Traditional Chinese Medicine Theory

Liver Meridian Patterns - Disharmonies 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




LV Qi StagnationChest distention, hypochondriac pain a/or distention, sighing, nausea, vomiting, poor appetite, diarrhea, depression, moodiness, plum pit qi, PMS, breast tenderness, painful a/or irregular menstruationNormalWiry
LV Blood StagnationAbdominal pain, palpable masses in the abdomen, irregular a/or painful menstruation possible with dark clots, purple nails, purple lipsPurple, possibly w/purple spotsWiry
LV Cold StagnationPain in the genital area, general cold signsPale, wet w/white coatWiry, deep, slow
LV FireHeadache, irritability, explosive anger, dizziness, tinnitus, bitter taste in the mouth, red face, red eys, dream-disturbed sleep, constipationRed, dry w/yellow coat, possibly redder along the LV/GB areaWiry, full, rapid
LV WindCan come from LV Blood Deficiency, LV Yang Rising or from Internal heat generating wind (discussed here), muscle spasms, convulsions, high fever, fairly serious conditionRed, stiff w/thick yellow coatWiry, rapid, full
LV YangStroke, asphasia, dizziness, twitchingRed, peeled possibly deviatedFloating, empty or Wiry, fine, rapid
LV/GB Damp HeatChest a/or hypochondriac pain/distention, jaundice, fever, bitter taste in the mouth, poor appetite, nausea, vomiting, swelling a/or itching of the genitalsRed w/yellow sticky coatSlippery, wiry, rapid

Deficiency Patterns




LV Blood DeficiencyNumbness in the extremities, tics, tremors, dizziness, blurred vision, floaters, insomnia, dry skin/hair, scanty or lack of menstruationPale, thin, dryThin, choppy

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