Pulmonary abscess according to Chinese Medicine

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In Chinese Medicine, pulmonary abscess is sometimes associated with Blood Stagnation with 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 pulmonary abscess might be caused by the pattern Blood Stagnation with Heat, one needs to look for signs and symptoms associated with the pattern beyond what one might typically experience from pulmonary abscess alone. Indeed if pulmonary abscess is caused by Blood Stagnation with Heat, patients also experience symptoms such as lower abdominal distension and pain that increases with pressure, guarding of the abdominal musculature, pain in the groin and alternating fever and chills. Similarly, patients with Blood Stagnation with Heat typically exhibit rapid (Shu) or slippery (Hua) pulses as well as a pale tongue with yellow coating.

We've listed below a more detailed description of Blood Stagnation with Heat so that you can have a better understanding of where pulmonary abscess 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 Da Huang Mu Dan Pi Tang, a formula that can help treat Blood Stagnation with Heat.

Blood Stagnation with Heat, a "pattern of disharmony" associated with pulmonary abscess

Blood Stagnation with Heat

Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu), Slippery (Hua)

Tongue coating: Yellow coating

Tongue color: Pale

Recommended herbal formula: Da Huang Mu Dan Pi Tang

Symptoms: Pain in the groin Alternating fever and chills Guarding of the abdominal musculature Lower abdominal distension and pain that increases with pressure

Pulmonary abscess might be due to Blood Stagnation with Heat if the condition is paired with typical pattern symptoms such as lower abdominal distension and pain that increases with pressure, guarding of the abdominal musculature, pain in the groin and alternating fever and chills. Similarly, patients with Blood Stagnation with Heat typically exhibit rapid (Shu) or slippery (Hua) pulses as well as a pale tongue with yellow coating.

Read more about Blood Stagnation with Heat here

Da Huang Mu Dan Pi Tang, a herbal formula that might help with pulmonary abscess

Da Huang Mu Dan Pi Tang

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 5 herbs

Key actions: Clears Stagnant Heat in the intestines. Reduces swelling and disperses lumps.

Why might Da Huang Mu Dan Pi Tang help with pulmonary abscess?

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

Read more about Da Huang Mu Dan Pi Tang here

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