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).
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):
The following herbal formulas are potentially useful in the process of treating hepatitis (b or c). For a complete list from our store with more details see our hepatitis (b or c) 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 (1) chinese herb may be useful for hepatitis (b or c). 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.
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.