Sores according to Chinese Medicine

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Sores can be the consequence of several so-called “patterns of disharmony” in Chinese Medicine.

Chinese Medicine sees the body as a system, not a sum of isolated parts. A "pattern" is when the system's harmony is disrupted, leading to symptoms or signs that something is wrong (like sores here). It is similar to the concept of disease in Western Medicine but not quite: a Western disease can often be explained by several Chinese patterns and vice-versa.

A pattern often manifests itself in a combination of symptoms that, at first glance, do not seem necessarily related to each others. For instance here sores is often associated with carbuncles, boils and abdominal pain in the pattern “Toxic Heat”.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of sores we’ve identified that a herbal formula called Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin can help treat the patterns behind the symptom.

Toxic Heat, a "pattern of disharmony" that can cause sores

In Chinese Medicine sores is a symptom for the pattern "Toxic Heat". Below is a small explanation for it with links for more details.

Honeysuckle Flowers (Jin Yin Hua) is the king ingredient for Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin, a formula used for Toxic Heat

Toxic Heat

Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu)

Tongue coating: Yellow coating

Tongue color: Red

In addition to sores, other symptoms associated with Toxic Heat include carbuncles, boils and abdominal pain.

From a Western Medicine standpoint Toxic Heat is associated with health issues such as Abnormal Vaginal Discharge.

Toxic Heat is often treated with Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin, a herbal formula made of 5 herbs (including Honeysuckle Flowers - Jin Yin Hua - as a key herb). Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin belongs to the category of "formulas that clear external abscesses and sores", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Clears Heat".

Read more about Toxic Heat here

A herbal formula that might help with sores

Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin

Source date: 1742 AD

Number of ingredients: 5 herbs

Key actions: Clears Heat. Resolves Toxicity. Cools the Blood. Reduces swelling.

Why might Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin help with sores?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Toxic Heat' of which sores is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Toxic Heat include carbuncles, boils and abdominal pain.

Read more about Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin here

The five Chinese Medicinal herbs most likely to help treat sores

Why might Semiaquilegia Root Tuber (Tian Kui Zi) help with sores?

Because it is both specifically indicated to treat sores and also because it is an ingredient in herbal formulas known to treat sores as a symptom (such as Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin for instance).

Semiaquilegia Root Tubers is a Cold herb that tastes Bitter and Sweet. It targets the Kidney and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Clears Heat, resolves toxicity, reduces swelling and disperses Stagnation

Read more about Semiaquilegia Root Tubers here

Why might Honeysuckle Flower (Jin Yin Hua) help with sores?

Because it is a key herb in Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Toxic Heat' (a pattern with sores as a symptom)

Honeysuckle Flowers is a Cold herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Stomach, the Heart and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Clears Heat and dispels toxicity. Dispels Wind-Heat derived from an External pathogen. Expels Damp-Heat from the Lower Burner. Relieves Carbuncles.

Read more about Honeysuckle Flowers here

Why might Sanguisorba Root (Di Yu) help with sores?

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

Sanguisorba Roots is a Cool herb that tastes Bitter and Sour. It targets the Stomach, the Large intestine and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Reduces Heat in the Blood, drains Damp-Heat and stops bleeding. Stops diarrhea. Applied topically it reduces inflammation and aids in wound healing.

Read more about Sanguisorba Roots here

Why might Bletilla Rhizome (Bai Ji) help with sores?

Because it is a herb specifically indicated to treat sores as can be seen on Bletilla Rhizome's page.

Bletilla Rhizomes is a Cold herb that tastes Bitter and Sweet. It targets the Stomach, the Liver and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Stops bleeding in the Stomach and the Lungs such as coughing with blood or ulcers. Also stops bleeding or inflammation due to traumatic injury. It can also heal sunburned skin or chronic sores that don't recover easily.

Read more about Bletilla Rhizomes here

Why might Borneol (Bing Pian) help with sores?

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

Borneol is a Cool herb that tastes Bitter. It targets the Spleen, the Heart and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Opens the Orifices and awakens the spirit. Clears Heat and relieves pain.

Read more about Borneol here