bruising on skin, bloody stool
  • Related to Stomach – Decrease food intake, retention of food, gastric distention, nausea, vomiting
  • Transportation and transformation of nutrients – Sallow complexion, pale lips, abdominal distention, loose stool, cold limbs, lack of strength
  • Transportation and transformation of fluids – pressing sensation on chest, phlegm accumulation, ascites, edema, nausea, heavy limbs and body
  • Qi ascends – Shortness of breath, chronic diarrhea, prolapse of anus and uterus

There are several patterns associated with Spleen Qi.

Spleen Qi Deficiency

  • Tiredness
  • Limbs feel heavy and weak
  • Loose stool
  • Digestive issues
  • Poor concentration

Western symptoms: Anemia, gastric issues and ulcers, chronic neurosis, chronic gastritis or enteritis, IBS

Dietary recommendations:

Oats, Rice, Rye, Seitan, Carrots, Potato, Pumpkin, Squash (winter), Watercress. Yam, Shiitake, Apples, Cherry, Grapes, Papaya, Chickpea, Lentil, Soybean (yellow), Tofu, Almonds, Chestnuts, Coconut, Peanut, Sunflower seeds, Carp, Mullet, Salmon, Tuna, Beef, Chicken, Duck, Goat, Ham, Turkey, Cinnamon bark, Licorice, Thyme, Astragalus, Ginseng, Kava Kava, Pollen, Saw Palmetto, Beer, Chamomile, Soy Milk, Algae

Spleen Yang Deficiency:

  • Bloating after eating
  • Loose stools
  • Low appetite
  • Edema
  • Cold limbs
  • Chilliness

Western symptoms: similar to above

Dietary recommendations:

Chestnuts, Anchovy, Shrimp, Goat, Lamb, Basil, Cayenne, Chili, Cinnamon bark, Clove, Dill seed, Garlic, Ginger, Nutmeg, Rosemary, Aconite, Ginseng, Jasmine flower, Saw Palmetto, Ginger

Dampness in Spleen/Stomach:

  • Full feeling
  • Nausea
  • Low appetite
  • Loose stool
  • Muzzy head
  • Tired and heavy
  • Sticky yellow coat on tongue

Western symptoms: Acute or chronic gastroenteritis, bacterial dysentery, cirrhosis of liver, chronic hepititis

Dietary recommendations:

Buckwheat, Rye, Alfalfa, Asparagus, Caper, Parsnip, Squash (winter), Turnip, Watercress, Oyster Mushroom, Blueberry, Grapefruit peel, Lemon peel, Papaya, Orange peel, Tangerine peel, Aduki been, Blackeye been, Chickpea, Lentil, Mackerel, Tuna, Duck, Quail, Basil, Cardamom, Cinnamon bark, Garlic, Horseradish, Juniper, Nettle, Rosemary, Angelica root, Kava Kava, Ginger […]

Chinese Medicine 101 – Lungs/Large Intestine and Respiratory System

In order for our patients to receive more information on the fundamentals of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and associated western symptoms, we are putting together a series of very basic information of each system.  It is not meant to be all inclusive or include every combination or possibility of a diagnosis from a TCM perspective, that is up to your practitioner to figure out. Your practitioner will help you understand your specific diagnosis.

 

We are also including some common foods that a patient can eat in order to assist in balancing their energy and associated patterns.

Lung Meridian

The Lung Meridian travels from the upper part of the chest down the inside of the arm to the thumb on bilateral. As shown in the picture.

Lung Syndromes

LU-routteThe Lung System in TCM is different in many ways than what we think of as the respiratory system in western medicine.  The lung element has the following correspondences:

  • Yin  associated Yang organ is the Large Intestine
  • Color: White
  • Flavor: Pungent and Spicy
  • Emotion: Sorrow, worry, grief
  • Tissue: Skin
  • Sense: Smell
  • Element: Metal

For example: If someone is craving pungent and spicy foods but is never satisfied after eating a little, they might have a Lung associated issue.  If one experiences a lot of sorrow, worry or grief, Lung related symptoms may appear.

 

 

The Lung Qi in TCM has the following etiology and associated pathology signs/symptoms:

  • Dominates skin and body hair – Excess sweating, thin dry hair, rough dry skin
  • Regulates water passages – Difficult flow of urine, edema
  • Dispersing function – Cough, retention of urine, constipation, shortness of breath
  • Descending function – Spontaneous sweating, no sweat, edema, constipation and diarrhea
  • Controls channels and blood – Cold Limbs
  • Dominates Qi and respiration – Lassitude, shortness of breath, spontaneous sweating, aversion to cold, cough, panting, dyspenia
  • Opens into the nose – Nasal obstructions & discharge, loss of sense of smell, difficulty breathing

If a person suffers from a Lung Qi deficiency the following western condition might exist:

  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Emphysema
  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • Chronic sickness
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Weak Cough
  • Daytime sweating

Dietary recommendations:

Almonds, Carrot, Cherry, Coconut, Ginseng, Goose, Grape, Licorice, Lentil, Oats, Quinoa, Rice, Sage, Squash, Tofu, Yam, Potato

Since every TCM system has a Yin and Yang component, one could experience a Lung Yin Deficiency.  The following western condition might exist:

  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Chronic pharyngitis
  • Diphtheria
  • Laryngitis
  • Pulmonary TB
  • Malar flushing
  • Night sweats
  • Dry throat and mouth
  • Dry cough

Dietary recommendations:

Apple, Asparagus, Banana, Honey, Kidney Bean, Lemon, Mango, Pear, Seaweed, Sesame, Spelt, Spinach,Tofu, Tomato, Wheat, Yam

Another pattern that can occur within the Lungs would be Phlegm in the Lungs or Phlegm and Heat in the Lungs. Signs and symptoms can include the following:

Phlegm only:

  • Chronic coughing fits
  • Pale sputum
  • Shortness of breath
  • Stuffy feeling in the chest
  • White coat on tongue

Phlegm and Heat:

  • Yellow or green phlegm
  • Barking cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Stuffiness in the chest
  • Yellow coat on tongue

Dietary recommendations:

For Phlegm: Almonds, Apple Peel, Celery, Garlic, Grapefruit, Lemon peel, Licorice, Olive, Pepper, Peppermint, Tea, Thyme, Walnut

For Phlegm and Heat add: Apple, Asparagus, Bamboo Shoots, Banana, Celery, Grapefruit, Kelp, Lemon, Mint, Potato, Salt, Seaweed

When external pathogens attack the Lung, the following symptoms might appear:

  • Common cold
  • Bronchitis
  • Influenza
  • Pneumonia
  • Tonsillitis
  • Asthma
  • Dry skin, mouth throat, thirst, hoarse voice
  • Shortness of breath
  • White phlegm
  • Stuffiness in the chest
  • Cough

For external pathogens, we commonly recommend herbal formulas to help drive them out.  However, there are some basic foods you can add to your diet to help the process.  Most of the foods are warming to the body.

Basil, Black Pepper, Cayenne, Cherry, Cinnamon, Clove, Garlic, Ginger, Onion, Peach, Rosemary, Scallion, Walnut […]

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