Acute Cholecystitisaccording to TCM

Symptom family: Biliary & Gallbladder Disorders

Parent symptom: Cholecystitis

Did you mean? Gallstones

What is Acute Cholecystitis?

Acute cholecystitis refers to the sudden inflammation of the gallbladder, often associated with gallstones. This condition typically presents with severe pain in the upper right abdomen, fever, and nausea. Recognized as a serious medical condition, it demands immediate attention and care.

How Does TCM View Acute Cholecystitis?

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acute cholecystitis is seen as a disturbance in the body's natural balance. Unlike Western medicine, which focuses on localized inflammation, TCM considers the flow of Qi (energy), the harmony of Yin and Yang, and lifestyle factors.

It interprets the symptoms as indicators of deeper systemic imbalances and aims to restore equilibrium through holistic treatment.

Causes of Acute Cholecystitis According to TCM

In TCM, the primary cause of acute cholecystitis is seen as a combination of Heat and Dampness accumulation in the Gallbladder and Liver, leading to inflammation and pain.

The imbalance is characterized by sharp abdominal pain, fever, and nausea, mirroring the symptoms recognized in conventional medicine but interpreted through the principles of energy and elemental balance.

TCM Herbal Formulas for Acute Cholecystitis

To address acute cholecystitis, TCM recommends several herbal formulas. Huang Lian Jie Du Tang, containing Goldthread Rhizomes, is employed to clear Heat and Dampness, particularly from the Gallbladder and Liver. It helps reduce inflammation and alleviate symptoms of heat accumulation.

Another formula, Long Dan Xie Gan Tang, which includes Chinese Gentian, targets the Liver and Gallbladder directly, aiming to cool and soothe these organs by dispelling excess Heat.

For more severe cases with significant Heat build-up, San Wu Bei Ji Wan, which contains the potent Croton Fruits, is used as a strong purgative to expel the accumulated Heat rapidly. These formulas are part of a holistic approach in TCM, focusing on restoring balance and ensuring the smooth flow of Qi and bodily fluids to promote healing.

Explore below some TCM herbal formulas used to address acute cholecystitis, organized by formula type.

  • By Formula Type
  • Formulas that clear heat and resolve toxicity
  • Formulas that clear heat from the organs
  • Formulas that warm and purge
  • Formulas that purge heat accumulation
  • Formulas that clear internal abscesses and sores

All "formulas that clear heat and resolve toxicity" recommended for acute cholecystitis

Formula Key herbs
Huang Lian Jiao Du Tang Goldthread Rhizomes (Huang Lian)
Huang Lian Jie Du Tang Goldthread Rhizomes (Huang Lian)

TCM Herbs for Acute Cholecystitis

Explore below some TCM herbs used to address acute cholecystitis, organized by herb category.

  • By Herb Category
  • Herbs that clear heat and dry dampness
  • Cathartic herbs that drain downward
  • Herbs that drain dampness

"Herbs that clear Heat and dry Dampness" recommended for acute cholecystitis

Herb Formulas they belong to (if applicable)
Goldthread Rhizomes (Huang Lian) Huang Lian Jiao Du Tang | Huang Lian Jie Du Tang
Chinese Gentian (Long Dan Cao) Long Dan Xie Gan Tang