Traumaaccording to TCM

Symptom family: Injuries, Cuts & Traumatic Wounds

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What is Trauma?

Trauma, in medical terms, refers to physical injuries caused by external force. These injuries can vary in severity and type, ranging from minor cuts and bruises to severe wounds and bone fractures.

Trauma encompasses a wide range of physical conditions including accidental wounds, bodily harm, open wounds, and traumatic injuries. It’s important to understand that trauma can affect not just the physical aspect of the body, but also the psychological state of an individual.

TCM Perspective on Trauma

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) views trauma through a holistic lens, considering both physical and energetic impacts on the body. TCM interprets trauma as a disruption in the body's energy flow or Qi, and the balance of Yin and Yang.

This disruption can lead to Stagnation of Qi and Blood, causing pain and swelling. TCM emphasizes restoring the flow of Qi and balancing Yin and Yang to heal traumatic injuries. The approach is not just about healing the physical wound, but also about restoring the overall energy balance within the body.

TCM Causes of Trauma

In TCM, trauma is often associated with two primary patterns: Blood Stagnation and Qi Stagnation. Blood Stagnation refers to the disruption of normal Blood flow due to injury, leading to pain, swelling, and discoloration.

Qi Stagnation, on the other hand, is characterized by the blockage of Qi flow in the body, resulting in pain and limited movement. These patterns indicate that trauma affects more than just the physical body; it impacts the vital energy circulating within. TCM treatments aim to address these underlying issues, promoting healing by restoring the free flow of Qi and Blood.

TCM Herbal Formulas for Trauma

TCM employs various formulas and herbs to address the underlying causes of trauma. For external disorders, formulas like Er Qing Gao, with Natural Indigo (Qing Dai) as a key herb, are used for their properties to treat Toxic-Heat, helping in reducing inflammation and promoting healing.

Another formula, Hai Tong Pi Tang, featuring Erythrinae Barks (Hai Tong Pi), targets conditions like Damp-Wind and Blood Stagnation, which are common in traumatic injuries. These formulas are selected based on the specific pattern and symptoms of the individual, aiming to alleviate pain, reduce swelling, and speed up the healing process.

Explore below some TCM herbal formulas used to address trauma, organized by formula type.

  • By Formula Type
  • External formulas for external disorders

All "external formulas for external disorders" recommended for trauma

Formula Key herbs
Er Qing Gao Natural Indigo (Qing Dai), Hibiscus Leaves (Fu Rong Ye)
Hai Tong Pi Tang Erythrinae Barks (Hai Tong Pi), Angelica Roots (Bai Zhi)

TCM Herbs for Trauma

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

  • By Herb Category
  • Herbs that invigorate the blood
  • Herbs that dispel wind and dampness
  • Herbs that clear heat and relieve toxicity
  • Tonic herbs for yang deficiency
  • Herbs for external application
  • Herbs that cool the blood
  • Herbs that relieve coughing and wheezing
  • Herbs that open the orifices
  • Herbs that stop bleeding
  • Warm/Acrid herbs that release the exterior

"Herbs that invigorate the Blood" recommended for trauma

Herb Formulas they belong to (if applicable)
Dragon's Blood (Xue Jie) Not applicable
Myrrh (Mo Yao) Not applicable
Scarab Grubs (Qi Cao) Not applicable
Spikemoss (Juan Bai) Not applicable
Sweetgum Fruits (Lu Lu Tong) Not applicable
Zedoary Rhizomes (E zhu) Not applicable

"Herbs that dispel Wind and Dampness" recommended for trauma

Herb Formulas they belong to (if applicable)
Erythrinae Barks (Hai Tong Pi) Hai Tong Pi Tang
Garden Balsam Stems (Tou Gu Cao) Not applicable
Star Jasmine Stems (Luo Shi Teng) Not applicable

"Herbs that clear Heat and relieve Toxicity" recommended for trauma

Herb Formulas they belong to (if applicable)
Natural Indigo (Qing Dai) Er Qing Gao
Gotu Kola Herbs (Ji Xue Cao) Not applicable
Paris Rhizomes (Chong Lou) Not applicable

"Tonic herbs for Yang Deficiency" recommended for trauma

Herb Formulas they belong to (if applicable)
Drynaria Rhizomes (Gu Sui Bu) Not applicable
Japanese Teasel Roots (Xu Duan) Not applicable