Diagnostic Information and Acupuncture and Herbal Treatment of Liver and Gallbladder Damp Heat

Liver and Gallbladder Damp Heat - Basics

Chest a/or hypochondriac pain/distention, jaundice, fever, bitter taste in the mouth, poor appetite, nausea, vomiting, swelling a/or itching of the genitals.

Red w/yellow sticky coat.

Slippery, wiry, rapid.

Liver and Gallbladder Damp Heat - Related Acupuncture Points

The following (12) acupuncture points may be useful for liver and gallbladder damp heat. A subset of these could potentially be useful with acupressure stimulation and/or tongren therapy methods as well.

Generally treatment would be based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting points by function alone, (see general points selection rules.)

Liver and Gallbladder Damp Heat - Formulas From Our Store

The following herbal formulas are potentially useful in the process of treating liver and gallbladder damp heat. For a complete list from our store with more details see our liver and gallbladder damp heat formula section.

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Liver and Gallbladder Damp Heat - Related Chinese Herbs

The following (3) chinese herbs may be useful for liver and gallbladder damp heat. When available, relevant formulas will appear below and/or in the store listings above.

The following (9) TCM Herbal Formulas May Be Useful For Liver and Gallbladder Damp Heat

Chai Hu Jia Long Gu Mu Li Wan

  • Bupleurum, Dragon Bone, and Oyster Shell Formula
    • Palpitations, anxiety, restlessness, agitation/irritibility, and insomnia from heat due to liver yang or fire.
    • Mental disorders such as including biopolar and schizophrenia resulting from distrubed shen.
    • Symptoms of addiction recovery: cravings, anxiety, mood swings etc.
  • Calm The Spirit
  • Sedate and Calm the Spirit

Long Dan Xie Gan Wan

  • Gentiana Purge Liver Formula
    • Hypochondriac pain, bitter taste in the mouth, irritability, easily angered, headache, dizziness, red, and possibly sore, eyes resulting from liver fire rising.
    • Urinary symptoms such as painful, hot urination perhaps with swollen genitalia, dark and/or turbid urine from damp heat accumulation in the lower jiao.
    • Leukorrhea of yellow color with a strong odor.
  • Clear Heat
  • Clear Heat From The Organs
  • Cautions
    • Not for long term use.
    • Not for patients who present with yin, yang, and/or blood deficiency.
    • Use with caution with patients that present with spleen qi deficiency.

Si Miao Wan

  • Four Marvels Powder
    • Damp-Heat Bi-Syndromes in Chinese Medicine terms - arthritis with hot swollen joints. With the right underlying diagnosis both osteo-arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis would respond.
    • Gout.
    • Weakness and/or atrophy in the lower body with swelling.
    • Leukorrhea and other heat related discharge.
  • Expel Dampness
  • Clear Damp-Heat
  • Cautions
  • Pregnancy
    • Avoid in pregnancy.
    • Avoid in deficiency cases.
    • Generally not suitable for arthritis with cold/deficient signs.

Wen Dan Wan

  • Warm the Gallbladder Formula
    • Anxiety, depression, insomnia, and other shen disturbances caused by phlegm misting the mind.
    • Seizures, convulsions or other types of involuntary muscle contractions that are caused by phlegm and heat.
    • Nausea, vomitting, abdominal discomfort resulting from disharmony of the stomach and gallbladder/liver.
    • Vertigo, dizziness or light-headedness.
  • Treat Phlegm
  • Clear Heat and Transform Phlegm
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution with patients that present with yin or blood deficiency.

Xian Fang Huo Ming Yin Wan

  • Immortals Formula For Sustaining Life
    • Generally for short-term use with early stage heat toxins - sores, carbuncles, boils, styes, acne.  Swollen and painful skin lesions with other heat signs (chills/fever). 
    • Breast abscesses, mastitis.
    • Uses for rheumatoid arthritis and/or psoriasis with the right underlying diagnosis.
    • Internal abscesses from blood stasis.
  • Clear Heat
  • Clear Heat and Relieve Toxicity
  • Cautions
    • Generally not for long-term use.
    • Use with caution with spleen qi deficiency.
    • Avoid with yin fire.

Xiao Feng Wan

  • Clear Wind Pill
    • Itchy and red skin lesions, possibly with weeping -psoriasis, eczema, acne, etc.
    • Topical allergic response, dermatitis -poison ivy, oak, sumac.
    • Acute [allergic] edema in the limbs.


  • Expel Wind
  • Release Wind from the Skin and Channels
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution with patients that present with yin and or blood deficiency.

Xie Xin Wan

  • Drain the Epigastrium Formula
  • 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.

  • Clear Heat
  • Clear Heat and Relieve Toxicity

Yi Zi Wan

  • Decoction B
    • Hemorrhoids and/or constipation from an accumulation of damp-heat and toxins in the lower jiao - possibly bleeding hemorrhoids, pain, rectal prolapse, anal itching.
    • With the right underlying factors may also be useful for vaginal bleeding with abdominal pain, possibly with dark clots.
  • Clear Heat
  • Clear Heat and Relieve Toxicity

Yin Chen Hao Wan

  • Artemisiae Scopariae Decoction
    • Used for a range of liver, gallbladder and pancreatic disorders arising from damp heat.  Symptoms such as jaundice, urinary difficulty, nausea, bloating and more.
    • Western conditions could be cirrhosis, gallbladder disease, alcohol toxicity and more.
    • May involve other psychiatric conditions as well such as manic depression, anger outbursts, etc.
  • Clear Heat
  • Clear Damp-Heat
  • Cautions
    • Avoid in pregnancy.
    • Avoid with yin jaundice (jaundice with absense of heat signs, feeling cold, no redness in tongue).

