Herpes zoster according to Chinese Medicine

In Chinese Medicine, herpes zoster is sometimes associated with Heat Excess in the Liver or Gallbladder, 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 herpes zoster might be caused by the pattern Heat Excess in the Liver or Gallbladder, one needs to look for signs and symptoms associated with the pattern beyond what one might typically experience from herpes zoster alone. Indeed if herpes zoster is caused by Heat Excess in the Liver or Gallbladder, patients also experience symptoms such as fixed pain in the hypochondria, headaches, dizziness and red and sore eyes. Similarly, patients with Heat Excess in the Liver or Gallbladder typically exhibit full (Shi) pulses as well as a red tongue with yellow coating.

We've listed below a more detailed description of Heat Excess in the Liver or Gallbladder so that you can have a better understanding of where herpes zoster 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 Long Dan Xie Gan Tang, a formula that can help treat Heat Excess in the Liver or Gallbladder.

Heat Excess in the Liver or Gallbladder, a "pattern of disharmony" associated with herpes zoster

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Heat Excess in the Liver or Gallbladder

Herpes zoster might be due to Heat Excess in the Liver or Gallbladder if the condition is paired with typical pattern symptoms such as fixed pain in the hypochondria, headaches, dizziness and red and sore eyes. Similarly, patients with Heat Excess in the Liver or Gallbladder typically exhibit full (Shi) pulses as well as a red tongue with yellow coating.

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Long Dan Xie Gan Tang, a herbal formula that might help with herpes zoster

Long Dan Xie Gan Tang

Source date: 1682 AD

Number of ingredients: 10 herbs

Key actions: Clears Heat and Fire from the Liver and Gallbladder. Clears and drains Damp-Heat from the Lower Burner.

Why might Long Dan Xie Gan Tang help with herpes zoster?

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

Read more about Long Dan Xie Gan Tang here