Acupuncture Continuing Education

Case Histories #3


Case histories with Chinese medicine.


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Blood clot behind the eye

A 67 year old male suddenly lost vision in his right eye. He has been diagnosed with having a blood clot behind his eye and used Western drugs with no effect. This sudden vision loss is accompanied by a bitter taste in the mouth, dry throat and difficulty staying asleep. His tongue is red with a yellow coating and his pulse is wiry and rapid.

Liver and Gallbladder damp heat leading to Qi and Blood stagnation

Cool heat and promote blood circulation.

Liu Wei Di Huang Wan and Wu Ling San modification

Mu Dan Pi       Cortex Moutan Radicis            12g
Chi Shao        Radix Paeoniae Rubrae            12g
Dan Shen        Radix Salviae Miltiorrhizae      12g

Mu Dan Pi and Chi Shao cool blood and promote blood circulation. Mu Dan Pi is stronger at cooling blood. Chi Shao is stronger at promoting blood circulation. Dan Shen promotes blood circulation in small blood vessels.

Shui Niu Jiao     Corni Bibali                    15g
Sheng Di Huang    Radux Rehmanniaea Galutinosae   30g

Sheng Di Huang and Shui Niu Jiao cool heat in the blood. Sheng Di Huang nourishes Blood and Jing. Shui Niu Jiao cools heat in the Ying and Xue level.

Huang Qin         Radix Scutellariae Baicalensis   15g
Huang Qin eliminates damp heat in the Liver and Gallbladder and Upper Jiao.

Che Qian Zi    Semen Plantaginis                12g
Fu Ling        Sclerotium Poriae Cocoa          15g
Ze Xie         Alismatis Rhizoma                12g

All the herbs in this group promote urination which drains excess conditions from the eye. Che Qian Zi clears Liver and Gallbladder damp heat. Fu Ling balances water in the body. Ze Xie sedates Kidney fire.

Gan Cao       Radix Glycyrrhizae Uralensis       3g
Gan Cao harmonizes the ingredients of the formula.

He took six bags for six days. His eye exam showed that he has no more new bleeding and the old bleeding has improved by 30%. His tongue was less red and his pulse was soft instead of wiry. Shui Niu Jiao, Ze Xie and Che Qian Zi were taken out of the formula and 15g of San Qi and 12g of Xian He Cao were added. He continued to take this modified formula for twenty days and the blood clot improved by 70% but his tongue was still dry and red and his pulse was small and rapid.

Liver Yin deficiency
Qi and blood stagnation.

Lubricate Yin and promote blood circulation.

Sha Shen Mai Men Dong Tang and Liu Wei Di Huang Wan modification

Sha Ren         Radis Adenophorae seu Glehniae        15g
Mai Men Dong    Tuber Ophiopogonis Japonici           12g

These two herbs lubricate Yin and moisten dryness. Sha Shen is more dense which goes deeper to moisten dryness. Mai Men Dong sedates Heart fire.

Sheng Di Huang     Radux Rehmanniaea Galutinosae 15g
Mu Dan Pi          Cortex Moutan Radicis         12g

Sheng Di Huang and Mu Dan Pi cool heat in the Blood. Sheng Di Huang nourishes Yin, Blood and Jing. Mu Dan Pi promotes blood circulation.

Dan Shen         Radix Salviae Miltiorrhizae      12g

Chi Shao         Radix Paeoniae Rubrae            12g
Dang Gui         Radix Angelicae Sinensis          3g

All the herbs in this group promote blood circulation. Dan Shen promotes blood circulation in the small vessels. Chi Shao cools heat in the blood. Dang Gui is warm and nourishes the blood.

San Qi         Radix Notoginseang            15g
Xian He Cao    Herba Agrimony Pilosae        15g

San Qi and Xian He Cao stop bleeding. San Qi promotes blood circulation. Xian He Cao is astringent to stop bleeding.

Huang Qin      Radix Scutellariae Baicalensis  12g
Huang Qi clears damp heat in the Liver, Gallbladder and Upper Jiao.

Gan Cao        Radix Glycyrrhizae Uralensis     3g
Gan Cao harmonizes the ingredients of the formula.

He took twenty bags for twenty days which completely dissolved the blood clot behind the eye and returned his vision to normal.

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About Prof. Liao:

Professor Liao, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., has served as professor of herbology and acupuncture theory at the Academy of Chinese Culture & Health Sciences in Oakland, CA. Prof. Liao has also served as faculty at Five Branches University in Santa Cruz, CA. His many years of teaching experience bring the highest quality of interesting and useful courses to HealthCMI continuing education online.


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