Neck Tumorsaccording to TCM

Symptom family: Neoplasms, Tumors and Cancer

Parent symptom: Tumor

What are Neck Tumors?

Neck tumors refer to abnormal growths that develop in the tissues of the neck. These tumors can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous) and may affect various structures in the neck region, including the thyroid gland, lymph nodes, salivary glands, and muscles.

The presence of a neck tumor can lead to symptoms such as a visible lump, swelling, pain, difficulty swallowing, and changes in voice. Due to the complex anatomy of the neck, these tumors can have diverse origins and implications for health.

How does TCM view Neck Tumors?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) approaches neck tumors from a holistic perspective, seeing them as manifestations of underlying imbalances within the body's energy systems. TCM theory suggests that tumors can arise from the Stagnation of Qi (vital energy) or Blood, or the accumulation of Heat and Toxic.

Unlike Western medicine, which focuses on the tumor itself, TCM aims to restore balance and harmony within the body, thereby addressing both the symptoms and the root causes of the tumor.

Causes of Neck Tumors According to TCM

In TCM, neck tumors are often attributed to the Stagnation of Qi and Blood, leading to the formation of masses. This stagnation can result from emotional stress, dietary imbalances, environmental factors, or inherited weaknesses.

Additionally, the accumulation of Toxic-Heat, is seen as another primary cause. These conditions create a fertile ground for the growth of tumors, as they block the normal flow of Qi and Blood, leading to the accumulation and congealing of these substances in the neck region.

TCM Herbal Formulas for Neck Tumors

To address neck tumors, TCM practitioners may recommend formulas that clear external abscesses and sores, targeting the underlying patterns of disharmony. One such formula is San Zhong Kui Jian Tang, which contains Phellodendron bark (Huang Bo) as a key herb.

This formula is particularly suited for cases where Blood Stagnation and Toxic-Heat are identified as the primary patterns. By targeting these imbalances, the formula aims to reduce the tumor, alleviate pain, and restore the normal flow of Qi and Blood, demonstrating TCM's holistic approach to treating neck tumors.

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

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

TCM Herbs for Neck Tumors

Explore below some TCM herbs used to address neck tumors, organized by herb category.

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