The Method of Elimination in Chinese Medicine
The elimination method is for such disorders as indigestion, swelling, accumulation, stones, ulcers and parasites. It can be broadly divided into two categories: to eliminate hardness and to eliminate coagulations.
To eliminate indigestion
This treatment principle is designed to cope with symptoms arising from indigestion as follows:
fullness of stomach, abdominal swelling, acid swallowing and belching of bad breath, nausea, vomiting, poor appetite, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea and thick and greasy coating of the tongue.
To eliminate swollen lumps and expel stones
This principle can be applied in treating swollen lumps, such as of the liver and the spleen and hard symptoms and tumors as well as liver stone, gallstone, urinary stone and so on.
To eliminate carbuncles and drain pus
This principle is designed for such external infections as carbuncles, abscesses, boils and furuncles.
In clinical application, a further distinction between the yang syndrome and the yin syndrome is made.
The yang syndrome includes the following symptoms: acute onset, redness, swelling, heat, pain and sticky fluids in cases of ulcers.
The yin syndrome includes slow onset, white and spreading swelling, hardness with aching pain and clear and thin fluids in cases of ulcers.
To eliminate sputum and soften up hardness
This principle can be applied to deal with hard sputum in the meridians, with the following manifestations:
lipoma, fibroma, tuberculosis lymph node, goiter, nodular goiter, carcinoma of the thyroid, simple goiter and so on.
The Method of Inducing Vomiting
Of the eight grand methods of treatment, inducing vomiting is the last. It is used to prevent poisoning and suffocation, consumption of toxic foods, presence of indigestible substances in the stomach, apoplexy and epilepsy.
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