Clinical Information For the Treatment Of Pneumonia
What Is Pneumonia?
Pneumonia - Basics
Pneumonia occurs when a virus, fungus or bacteria infects the lungs, which causes inflammation. It can be transmitted from an infected individual through respiratory droplets from the nose or mouth. The primary symptoms of pneumonia include cough, sore throat, chills, high fever, chest pains and shortness of breath. Individuals may also experience nausea, vomiting, muscle aches, fatigue and headache.
Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for Pneumonia.
What Patterns Are Related To Pneumonia?
Pneumonia - Diagnostic Patterns
The Chinese Medicine treatment of pneumonia 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 pneumonia:Lung Dampness - Phlegm HeatLung Wind Invasion - Wind Heat
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The Following (4)Formulas TCM Herbal Formulas May Be Useful For Pneumonia
Bu Fei Er Jiao Wan (Tonify the Lungs Formula with Gelatin)
- Lung yin deficiency with strong heat signs and/or bleeding - chronic dry cough, wheezing, pneumonia, bronchitis, asthma, tuberculosis, COPD.
- Stops bleeding when it arises from lung yin deficiency - mild bloody sputum with dry cough.
- Avoid in patients with wind-cold (i.e. "common cold").
- Avoid when there are profuse amounts of blood in the sputum.
- Avoid, or use with caution, in patients with stomach and/or spleen deficiencies, particularly with phlegm accumulation.
Sha Shen Mai Dong Wan (Glehnia and Ophiopogonis Decoction)
- Important formula for stomach yin deficiency - benefits the stomach and the lungs - a range of digestive issues (gastritis, epigastric pain), possibly with dry throat, thirst and/or cough.
- Diabetes - particularly with signs of dryness.
- A range of lung related issues - lung cancer, pneumonia, cough/wheezing.
Xian Fang Huo Ming Yin Wan (Immortals Formula For Sustaining Life)
- 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.
- Generally not for long-term use.
- Use with caution with spleen qi deficiency.
- Avoid with yin fire.
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