Chinese Herbal and Acupuncture Treatment Protocols for Hepatitis (B or C) - Formulas, Protocols, TCM Diagnoses

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).

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):

Hepatitis (B or C) - Formulas From Our Store

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.

Hepatitis (B or C) - Questions

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Hepatitis (B or C) - Related Acupuncture Points

The following (2) acupuncture points may be useful for hepatitis (b or c). 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.)

Hepatitis (B or C) - Related Chinese Herbs

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.

The following (6) Formulas TCM Herbal Formulas May Be Useful For Hepatitis (B or C)

Da Bu Gan Wan

  • Major Liver Nutrition Pills
    • 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.¬†
  • Harmonize
  • Regulate and Harmonize the Liver and Spleen

Gan Bing Zhi Ben Wan

Xie Xin Wan

  • Drain the Epigastrium Formula
  • 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.

  • Clear Heat
  • Clear Heat and Relieve Toxicity

Xue Fu Zhu Yu Wan

  • Blood Stasis Relief Pills
    • 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.
  • Invigorate the Blood
  • Invigorate the Blood and Dispel Blood Stasis
  • Cautions
  • Pregnancy
    • 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
    • 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.
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Yin

Yin Chen Hao Wan

  • Artemisiae Scopariae Decoction
    • 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.
  • Clear Heat
  • Clear Damp-Heat
  • Cautions
    • Avoid in pregnancy.
    • Avoid with yin jaundice (jaundice with absense of heat signs, feeling cold, no redness in tongue).

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