Clinical Information For the Treatment Of Hepatitis (B or C)

What Is Hepatitis (B or C)?

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Hepatitis (B or C) - Basics

Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C are both infectious diseases of the liver, which if not detected early can become chronic. Chronic infection can lead to severe liver damage, liver cancer, cirrhosis or liver failure. Symptoms of acute Hepatitis C include dark urine, jaundice, abdominal pain, fatigue, nausea and loss of appetite. These symptoms can appear six to 12 weeks after exposure, if at all. The symptoms of acute Hepatitis B are the same as those of Hepatitis C, in addition to joint pain and fever. If symptoms appear, it is usually three months after exposure to the virus and can last up to six months.
The Hepatitis B virus is transmitted through certain bodily fluids and can be contracted through sexual intercourse with an infected person, the sharing of needles, contact with blood infected with Hepatitis B, or from mother to child during child birth. The most common form of transmission of Hepatitis C is needle-sharing; however, it is rarely passed from mother to child or through sexual intercourse.
Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for Hepatitis (B or C).

What Patterns Are Related To Hepatitis (B or C)?

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Hepatitis (B or C) - Diagnostic Patterns

The Chinese Medicine treatment of hepatitis (b or c) 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 hepatitis (b or c):

Liver Qi StagnationLiver Yin DeficiencyLiver and Gallbladder Damp Heat

Which Tam Healing and Tongren Therapy Protocols Apply To Hepatitis (B or C)?

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Hepatitis (B or C) - 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 hepatitis (b or c) 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 hepatitis (b or c):

3 Points Are Empirically Important For Hepatitis (B or C)

1 TCM Herb Are Potentially Used With Hepatitis (B or C)

The Following (9)Formulas TCM Herbal Formulas May Be Useful For Hepatitis (B or C)

Da Bu Gan Wan (Major Liver Nutrition Pills)

Clinical Usages

  • Brittle nails, yellowing of the skin (jaundice).
  • Abdominal cramping, distension or pain in the hypochrondia due to liver qi stangation
  • Fatty liver, hepatitis and other liver diseases. 

    Clinical Categorization

    Gan Bing Zhi Ben Wan (Liver Disease Recovery Pills)

    Clinical Usages

    • Irritibility or easily prone to outburts or anger.
    • Liver disease such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, fatty liver.
    • Jaundice - yellowing of the skin, brittle nails, pale complexion.

      Clinical Categorization

      Cautions

        • Ovoid foods and drugs that tax the liver such as coffee, alcohol, fried foods, etc.
        • Use with caution during pregnancy.

          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

            Cautions

            • 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.

              Ren Shen Yang Rong Wan (Ginseng Decoction to Nourish the Nutritive Qi)

              Clinical Usages

              • 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.

                Clinical Categorization

                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)

                    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

                      Cautions

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

                          Xie Xin Wan (Drain the Epigastrium Formula)

                          Clinical Usages

                          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.

                            Clinical Categorization

                            Xue Fu Zhu Yu Wan (Blood Stasis Relief Pills)

                            Clinical Usages

                            • Qi and Blood stagnation - pain, cardiovascular issues, physical organ issues.
                            • Coronary artery disease, angina and other cardiovascular issues.
                            • Hepatitis and other liver function issues.
                            • Migraines, headaches, neuralgia from most causes.
                            • A range of menstrual issues including dysmenorrhea, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, fibroids - particularly with pain and/or bleeding.
                            • Certain diagnostic types of psychological illness, schizophrenia, bipolar, chronic depression, etc.

                              Clinical Categorization

                              Cautions

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

                                Yi Guan Jian Wan (Linking Decoction)

                                Clinical Usages

                                • GI issues from yin deficiency (liver and kidney) with liver qi stagnation leading to stomach yin issues - gastritis, ulcers, reflux, bloating.
                                • The underlying factors lead to dryness of the blood, that coupled with liver qi stagnation and yin deficiency may lead to PMS, inosmnia, etc.
                                • With the right underlying factors useful for a range of liver conditions - hepatitis, fatty liver.
                                • Essential hypertension, preeclampsia.

                                  Clinical Categorization

                                  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

                                    Cautions

                                      • Avoid in pregnancy.
                                      • Avoid with yin jaundice (jaundice with absense of heat signs, feeling cold, no redness in tongue).

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