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 '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 Chinese Senega Root (Yuan Zhi) help with abcesses?

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

Chinese Senega Roots is a Warm herb that tastes Bitter and Sweet. It targets the Heart, the Kidney and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Calms the spirit. Expels Phlegm from the Heart orifices. Expels Phlegm from the Lungs. Diminishes abscesses.

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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 Bitter Orange Seed (Ju He) help with abcesses?

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

Bitter Orange Seeds is a Neutral herb that tastes Bitter. It targets the Kidney and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Regulates the flow of the Qi. Disperses nodules and relieves pain.

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Why might Japanese Catnip (Jing Jie) help with abcesses?

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

Japanese Catnip is a Neutral herb that tastes Pungent. It targets the Liver and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Relieves the Exterior and disperses Cold or Heat depending on the other herbs used. Releases the Exterior for measles. Stops bleeding. Abates swellings.

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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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