When a Heat pathogen overcomes your wei level efences, it meets your next defence at your Qi level, where your body combats the invader with heat in the form of fever. Heat pathogens are recognised in Western medicine as, usually, bacteria like TB, Covid or influenza or viruses like the common cold.
With the other responses at the Qi level, the fever is consistent and high, but it’s different when it manifests as Gallbladder heat.
The main difference is that the feeling of heat alternates with feeling cold – though mostly you feel hot.
The reasons it is called Gallbladder Heat include that
This state is similar to the Tai Yang stage of invasion by Cold when the body succeeds in holding the invader ‘outside’ (when you feel cold) alternating with when the invader forces its way inside, when you feel hot.
The curious symptom of thirst but no desire to drink is because of Damp which often arises when the Gallbladder is involved. The Damp inside you confuses your body’s desire to drink.
GB34, GB43, Bl18, Bl19, TB6, TB5 and if Spleen and Stomach functions are disturbed, add Bl20, Bl21, St36. Depending on the patient, frequent and/or strong treatment may be necessary.
xiao chai hu tang is the classic formula, but if Stomach/Spleen functions are disturbed then more appropriate may be hao qin qing dan tang.
See a herbalist! Yes, really!
Stress sometimes plays a major part in inclining your body to Gallbladder Heat. If so, you should sort that out, with someone supportive and objective.
You certainly can. Easily done!
But not a good idea.
Though unpleasant, the symptoms you are experiencing are tried and tested over many generations, and represent your body’s best attempt. Given moderate health and time, your body may very well throw the invader out.
Western style medications tend to prevent your body’s natural inflammatory processes, and to interfere with your gut biome, where much of your immune system resides.
For a discussion of how Chinese medicine views one of Western medicine’s great success stories see our page on antibiotics.
Suppress them and you’ll get its second-best response, which may not appear until later, possibly much later by when you won’t make the connection with suppressing these symptoms.
Probably by then they’ll be at a deeper level such as the Ying level and/or show signs of inflammation (eg arthritis, inflammatory bowel, eczema, asthma, autoimmune diseases – just some examples) for which you’ll be taking Western medications that allow you to proceed your life moderately smoothly.
Just remember that all medications come with baggage. Read our page on Primary and Secondary actions.
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