Boils according to Chinese Medicine

In Chinese Medicine, boils is sometimes associated with Heat in the Blood, 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 boils might be caused by the pattern Heat in the Blood, one needs to look for signs and symptoms associated with the pattern beyond what one might typically experience from boils alone. Indeed if boils is caused by Heat in the Blood, patients also experience symptoms such as fever, black and tarry stools, abdominal distention and fullness and thirst with an inability to swallow. Similarly, patients with Heat in the Blood typically exhibit rapid (Shu) or fine (Xi) pulses as well as a bluish-purple tongue.

We've listed below a more detailed description of Heat in the Blood so that you can have a better understanding of where boils 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 Xi Jiao Di Huang Tang, a formula that can help treat Heat in the Blood.

Heat in the Blood, a "pattern of disharmony" associated with boils

Heat in the Blood

Boils might be due to Heat in the Blood if the condition is paired with typical pattern symptoms such as fever, black and tarry stools, abdominal distention and fullness and thirst with an inability to swallow. Similarly, patients with Heat in the Blood typically exhibit rapid (Shu) or fine (Xi) pulses as well as a bluish-purple tongue.

Read more about Heat in the Blood here

Xi Jiao Di Huang Tang, a herbal formula that might help with boils

Xi Jiao Di Huang Tang

Source date: 650 AD

Number of ingredients: 4 herbs

Key actions: Treats severe fevers and Heat in the Blood system. Removes Blood Stagnation.

Why might Xi Jiao Di Huang Tang help with boils?

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

Read more about Xi Jiao Di Huang Tang here