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Journal of Chinese Integrative Medicine ›› 2011, Vol. 9 ›› Issue (2): 135-137.doi: 10.3736/jcim20110203

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Treatment of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease based on traditional Chinese medicine therapies for warming yang to activate qi

Tao Liu1,2, Zhi-peng Tang1,2, Guang Ji1()   

  1. 1. Institute of Digestive Diseases, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai 200032, China
    2. Department of Gastroenterology, Longhua Hospital, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai 200032, China
  • Received:2010-10-27 Accepted:2010-11-02 Online:2011-02-20 Published:2011-02-15
  • Contact: Ji Guang

Fatty liver disease is caused by abnormal accumulation of lipids within hepatocytes. According to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) theory, lipids belong to the category of essence obtained from cereals and the normal distribution of essence relies on the function of spleen yang. When spleen yang is injured, the normal distribution of essence (lipids) will be affected, leading to formation of phlegm retention in the liver. That is the TCM pathogenesis of fatty liver disease. Hence the treatment of fatty liver disease should be concentrated on warming yang to activate qi. With such a treatment, the normal distribution of essence will be restored, essence will be distributed, and phlegm will be dissipated.

Key words: fatty liver disease, spleen governing the dissipation of essence, deficiency of spleen-yang, warming yang to activate qi

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