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In Chinese Medicine, protein-deficiency edema is sometimes associated with Oedema, 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 protein-deficiency edema might be caused by the pattern Oedema, one needs to look for signs and symptoms associated with the pattern beyond what one might typically experience from protein-deficiency edema alone. Indeed if protein-deficiency edema is caused by Oedema, patients also experience symptoms such as labored breathing, urinary difficulty and general sensation of heaviness distention and fullness. Similarly, patients with Oedema typically exhibit slowed-down (Huan) or hidden (Fu) pulses as well as a tongue with thick white coating.
We've listed below a more detailed description of Oedema so that you can have a better understanding of where protein-deficiency edema 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 Wu Pi Yin, a formula that can help treat Oedema.
Pulse type(s): Slowed-down (Huan), Hidden (Fu)
Tongue coating: Thick white coating
Recommended herbal formula: Wu Pi Yin
Protein-deficiency edema might be due to Oedema if the condition is paired with typical pattern symptoms such as labored breathing, urinary difficulty and general sensation of heaviness distention and fullness. Similarly, patients with Oedema typically exhibit slowed-down (Huan) or hidden (Fu) pulses as well as a tongue with thick white coating.
Source date: 1107 AD
Number of ingredients: 5 herbs
Key actions: Reduces edema, diuretic. Regulates and strengthens Spleen Qi.
Because it is a formula often recommended to help treat Oedema, a pattern sometimes associated with protein-deficiency edema. If it looks like you might suffer from Oedema, this formula might help (although please seek confirmation with a professional practitioner beforehand).