Clinical Information For the Treatment Of Mastitis

What Is Mastitis?


Mastitis - Basics

Mastitis is the term used to describe an infection in the tissue of one or both breasts. Typically occurring in women who are breastfeeding, Mastitis causes inflammation of the tissue, which applies pressure to the milk ducts. Symptoms of Mastitis include lumps in or around the infected area, pain and tenderness in one breast, fever and skin irritation.
Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for Mastitis.

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Which Tam Healing and Tongren Therapy Protocols Apply To Mastitis?


Mastitis - 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 mastitis 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 mastitis:

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Formulas and Products @ Our Store Associated With Mastitis

The Following (3)Formulas TCM Herbal Formulas May Be Useful For Mastitis

Huang Lian Jie Du Wan (Coptis Decoction To Relieve Toxicity)

Clinical Usages

  • Clears fire toxins (damp heat, toxic heat, fire) from all three jiaos - formula has an antibiotic function which has a broad range of uses in conditions arising from damp heat in the body.  Acute bacterial infections, dystentary, fever (of unknown origin), acute bronchitis, acute conjunctivitis, UTI.
  • Hypertension when it arises from fire/toxic heat.
  • A range of skin issues - boils, acne, mastitis, pyogenic skin infections, gingivitis.
  • Disorders of the middle jiao - hepatitis (particularly acute infectious), jaundice, H-pylori, gastritis.
  • Arrest bleeding in reckless bleeding from heat.
  • Gu syndrome conditions with the right underyling factors - IBS, Lyme, other inflammatory conditions.

    Clinical Categorization


      • Generally only used for acute situations, rarely taken for longer than 15-20 days.  For longer use watch for signs of damage to the spleen system in TCM terms.
      • Avoid in patients with Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency.  G6PD is an inherited condition usually occurring in males, more commonly in those of African and Mediterranean descent. Triggers include infections, stress, fava beans, aspirin, and other drugs.  When symptoms are triggered, they include fever, dark urine, abdominal and back pain, fatigue, and pale skin.  Most people recover in a few days without treatment, but avoiding relapses is important. 

        Jing Fang Bai Du Wan (Schizonepeta and Siler Powder to Overcome Pathogenic Influences)

        Clinical Usages

        • Early stages of disease arising from wind cold damp - common cold, flu, bronchitis, mumps.
        • Early stages of skin diseases - boils, carbuncles, eczema, dermatitis with the right underlying factors.
        • Mastitis arising from cold/damp.

          Clinical Categorization


            • Avoid with issues arising from wind-heat, possibly yin qiao would be far more suitable.

              Xian Fang Huo Ming Yin Wan (Immortals Formula For Sustaining Life)

              Clinical Usages

              • Generally for short-term use with early stage heat toxins - sores, carbuncles, boils, styes, acne.  Swollen and painful skin lesions with other heat signs (chills/fever). 
              • Breast abscesses, mastitis.
              • Uses for rheumatoid arthritis and/or psoriasis with the right underlying diagnosis.
              • Internal abscesses from blood stasis.

                Clinical Categorization


                  • Generally not for long-term use.
                  • Use with caution with spleen qi deficiency.
                  • Avoid with yin fire.

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