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Dr. Zhang
TCM and MCM Theory Related to Common Liver Disease Blood Test Markers

Low Dose Interferon Patient Experiment

Hepatitis A Prevention Reminder

Hepatitis: Causes of Pain in Liver Region 

The Need to Monitor Your Chronic Hepatitis

Liver Enzyme Fluctuation during Allergy Season 

What are the Serum Markers of Hepatitis B and What do They Mean?

Enterogenous Endotoxemia in Chronic Hepatitis–
Part 2

Enterogenous Endotoxemia in Chronic Hepatitis–
Part 1

Chronic Hepatitis and "Blood Activating and Stasis Expelling" (BASE) Therapy -
Part 2

Chronic Hepatitis and "Blood Activating and Stasis Expelling" (BASE) Therapy
Part 1

What Causes Gastrointestinal Bleeding in Cirrhotic Liver Disease

Dietary Support for Cirrhotic Liver Diseases

Ascites - A Complication of De-Compensated Liver Cirrhosis

Liver Cirrhosis - Portal Vein Hypertension Complications

Liver Cirrhosis Overview

PG-IFN and Ribavirin Treatments

Antibiotics and Chronic Liver Diseases

Why is Alcohol Harmful for People with Hepatitis?

Co-infections and Super-infections of Viral Hepatitis

Beware of Medications That Can Cause Liver Damage

Bile Retention and Its Clinical Manifestations (MCM) part 4

Modern Chinese Medicine (MCM) Part 3 
Jaundice and Chronic Viral Hepatitis

Modern Chinese Medicine (MCM) Anti-Liver-Fibrosis Treatments - Part 2

Modern Chinese Medicine (MCM) Anti-Liver-Fibrosis Treatments - Part 1

What is Liver Fibrosis and How is It Different from Cirrhosis?

How does the liver change as we get older?

How is that my LFTs are so good when my viral load is seemly so high?

Comprehensive Care for Chronic Viral Hepatitis

What can Cause Liver Inflammation?  

What Are the Major Functions that the Liver Carries?


Jaundice and Chronic Viral Hepatitis (MCM) Part 3

Jaundice is a common symptom of chronic viral hepatitis and many liver diseases. It causes the skin and conjunctiva to turn into a yellowish color. Other symptoms related to jaundice are dark colored urine, pale stool, and itching skin. In blood tests, we can see elevation of bilirubin levels and GGT. The cause of the jaundice is a dysfunction of the bilirubin metabolism in the liver. The liver cells' functions of absorbing, conjugating, and secreting the bilirubin are deteriorated. This type of jaundice in chronic viral hepatitis is called hepatocytic jaundice. It causes both total and conjugated bilirubin to increase in the serum.

In chronic viral hepatitis patients, about 50% have showed to exhibit bile retention and gall stones. The bile retention and blockage of bile secretion by the gallstone or inflammation of the bile ducts can also cause jaundice. In this case, the bile is not secreting through its normal rout to the intestine and then eradicated with stool. Instead, it goes to the blood and flood on the skin, conjunctiva, causes them to turn yellowish. The bile acid deposit in the skin can also cause itching and the bile retention in the liver can injure the liver cells and promote liver fibrosis. In the advanced fibrosis stages, such as cirrhosis stage, progressively deepening jaundice is an indication of liver function failure. So, correcting the jaundice condition is very important in treating chronic viral hepatitis.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, jaundice is a condition considered as "dampness". If the dampness is associated with heat, the jaundice will be considered as "yang jaundice" which often happens during acute hepatitis, such as hepatitis A. If the dampness is associated with cold, the jaundice is considered as "ying jaundice" and often happened during chronic hepatitis, especially during advanced fibrosis stages.

Traditional Chinese medical formulas, such as formula number 188, Capillaris Combination (Yin Chen Hao Tang), which is good for "yang jaundice"; and formula number 190, Capillaris and Hoelen Five Formula (Yin Chen Wu Ling San), which is good for "ying jaundice". They are time-honored formulas have been used in TCM for jaundice for about two thousand years. With these herbal treatments, the jaundice will usually be released in about one month or so. If the jaundice does not release in this period of time, then a further examination to exclude any more serious conditions should be done.



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About HCV
Causes and Transmission

Diagnostic Tests
Viral Load

Viral Genotyping

Major Signs
Liver Inflammation

Peripheral Signs and Symptoms
Bile Retention
Joint Pains and Skin Rashes
Blood Sugar Instability
Portal Vein Hypertension

Important Liver Function Test Markers
PT (Prothrombin Time)
Liver Biopsy
Inflammation Grade
Fibrosis Stage
Interferon Based Treatment
Ideal Candidate
Possible Side-effects
Liver Support with TCM
Liver Enzymes
Serum Albumin
Blood Clotting Factors
Bile metabolism
Dietary Considerations
Essential Fats




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