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Articles by
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?


 

 

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

Carthami Flos, Persicae Semen, Angelicae Radix, Cnidii Rhizoma, Rehmanniae Radix, Paeoniae Rubra Radix, Achyranthis Radix, Citri Aurantii Fructus, Bupleuri Radix, Glycyrrhizae Radix, Platycodi Radix.

Wang Qing Ren, one of most famous figures in TCM, developed the Persica & Achyranthes Combination (Xue Fu Zhu Yu Tang) and Persica & Cnidium Combination (Ge Xia Zhu Yu Tang) over 300 years ago. These formulas have been used to treat blood stagnancy and typical symptoms include headache, chest pain, palpitation, insomnia, anxiety, dark or purplish tongue, cold hands and feet, dark rings around the eyes, liver palm, spider moles, dry and itchy skin, rashes, lumps, and pain, upper abdominal discomfort, tight pulse, etc.

We use the active ingredients of herbs contained in these formulas to create a more potent and stabilized form of the herbs. Modern pharmacological studies have since been conducted to explore the precise physiological actions of these two ancient formulas and found that they have many beneficial effects. The following is a list of the results:

1. Improvement of microcirculation - The formulas can noticeably ameliorate acute micro-circulation disorder induced by macromolecular dextran in rats.  It dilates the micro-capillaries, accelerates the blood flow and opens additional micro-capillary networks.  The result is increased blood infusion to the tissues which can stop the pathology caused by the micro-circulation disorder and increase the functionality of the tissues. It can clear the clotting factors in DIC (diffused intravenous clotting) and stop the progress of DIC. For liver tissue damaged by chronic inflammation, the increased blood infusion can bring in more fresh oxygen and nutritional supply. This will help clear waste metabolites more efficiently and promote tissue regeneration.

2. It will not prolong the P.T.T. and the Prothrombo time.  It can suppress the clustering of platelets and improve various blood rehological (liquidity) parameters, such as the viscosity of the blood, packed red cell volume, blood plasma specific viscosity, and fibrin. The improvement of these parameters will also help release the pain caused by blood stasis.
 
3. It can promote the phagocytosis of the macrophages and promote the immune function of reticular endothelial system. It can also regulate the cellular and humeral immunity.

4. It can noticeably suppress granuloma (fibrosis activities) formation and is especially important for preventing the progression of fibrosis in chronic liver diseases.

The Tianjing Institute of Emergency Medicine in Tianjing, China, used them to treat 18 cases of ascites caused by cirrhosis and found its effectiveness to be 94%.  It helped to improve the microcirculation in the liver and promote the absorption of the ascites.

In my clinical work, we use the circulation formulas to promote the healing of inflamed tissue resulting from Lyme Disease, arthritis, and psoriasis. For chronic hepatitis, it is used in conjunction with other liver supportive herbs to improve overall blood circulation, restore liver functions, and reduce liver and spleen enlargement. 

 

 

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Diagnostic Tests
Antibody
HCV RIBA
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Major Signs
Liver Inflammation
Fibrosis
Cirrhosis

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

 
Important Liver Function Test Markers
Overview
ALT and AST
ALP and GGT
Albumin
Bilirubin
PT (Prothrombin Time)
 
Liver Biopsy
Overview
Procedure
Inflammation Grade
Fibrosis Stage
 
Interferon Based Treatment
Overview
Ideal Candidate
Possible Side-effects
 
Liver Support with TCM
Overview
Liver Enzymes
Serum Albumin
Blood Clotting Factors
Bile metabolism
GGT
 
Dietary Considerations
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