Choleraaccording to TCM

Symptom family: Infectious Diseases

What is Cholera?

Cholera is an acute, diarrheal illness caused by infection of the intestine with the Vibrio cholerae bacterium. It is primarily spread through contaminated water or food. Cholera can range from mild to severe and is characterized by sudden onset of profuse, watery diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and dehydration.

Without prompt treatment, severe cases can rapidly lead to dehydration and shock, potentially resulting in death. Understanding and recognizing the symptoms of cholera are critical for effective treatment and control of outbreaks.

How Does TCM View Cholera?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) approaches cholera with a distinct perspective, emphasizing the body's internal balance and harmony. Unlike Western medicine, which focuses on the infectious agent, TCM interprets cholera as a manifestation of underlying imbalances in the body's Qi, Yin, and Yang.

It considers environmental factors, such as climate and seasonal changes, contributing to the development of the disease. TCM practitioners diagnose cholera by identifying specific patterns of disharmony, which then guide the treatment approach. This holistic view allows for individualized treatment plans tailored to each patient's unique condition.

Causes of Cholera According to TCM

In TCM, cholera is linked to several patterns. One involves an invasion of Summer Heat with Dampness, reflecting the climatic conditions under which cholera often thrives. This pattern presents symptoms such as sudden onset of diarrhea, nausea, and a sensation of heat, indicating an imbalance where excessive Dampness and Heat accumulate in the body.

The second pattern relates to a disturbance in the Stomach and Intestines due to an invasion of Exogenous Pathogenic Factors. It is characterized by symptoms like vomiting, watery stools, and abdominal cramps. These patterns reveal the disharmony within the body's natural state, guiding TCM practitioners in their treatment strategy.

TCM Herbal Formulas for Cholera

In treating cholera, TCM emphasizes restoring balance and addressing the underlying patterns of disharmony. Formulas that dispel Summer-Heat and facilitate the resolution of Dampness are particularly effective.

For example, Gui Ling Gan Lu Yin, with its key herb Talc (Hua Shi), is a Sweet and Cold formula used for treating patterns such as Summer Heat with Dampness. This approach focuses on alleviating symptoms by correcting internal imbalances and strengthening the body's resistance, thus providing a comprehensive treatment strategy for cholera.

See more details below about Gui Ling Gan Lu Yin, a herbal formula used to address cholera.

  • By Formula Type
  • Formulas that dispel summer-Heat and facilitate resolution of dampness

TCM Herbs for Cholera

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

  • By Herb Category
  • Tonic herbs for qi deficiency
  • Herbs that drain dampness