Acute hepatitis according to Chinese Medicine

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In Chinese Medicine, acute hepatitis is sometimes associated with Toxic Heat, 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 hepatitis might be caused by the pattern Toxic Heat, one needs to look for signs and symptoms associated with the pattern beyond what one might typically experience from acute hepatitis alone. Indeed if acute hepatitis is caused by Toxic Heat, patients also experience symptoms such as boils, carbuncles, erythema and swellings. Similarly, patients with Toxic Heat typically exhibit rapid (Shu) pulses as well as a red tongue with yellow coating.

We've listed below a more detailed description of Toxic Heat so that you can have a better understanding of where acute hepatitis 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 two formulas that can help treat Toxic Heat.

Toxic Heat, a "pattern of disharmony" associated with acute hepatitis

Honeysuckle Flowers (Jin Yin Hua) is the key herb for Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin, a formula used for Toxic Heat

Toxic Heat

Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu)

Tongue coating: Yellow coating

Tongue color: Red

Recommended herbal formula: Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin

Symptoms: Boils Sores Erythema Swellings Carbuncles

Acute hepatitis might be due to Toxic Heat if the condition is paired with typical pattern symptoms such as boils, carbuncles, erythema and swellings. Similarly, patients with Toxic Heat typically exhibit rapid (Shu) pulses as well as a red tongue with yellow coating.

Read more about Toxic Heat here

The two herbal formulas that might help with acute hepatitis

Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin

Source date: 1742 AD

Number of ingredients: 5 herbs

Key actions: Clears Heat. Resolves Toxicity. Cools the Blood. Reduces swelling.

Why might Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin help with acute hepatitis?

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

Read more about Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin here

Huang Lian Jie Du Tang

Source date: 752 AD

Number of ingredients: 4 herbs

Key actions: Drains Fire. Resolves Toxin.

Why might Huang Lian Jie Du Tang help with acute hepatitis?

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

Read more about Huang Lian Jie Du Tang here

Symptoms related to acute hepatitis

Boils Carbuncles Erythema Swellings Sores

Most common herbs used to treat acute hepatitis in Chinese Medicine