Clinical Information For the Treatment Of Jaundice

What Is Jaundice?


Jaundice - Basics

Jaundice is a condition characterized by the yellowing of the skin and other tissues, in addition to the passing of dark urine. It is caused by increased levels of billirubin, a waste product which gives urine its yellowish pigmentation. The buildup of billirubin can be the result of several conditions, including liver disease, pancreatic cancer, sickle cell anemia, and others.
Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for Jaundice.

What Patterns Are Related To Jaundice?


Jaundice - Diagnostic Patterns

The Chinese Medicine treatment of jaundice 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 jaundice:

Spleen Invasion - Cold DampSpleen Qi DeficiencySpleen Yang DeficiencySpleen and Stomach Damp HeatStomach ColdStomach DampnessStomach Qi Deficiency

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Which Tam Healing and Tongren Therapy Protocols Apply To Jaundice?


Jaundice - 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 jaundice 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 jaundice:

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17 TCM Herbs Are Potentially Used With Jaundice

Formulas and Products @ Our Store Associated With Jaundice

The Following (5)Formulas TCM Herbal Formulas May Be Useful For Jaundice

Chai Hu Gui Zhi Tang Wan (Bupleurum and Cinnamon Twig Decoction)

Clinical Usages

  • A combination of gui zhi tang and xiao chai hu tang - together they work with both taiyang and shaoyang syndromes - common colds and flu, fever, chills, joint pain, nausea, abdominal/epigastric distention.¬† Neuralgias from wind invasions - trigeminal neuralgia, frozen shoulder, etc.
  • With the right underlying factors also useful for a range of middle jiao issues such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, cholecystitis, gastric ulcers, pancreatitis, appendicitis.
  • Epilepsy.

    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


        • 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


            • 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.

              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

                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


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

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