This patient had liver cirrhosis who were discovered in 2018 with 13 cm of ascites and splenomegaly. He had been treated at the local hospital for more than a month and did not improve. The ascites was more severe, accompanied by edema of both lower extremities. In severe cases, liver appeared hepatic encephalopathy and unconsciousness, the local doctor told him that there is no good way, or symptomatic treatment, or liver transplant. Seeing that the condition worsens day by day, he came to Hebei Hepatopathy Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine to try.
Unbelievable! Just over a month, his ascites caused by hepatic cirrhosis disappeared basically, hypersplenism turns better, hepatic encephalopathy never appear, liver function improve gradually, all indicators tends to positive direction, moreover, the patient can move easily.
Not only this patient with cirrhosis and ascites, many patients with cirrhosis here are under control, the liver function turns normal, and even the atrophic liver has grown. Why can Hebei Hepatopathy Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine?
We need start from the treatment method.
Hebei Hepatopathy Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine is a national clinical key specialty hospital, a key liver hospital in Hebei Province, and a scientific and clinical collaborative base for liver tumor diagnosis and research center of the 302 Hospital of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army.
Chinese medicine, when cirrhosis gets differentiated, the first thing is to clarify where the disease locates.
Large amount of clinical cases show the location of liver disease is in stomach and spleen, for example, the most common symptom of hepatic cirrhosis is jaundice. Where does the yellow belong to? That is the color of soil, in the viewpoint of chinese medicine, it is the spleen which locates in the central of the body.
From three aspects, spleen and stomach are the source to produce blood and nutrition, for patients with hepatic cirrhosis in end stage usually have insufficient Qi and Blood, so it is necessary to consider spleen and stomach, they are the foundation of acquired constitution.
Then it is required to regulate Qi activity, because spleen is to raise nutrition, the stomach is to discharge waste, the decline of internal fire from entire viscera, and the rise of kidney water, including the liver and gallbladder Qi run smoothly,, must be regulated by Qi activity from the spleen and stomach axis . Therefore, the central axis spleen and stomach is a center and a hub for the entire lifting.
Besides, the axis function from spleen and stomach also influence limbs, therefore, fatigue in limbs also results from spleen and stomach. Tonifing spleen and promoting Qi, removing dampness are the common methods to use in actual treatment.
Still, for hepatic cirrhosis patients with long illness history, they usually have insufficiency in kidney and liver, after being infected by virus, heat-damp evil can appear in the body easily, this happening can incur insufficiency in liver and kidney over time. Therefore, nourishing liver and kidneys are one of our treatment program to design.
The 3rd is the Qi activity. For most patients with hepatic cirrhosis will have Qi block problem, so it is necessary to promote Qi and soothe liver.
During the treatment course, chinese medicine stress overall conception, that is why the advantage of combining disease differentiation and syndrome differentiation is more obvious. Patient’s individual difference and the extent of disease must be considered together so as to make specific treatment program. Treatment from chinese medicine not only help to stop the liver fibrosis, but also alleviate clinical manifestations effectively, so as to get the purpose of fundamental treatment.
Scientific and standard treatment can definitely control the disease and help patients have normal life, study and work.