Measles induced pneumonia is a serious respiratory complication arising from a measles infection. This condition involves the inflammation and infection of the lung tissue as a secondary development following the initial viral attack of measles.
It is characterized by symptoms like coughing, difficulty in breathing, fever, and sometimes, the presence of a bluish skin color due to lack of oxygen. As a complication of measles, it requires prompt medical attention due to its potential severity and risk to overall health.
TCM Perspective on Measles Induced Pneumonia
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) approaches measles induced pneumonia from a holistic perspective, viewing it as a disturbance caused by external pathogenic factors that have penetrated deeper into the body. TCM recognizes the complexity of this condition, acknowledging that while it originates from a viral infection (measles), the resulting pneumonia is a distinct pathology that reflects an imbalance in the body's Qi (vital energy) and an invasion of pathogenic factors such as Heat and Toxins.
The treatment focuses on expelling these pathogens, restoring balance, and strengthening the body's Defensive Qi to combat the illness and prevent further complications.
In TCM, measles induced pneumonia is often linked to a combination of factors. A common cause is the invasion of Lung Qi by Toxic-Heat, resulting from the measles virus. This Heat can burn the body fluids, creating Phlegm which obstructs the Lung's functioning.
Another factor is the weakening of the Lung Qi, which is vital for respiratory health. This weakness allows external pathogens to penetrate deeper, leading to complications like pneumonia. The approach in TCM is to clear Heat, resolve Phlegm, and strengthen the Lung Qi to address the root and the symptoms.
In treating measles induced pneumonia, TCM recommends specific formulas and herbs tailored to address the underlying imbalances. One such formula is Niu Huang Qing Xin Wan, which includes Ox Gallstones (Niu Huang). This formula is particularly effective for clearing Heat and Toxins that invade the Pericardium, a condition often seen in severe cases of measles induced pneumonia.
It works by expelling the Heat, calming the mind, and restoring the normal function of the Lungs. The choice of formula and herbs is always individualized, based on the patient's specific symptoms and underlying TCM pattern of disharmony.
See more details below about Niu Huang Qing Xin Wan, a herbal formula used to address measles induced pneumonia.
See more details below about Ox Gallstones (Niu Huang), a herb used to address measles induced pneumonia.
Measles induced pneumonia can be treated by these herbs when it is a consequence of excess heat in the blood, helping to cool and detoxify the blood.