Lymphatic Tuberculosisaccording to TCM

Symptom families: Lymphatic Disorders, Tuberculosis, Neck Disorders and Symptoms

Parent symptom: Tuberculosis

Did you mean? Scrofula

What is Lymphatic Tuberculosis?

Lymphatic tuberculosis is a form of tuberculosis that specifically affects the lymphatic system, often causing swollen lymph nodes. The disease is caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which can infect various parts of the body, including the lymphatic system, leading to localized symptoms or systemic illness. The condition may result in firm, enlarged lymph nodes, commonly in the neck, which can become tender and may suppurate over time.

How Does TCM View Lymphatic Tuberculosis?

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), lymphatic tuberculosis is viewed through a holistic lens as an imbalance in the body's life force, or Qi, often related to the accumulation of Toxic Heat and Dampness.

TCM practitioners believe in treating the root cause of the symptoms by identifying the specific pattern of disharmony, whether it is Qi Deficiency, Blood Stagnation, or an invasion of external pathogenic factors.

Causes of Lymphatic Tuberculosis According to TCM

According to TCM, lymphatic tuberculosis may arise from an underlying weakness in the body's Qi, particularly the Defensive Qi that protects against external pathogens. When Qi is Deficient, it can lead to a vulnerability to "Toxic Heat," which can accumulate and manifest as swollen lymph nodes.

Additionally, a Qi And Blood Stagnation can result in the formation of masses. TCM treatments aim to strengthen Qi, resolve Stagnation, and clear Heat to restore balance and health.

TCM Herbal Formulas for Lymphatic Tuberculosis

TCM recommends herbal formulas such as San Zhong Kui Jian Tang to treat lymphatic tuberculosis. This formula includes Phellodendron bark, known for its Heat-clearing and Damp-drying properties, and is used to target the Bladder, Kidney, and Large Intestine Channels.

The treatment approach is tailored to each patient's unique condition, with the goal of eliminating the pathogenic factors and reinforcing the body's natural defenses.

See more details below about San Zhong Kui Jian Tang, a herbal formula used to address lymphatic tuberculosis.

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

TCM Herbs for Lymphatic Tuberculosis

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

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