August 15, 2011

Hu Xi-Shu (胡希恕): Two cases of Meniere’s disease

Case #1

A 25 year old female Qīng Huá University student presented at the clinic on October 16, 1965: For the last four to five months she has been experiencing dizzy head and vision, accompanied with nausea, flusteredness, inability to eat, and difficulty reading. A western medical doctor diagnosed her condition as Meniere’s disease, and administered medications which were ineffective. Her blood pressure was normal, she had a dry mouth with no desire to drink, a desire to sleep, a lack of strength, but with no problems moving, and her cycle had arrived late but was slightly scanty. She had a white tongue coat with a slippery root, and her pulse was deep, thin and wiry.

This is a pattern of blood vacuity with water exuberance. She was administered Dāng Guī Sháo Yào Sǎn combined with Xiǎo Bàn Xià Tǎng and Wú Zhū Yú.

Dāng Guī 3 Qián
Bái Sháo 3 Qián
Chuān Xiōng 2 Qián
Cáng Zhú 3 Qián
Zé Xiè 5 Qián
Fú Líng 3 Qián
Bàn Xià 5 Qián
Shēng Jiāng 4 Qián
Wú Zhū Yú 3 Qián

Results: After taking three packages of the formula, her symptoms resolved completely.

Commentary: In this case the blood vacuity was pretty obvious which is why Dāng Guī Sháo Yào Sǎn was administered. This was coupled with yang vacuity of the stomach with counterflow of thin mucus, so Xiǎo Bàn Xià Tǎng and Wú Zhū Yú were used in combination.

Case #2

On October 3, 1977, a 19 year old female student presented at the clinic:

Originally the patient first experienced dizziness, tinnitus and deafness for two months. A local hospital diagnosed her with Meniere’s syndrome, and she was treated with a combination of western and Chinese medicines to no avail. She had already taken two months off her schooling, and it was at this point that her parents called for Dr. Hú to treat their daughter. At the time of the consultation she had been experiencing dizziness to the point where she was unable to get up, and when she opened her eyes, the dizziness would get worse. Her tinnitus and deafness were still present, and she also had a dry mouth with no desire to drink, occasional chest fullness, flusteredness, a thick, white tongue coating, and a deep, thin pulse.

This is cold thin-mucus attacking the upper, and obstructing the clear orifices. Treatment should involve warming the centre and transforming mucus, with Líng Guì Zhú Gān Tāng.

Fú Líng 6 Qián
Guì Zhī 3 Qián
Cáng Zhú 3 Qián
Zhì Gān Cǎo 2 Qián

Follow up consultation on October, 12: After taking six packages of the formula, her dizziness had resolved, and both the tinnitus and deafness had improved significantly. Guì Zhī was increased to 4 Qián, and Fú Líng was increased to 8 Qián.  

Third consultation on October, 20: After another six packages of the formula were taken, all the symptoms had resolved. Because she was frightened of having a relapse of her condition, she requested more of the same formula in order to consolidate the treatment, but was advised that further treatment was unnecessary.

Commentary: This case was caused by the exuberance of interior cold thin-mucus, and when these fluids attack and surge into the upper body, the representative formula is Líng Guì Zhú Gān Tāng. This formula’s function is to warm the centre, transform thin-mucus and downbear counterflow and because this presentation fit this formula’s pattern perfectly, modifications were unnecessary, and quick resolution was attained.