Neutropenia according to Chinese Medicine

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In Chinese Medicine, neutropenia is sometimes associated with Spleen Qi Deficiency, 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 neutropenia might be caused by the pattern Spleen Qi Deficiency, one needs to look for signs and symptoms associated with the pattern beyond what one might typically experience from neutropenia alone. Indeed if neutropenia is caused by Spleen Qi Deficiency, patients also experience symptoms such as pale complexion, weak voice, poor appetite and loose stools. Similarly, patients with Spleen Qi Deficiency typically exhibit soggy (Ru) or weak (Ruo) pulses as well as a pale tongue.

We've listed below a more detailed description of Spleen Qi Deficiency so that you can have a better understanding of where neutropenia 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 Si Jun Zi Tang, a formula that can help treat Spleen Qi Deficiency.

Spleen Qi Deficiency, a "pattern of disharmony" associated with neutropenia

The Spleen is a so-called "Zang" Organ. Learn more about the Spleen in Chinese Medicine

Spleen Qi Deficiency

Pulse type(s): Soggy (Ru), Weak (Ruo)

Tongue color: Pale

Recommended herbal formula: Si Jun Zi Tang

Symptoms: Weak voice Loose stools Poor appetite Pale complexion Weakness in the limbs

Neutropenia might be due to Spleen Qi Deficiency if the condition is paired with typical pattern symptoms such as pale complexion, weak voice, poor appetite and loose stools. Similarly, patients with Spleen Qi Deficiency typically exhibit soggy (Ru) or weak (Ruo) pulses as well as a pale tongue.

Read more about Spleen Qi Deficiency here

Si Jun Zi Tang, a herbal formula that might help with neutropenia

Si Jun Zi Tang

Source date: 1107 AD

Number of ingredients: 4 herbs

Key actions: Tonifies Qi. Strengthens the Spleen and Stomach.

Why might Si Jun Zi Tang help with neutropenia?

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

Read more about Si Jun Zi Tang here

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