Chronic Cholecystitisaccording to TCM

Symptom family: Biliary & Gallbladder Disorders

Parent symptom: Cholecystitis

What is Cholecystitis?

Cholecystitis, commonly known as gallbladder inflammation, is a medical condition characterized by the swelling and irritation of the gallbladder. This inflammation often leads to severe pain in the upper right abdomen, potentially radiating to other areas. Cholecystitis can manifest in two forms: Chronic Cholecystitis, which develops slowly, and Acute Cholecystitis, marked by sudden, intense pain.

How does TCM view Chronic Cholecystitis?

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), chronic cholecystitis is interpreted through a lens focused on energy, balance, and the flow within the body's systems.

TCM considers this condition as a result of imbalances, particularly affecting the Gallbladder and Liver. This perspective underscores the significance of identifying specific patterns of disharmony unique to each individual, guiding personalized treatments to restore balance.

Causes of Chronic Cholecystitis According to TCM

In TCM, chronic cholecystitis is often attributed to Cold in the Middle Burner, affecting the digestive system and leading to impaired energy flow and inflammation in the Gallbladder.

Another common cause is Qi Stagnation, where the flow of energy is obstructed, causing pain and inflammation. These patterns reflect a complex interplay of environmental, physical, and emotional factors that TCM seeks to address holistically.

TCM Herbal Formulas for Chronic Cholecystitis

TCM recommends various formulas and herbs to treat chronic cholecystitis, based on the specific pattern of disharmony. For example, Da Jian Zhong Tang, which includes Sichuan pepper, is used to warm the Middle Burner and dispel Cold.

Similarly, Wu Zhu Yu Tang, containing Evodia Fruits, is employed for its warming properties.

In cases of stomach and intestine disharmony, Ban Xia Xie Xin Tang, with Goldthread Rhizomes, is chosen for its ability to clear Heat and dry Dampness. These formulas exemplify the TCM approach of using tailored herbal remedies to address the underlying causes and restore balance in the body.

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

  • By Formula Type
  • Formulas that warm the middle and dispel cold
  • Formulas that harmonize stomach-Intestines
  • Formulas that promote qi movement
  • Formulas that release the exterior and warm the interior
  • Formulas that tonify qi
  • Formulas that harmonize lesser yang-warp disorders
  • Formulas that clear internal abscesses and sores

All "formulas that warm the middle and dispel cold" recommended for chronic cholecystitis

Formula Key herbs
Da Jian Zhong Tang Sichuan Pepper (Hua Jiao)
Wu Zhu Yu Tang Evodia Fruits (Wu Zhu Yu)

TCM Herbs for Chronic Cholecystitis

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

  • By Herb Category
  • Herbs that warm the interior and/or expel cold
  • Tonic herbs for qi deficiency
  • Herbs that clear heat and dry dampness
  • Cool/Acrid herbs that release the exterior
  • Warm/Acrid herbs that release the exterior
  • Herbs that drain dampness

"Herbs that warm the Interior and/or expel Cold" recommended for chronic cholecystitis

Herb Formulas they belong to (if applicable)
Sichuan Pepper (Hua Jiao) Da Jian Zhong Tang
Evodia Fruits (Wu Zhu Yu) Wu Zhu Yu Tang

"Tonic herbs for Qi Deficiency" recommended for chronic cholecystitis

Herb Formulas they belong to (if applicable)
Ginseng (Ren Shen) Gui Zhi Ren Shen Tang
Milkvetch Roots (Huang Qi) Sheng Yang Yi Wei Tang