Chinese Herbal and Acupuncture Treatment Protocols for Jaundice - Formulas, Protocols, TCM Diagnoses

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.

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:

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Jaundice - Related Acupuncture Points

The following (5) acupuncture points may be useful for jaundice. 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.)

Jaundice - Related Chinese Herbs

The following (17) chinese herbs may be useful for jaundice. 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 (2) Formulas TCM Herbal Formulas May Be Useful For Jaundice

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

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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