Fever is the heightened temperature of the body in response to infection, disease or extreme conditions. A mechanism of the body's immune system, fever creates a harmful environment for the infection-causing bacteria that thrive at the body's normal temperature (98.6 degrees). Although infection is the most common cause of fever, it can also be the result of certain medications, diseases or heat exhaustion.
Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for fever.
The Chinese Medicine treatment of fever 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 fever:
The following herbal formulas are potentially useful in the process of treating fever. For a complete list from our store with more details see our fever formula section.
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Generally treatment would be based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting points by function alone, (see general points selection rules.)
The following (15) chinese herbs may be useful for fever. In most cases, however, treatment with Chinese Herbal Medicine is done with herbal formulas based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting herbs by function alone. When available, relevant formulas will appear below and/or in the store listings above.
Most often used for childhood convulsions (possibly with wheezing, nausea, nighttime crying, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive mucus/saliva) or other conditions that involve fever, impaired or loss of consciousness, irritability, restlessness such as seizure disorders, meningitis, measles, and gastroenteritis among others.
Signs of damp-heat with interior clumping which may settle into the abdominal region and/or rise upward to the head. Fever, irritability, red eyes, constipation, dark urine, flushed face - middle warmer issues - jaundice, dysentery, tongue/mouth ulcers.
Pulse will be be wiry and rapid and the Tongue will be red, swollen with a yellow greasy tongue coating.