Clinical Information For the Treatment Of Tonsillitis

What Patterns Are Related To Tonsillitis?


Tonsillitis - Diagnostic Patterns

The Chinese Medicine treatment of tonsillitis 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 tonsillitis:

Liver and Gallbladder Damp HeatLung Dampness - Phlegm HeatLung Qi DeficiencyPhlegm Stagnation

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Which Tam Healing and Tongren Therapy Protocols Apply To Tonsillitis?


Tonsillitis - 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 tonsillitis 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 tonsillitis:

1 Point Is Empirically Important For Tonsillitis

1 TCM Herb Are Potentially Used With Tonsillitis

Formulas and Products @ Our Store Associated With Tonsillitis

The Following (4)Formulas TCM Herbal Formulas May Be Useful For Tonsillitis

Bu Fei Er Jiao Wan (Tonify the Lungs Formula with Gelatin)

Clinical Usages

  • 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.

    Clinical Categorization


      • 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.

        Pu Ji Xiao Du Wan (Universal Benefit Decoction To Eliminate Toxin)

        Clinical Usages

        • Acute febrile disorder (wind-heat & damp-phlegm) of the head - strong fever and chills, burning pain of head and face, red and/or swollen eyes, sore throat, aversion to cold, dryness, thirst.  Hemorrhagic fever, Respiratory Tract Infection, Acute tonsillitis, otitis media, lymphadenitis, Common Cold, Flu.  More common seasonally in the winter or spring.
        • Disperse wind-heat - cellulitis in the head and face, herpes, boils.
        • Has a range of antibiotic and antiviral effects.

          Clinical Categorization


            • Generally meant for short-term usage, avoid or use with caution in patients with yin deficiency.

              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.

                    Xiao Chai Hu Tang Wan (Minor Bupleurum Decoction)

                    Clinical Usages

                    • Shao Yang Syndrome (or "lesser yang stage") - alternating fever and chills, hypochondriac pain, irritability, bitter taste in mouth, poor appetite, nausea.  Often used for illnesses (chronic or short-term) such as the flu, etc. that have "cleared" but not completely.  People will describe not feeling quite right or having a range of low level symptoms for months or longer after a particular illness.  Instead of fever and chills alternating they may manifest with cold extremities and warm interior or other variations.
                    • A range of liver related conditions including malaria, jaundice, hepatitis, liver cancer, meniere's disease, general protection from medicines that may harm the liver, etc. among issues with other digestive organs - pancreatitis, stomatitis, gastritis.
                    • Liver/speen disharmonies resulting in broader issues such as depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, menstrual irregularities (PMS, cramping, etc.).
                    • Other general immune issues such as the common cold, flu, tonsillitis, general seasonal allergies with the right underlying factors.

                      Clinical Categorization


                        • Use with caution with yin and/or blood deficiencies.
                        • Avoid cold, raw, and spicy foods while taking xiao chai hu tang.

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