Hepatitis and Chinese Medicine
Hepatitis can present in several different ways depending on what stage the disease is progressing through, and if it is presenting in an acute phase or is a chronic condition. Acupressure, essential oils, and herbs are self-care support treatments that may ease suffering for those who have recovered from Hepatitis with the help of medications, or for those who are still suffering with the active disease.
- Poor appetite
- Bitter taste
- Sticky feeling in mouth
- Fullness and/or pain in the upper abdomen below the ribs
- Tongue with a greasy-yellow coat
Heat in the body would be exacerbated by alcohol and cigarette use as both are Hot in nature. Spicy foods and red meat consumption would also likely worsen this condition. Damp would be exacerbated by the consumption of fried foods, sweets, raw cold foods and juices, and dairy.
Natural Herbal Therapy: Consider Restore the Middle Way formula used with Peaceful Warrior formula. The Peaceful Warrior formula would be replaced with Ageless Herbs Free and Easy Wanderer formula as the fever and signs of Heat dissipate.
- Lack of motivation
- Fullness and discomfort in abdomen
- Tenderness along rib area
- Digestive problems
- Tongue with a greasy white coat
Acupressure Points for Hepatitis Support
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Liver Qi Stagnation and Hepatitis
With chronic hepatitis Liver Qi Stagnation is presumed, even when the illness is dormant, or inactive. Additionally, the Liver belongs the Wood Element of the Five Phase system and emotional issues related to this theory would likely develop over time.
Jaundice Patterns of Imbalance
Jaundice presents with yellowing of the eyes or skin and indicates bile obstruction in the gallbladder. In Chinese medicine, jaundice can have several different types of symptoms depending on the nature of the disease pattern.
- Dark condensed urine
- Intense bright yellow color of skin or eyess
- Furry-yellow tongue coat that looks greasy
- Poor appetite
- Bloating of abdomen
- Greasy white tongue
- Dull yellow complexion
Blood Stagnation Jaundice
- Acute-sharp pain along right ribs at upper abdomen
- Purple tongue body
Acute Hepatitis refers to hepatitis that has been active for less than 6 months, and the time during which people are actively ill. Hepatitis A nearly always presents Hepatitis with acute hepatitis and hepatitis B often does (70% of the time). We are not discussing Hepatitis A as it is addressed well with pharmaceutical medications; whereas, herbal support for chronic Hepatitis B and C can be beneficial.
Chronic Hepatitis includes infection that lasts more than 6 months; although those who have contracted the disease are not acutely ill for prolonged periods of time. As much as 80% of the time hepatitis B and C often lead to chronic liver disease. Hepatitis B causes acute hepatitis as well as chronic hepatitis. Over half of acute cases of hepatitis are from Hep B.
Acute infection of Hep B
The incubation period for HBV varies from 30-180 days, with the average approximately 75 days. The acute illness is usually mild, particularly in children particularly in children. 30% of those infected have no symptoms. Symptoms of acute hepatitis usually develop before jaundice appears and can include:
- Muscle Pain
- Sore scratchy throat with difficulty swallowing
- An acute sensitivity to smell sensations with an aversion to food and cigarettes
- Right upper quadrant and epigastric pain
Most symptoms typically disappear with onset of jaundice, but muscle soreness and tiredness often persist.
Precautions with those with Hepatitis B:
- Use barrier protection during sexual intercourse if partner is not vaccinated
- Do not share toothbrushes, razors, or needles
- Cover open cuts and scratches
- Clean blood spills with detergent or bleach
- Do not donate blood, organs or sperms
If the above precautions are taken, children who are HBA-positive can participate in all activities including social contact; children should not be excluded from daycare or school or isolated from other children and can share food, utensils or kiss others.
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