Ulcersaccording to TCM

Symptom family: Skin Ulcers & Open Sores

Sub-symptom(s): Breast Ulcers

What are Ulcers?

Ulcers are open sores or lesions that can develop on the skin or the mucous membranes lining the inside of the body. They are characterized by pain, discomfort, and the breakdown of tissue. Ulcers can manifest in various locations, including the stomach, small intestine, and even on the skin, each with its underlying causes ranging from infections to chronic conditions.

The term "ulcers" encompasses a wide array of specific types, with one particular form being breast ulcers, indicating the diversity and complexity of this symptom. Understanding ulcers is essential for effective diagnosis and treatment, highlighting the importance of recognizing the various forms they can take.

How does TCM view Ulcers?

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the concept of a "pattern" is foundational to understanding and treating health issues, including ulcers. A pattern describes a complete picture of disharmony within the body that leads to symptoms like ulcers. Identifying this pattern is crucial because it guides the TCM practitioner in tailoring a treatment strategy that addresses the root cause of the ailment, rather than just its symptoms. This approach ensures that treatment is holistic and personalized, aiming to restore the body's natural balance and promote healing from within.

Causes of Ulcers According to TCM

In the context of ulcers, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) often identifies Qi and Blood Deficiency as a pivotal underlying factor. This condition reflects a depletion of the body's vital energy (Qi) and its nourishing substance (Blood), leading to weakened tissue health and vitality.

Such a Deficiency hampers the body's ability to maintain and repair tissues, rendering it more susceptible to developing ulcers. This perspective underscores the importance of addressing these fundamental Deficiencies to enhance the body's resilience and promote the healing of ulcers from the inside out.

TCM Herbal Formulas for Ulcers

To address the challenge of Qi and Blood Deficiency, TCM turns to specific, nourishing treatments aimed at replenishing the body's foundational energies. The formula Ba Zhen Tang, featuring Ginseng (Ren Shen), serves as a cornerstone in this therapeutic approach. It exemplifies TCM's strategy of tonification—boosting the body's Qi and Blood to strengthen its natural healing abilities. This targeted treatment not only aims at the symptomatic relief of ulcers but also at revitalizing the body's core vitality, laying the groundwork for sustained health and well-being.

See more details below about Ba Zhen Tang, a herbal formula used to address ulcers.

  • By Formula Type
  • Formulas that tonify qi and blood

TCM Herbs for Ulcers

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

  • By Herb Category
  • Herbs for external application
  • Herbs that invigorate the blood
  • Herbs that regulate qi
  • Herbs that stabilize and bind
  • Herbs that nourish the heart and calm the spirit
  • Cathartic herbs that drain downward
  • Herbs that drain dampness
  • Herbs that dispel wind and dampness
  • Warm/Acrid herbs that release the exterior
  • Herbs that clear heat and relieve toxicity
  • Tonic herbs for yin deficiency
  • Herbs that cool the blood
  • Cool herbs that transform phlegm and stop cough
  • Tonic herbs for qi deficiency
  • Tonic herbs for blood deficiency

"Herbs for external application" recommended for ulcers

Herb Formulas they belong to (if applicable)
Beeswax (Feng La) Not applicable
Minium (Qian Dan) Not applicable
Sesame Oil (Ma You) Not applicable

"Herbs that invigorate the Blood" recommended for ulcers

Herb Formulas they belong to (if applicable)
Dragon's Blood (Xue Jie) Not applicable
Frankincense (Ru Xiang) Not applicable
Myrrh (Mo Yao) Not applicable

"Herbs that regulate Qi" recommended for ulcers

Herb Formulas they belong to (if applicable)
Plum Flowers (Mei Hua) Not applicable
Green Tangerine Peel (Qing Pi) Not applicable