Chinese Herbs & Grave’s Disease

Interested in Chinese herbs for graves disease? Find out about the different kinds of herbs and how they help in the treatment of graves disease.

Grave’s disease is the name of a particular form of hyperthyroidism which occurs most frequently. The disease is triggered off by a mistaken action of the immune system which attacks the thyroid glands causing them to over produce thyroxine. Chinese medicine has prescribed the use of certain herbs for the treatment of grave’s disease.

The abnormal reaction of the immune system can have its effects on the tissues behind the eyes as well as on other parts of the skin. The fundamental problem that the release of thyroxine has is that it increases the body’s metabolic rate. This in effect gives rise to a host of health complications.

The Chinese prescribed the use of certain herbs for treating the disease based on a certain set of symptoms. This is because they lacked the proper knowledge or means to diagnose grave’s disease. Their proposed treatment could help palpate nodules around the thyroid gland. Today however medical science has made it possible to identify the exact area that has been effected thereby making it easier to treat the disease.

The different kinds of herbs and their functions

The Chinese doctors describe the masses and nodules that develop in this disease with the term “entangled qi”. They also refer to them as static blood and accumulated phlegm. The Chinese make use of a combination of Chinese herbs and sea materials which helps to provide effective treatment for such masses.

The Chinese herb fritillaria is used in a variety of treatments especially tumors. It is the fundamental herb selected for the purpose of phlegm resolving when treating grave’s disease. The herb prunella helps to resolve entangled qi. A variety of citrus herbs are used for the treatment of grave’s disease which helps to resolve phlegm accumulation and qi stagnation. Another Chinese herb that is effective for regulating the qi is bupleurum.

Zedoaria andd sparganuim are also two herbs that are used for the purpose of removing thyroid nodules. Such herbs provide an effective treatment for abnormal masses. Certain blood vitalization herbs such as white peony, cnidium and salvia are also used in the formulae created for treating grave’s disease. Such herbs can be very effective against thyroid masses that become firm which may result in the formation of a tumor.

According to Chinese doctors the root cause of grave’s disease is excess fire. This later transforms into yin deficiency fire. This is why Chinese medicine makes use of certain fire purging herbs. Prunella for example is the most popular fire purging herb. Such herbs are known to be effective during the early stages of the treatment. Other fire purging herbs that are used include scrophularia, raw rehmannia, peony raw, gentiana, gpsum, gardenia, anemarrhena and scute.

The herbal remedies prescribed for the treatment of grave’s disease make use of a number of materials from the sea. Oyster shell is one of the main components used in herbal remedies for grave’s disease. Other items used from under the sea are seaweeds, arca shells, pumice and clam shells. All these materials are beneficial because they are potent in iodine. Such ingredients are combined with herbs in order to create the formula which helps to treat the disease.

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