Shoulder Tumorsaccording to TCM

Symptom family: Neoplasms, Tumors and Cancer

Parent symptom: Tumor

What are Shoulder Tumors?

Shoulder tumors encompass a range of abnormal growths that can develop in the tissues around the shoulder area, including muscles, bones, and connective tissues. These growths can be benign, such as lipomas or fibromas, or malignant, like sarcomas. The nature of the tumor can vary widely, affecting mobility and causing discomfort or pain in the shoulder region.

How does TCM view Shoulder Tumors?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) approaches shoulder tumors not just as isolated growths but as manifestations of deeper imbalances within the body's energy system. According to TCM, the formation of tumors is often linked to the Stagnation of Qi (vital energy) and Blood, the accumulation of Phlegm, or the presence of Toxic Heat.

TCM treatments aim to address these underlying issues, seeking to restore harmony and balance to the body's energy flows and eliminate the root causes of the tumor.

Causes of Shoulder Tumors According to TCM

In the TCM framework, shoulder tumors arise due to the disruption of the body’s natural harmony. Key factors include the stagnation of Qi and Blood, which can lead to the formation of masses when not flowing smoothly through the meridians.

Another common cause is the accumulation of Dampness and Phlegm, which, when combined with Heat or Toxic Heat in the body, can manifest as tumors. TCM practitioners assess the individual's overall health, including emotional state, diet, and environmental factors, to identify the specific pattern of disharmony leading to tumor growth.

TCM Herbal Formulas for Shoulder Tumors

To treat shoulder tumors, TCM employs a variety of herbal formulas designed to target the underlying patterns of imbalance. San Zhong Kui Jian Tang, featuring Phellodendron Bark (Huang Bo) as a crucial ingredient, is commonly prescribed to clear Blood Stagnation and Toxic Heat, addressing conditions that lead to the formation of tumors.

By focusing on restoring the smooth flow of Qi and Blood, eliminating Phlegm, and cooling Toxic Heat, these treatments work to reduce the size of tumors and prevent their recurrence, offering a holistic approach to healing and recovery.

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

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TCM Herbs for Shoulder Tumors

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

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