Root Causes of Carbuncles in TCM

Explore below more details about what might cause Carbuncles according to TCM.

  • By Syndrome
  • Heat
  • Blood Deficiency
  • Wind
Detailed description of the cause

Heat

In TCM "Heat" signifies an excess of Yang energy, leading to an imbalance where heat predominates over the body's cool Yin aspects. This condition is metaphorically akin to an internal over-heating. Symptoms indicative of Heat can include feelings of warmth, fever, sweating, irritability, red face, thirst with a preference for cold drinks, and a rapid pulse. The tongue may appear red with a yellow coating. Unlike the common interpretation of heat in terms of temperature, in TCM, it represents a state of hyperactivity or inflammation in the body.... see more

Heat Patterns That Can Lead to Carbuncles

Common Symptoms: Fever Pustule Red Skin Eruptions Sore Throat Eczema Perineum Swollen Prostate Swollen Testicular Swelling

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Toxic-Heat Carbuncles, Fever, Edema, Pus and discharge, Boils, Pustule, Red skin eruptions, Sore throat, Eczema, Perineum swollen, Prostate swollen, Testicular swelling, Mouth ulcers, Tonsil swelling... see more Er Qing Gao | Pu Ji Xiao Du Yin | Shi Wei Bai Du San | Yin Qiao San | Sang Ju Yin | Bai Hu Tang | Long Dan Xie Gan Tang | Qing Ying Tang | Xi Jiao Di Huang Tang | Huang Lian Jie Du Tang | Xin Yi Qing Fei Yin | Gan Lu Xiao Du Dan | San Zhong Kui Jian Tang | Zi Dang Gao | Bing Peng San | Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin
Toxic-Heat Stagnation Carbuncles, Pustule, Fever, Red skin eruptions, Sore throat, Throat pain, Eczema, Perineum swollen, Prostate swollen, Testicular swelling, Mouth ulcers, Tonsil swelling... see more Huang Lian Jie Du Tang | Xin Yi Qing Fei Yin
Detailed description of the cause

Blood Deficiency

Blood Deficiency in TCM is like when your body's tank runs low on the vital energy that blood provides. It's not exactly the same as anemia in modern medicine, which is about having too few red blood cells. Instead, Blood Deficiency in TCM is about your body not having enough of the life-giving qualities that blood brings, like nourishment and moisture. This can make you feel tired, look pale, and even feel dizzy or have blurry vision. It's like a garden not getting enough water to stay lush and vibrant. TCM sees this as an imbalance where the body isn't being nourished as it should be, impacting overall health and well-being.... see more

Blood Deficiency Patterns That Can Lead to Carbuncles

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Blood Deficiency with External Wind Carbuncles, Eczema, Red skin eruptions, Urticaria, Neurodermatitis, Ichthyosis, Psoriasis, Measles, Contact dermatitis, Itchy skin, Hair loss, Boils, Drug rash, Skin dryness, Itching worsen at nights, Flaking skin... see more Dang Gui Yin Zi
Detailed description of the cause

Wind

In TCM "Wind" is a concept that represents a pattern of disharmony, often characterized by its sudden and unpredictable nature, much like a gusty wind changing direction without warning. This pattern is associated with symptoms that come and go quickly or move around the body, such as itching, tremors, or even certain types of pain. Wind is considered to be a primary cause of illnesses that have these rapidly changing characteristics. In TCM, external Wind often refers to illnesses that start suddenly, like the common cold, believed to be caused by external pathogenic factors like climatic changes. On the other hand, internal Wind can be linked to internal imbalances and can manifest in conditions like dizziness or spasms. ... see more

Wind Patterns That Can Lead to Carbuncles

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Blood Deficiency with External Wind Carbuncles, Eczema, Red skin eruptions, Urticaria, Neurodermatitis, Ichthyosis, Psoriasis, Measles, Contact dermatitis, Itchy skin, Hair loss, Boils, Drug rash, Skin dryness, Itching worsen at nights, Flaking skin... see more Dang Gui Yin Zi

TCM Herbal Formulas for Carbuncles

Explore below some TCM herbal formulas used to address carbuncles, organized by cause and by formula type.

  • By Cause
  • By Formula Type
  • Heat
  • Blood Deficiency
  • Wind
  • External formulas for external disorders
  • Formulas that clear heat and resolve toxicity
  • Formulas that clear external abscesses and sores
  • Formulas that clear heat from the organs
  • Formulas that clear nutritive-level heat
  • Formulas that dredge and disperse external wind
  • Formulas that clear wind-Heat
  • Formulas that clear qi-level heat
  • Formulas that clear heat and expel dampness

All Formulas Recommended for Carbuncles Caused by Heat

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Huang Lian Jie Du Tang Toxic-Heat, Toxic-Heat Stagnation
Xin Yi Qing Fei Yin Toxic-Heat, Toxic-Heat Stagnation
Er Qing Gao Toxic-Heat
Pu Ji Xiao Du Yin Toxic-Heat
Shi Wei Bai Du San Toxic-Heat
Yin Qiao San Toxic-Heat
Sang Ju Yin Toxic-Heat
Bai Hu Tang Toxic-Heat
Long Dan Xie Gan Tang Toxic-Heat
Qing Ying Tang Toxic-Heat
Xi Jiao Di Huang Tang Toxic-Heat
Gan Lu Xiao Du Dan Toxic-Heat
San Zhong Kui Jian Tang Toxic-Heat
Zi Dang Gao Toxic-Heat
Bing Peng San Toxic-Heat
Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin Toxic-Heat

All "formulas that clear heat and resolve toxicity" recommended for carbuncles

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Huang Lian Jie Du Tang Toxic-Heat, Toxic-Heat Stagnation
Pu Ji Xiao Du Yin Toxic-Heat
Xie Xin Tang Not applicable
Liang Ge San Not applicable

All "formulas that clear heat from the organs" recommended for carbuncles

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Xin Yi Qing Fei Yin Toxic-Heat, Toxic-Heat Stagnation
Long Dan Xie Gan Tang Toxic-Heat

All "external formulas for external disorders" recommended for carbuncles

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Er Qing Gao Toxic-Heat
Yin Qiao San Toxic-Heat
Zi Dang Gao Toxic-Heat
Bing Peng San Toxic-Heat

All "formulas that clear external abscesses and sores" recommended for carbuncles

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Shi Wei Bai Du San Toxic-Heat
San Zhong Kui Jian Tang Toxic-Heat
Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin Toxic-Heat

All "formulas that clear nutritive-level heat" recommended for carbuncles

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Qing Ying Tang Toxic-Heat
Xi Jiao Di Huang Tang Toxic-Heat

Acupoints for Carbuncles

Explore below some acupoints used to address carbuncles, organized by meridian.

  • By Meridian
  • Pericardium Channel
  • Governing Vessel
  • Extra Points: Upper Extremities (EX-UE)
Daling P-7

Daling P-7

In the depression in the middle of the transverse crease of the wrist, between the tendons of palmaris longus and flexor carpi radialis muscle.

Lingtai DU-10

Lingtai DU-10

On the back midline, in the depression below the spinous process of the 6th thoracic vertebra (T6).

Zhoujian EX-UE-1

Zhoujian EX-UE-1

On the tip of the olecranon.