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

The Chinese Medicine treatment of edema 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).

Edema is swelling that occurs when fluids from the body's tissue build up in a particular area. Causes of edema include sunburn, pregnancy, certain medications, excessive consumption of salt, kidney disease, lymph node issues and heart failure.

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

The following Acupuncture Treatment Protocols May Be Used With Edema


There are no tongren treatment protocols associated at this time.


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The following herbal formulas from our store are potentially useful for edema:

Unfortunately there are no linked formulas at this time, try our stores symptoms page. Ultimately, you should ask your practitioner or ask questions in our in our forums.


The following (7) acupuncture points may be useful for edema. A subset of these could potentially be useful with acupressure stimulation and/or tongren therapy methods as well.

Generally treatment would be based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting points by function alone, (see general points selection rules.)



There are (17) Chinese herbs currently associated with edema. Generally speaking you will not choose herbs this way, but this serves as a clinical reminder of some of the empirical herbs for edema. For the most part treatment would be decided by the presenting TCM patterns and with formulas such as those listed in the next section.

TCM Herbal Formulas That May Be Useful For Edema

TCM FormulaClinical Functions
Fang Ji Huang Qi Wan

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Wu Ling San Wan

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