Lumbar Disc Diseaseaccording to TCM

Symptom family: Lumbar Concerns

What is Lumbar Disc Disease?

Lumbar disc disease refers to a range of conditions affecting the discs in the lower back. These discs act as cushions between the vertebrae and are crucial for spinal flexibility and shock absorption.

The disease manifests when these discs degenerate or become damaged, often leading to pain, numbness, or weakness in the lower back and legs. This condition is a common cause of lower back pain and can range from mild discomfort to severe, debilitating pain.

How does TCM view Lumbar Disc Disease?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) approaches lumbar disc disease from a holistic perspective, focusing on the balance of bodily energies. TCM identifies the condition as a consequence of imbalances in the body's fundamental substances – Qi, Blood, Yin, and Yang.

It emphasizes the significance of harmonizing these elements and enhancing the flow of Qi along the meridians to alleviate symptoms. TCM recognizes that each individual's condition is unique and tailors treatments to address specific patterns of disharmony.

Causes of Lumbar Disc Disease According to TCM

In TCM, lumbar disc disease is often attributed to a combination of internal weaknesses and external factors. One common cause is Kidney Deficiency, believed to weaken the bones and lower back. This Deficiency can stem from aging, hereditary factors, or chronic illness.

Another cause is the invasion of external pathogenic factors like Dampness and Cold, which obstruct the flow of Qi and Blood in the lumbar region, leading to pain and stiffness. TCM emphasizes that identifying the correct pattern of disharmony is crucial for effective treatment.

TCM Herbal Formulas for Lumbar Disc Disease

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), lumbar disc disease is often treated with specific formulas. Fu Zi Tang is used to warm the body and transform dampness, targeting the Heart, Kidney, and Spleen, especially when Cold-Dampness obstructs the meridians.

For cases stemming from Kidney and Spleen Yang Deficiency, Zhen Wu Tang is beneficial, aiding in warming the body and dispelling dampness to alleviate lumbar pain. Additionally, Du Huo Ji Sheng Tang targets chronic pain by dispelling Wind-Damp and supporting the Bladder and Kidney meridians. The selection of these formulas is based on individual TCM diagnoses, aiming to restore balance in the body's systems.

Explore below some TCM herbal formulas used to address lumbar disc disease, organized by formula type.

  • By Formula Type
  • Formulas that warm and transform water and dampness
  • Formulas that warm and purge
  • Formulas that dispel wind-Damp
  • Formulas that promote urination and leach out dampness
  • Formulas that clear wind-Cold

All "formulas that warm and transform water and dampness" recommended for lumbar disc disease

Formula Key herbs
Fu Zi Tang Prepared Aconite (Zhi Fu Zi)
Zhen Wu Tang Prepared Aconite (Zhi Fu Zi)

TCM Herbs for Lumbar Disc Disease

Explore below some TCM herbs used to address lumbar disc disease, organized by herb category.

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