Clinical Information For the Treatment Of Delirium

What Is Delirium?


Delirium - Basics

Delirium is a condition which causes a confused mental state and changes in behavior. Main sytoms of delirium include falling in and out of consciousness, thinking and memory problems, lack of attention and awareness, Emotion issues, Poor muscle control, difficulty sleeping and waking. Delirium can be caused by medications, poisoning, serious illnesses or infections, and severe pain.

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

What Patterns Are Related To Delirium?


Delirium - Diagnostic Patterns

The Chinese Medicine treatment of delirium 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 delirium:

Blood StagnationPhlegm StagnationShen Disturbance

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San Huang Xie Xin Wan (Drain The Epigastrium Decoction)

Clinical Usages

  • Damp-heat excess with interior climbing - fever, restlessness, red eyes, constipation, possibly in severe cases delirium from high fever.
  • A range of digestive/epigastric issues from damp-heat - gastroenteritis, hepatitis, dysentary, hemorrhoids, etc.
  • Certain psychological conditions with damp-heat background - schizophrenia, anxiety, as well as obstructive conditions such as sleep apnea.
  • Due to the "clear heat in the blood" aspect, possible usages for digestive bleeding, vascular headaches, trigeminal neuralgia, epistaxis, dental abscesses, mouth sores, etc.
  • Has a broad anti-inflammatory effect, accordingly with the right underlying patterns may be used for atherosclerosis, upper respiratory infections and issues such as diabetic nephropathy.

    Clinical Categorization


    • Generally not meant for long-term use.  Once desired results are achieved the formula should be stopped.
    • Not for use during pregnancy or during nursing.

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