Viral myocarditis according to Chinese Medicine

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Viral myocarditis factsheet

Possible causes and remedies:

In Chinese Medicine, viral myocarditis can be associated with two 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", as a matter of fact here viral myocarditis can be caused by two different patterns.

To understand whether someone's viral myocarditis might be caused by a given pattern, one needs to look for signs and symptoms associated with the pattern beyond what one might typically experience from viral myocarditis alone. For instance when viral myocarditis is caused by the pattern Stomach Fire or Stomach Heat, patients also experience symptoms such as toothache and headaches. Similarly, patients with Stomach Fire or Stomach Heat typically exhibit slippery (Hua) or floating (Fu) pulses as well as a red tongue with yellow coating.

We've listed below a description of the two patterns associated with viral myocarditis so that you can start to get an understanding of the various possibilities 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 Yu Nu Jian, a formula that can help treat the patterns Stomach Fire or Stomach Heat and Kidney Yin Deficiency.

The two "patterns of disharmony" associated with viral myocarditis

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

Stomach Fire or Stomach Heat

Pulse type(s): Slippery (Hua), Floating (Fu)

Tongue coating: Yellow coating

Tongue color: Red

Recommended herbal formula: Yu Nu Jian

Symptoms: Toothache Headaches

Viral myocarditis might be due to Stomach Fire or Stomach Heat if the condition is paired with typical pattern symptoms such as toothache and headaches. Similarly, patients with Stomach Fire or Stomach Heat typically exhibit slippery (Hua) or floating (Fu) pulses as well as a red tongue with yellow coating.

Read more about Stomach Fire or Stomach Heat here

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

Kidney Yin Deficiency

Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu), Empty (Xu), Floating (Fu)

Tongue coating: Complete absence of coating

Tongue color: Red

Tongue shape: Cracked

Recommended herbal formulas: Liu Wei Di Huang Wan, Yu Nu Jian

Symptoms: Vertigo Tinnitus Dizziness Dry mouth Bone ache Back pain Dry throat Poor memory Night sweats Nocturnal emissions

Kidney Yin Deficiency causes false Heat symptoms, such as night sweats, thirst and five palm heat. These signs are from a depletion of Body Fluids and Essence. It can also lead to an insufficient amount of Marrow to fill the Brain, causing poor memory and dizziness. Yin Deficiency of the Kidneys is often paired together with Deficient Liver Yin and/or Deficient Lung Yin.

It can be caused by overwork over a period of several years. Another common cause is excessive sexual activity that consumes both Kidney Essence and Kidney Yin. Other causes include chronic long term illness, consumption of Body Fluids by Heat, prolonged blood loss, overdosage of Yang tonic herbs, smoking and Kidney-depleting foods such as coffee, alcohol, sugar and fruit juices.

Read more about Kidney Yin Deficiency here

Yu Nu Jian, a herbal formula that might help with viral myocarditis

Yu Nu Jian

Source date: 1624 AD

Number of ingredients: 5 herbs

Key actions: Drains Heat from the Stomach. Nourishes Yin.

Why might Yu Nu Jian help with viral myocarditis?

Because it is a formula often recommended to help with the patterns Stomach Fire or Stomach Heat and Kidney Yin Deficiency which are sometimes associated with viral myocarditis. If any of these patterns look like something you might suffer from, this formula might help (although please seek confirmation with a professional practitioner beforehand).

Read more about Yu Nu Jian here

Most common herbs used to treat viral myocarditis in Chinese Medicine