Liver Fire in Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Pattern of Illness

Symptoms of Liver Fire

Red face and eyes
Outbursts of anger
Ringing in the ears
Dry mouth and thirst
Bitter taste in the mouth
Muscle tightness in the neck and shoulders
Headache, especially on the sides of the head
Feel hot
Blood pressure rises with stress
Dark, scanty urine

Tongue Appearance

Red tongue, may have red sides. Coating is yellowish and dry. May also be normal.



Full, wiry, rapid pulse

Herbs Used For Liver Fire

  • Dandelion


Foods Used For Liver Fire

These are just some of the foods that are believed to help liver fire

  • Seaweed
  • Spinach
  • Chestnut
  • Rye
  • Vinegar
  • Asparagus
  • Egg
  • Royal jelly

​Since symptoms of imbalances in alternative medicine may be linked to a number of medical conditions, it's important to consult your physician if you have any health concerns. Self-treating a health condition and avoiding or delaying standard care may have serious consequences.


Kaptchuk TJ. The Web That Has No Weaver: Understanding Chinese Medicine. Chicago: Contemporary (McGraw-Hill) 2000

Lu, H. Chinese Natural Cures, New York: Black Dog and Leventhal Publishers, 1994.

Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed physician. It is not meant to cover all possible precautions, drug interactions, circumstances or adverse effects. You should seek prompt medical care for any health issues and consult your doctor before using alternative medicine or making a change to your regimen.

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