Viral encephalitis according to Chinese Medicine

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In Chinese Medicine, viral encephalitis is sometimes associated with Heat invading the Pericardium, 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 viral encephalitis might be caused by the pattern Heat invading the Pericardium, one needs to look for signs and symptoms associated with the pattern beyond what one might typically experience from viral encephalitis alone. Indeed if viral encephalitis is caused by Heat invading the Pericardium, patients also experience symptoms such as fever, irritability, restlnessness and general sensation of unease. Similarly, patients with Heat invading the Pericardium typically exhibit rapid (Shu), wiry (Xian) or fine (Xi) pulses as well as a reddish-purple tongue.

We've listed below a more detailed description of Heat invading the Pericardium so that you can have a better understanding of where viral encephalitis 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 Niu Huang Qing Xin Wan, a formula that can help treat Heat invading the Pericardium.

Heat invading the Pericardium, a "pattern of disharmony" associated with viral encephalitis

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

Heat invading the Pericardium

Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu), Wiry (Xian), Fine (Xi)

Tongue color: Reddish-Purple

Recommended herbal formula: Niu Huang Qing Xin Wan

Symptoms: Fever Irritability Restlnessness Delirious speech Impaired consciousness General sensation of unease

Viral encephalitis might be due to Heat invading the Pericardium if the condition is paired with typical pattern symptoms such as fever, irritability, restlnessness and general sensation of unease. Similarly, patients with Heat invading the Pericardium typically exhibit rapid (Shu), wiry (Xian) or fine (Xi) pulses as well as a reddish-purple tongue.

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Niu Huang Qing Xin Wan, a herbal formula that might help with viral encephalitis

Niu Huang Qing Xin Wan

Source date: 1568 AD

Number of ingredients: 6 herbs

Key actions: Clears Heat and resolves Toxicity. Calms the Mind. Opens up the Orifices.

Why might Niu Huang Qing Xin Wan help with viral encephalitis?

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

Read more about Niu Huang Qing Xin Wan here

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