Acute glomerulonephritis according to Chinese Medicine

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In Chinese Medicine, acute glomerulonephritis is sometimes associated with Wind-Damp, a so-called "patterns of disharmony". Chinese Medicine sees the body as a system, not a sum of isolated parts. A "pattern" is when the system's harmony is disrupted. It is not equivalent to the Western concept of "disease" because both concepts arise from totally different ways of seeing the human body.

To understand whether someone's acute glomerulonephritis might be caused by the pattern Wind-Damp, one needs to look for signs and symptoms associated with the pattern beyond what one might typically experience from acute glomerulonephritis alone. Indeed if acute glomerulonephritis is caused by Wind-Damp, patients also experience symptoms such as sweating, general sensation of heaviness, edema and urinary difficulty. Similarly, patients with Wind-Damp typically exhibit floating (Fu) pulses as well as a pale tongue with thick white coating.

We've listed below a more detailed description of Wind-Damp so that you can have a better understanding of where acute glomerulonephritis might find its root according to Chinese Medicine.

Once identified, patterns are often treated using herbal formulas. Drinking herbal infusions is the most common remedy in Chinese Medicine, together with acupuncture. Here we detail below Fang Ji Huang Qi Tang, a formula that can help treat Wind-Damp.

Wind-Damp, a "pattern of disharmony" associated with acute glomerulonephritis

Stephania Roots (Fang Ji) is the key herb for Fang Ji Huang Qi Tang, a formula used for Wind-Damp

Wind-Damp

Pulse type(s): Floating (Fu)

Tongue coating: Thick white coating

Tongue color: Pale

Recommended herbal formula: Fang Ji Huang Qi Tang

Symptoms: Edema Sweating Urinary difficulty General sensation of heaviness

Acute glomerulonephritis might be due to Wind-Damp if the condition is paired with typical pattern symptoms such as sweating, general sensation of heaviness, edema and urinary difficulty. Similarly, patients with Wind-Damp typically exhibit floating (Fu) pulses as well as a pale tongue with thick white coating.

Read more about Wind-Damp here

Fang Ji Huang Qi Tang, a herbal formula that might help with acute glomerulonephritis

Fang Ji Huang Qi Tang

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 6 herbs

Key actions: Diuretic, clears Excess fluid and removes edema. Tonifies the Spleen Qi. Calms External Wind.

Why might Fang Ji Huang Qi Tang help with acute glomerulonephritis?

Because it is a formula often recommended to help treat Wind-Damp, a pattern sometimes associated with acute glomerulonephritis. If it looks like you might suffer from Wind-Damp, this formula might help (although please seek confirmation with a professional practitioner beforehand).

Read more about Fang Ji Huang Qi Tang here

Symptoms related to acute glomerulonephritis

Sweating General sensation of heaviness Edema Urinary difficulty

Most common herbs used to treat acute glomerulonephritis in Chinese Medicine