Liver and Gallbladder Damp Heat - Conditions and Possibilities

The Chinese Medicine treatment of liver and gallbladder damp heat generally involves being certain that this pattern is the proper diagnosis. Each pattern may have multiple conditions and each condition may arise from one or more patterns (see treating the cause and not the symptoms).

The following 39 conditions may arise from liver and gallbladder damp heat . Each condition is listed with other possible patterns to expand diagnostic possibilities.

ConditionsOther Possible Patterns
Alcoholic Liver Disease¤ Spleen and Stomach Damp Heat 
Alcoholism¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency 
Chronic Cholecystitis¤ Liver Qi Stagnation ¤ Liver Fire ¤ Liver Blood Stagnation 
Coma¤ Liver Fire ¤ Liver Wind ¤ Kidney Yang Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yin Deficiency ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency ¤ Blood Stagnation ¤ Shen Disturbance 
Cystitis¤ Liver Fire ¤ Bladder Damp Heat 
Dermatitis¤ Liver Wind ¤ Spleen Yang Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yang Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yin Deficiency ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency ¤ Heat in the Blood 
Eczema¤ Liver Wind ¤ Spleen Yang Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yang Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yin Deficiency ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency ¤ Heat in the Blood 
Epilepsy (Seizure)¤ Liver Yang Rising ¤ Liver Wind ¤ Kidney Qi Deficiency 
Gallstones (Cholelithiasis)¤ Liver Qi Stagnation ¤ Liver Fire ¤ Liver Blood Stagnation 
Gastritis¤ Liver Qi Stagnation ¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency ¤ Stomach Dampness ¤ Stomach Yin Deficiency ¤ Stomach Qi Deficiency ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Gastroenteritis¤ Stomach Dampness ¤ Stomach Cold 
Gingivitis¤ Spleen and Stomach Damp Heat ¤ Stomach Fire ¤ Stomach Yin Deficiency 
Gonorrhea¤ Kidney Yang Deficiency ¤ Bladder Damp Heat 
Hepatitis (B or C)¤ Liver Qi Stagnation ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency 
Herpes¤ Liver Qi Stagnation ¤ Liver Wind ¤ Liver Attacking the Spleen 
Hypercortisolism¤ Kidney Yang Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yin Deficiency ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency 
Hypochondriac Pain¤ Liver Qi Stagnation ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Impotence (Erectile Dysfunction)¤ Liver Qi Stagnation ¤ Heart Qi Deficiency ¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency 
Insomnia¤ Liver Fire ¤ Heart Qi Deficiency ¤ Heart Fire ¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency 
Leukemia¤ Liver Blood Deficiency ¤ Lung Dampness - Phlegm Heat ¤ Large Intestine Damp Heat ¤ Spleen and Stomach Damp Heat ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency 
Leukorrhea¤ Liver Qi Stagnation ¤ Liver Fire ¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency 
Morning Sickness¤ Lung Dampness - Phlegm Cold ¤ Spleen Invasion - Cold Damp ¤ Stomach Cold ¤ Stomach Rebellious Qi 
Mumps¤ Liver Wind ¤ Liver Qi Stagnation ¤ Liver Fire ¤ Lung Wind Invasion - Wind Heat 
Pancreatic Cancer¤ Spleen and Stomach Damp Heat ¤ Stomach Qi Deficiency ¤ Phlegm Stagnation ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Pancreatitis¤ Liver Qi Stagnation ¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency ¤ Spleen and Stomach Damp Heat ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Peptic Ulcer¤ Stomach Fire ¤ Stomach Yin Deficiency ¤ Stomach Cold ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Prostatitis¤ Kidney Yang Deficiency 
Pyelonephritis¤ Lung Dampness - Phlegm Heat ¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency ¤ Spleen and Stomach Damp Heat ¤ Kidney Yin Deficiency 
Raynaud's Disease¤ Liver Qi Stagnation ¤ Liver Blood Stagnation ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)¤ Liver Fire ¤ Liver Wind ¤ Kidney Yang Deficiency ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Sciatica¤ Liver Wind ¤ Liver Blood Deficiency ¤ Kidney Qi Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yang Deficiency 
Scleroderma¤ Liver Wind ¤ Liver Blood Deficiency ¤ Spleen Yang Deficiency ¤ Kidney Qi Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yang Deficiency ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Spermatorrhea¤ Liver Fire ¤ Kidney Yang Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yin Deficiency ¤ Kidney Jing Deficiency 
Thyroiditis¤ Liver Fire ¤ Spleen Yang Deficiency 
Tonsillitis¤ Lung Dampness - Phlegm Heat ¤ Lung Qi Deficiency ¤ Phlegm Stagnation 
Toothache¤ Spleen and Stomach Damp Heat ¤ Stomach Fire ¤ Shen Disturbance ¤ Heat in the Blood 
Tremor¤ Liver Wind ¤ Kidney Yin Deficiency ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency 
Trigeminal Neuralgia¤ Liver Fire ¤ Lung Wind Invasion - Wind Heat ¤ Lung Wind Invasion - Wind Cold ¤ Lung Dampness - Phlegm Cold ¤ Lung Dampness - Phlegm Heat ¤ Stomach Fire ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)¤ Bladder Damp Heat 

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