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Ear - opening of kidney but also connects to the liver and gall bladder

Common Ear Treatment:
Liver Damp Heat - Long Dan Xie Gan Tang, Chai Hu Qing Gan Tang
Calm Liver Wind - Tian Ma Gou Teng Yin, Zhen Gan Xi Feng Tang
Kidney Deficiency - Zuo Ci Wan


Common Ear Diseases:

Pre-Auricular Fistula (anterior) - during fetal development usually a one sided area anterior of the ear does not form properly leaving an open hole. There may be a white mucus discharge and may get infected giving rise to pain, swelling and a yellow purulent discharge.
Toxic Heat Invasion - Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin + Zao Jia Ci, Mu Dan Pi

Frost Bite - restricted circulation, lack of Qi and Blood due to excessive exposure to extreme cold. Area becomes pale/purple, numbness, itchy pain
Dang Gui Si Ni Tang
Qi deficiency - Huang Qi, Dang Shen, Bai Zhu, Ji Xue Teng
Blood Stasis (more purple) - Zao Jiao Ci, Tao Ren, Hong Hua
Infection (excess pain, redness) - Pu Gong Ying, Jin Ying Hua, Zi Hua Di Ding, Chai Hu
Dampness (watery, swelling) - Yi Yi Ren, Fu Ling, Bai Zhi
External Treatment- No Infection - Shen Jiang, Xie Bai paste
Infection - San Huang San

External Auricular Inflammation - Otitis - itchy pain with discharge, red, swelling, narrowing of ear canal.
Chronic - Liver and Kidney Deficiency - more itchiness, deficient pain, thick scaly flaking dead skin
Zhi Bai Di Huang Wan + expel wind heat herbs
Acute - Damp Heat and Toxic heat symptoms
Pu Ji Xiao Du Yin
External Treatment: Chronic - Qing Dai Gao Acute - San Huang San

Auricular Cyst - pseudo cyst of auricular (phlegm nodules) acute onset with swelling, numbness, no change in skin color, may be multiple swellings
Er Chen Tang + (blood mover) Dang Gui + Zao Jiao Ci, Bai Zhi, Yi Yi Ren, Bian Xu
With infection - Jing Jie Pi, Du Huo, Mang Xiao, Shi Cang Pu
External Treatment - Mang Xiao

Auricular Furuncle (local area infected/boil) - usually acute, severe pain, swelling, difficult painful jaw movements aggravated at night, possible local lymph swelling
Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin

Auricular Mycosis - fungal infection - Otomycosis
Wind damp heat invading ear, severe ear itchiness aggravated at night, feeling of distention within ear, poor hearing, possible dizziness/tinnitus/ear ache. General grey/yellow moist flaking skin discharge
Bei Xie Shen Shi Tang
Local Treatment - alcohol/vinegar wash

Otitis Media - Acute distended inner ear ache, feeling like cotton ball stuck inside of ear, poor hearing or auto-sensitivity
Wind Heat - acute distended inner ear ache, fever, sore throat, congestion
Pu Ji Xiao Du Yin (more wind)
Huang Lian Jie Du Tang (more heat)
Toxic Dampness - total blocked middle ear, heaviness, poor difficult hearing, may hear bubbling sounds in ear
Si Ling San

Chronic Otitis Media - zheng Qi deficiency distended inner ear ache, feeling like cotton ball stuck inside of ear, poor hearing or auto-sensitivity
Residual toxic heat - chronic recurring ear ache
Shen Ling Bai Zhu San
Qi and Blood Stagnation - significant hearing difficulty with possible deafness, irritability
Tong Qi San
Kidney Deficiency - Ear totally blocked, constant tinnitus, dizziness, weak back/knees
Er Long Zuo Ci Wan

Acute Purulent Otitis - Pus in middle ear
Wind Heat - fever, headache, ear ache, nautious, vomit, pusy discharge in ear
Pu Ji Xiao Du Yin
Liver and Gall Bladder Damp Heat - pulsing pain in ear with red complexion, red eyes, bitter taste, fever, irritability
Long Dan Xie Gan Tang
Chronic Spleen Deficiency - Tuo Li Xiao Du San
Chronic Kidney Deficiency - Zhi Bai Di Huang Wan

Acute Deafness -
Liver Qi upsurging - aggravated by stress, trauma, shock, excitement, may be combined with tinnitus, irritability, red complexion, red ears
Xiao Yao San + Tong Qiao Huo Xue Tang
Qi and Blood Stagnation - occours suddenly with exertion (ie lifting, sneezing, trauma) accompanied with dizziness
Tao Hong Si Wu Tang or Fu Yuan Hou Xue Tang

Gradual Deafness - usually due to loud music or general aging in elderly
Qi Deficiency and Poor Circulation - Yi Qi Cong Ming Tang
Kidney Deficiency - Zou Gui Wan, You Gui Wan, Er Zhu Wan

Virtigo - acute onset of dizziness, spinning, loose balance easily, unable to stand, tinnitus, deafness, nauseous, vomiting
Liver Yang Rising - Tian Ma Gou Teng Yin (wind and heat)
Zhen Gan Xi Feng Tang (less heat)
Long Dan Xie Gan Tang (with dampness)
Phlegm Dampness - pale complexion, cold sweat, nauseous, vomiting
Ban Xia Bai Zhu Tian Ma Tang + Zi Xue Tang
Wind - acute exterior pathogen attacking body with lethargy
Qiang Lan Tang
Qi and Blood Deficiency - vertigo when getting up after resting
Gui Pi Tang 2002


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