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Swelling in the ears 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 swelling in the ears 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 swelling in the ears is often associated with fixed pain in the hypochondria, headaches and dizziness in the pattern “Heat Excess in the Liver or Gallbladder”.
Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of swelling in the ears we’ve identified that a herbal formula called Long Dan Xie Gan Tang can help treat the patterns behind the symptom.
In Chinese Medicine swelling in the ears is a symptom for the pattern "Heat Excess in the Liver or Gallbladder". Below is a small explanation for it with links for more details.
The Bladder is a so-called "Fu" Organ. Learn more about the Bladder in Chinese Medicine
Pulse type(s): Full (Shi)
Tongue coating: Yellow coating
Tongue color: Red
Heat Excess in the Liver or Gallbladder is often treated with Long Dan Xie Gan Tang, a herbal formula made of 10 herbs (including Chinese Gentian - Long Dan Cao - as a key herb). Long Dan Xie Gan Tang belongs to the category of "formulas that clear heat from the organs", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Clears Heat and Fire from the Liver and Gallbladder".
Source date: 1682 AD
Number of ingredients: 10 herbs
Key actions: Clears Heat and Fire from the Liver and Gallbladder. Clears and drains Damp-Heat from the Lower Burner.
Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Heat Excess in the Liver or Gallbladder' of which swelling in the ears is a symptom.
Its main actions are: Expels Damp-Heat especially in the Liver and Gallbladder Meridians. Clears Liver-Fire. Clears Liver-Wind.