Lung Abscessaccording to TCM

What is Lung Abscess?

A lung abscess is a medical condition characterized by a pus-filled cavity in the lung, often resulting from bacterial infection. This condition typically occurs when bacteria or other infectious organisms enter the lung tissue, leading to an inflammatory response and the formation of an abscess.

Lung abscesses can cause severe respiratory symptoms and require prompt medical attention. Synonyms for this condition include lung infection and pulmonary abscess, underscoring its nature as an infectious and inflammatory ailment of the lung tissues.

TCM Perspective on Lung Abscess

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) approaches lung abscesses quite differently from Western medicine. In TCM, this condition is viewed through the lens of energetic imbalances and disharmony within the body's systems, particularly those related to the lungs.

The focus is on identifying underlying patterns of disharmony, such as Qi (vital energy) stagnation, Yin or Yang imbalances, or the invasion of external pathological factors. TCM emphasizes holistic treatment, aiming to restore balance and harmony in the body's energies and functional systems.

Causes of Lung Abscess According to TCM

In TCM, lung abscesses are often attributed to a combination of pathogenic factors and internal imbalances. One common cause is the invasion of Wind-Heat, which, when combined with Phlegm, can lead to the formation of abscesses. This pattern is marked by symptoms like fever, cough, and yellow sputum.

Another TCM pattern associated with lung abscesses is Blood Stagnation, where the Blood circulation are impeded, leading to the accumulation of toxins and formation of abscesses. This pattern may present with chest pain, cough, and expectoration of bloody sputum.

TCM Herbal Formulas for Lung Abscess

TCM treatment for lung abscesses typically involves herbal formulas tailored to the specific patterns of disharmony identified in the patient. For patterns associated with Blood Stagnation and Heat, Da Huang Mu Dan Pi Tang is often prescribed.

This formula contains key herbs like Rhubarb (Da Huang), which is known for its properties of clearing Heat and resolving Blood Stagnation. The choice of formula depends on the individual's specific symptoms and underlying TCM patterns, ensuring a personalized approach to treatment.

See more details below about Da Huang Mu Dan Pi Tang, a herbal formula used to address lung abscess.

  • By Formula Type
  • Formulas that clear internal abscesses and sores

Acupoints for Lung Abscess

In addition to herbal medicine, TCM also utilizes acupuncture for treating lung abscesses. A key acupoint is Feishu BL-13, located near the third thoracic vertebra. This point is instrumental in tonifying Lung Qi, nourishing Lung Yin, and clearing Lung Heat.

By stimulating Feishu BL-13, practitioners aim to enhance lung function, clear infection, and promote the resolution of abscesses. This acupoint is an integral part of the holistic treatment approach in TCM, addressing both the symptoms and the root causes of lung abscesses.

See more details below about Feishu BL-13, an acupoint used to address lung abscess.

  • By Meridian
  • Bladder Channel
Feishu BL-13

Feishu BL-13

1.5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous process of the 3rd thoracic vertebra (T3).

TCM Herbs for Lung Abscess

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

  • By Herb Category
  • Herbs that clear heat and relieve toxicity
  • Cool herbs that transform phlegm and stop cough
  • Herbs that clear heat and purge fire and/or clear summer heat
  • Herbs that drain dampness
  • Warm herbs that transform phlegm and stop cough
  • Purgative herbs that drain downward

"Herbs that clear Heat and relieve Toxicity" recommended for lung abscess

Herb Formulas they belong to (if applicable)
Dandelions (Pu Gong Ying) Not applicable
Houttuynia (Yu Xing Cao) Not applicable
Perennial Buckwheat Roots (Jin Qiao Mai) Not applicable

"Cool herbs that transform Phlegm and stop Cough" recommended for lung abscess

Herb Formulas they belong to (if applicable)
Fritillary Bulbs (Chuan Bei Mu) Not applicable
Snake Gourds (Gua Lou) Not applicable