Traditional Chinese Medicine Theory

Heart Meridian Patterns - Disharmony Chart - TCM Theory

You may click on a particular pattern below for more detailed information including tongue and pulse diagnosis, related signs and symptoms and treatment points.

Excess Patterns




HT FirePalpitations, thirst, tongue/mouth ulcers, restlessness, red complexion, bitter taste in morningRed w/yellow coat, red point on tipFull, rapid, overflowing (esp. in HT)
Phlegm FireMental confusion, lack of mental clarity, palpitations, restlessness, incoherent speech, rash behavior, tendency towards hitting a/or scolding people, uncontrollable laughter a/or crying, mani depressionRed w/yellow greasy coat, possibly red points on tip a/or deep midline crack running to the tipFull, slippery
Phlegm Misting the Mind (Heart)Phlegm signs w/o heat, mental confusion, unconsciousness, rattling sound in the throat, asphasia, vomitingThick greasy coatSlippery
HT Blood StagnationAngina, chest oppression, HT pain which may radiate down to the left arm or shoulder (emotionally or physiologically related), palpitations, cyanosis of the lips (in more severe cases)PurplishKnotted

Deficiency Patterns




HT Blood DeficiencyPalpitations, dizziness, insomnia, dream disturbed sleep, anxiety, easily startled, poor memory, poor concentration, dull pale complexion, lips are likely to be palePale, possibly thin, maybe dryThin or choppy (many times felt in the HT position)
HT Qi DeficiencyPalpitations on exertion, spontaneous sweating, fatiguePale, possibly a midline crack down to the tipEmpty
HT Yin DeficiencySimilar to Blood Deficiency but with more anxiety and restlessness, palpitations, insomnia, dream disturbed sleep, easily startled, poor memory, fidgeting, mallor flush, night sweats, heat in the 5 palms, dry mouthRed or peeled w/no coatFloating, empty or Thin, fast
HT Yang DeficiencySimilar to HT Qi Deficiency (palpitations on exertion, fatigue, spontaneous sweating) but with cold limbs, feeling of cold, bright pale facePale, wet & swollenDeep, weak, possibly knotted
HT Yang CollapseSerious, patient should go to hospital, severe palpitations, weak and shallow breathing, cyanosis of the lipsPale or purpleHidden, minute or very knotted

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