Clinical Information For the Treatment Of Chronic Cholecystitis

What Is Chronic Cholecystitis?


Chronic Cholecystitis - Basics

Chronic Cholecystitis is causes by repeat attacks of a sudden inflammation of the gallbladder. Over time, these attacks cause the gallbladder to become less able to concentrate, store, and release bile. The main symptom is severe pain in the upper right side or upper middle of the abdomen.

Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for Chronic Cholecystitis.

What Patterns Are Related To Chronic Cholecystitis?


Chronic Cholecystitis - Diagnostic Patterns

The Chinese Medicine treatment of chronic cholecystitis generally involves arriving at the appropriate TCM diagnosis or pattern. This pattern within the individual is what treatment is based on not the general condition (see treating the cause and not the symptoms).

The following patterns may represent the underlying contributing factors for the development of chronic cholecystitis:

Liver Blood StagnationLiver FireLiver Qi StagnationLiver and Gallbladder Damp Heat

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The Following (4)Formulas TCM Herbal Formulas May Be Useful For Chronic Cholecystitis

Da Huang Mu Dan Pi Wan (Rhubarb and Moutan Combination)

Clinical Usages

  • Breaks up heat, moves blood stagnation and reduces swelling, release through the bowels - appendicitis, lower abdominal distension with pain, intestinal abscesses, hemorrhoids.
  • Post surgical infections, particularly in the colon and/or lower warmer.
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease.
  • Groin pain relieved by flexing hip and without urinary difficulty (but with symptoms similar to a UTI).

    Clinical Categorization


    • Avoid during pregnancy.
    • As this formula will cause looser stools use with caution in deficient and/or elderly patients.
    • Used for general appendicitis - avoid in infant appendicitis, or appendicitis with necrosis, peritonitis and/or parasites.

      Ge Xia Zhu Yu Wan (Drive Out Blood Stasis Below The Diaphragm Decoction)

      Clinical Usages

      • For blood stasis below the diaphgram - abdominal masses, liver and spleen masses/swelling, colitis.
      • A range of liver disorders are possibly applicable - cirrhosis, hepatic hemangioma, hepatitis, jaundice.
      • Spleen disorders - splenomegaly.
      • Pleural adhesions.
      • A range of menstrual disorders - fibroids, endometriosis, dysmenorrhea (although Shao Fu Zhu Yu Wan may be more appropriate as that targets more the lower jiao).
      • Pelvic inflammatory disease.
      • May be used to help expel ectopic pregnancy.

        Clinical Categorization


        • Avoid during pregnancy.
        • Use only under direction during menstruation.
        • Use only under direction if you are taking blood thinners.
        • Generally not for long term use.

          Yin Chen Hao Wan (Artemisiae Scopariae Decoction)

          Clinical Usages

          • Used for a range of liver, gallbladder and pancreatic disorders arising from damp heat. ¬†Symptoms such as jaundice, urinary difficulty, nausea, bloating and more.
          • Western conditions could be cirrhosis, gallbladder disease, alcohol toxicity and more.
          • May involve other psychiatric conditions as well such as manic depression, anger outbursts, etc.

            Clinical Categorization


              • Avoid in pregnancy.
              • Avoid with yin jaundice (jaundice with absense of heat signs, feeling cold, no redness in tongue).

                Yue Ju Wan (Escape Restraint Pill)

                Clinical Usages

                • An important formula for plum pit qi and related issues arising from qi stagnation (from many factors)¬†- an oppressive sensation in the chest and/or diaphgram, gerd, reflux, indigestion, nausea, belching with a fetid odor.
                • Gastritis, peptic ulcer disease, intercostal neuralgia, cholecystitis, cholelithiasis.
                • Infectious hepatitis.
                • Migraines when the underlying factor is that of stagnation.
                • Besides a range of digestive issues, the formula may be used for a wide range of psychiatric conditions including depression, schizophrenia, panic disorder, etc. when the underlying factor is chiefly stagnation.

                  Clinical Categorization


                    • Generally should be avoided in cases where the issues are arising from predominately deficiency syndromes (weakness, loose stools, no appetite).

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