In Chinese Medicine we recognize two basic types of heat: deficiency-heat and excess-heat. Deficiency-heat is of course simply heat from yin-deficiency, but excess-heat has numerous etiologies, and arguably, one of the most common etiologies is stagnation. Heat from stagnation, which is seen in the clinic virtually every day, is called “yu re” stasis-heat, or “yu huo” stasis-fire, (also translated at constrained-heat, depressed-heat, heat from stagnation, etc.) differentiating this from other forms of heat is vitally important as the treatment is nuanced. Simply “clearing heat” easily results in more harm than good. Fortunately, Nei Jing Su Wen 74 tells us how to treat stasis-heat: “when there is fire constraint, disperse it.”

In this highly practical course we will discuss the etiology, pathomechanism, diagnosis, and treatment of stasis-heat so that you can effectively identify and treat this common pathology. We will draw from classical source material, discuss theoretical fundamentals, learn to identify common signs and symptoms, including pulse diagnosis, and discuss treatment strategies and herb formulas. Finally we will analyze case studies to help illustrate and tie it all together so you can immediately apply what you’ve learned in the clinic.