Theory

Diagnostic Information and Acupuncture and Herbal Treatment of Liver Fire


Liver Fire - Basics

Headache, irritability, explosive anger, dizziness, tinnitus, bitter taste in the mouth, red face, red eyes, dream-disturbed sleep, constipation.

Red, dry w/yellow coat, possibly redder along the LV/GB area.

Wiry, full, rapid.


Liver Fire - Related Acupuncture Points

The following (5) acupuncture points may be useful for liver fire. 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 Fire - Formulas From Our Store

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


Liver Fire - Questions

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Liver Fire - Related Chinese Herbs

The following (1) chinese herb may be useful for liver fire. When available, relevant formulas will appear below and/or in the store listings above.



The following (3) TCM Herbal Formulas May Be Useful For Liver Fire

Chai Hu Jia Long Gu Mu Li Wan

  • Bupleurum, Dragon Bone, and Oyster Shell Formula
  • Used for heat that is lodged in the chest affecting all yang stages, also for phlegm in the liver/gall bladder.  Generally used for a range of psychological conditions, aiding with drug withdrawal and related issues.  Symptoms include chest oppression, anxiety, irratiblity, palpitations, excessive/delirious speech, heavy sensation of body, constipation, urinary issues.

    The Pulse will be wiry and rapid and the Tongue will be red with a slippery tongue coating.

  • 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, 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.

  • Clear Heat
  • Clear Heat From The Organs

Liver Fire - Conditions and Possibilities

The Chinese Medicine treatment of liver fire 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 24 conditions may arise from liver fire . Each condition is listed with other possible patterns to expand diagnostic possibilities.

ConditionsOther Possible Patterns
Acne¤ Spleen and Stomach Damp Heat ¤ Heat in the Blood 
Asthma¤ Liver Qi Stagnation ¤ Lung Wind Invasion - Wind Heat ¤ Lung Wind Invasion - Wind Cold ¤ Lung Dampness - Phlegm Cold ¤ Lung Dampness - Phlegm Heat ¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency ¤ Kidney Qi Deficiency ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency 
Bronchiectasis¤ Lung Wind Invasion - Wind Heat ¤ Lung Dampness - Phlegm Heat ¤ Lung Dryness 
Chronic Cholecystitis¤ Liver Qi Stagnation ¤ Liver and Gallbladder Damp Heat ¤ Liver Blood Stagnation 
Coma¤ Liver Wind ¤ Liver and Gallbladder Damp Heat ¤ Kidney Yang Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yin Deficiency ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency ¤ Blood Stagnation ¤ Shen Disturbance 
Convulsions¤ Liver Yang Rising ¤ Liver Wind ¤ Heart Blood Stagnation ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Cystitis¤ Liver and Gallbladder Damp Heat ¤ Bladder Damp Heat 
Depression¤ Liver Qi Stagnation ¤ Heart Yin Deficiency ¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yin Deficiency ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Dizziness (Vertigo)¤ Liver Wind ¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency ¤ Kidney Qi Deficiency ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Dysuria (Painful Urination)¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency ¤ Spleen and Stomach Damp Heat ¤ Kidney Yang Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yin Deficiency ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency 
Fever¤ Liver Qi Stagnation ¤ Lung Wind Invasion - Wind Heat ¤ Stomach Fire ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Gallstones (Cholelithiasis)¤ Liver Qi Stagnation ¤ Liver and Gallbladder Damp Heat ¤ Liver Blood Stagnation 
Hemorrhoids¤ Liver Yang Rising ¤ Bladder Damp Heat ¤ Heat in the Blood 
Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)¤ Liver Yang Rising ¤ Liver Wind ¤ Kidney Yin Deficiency ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Hyperthyroidism¤ Liver Qi Stagnation ¤ Liver Yang Rising ¤ Heart Yin Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yin Deficiency ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency ¤ Phlegm Stagnation 
Insomnia¤ Liver and Gallbladder Damp Heat ¤ Heart Qi Deficiency ¤ Heart Fire ¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency 
Leukorrhea¤ Liver Qi Stagnation ¤ Liver and Gallbladder Damp Heat ¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency 
Neurasthenia¤ Liver Qi Stagnation ¤ Heart Qi Deficiency ¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency 
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)¤ Liver Wind ¤ Liver and Gallbladder Damp Heat ¤ Kidney Yang Deficiency ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Schizophrenia¤ Liver Yang Rising ¤ Heart Blood Deficiency ¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency ¤ Phlegm Stagnation ¤ Shen Disturbance 
Spermatorrhea¤ Liver and Gallbladder Damp Heat ¤ Kidney Yang Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yin Deficiency ¤ Kidney Jing Deficiency 
Thyroiditis¤ Liver and Gallbladder Damp Heat ¤ Spleen Yang Deficiency 
Tinnitus¤ Lung Qi Deficiency ¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yin Deficiency ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency ¤ Spleen Qi Sinking ¤ Phlegm Stagnation 
Trigeminal Neuralgia¤ Liver and Gallbladder Damp Heat ¤ 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 



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