Traumatic Hemorrhageaccording to TCM

What is Traumatic Hemorrhage?

Traumatic hemorrhage refers to significant bleeding resulting from physical trauma. It encompasses a range of situations where blood loss occurs due to injuries, such as in accidents, falls, or violence. This type of hemorrhage can be life-threatening, requiring immediate medical attention.

Sub-symptoms include bleeding lacerations, where cuts penetrate deep into the skin, causing intense bleeding. Timely and effective management is crucial in preventing complications from traumatic hemorrhage.

TCM Perspective on Traumatic Hemorrhage

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) approaches traumatic hemorrhage by examining the underlying disharmonies and imbalances within the body's energetic system.

TCM posits that such hemorrhage disrupts the harmony between vital substances like Qi (life force) and Blood. The treatment focuses on restoring balance, controlling bleeding, and ensuring the smooth flow of Qi and blood to promote healing.

TCM Causes of Traumatic Hemorrhage

In TCM, traumatic hemorrhage is often associated with a disruption in the flow of Qi and blood, leading to stagnation or deficiency. Two primary patterns often cited in TCM include Blood Stagnation and Qi Deficiency. Blood Stagnation refers to the obstruction of blood flow due to injury, causing swelling, pain, and bleeding.

Qi Deficiency implies a lack of vital energy needed to hold blood within the vessels, leading to spontaneous or excessive bleeding post-trauma. TCM therapies aim to address these underlying issues to effectively manage and treat hemorrhagic conditions.

TCM Herbs for Traumatic Hemorrhage

TCM employs a variety of herbs to manage traumatic hemorrhage, tailored to individual patterns of disharmony. Cattail Pollen (Pu Huang) and Japanese Thistle (Da Ji) are commonly used for their properties in stopping bleeding and treating Pathogenic Heat and Blood Stagnation.

Tienchi Ginseng (San Qi) is notable for its effectiveness in both stopping bleeding and invigorating blood circulation. Cuttlebones (Hai Piao Shao) and Red Halloysite (Chi Shi Zhi) help in stabilizing and binding, particularly useful in cases of Kidney Essence Deficiency and Yang Deficiency. Dragon's Blood (Xue Jie) and Frankincense (Ru Xiang) invigorate blood and are beneficial in treating Blood Stagnation.

For clearing Heat, herbs like Barbat Skullcap Herb (Ban Zhi Lian) are used, especially in conditions of Heat in the Blood. Additionally, Pyrola Herbs (Lu Xian Cao) are utilized in dispelling Wind and Dampness, addressing issues like Wind-Damp Painful Obstruction. These herbs are selected based on individual diagnosis and specific patterns observed in patients suffering from traumatic hemorrhage.

  • By Herb Category
  • Herbs that stop bleeding
  • Herbs that invigorate the blood
  • Herbs that stabilize and bind
  • Herbs that clear heat and purge fire and/or clear summer heat
  • Herbs that dispel wind and dampness
  • Herbs that cool the blood
  • Herbs that clear heat and relieve toxicity
  • Purgative herbs that drain downward

"Herbs that stop bleeding" recommended for traumatic hemorrhage

Herb Formulas they belong to (if applicable)
Cattail Pollen (Pu Huang) Not applicable
Japanese Thistle (Da Ji) Not applicable
Tienchi Ginseng (San Qi) Not applicable

"Herbs that invigorate the Blood" recommended for traumatic hemorrhage

Herb Formulas they belong to (if applicable)
Dragon's Blood (Xue Jie) Not applicable
Frankincense (Ru Xiang) Not applicable
Rosewood (Jiang Xiang) Not applicable

"Herbs that stabilize and bind" recommended for traumatic hemorrhage

Herb Formulas they belong to (if applicable)
Cuttlebones (Hai Piao Shao) Not applicable
Red Halloysite (Chi Shi Zhi) Not applicable