Symptom family: Liver Parasitic Infections
Liver fluke infestation is a disease caused by one of several species of parasitic flatworms that affect the liver. Common globally in areas with sheep and cattle farming, these parasites are typically transmitted to humans through the consumption of contaminated water or aquatic plants. Once inside the human body, liver flukes can cause a range of symptoms, from mild discomfort to severe liver and bile duct disease.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), liver fluke infestation is seen as an invasion of external pathogenic factors causing internal disharmony.
TCM doesn't just treat the symptoms; it aims to restore the balance of Qi, the body's vital energy. According to TCM, the presence of parasites is a sign of a deeper imbalance that needs to be addressed holistically.
TCM suggests that liver fluke infestation arises when the body's Defensive Qi is weakened, allowing harmful influences to invade. This can result from a diet that impairs the Spleen, which is crucial in TCM for digestion and the distribution of nutrients, or from excessive Dampness within the body that creates a hospitable environment for parasites.
A TCM practitioner would look to strengthen the body's Qi and resolve Dampness as part of the treatment approach.
To counteract liver flukes, TCM employs formulas such as "Hua Chong Wan", which includes Carpesium Fruits (He Shi) known for their parasite-expelling properties. This formula targets the Spleen and Stomach Channel, aiming to restore the body's natural balance and rid it of the parasitic influence.
The choice of treatment depends on the individual's specific symptoms and constitution, emphasizing the personalized nature of TCM healing practices.
See more details below about Hua Chong Wan, a herbal formula used to address liver flukes.
Explore below some TCM herbs used to address liver flukes, organized by herb category.
Liver flukes can be treated by these herbs if it arises from parasitic infections, utilizing their properties to eliminate parasites from the body.
Other herbs of this category are listed in the table below.