Leptospirosisaccording to TCM

Symptom families: Infectious Diseases, Bacterial Infections

Sub-symptom(s): Mild Leptospirosis

What is Leptospirosis?

Leptospirosis, commonly referred to as rat fever or Weil's disease, is a bacterial infection primarily caused by bacteria from the genus Leptospira. This disease is often contracted through direct or indirect contact with the urine of infected animals, particularly rodents.

Its manifestations can range from mild to severe, with symptoms including fever, muscle pain, headache, and in severe cases, kidney damage, liver failure, or meningitis. Mild leptospirosis often exhibits flu-like symptoms and can resolve spontaneously, but severe forms require prompt medical attention.

How does TCM view Leptospirosis?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) approaches leptospirosis not as a specific bacterial infection but as a complex imbalance within the body's systems. TCM theory posits that diseases arise from disharmonies in the body's vital energy, known as Qi, as well as imbalances in Yin and Yang, and the interplay with environmental factors.

Leptospirosis, in TCM, is seen as a result of external pathogenic factors invading the body and disturbing its natural harmony. Treatment focuses on restoring this balance, emphasizing the individual's unique pattern of disharmony and employing holistic healing strategies.

Causes of Leptospirosis According to TCM

In TCM, leptospirosis is often associated with two primary patterns of disharmony. The first is the invasion of external pathogenic factors that generate Heat and Dampness within the body, disrupting the normal function of internal organs, particularly the Liver and Gallbladder. This disharmony can manifest in symptoms such as fever, muscle soreness, and jaundice, reflecting the liver's role in TCM.

TCM Herbal Formulas for Leptospirosis

In addressing leptospirosis, TCM practitioners may recommend specific herbal formulas tailored to the individual's unique pattern of disharmony. A commonly used formula is Hao Qin Qing Dan Tang, which includes Sweet Wormwood Herbs (Qing Hao) as a key component. This formula is particularly effective in treating patterns of Gallbladder Heat and Phlegm-Heat in the Gallbladder, aligning with symptoms such as fever and gastrointestinal upset.

It works by clearing heat and dampness from the body, thereby alleviating symptoms and restoring balance. The selection of herbs and formulas is always personalized, taking into account the patient's overall health, specific symptoms, and the underlying pattern of disharmony in TCM terms.

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

  • By Formula Type
  • Formulas that harmonize lesser yang-warp disorders
  • Formulas that clear heat and expel dampness

TCM Herbs for Leptospirosis

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

  • By Herb Category
  • Herbs that clear heat and purge fire and/or clear summer heat
  • Herbs that drain dampness
  • Herbs that clear heat and dry dampness

"Herbs that clear Heat and purge Fire and/or clear Summer Heat" recommended for leptospirosis

Herb Formulas they belong to (if applicable)
Sweet Wormwood Herbs (Qing Hao) Hao Qin Qing Dan Tang
Climbing Groundsel Herbs (Qian Li Guang) Not applicable

"Herbs that drain Dampness" recommended for leptospirosis

Herb Formulas they belong to (if applicable)
Talc (Hua Shi) Gan Lu Xiao Du Dan
Virgate Wormwood (Yin Chen) Gan Lu Xiao Du Dan