Heart Fire Flaming Upward Xin Huo Shang

Western diagnosis:

High blood pressure, autonomic heart conditions, glossitis (burning tongue).

Symptoms

Intense emotional symptoms such as inner restlessness, anxiety, sleep disorders with nightmares, emotional instability and impulsiveness, red face, erosion and ulceration in the mouth area (canker sores), bitter taste in mouth, dark urine. Tongue: Red tip, yellow fur, red dots Pulse: Rapid, strong

Recommended:

Thermal nature

Cool and cold foods

Flavor

Bitter-cool, bitter-cold, sour-cool, sour-cold

Fruit

Rhubarb, watermelons, lemons

Vegetables

Raw vegetable salads, tomatoes, dandelion

Beverages

Bread drink (a lacto-fermented beverage made from grain), black tea

Dairy products

Sour milk products

Other

Gentian, vermouth, green tea

Causes

Diet: Too many overly spicy and warming foods.

General: Strong emotional agitation and strain, such as long-suppressed fears and worries can suddenly discharge as heart fire flaming upward.

Comment/Prognosis

In its acute stage, this syndrome can be only marginally improved through dietary therapy. It can, however, benefit from nutritional therapy in the long term. Treatment should focus on acupuncture and Chinese herbal remedies.

Heart fire flaming upward is frequently associated with kidney yin and heart yin vacuity, resulting in loss of governance of heart yang.

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