Aphasia according to Chinese Medicine

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Subtypes: Motor aphasia Postpartum aphasia

Related condition: Apraxia

What is aphasia?

Aphasia is a language disorder caused by damage in a specific area of the brain that controls language expression and comprehension. Aphasia leaves a person unable to communicate effectively with others. The major causes are stroke and head trauma. Aphasia can also be the result of brain tumors, brain infections, or neurodegenerative diseases (such as dementias).

What causes aphasia according to TCM?

There are 7 patterns of disharmony in our database that are associated with aphasia. TCM sees our body (and mind) as a holistic system in which health issues stem from imbalances, known as "patterns of disharmony". These patterns can manifest in a wide range of symptoms and illnesses, such as aphasia here.

All the patterns associated with aphasia are "Full" (also called "Excess") in nature. This means that according to TCM aphasia is seen as an acute condition, caused by an excess of pathological factors or substances that overwhelm the body's defensive capabilities.

In this case, the most common of these excesses is Phlegm, behind 4 patterns associated with aphasia. Other excesses or pathogenic factors which might contribute to aphasia include "Heat", "Wind" and "Yang Excess".

For more details on the underlying causes and patterns behind aphasia, refer to this comprehensive page on the subject.

Herbal formulas used in TCM for aphasia

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Individual herbs used in TCM for aphasia

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Acupuncture and acupressure points for aphasia

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TCM dietary and lifestyle recommendations that might help with aphasia

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