Clinical Information For the Treatment Of Cirrhosis

What Is Cirrhosis?


Cirrhosis - Basics

Cirrhosis occurs when scarred liver tissue replaces healthy tissue, resulting in the deterioration of the liver. This leads to the liver's inability to protect against infection, process nutrients, remove bacteria from the blood and perform other vital functions.

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

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Which Tam Healing and Tongren Therapy Protocols Apply To Cirrhosis?


Cirrhosis - Tam Healing and Tongren Therapy Protocols

Tong Ren Therapy is the energy healing/medical qi gong aspect of the Tam Healing System. The areas of focus for cirrhosis that we would use in Tong Ren techniques form the basis for our acupuncture treatments as well. Generally you would mix these primary points with points specific to the patients underlying TCM pattern and then our tuina (medical massage) would be largely focused on these points as well.

The following Tam healing and tong ren therapy protocols may be used with cirrhosis:

1 Point Is Empirically Important For Cirrhosis

Formulas and Products @ Our Store Associated With Cirrhosis

The Following (6)Formulas TCM Herbal Formulas May Be Useful For Cirrhosis

Chai Hu Gui Zhi Tang Wan (Bupleurum and Cinnamon Twig Decoction)

Clinical Usages

  • A combination of gui zhi tang and xiao chai hu tang - together they work with both taiyang and shaoyang syndromes - common colds and flu, fever, chills, joint pain, nausea, abdominal/epigastric distention.  Neuralgias from wind invasions - trigeminal neuralgia, frozen shoulder, etc.
  • With the right underlying factors also useful for a range of middle jiao issues such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, cholecystitis, gastric ulcers, pancreatitis, appendicitis.
  • Epilepsy.

    Clinical Categorization

    Fu Fang Dan Shen Wan (Saliva Compound Pill)

    Clinical Usages

    • For a range of stagnation issues in the stomach/epigastric/heart region - gastritis, epigastric pain, peptic ulcer disease.
    • A range of liver issues including hepatitis and cirrhosis.
    • For stasis of the chest (zhong bi syndrome).

      Clinical Categorization


        • Use with caution with patients who present with blood deficiency.

          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.

              Huo Luo Xiao Ling Wan (Miraculously Effective Pill To Invigorate The Collaterals)

              Clinical Usages

              • A range of pain related issues when they arise from qi and blood stagnation (both acute and chronic) - pain essentially anywhere in the body, bruises and swelling and other signs of stasis.  May often be combined with other formulas which deal more with the root issues.
              • Abdominal masses, fibroids, cysts as well as organ related issues such as cirrhosis, appendicitis and inflammatory conditions such as endometriosis.
              • May be used to help clear an ectopic pregnancy with the right factors.

                Clinical Categorization


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

                  Xiao Chai Hu Tang Wan (Minor Bupleurum Decoction)

                  Clinical Usages

                  • 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.

                    Clinical Categorization


                      • Use with caution with yin and/or blood deficiencies.
                      • Avoid cold, raw, and spicy foods while taking xiao chai hu tang.

                        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).

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