Traumatic injuries according to Chinese Medicine

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Traumatic injuries 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 traumatic injuries 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 traumatic injuries is often associated with abdominal pain, blotchy skin and itching scalp in the pattern “Blood Stagnation”.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of traumatic injuries we’ve identified three herbal formulas that may help treat patterns behind the symptom.

We’ve also selected below the five medicinal herbs that we think are most likely to help treat traumatic injuries.

Blood Stagnation, a "pattern of disharmony" that can cause traumatic injuries

In Chinese Medicine traumatic injuries is a symptom for the pattern "Blood Stagnation". Below is a small explanation for it with links for more details.

Peach Kernels (Tao Ren) is the king ingredient for Tao He Cheng Qi Tang, a formula used for Blood Stagnation

Blood Stagnation

Pulse type(s): Choppy (Se), Firm (Lao), Wiry (Xian)

Tongue color: Reddish-Purple

Blood Stagnation, like the name indicates, is when Blood flow becomes Stagnant. It can happen in the whole body or in specific Organs. It is one of the most important diagnostic conditions in Chinese Medicine because it is frequently the cause of intractable pain syndromes anywhere in the body.

In addition to traumatic injuries, other symptoms associated with Blood Stagnation include abdominal pain, blotchy skin and itching scalp.

From a Western Medicine standpoint Blood Stagnation is associated with health issues such as Scanty Menstruation, Abnormal Uterine Bleeding or Heavy Menstruation.

Blood Stagnation is often treated with Tao He Cheng Qi Tang, a herbal formula made of 5 herbs (including Peach Kernels - Tao Ren - as a key herb). Tao He Cheng Qi Tang belongs to the category of "formulas that invigorate blood and dispel blood stagnation", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Dispels Heat and".

Read more about Blood Stagnation here

Three herbal formulas that might help with traumatic injuries

Tao He Cheng Qi Tang

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 5 herbs

Key actions: Dispels Heat and. Eliminates Blood Stagnation.

Why might Tao He Cheng Qi Tang help with traumatic injuries?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Blood Stagnation' of which traumatic swelling is a symptom.

Read more about Tao He Cheng Qi Tang here

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 traumatic injuries?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Blood Stagnation' of which traumatic swelling is a symptom.

Read more about Da Huang Mu Dan Pi Tang here

Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 5 herbs

Key actions: Promotes Blood and lymphatic circulation, thus eleminates Blood Stagnation. Softens and resolves hard lumps such as cysts and fibroids.

Why might Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan help with traumatic injuries?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Blood Stagnation' of which traumatic swelling is a symptom.

Read more about Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan here

The five Chinese Medicinal herbs most likely to help treat traumatic injuries

Why might Rhubarb (Da Huang) help with traumatic injuries?

Because it is both specifically indicated to treat traumatic injuries and also because it is an ingredient in herbal formulas known to treat traumatic injuries as a symptom (such as Da Huang Mu Dan Pi Tang for instance).

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.

Read more about Rhubarb here

Why might Peach Kernel (Tao Ren) help with traumatic injuries?

Because Peach Kernel is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat traumatic injuries as a symptom, like Tao He Cheng Qi Tang or Da Huang Mu Dan Pi Tang for instance.

Peach Kernels is a Neutral herb that tastes Bitter and Sweet. It targets the Heart, the Large intestine and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Moves Blood and breaks up Stasis. Moistens the Intestines. Relieves coughing.

Read more about Peach Kernels here

Why might Cinnamon Twig (Gui Zhi) help with traumatic injuries?

Because Cinnamon Twig is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat traumatic injuries as a symptom, like Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan or Tao He Cheng Qi Tang for instance.

Cinnamon Twigs is a Warm herb that tastes Pungent and Sweet. It targets the Heart, the Lung and the Spleen.

Its main actions are: Adjusts the nutritive Ying and defensive Wei Qi. Relieves the Exterior through sweating. Warms and disperses Cold. Removes obstruction of Yang. Promotes the circulation of Yang Qi in the chest. Regulates and moves blood.

Read more about Cinnamon Twigs here

Why might Mudan Peony Bark (Mu Dan Pi) help with traumatic injuries?

Because Mudan Peony Bark is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat traumatic injuries as a symptom, like Da Huang Mu Dan Pi Tang or Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan for instance.

Mudan Peony Bark is a Cool herb that tastes Bitter and Pungent. It targets the Heart, the Kidney and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Cools the Blood, activates Blood circulation and resolves Blood stasis.

Read more about Mudan Peony Bark here

Why might Mirabilite (Mang Xiao) help with traumatic injuries?

Because Mirabilite is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat traumatic injuries as a symptom, like Da Huang Mu Dan Pi Tang or Tao He Cheng Qi Tang for instance.

Mirabilites is a Cold herb that tastes Bitter and Salty. It targets the Stomach and the Large intestine.

Its main actions are: Purges Stagnation in the Intestines caused by Heat and Dryness, Cools Heat and abates swelling

Read more about Mirabilites here