Abcesses according to Chinese Medicine

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A herbal formula that might help with abcesses

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 abcesses?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern '/tcm-education-center/patterns/blood_stagnation_with_heat' of which subdermal abscess is a symptom.

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The five Chinese Medicinal herbs most likely to help treat abcesses

Why might Rhubarb (Da Huang) help with abcesses?

Because it is a herb specifically indicated to treat abcesses as can be seen on Rhubarb's page.

Rhubarb is a Cold herb that tastes Bitter. It targets the Spleen, the Stomach, the Large intestine, the Liver and the Pericardium.

Its main actions are: Drains Excess Heat and eliminates Dampness, especially when in the Bright Yang stage according to the Six Stages Theory. Cools the Blood and stops bleeding. Invigorates Blood, breaks up Stasis and relieves pain. Clears Heat and toxins from Excess. Applied topically for Hot sores and Blood Stasis.

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Why might Wax Gourd Seeds (Dong Gua Zi) help with abcesses?

Because it is a herb specifically indicated to treat abcesses as can be seen on Wax Gourd Seeds's page.

Wax Gourd Seeds is a Cold herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Stomach, the Large intestine, the Lung and the Small intestine.

Its main actions are: Clears Heat, expels Phlegm, expels pus and moistens the Lungs. Clears Heat and drains Dampness.

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Why might Liquorice (Gan Cao) help with abcesses?

Because it is a herb specifically indicated to treat abcesses as can be seen on Liquorice's page.

Liquorice is a Neutral herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Heart, the Lung, the Spleen and the Stomach.

Its main actions are: Tonifies the Basal Qi and nourishes the Spleen Qi. Clears Heat and dispels toxicity. Moistens the Lungsexpel phlegm and stop coughing. Relieves spasms and alleviates pain. Harmonizes and moderates the effects of other herbs.

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Why might Realgar (Xiong Huang) help with abcesses?

Because it is a herb specifically indicated to treat abcesses as can be seen on Realgar's page.

Realgar is a Warm herb that tastes Bitter and Pungent. It targets the Stomach, the Heart and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Clears toxicity and kill parasites. Relieves itching. Heals snakebites and ulcerations. Dries Dampness. Treats malarial conditions.

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Why might Fleeceflower Root (He Shou Wu) help with abcesses?

Because it is a herb specifically indicated to treat abcesses as can be seen on Fleeceflower Root's page.

Fleeceflower Roots is a Warm herb that tastes Bitter and Sweet. It targets the Heart, the Kidney and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Nourishes the Liver, Kidneys and Essence. Tonifies the Blood. Moistens the Intestines. The raw form of this herb is used for Fire and toxicity.

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