Natural and Alternative Chronic Illness Treatment Options

Chronic Illness Treatment {introduction}

A Chronic Illness is one that is long-term, with side effects and symptoms occurring sporadically or progressively worsening. Types of chronic illnesses include epilepsy, diabetes, sickle-cell anemia, lupus and others. Individuals suffering from a chronic illness often deal with emotional and physical stress, in addition to the symptoms associated with his/her illness.

Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for Chronic Illness.

TCM Diagnostic Patterns Related to Chronic Illness

Listed below are Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) diagnostic patterns that are commonly involved with this western medical condition/symptom. Properly applied, Chinese Medicine (including acupuncture and herbal medicine) treats patterns not individual symptoms/conditions which may better account for the range of symptoms often experienced by individuals. Pattern diagnosis/treatment is a crucial part of using Chinese Medicine for disease prevention instead of focusing on solely symptomatic treatments as is somewhat more common in western medicine. For more on this concept, please read What Does Acupuncture Treat? Or Treating the "Cause" and not the "Symptoms".

There are no tcm differential pattern diagnoses listed for this pattern at this time.

Herbal Formulas for Chronic Illness Available From Our Store

Herbal Formulas

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Bu Zhong Yi Qi Wan - Fatigue, Prolapse, Chronic Illness Recovery Herbal Formula
Bu Zhong Yi Qi Wan - Fatigue, Prolapse, Chronic Illness Recovery Herbal Formula

Uses: Fatigue, Organ Prolapses, Recovery from Chronic Illness, Sustained Stress.  Bu Zhong Yi Qi Wan (Bu Zhong Yi Qi Pian, Central Chi Teapills) 

Life Plus - Immune System Strengthening Herbal Formula
Life Plus Immune Building Formula

Uses: Immune Strengthening/Chronic Illness. A unique blend of effective immune strengthening herbs including wild american ginseng and tibetan saffron which is a tonic for the heart and the nervous...

QiVive - Fatigue, Prolapse, Chronic Illness Recovery Herbal Formula
QiVive - Fatigue, Prolapse Herbal Formula

Uses: Fatigue, Organ Prolapses, Recovery from Chronic Illness, Sustained Stress.  QiVive is a concentrated version of the classic formula...

Yu Ping Feng Wan - Frequent Colds, Build Immunity, Herbal Formula
Yu Ping Feng Wan - Build Immunity Herbal Formula

Uses: Chronic Infections, Catching Colds Easily and Often, Spontaneous Sweating. Yu Ping Feng Wan (Yu Ping Feng Pian, Yu Ping Feng San, Jade Screen Teapills) is a widely used Chinese Herbal Formula...

Acupuncture Treatment Protocols

Listed below are articles describing related TCM diagnoses and acupuncture treatment points. These generally require an understanding of basic TCM Theory, however, general readers may find the protocols illustrative of how Chinese Medicine views and treats this condition.

There are no treatment protocols listed for this condition at this time.

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Submitted Case Studies

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Chronic Illness related articles

Below are articles related to this condition submitted by our practitioner members. See our practitioner member section for all articles.

  • Amber Suter's picture
    Contributor ~ Amber Suter
    Submitted On Wed, 02/01/2012 - 7:25pm

    There once was an ancient time when man had no need for speech as we know it. Communication and life was less complex. As we advanced as a race, so did our technology and our communications. We developed our own complex languages and eventually came into the digital age where we communicate by computers, cell phones, and all sorts of devices. We go to big universities and get doctorates in language itself, communication, and speaking itself is a requirement no matter what career path you choose.

Forum posts related to Chronic Illness

Listed below are forum posts related to this condition. You can click on the posts to submit comments. If you would like to submit a forum post/question related to this condition, please click to submit. For all recent activity see our forum.

  • monkeymagix's picture
    Submitted On Thu, 02/06/2014 - 5:29am
    Contributor ~ monkeymagix

    A couple of days ago I had acupuncture magnets placed in my ear after an hours worth of auricular acupuncture these caused me severe headaches, sleeplessness, clammy sweaty skin and feeling of restlessness until I removed them...

    Comments on this post (3)

  • Photon's picture
    Submitted On Sat, 10/13/2012 - 9:37pm
    Contributor ~ Photon

    I had my first acupuncture Tx today. I have experienced other types of alternative healing methods and meditation prior.

    During the experience I had a strange feeling as if I could float of my body. That part is not too surprising to me,...

    Comments on this post (1)

  • Alynn53176's picture
    Submitted On Thu, 09/13/2012 - 6:26pm
    Contributor ~ Alynn53176

    There is this newborn all over the news by the name of Easton Friedel. He has a rare skin disease caleed EB he also has edema, blood infection heart infection and is suffering a great deal. Id like to practice Tong Ren on him, can you do this...

    Comments on this post (1)

  • Susan Stafford's picture
    Submitted On Fri, 07/22/2011 - 3:41am
    Contributor ~ Susan Stafford

    My client has presented with: mastitis, five throat infections including strepp throat & tonsilittis, flu, sinusitis, conjuctivitis and viral menengitis - all within the last nine months. All of these infections occured within 3-4 weeks of...

    Comments on this post (6)

  • sabineba's picture
    Submitted On Sun, 10/10/2010 - 4:12pm
    Contributor ~ sabineba


    Dear Chad,

    I'm giving my grandmother (94) weakly some bodywork.
    She has been suffering from a flu-like low-grade fever for several weeks now and it won't go away. She also complains of pain in the joints...

    Comments on this post (4)

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    Acupuncture Points for Chronic Illness

    Below you will find acupuncture points relevant to this condition. The points listed below are by no means the only relevant points, rather we list empirical or commonly used points as well as those applicable to use with acupressure as a self-help remedy.

    Professional Practitioner Information

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    TCM Herbs and Formulas for Chronic Illness

    TCM Herbal Formulas for Chronic Illness

    Listed below are TCM Herbal Formulas related to this condition.
    General Indications Functional Grouping Combinations
    Yu Ping Feng Wan - Jade Windscreen Formula - TCM Herbal Formula

    Frequent colds, flus, chronic bronchitis - general low immunity to common infections. Aversions to drafts, spontaneous sweating.

    The Tongue will be pale with a white coat and the Pulse will be floating, deficient and soft.

    Stabilize the Exterior and the Lungs, Stabilize and Bind

    Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbs for Chronic Illness

    Below you will find Traditional Chinese Medicine herbs relevant to this condition. See our TCM Herbal Database for more details.

    There are no tcm herbs listed for this condition at this time.

    Western Herbs and Chronic Illness Medical Information

    Western herbs for Chronic Illness

    Below you will find Western herbs relevant to this condition. See our Western Herbal Database for more details.

    There are no western herbs listed for this condition at this time.

    Chronic Illness - Western Medicine Information

    At this time no Western Medicine information has been completed for this section.