Heat can be found at the qi level, blood level (xue), nutritive level (ying) and within particular organ systems. Proper diagnosis is very important when working to clear heat as improper use of cooling herbs/formulas can weaken the yang and cause any variety of health problems. The formulas within this section are often used for relatively short periods of time with somewhat acute conditions.
Signs of damp-heat with interior clumping which may settle into the abdominal region and/or rise upward to the head. Fever, irritability, red eyes, constipation, dark urine, flushed face - middle warmer issues - jaundice, dysentery, tongue/mouth ulcers.
Pulse will be be wiry and rapid and the Tongue will be red, swollen with a yellow greasy tongue coating.
Heat at night (nightsweats, sensation of heat) with a sensation of coolness in the early morning/upon waking, no effect on appetite.
Pulse will be fine and rapid and the Tongue will be red with little coating.
Hypochondriac pain, bitter taste in the mouth, irritability, easily angered, headache, dizziness, red, and possibly sore, eyes, diminished hearing and/or swollen sensation in ears/head. May have urinary symptoms such as painful, hot urination perhaps with swollen genitalia. Women may have leukorrhea with a strong odor.
The Pulse will be wiry, rapid and forceful and the Tongue will be red with a yellow tongue coating.