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Chinese Herbal and Acupuncture Treatment Protocols for Chronic Illness - Formulas, Protocols, TCM Diagnoses


Chronic Illness - Basics

A Chronic Illness is one that is long-term, with side effects and symptoms occurring sporadically or progressively worsening. Types of chronic illnesses include epilepsy, diabetes, sickle-cell anemia, lupus and others. Individuals suffering from a chronic illness often deal with emotional and physical stress, in addition to the symptoms associated with his/her illness.

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



Chronic Illness - Formulas From Our Store

The following herbal formulas are potentially useful in the process of treating chronic illness. For a complete list from our store with more details see our chronic illness formula section.


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The following (3) Formulas TCM Herbal Formulas May Be Useful For Chronic Illness

Ren Shen Yang Rong Wan

  • Ginseng Decoction to Nourish the Nutritive Qi
    • Tonifies both qi and blood and nourishes the heart and calms the spirit - generally used for weakness from longer term or deep diseases such as cancer and for a host of other conditions affecting a broad range of the body and psyche such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and autoimmune conditions such as Lupus, Scleroderma, MCTD.
    • Anemia.
    • May be used alone or in conjunction with a formula such as yu ping feng wan to enhance immunity - particularly in patients with frequent colds and flus.
    • Raynaud's condition in addition to the other connective tissue issues listed above.
    • Micturition syncope, nephritis, cancers of the genitourinary tract.
    • Male infertility, possibly with Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan, for sperm volume and motility issues.
    • Along with other immune benefits, hepatitis C.
    • Lung cancer.
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Qi and Blood
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution or seek an alternative in deficiency cases with very pronounced sensations of coldness.  Part of this is due to the relatively neutral (i.e. non warming) aspects of this formula.

Xiao Chai Hu Tang Wan

  • Minor Bupleurum Decoction
    • Shao Yang Syndrome (or "lesser yang stage") - alternating fever and chills, hypochondriac pain, irritability, bitter taste in mouth, poor appetite, nausea.  Often used for illnesses (chronic or short-term) such as the flu, etc. that have "cleared" but not completely.  People will describe not feeling quite right or having a range of low level symptoms for months or longer after a particular illness.  Instead of fever and chills alternating they may manifest with cold extremities and warm interior or other variations.
    • A range of liver related conditions including malaria, jaundice, hepatitis, liver cancer, meniere's disease, general protection from medicines that may harm the liver, etc. among issues with other digestive organs - pancreatitis, stomatitis, gastritis.
    • Liver/speen disharmonies resulting in broader issues such as depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, menstrual irregularities (PMS, cramping, etc.).
    • Other general immune issues such as the common cold, flu, tonsillitis, general seasonal allergies with the right underlying factors.
  • Harmonize
  • Regulate and Harmonize the Liver and Spleen
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution with yin and/or blood deficiencies.
    • Avoid cold, raw, and spicy foods while taking xiao chai hu tang.

Yu Ping Feng Wan

  • Jade Windscreen Formula
    • Frequent colds, flus, chronic bronchitis - general low immunity to common infections.
    • Spontaneous sweating, aversion to wind and/or cold.
    • With appropriate diagnosis may be used to treat acute facial paralysis/Bell's Palsy.
  • Stabilize and Bind
  • Stabilize the Exterior and the Lungs
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution with patients presenting with yin deficiency.
    • Do not use for spontaneous sweating due to an exterior syndrome - only for sweating due to wei qi deficiency.



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