The Intestinal Flora with Traditional Chinese Medicine

posted Oct 26, 2020, 12:02 PM by Sophia Sophia   [ updated Oct 26, 2020, 3:12 PM ]

This intestinal flora subject has been a hot research topic in the past two years, so there are very vigorous research results. I use Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM) to introduce the intestinal flora imbalance.

Let's first take a brief look at Western medicine's understanding of intestinal probiotic flora. Intestinal flora refers to the flora distributed in the small and large intestines.

The small intestine is an aerobic environment. The large intestine is an anaerobic environment, so the flora's distribution on both sides is different, and the large intestine has the most intestinal bacteria. In the small intestine's aerobic environment, there is a large number and distribution of Lactobacillus, a species that is also anaerobic. In the anaerobic environment of the large intestine, most obligate anaerobic Bifidobacterium (Bifidobacterium) live here. Lactobacillus and bifidobacteria are not only occupying the vast majority of the intestinal probiotic flora, but they can also live across the large and small intestines simultaneously and have different functions in different intestines area. These two are also well-known intestinal probiotics.

Most people use probiotics to quickly improve their intestinal flora unbalance problems. Besides, before taking probiotics, adding Diosmectite to absorb harmful pathogens and then excreting them, would be a good idea.

TCM does not have the term intestinal probiotics. TCM's understanding of intestinal flora is based on the ecological disorder of the intestinal environment. Many familiar and well-known syndrome types, such as spleen deficiency syndrome, damp-heat syndrome, etc. are commonly heard but not understood by ordinary people. These syndromes that observe the internal organs' principle based on symptoms express the syndromes caused by the ecological disturbance of TCM's intestinal environment and are used as observations for treatment. The most common syndrome types in research papers are spleen deficiency syndrome and gastrointestinal damp-heat syndrome.

Let's first look at the syndrome of spleen deficiency. Patients with spleen deficiency syndrome have symptoms such as loose stools and diarrhea. Studies have found that the bifidobacteria in such patients' feces are significantly reduced, and the use of Shenlingbaizhu powder can improve the reduction of bifidobacteria in symptoms such as loose stools and diarrhea. Sijunzi Tang and Lizhong Tang can also increase the diversity of intestinal flora and the number of probiotics.

Also, gastrointestinal damp-heat syndrome, which has burning urgency that easily damages body fluid and biochemical function. It also shows conditional pathogenic bacteria such as Enterobacter, Enterococcus, and Clostridium overgrowth. Further, the content of probiotics such as Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus is affected by the pathogenesis of damp heat. The pathogenesis of damp-heat affects the difference in content. In TCM, Simo Tang is used to treat spleen-deficiency constipation. Many research studies show that Simo Tang can promote bifidobacteria's proliferation but has a significant inhibitory effect on Escherichia coli.

It can be seen that TCM is also exact and targeted in improving intestinal probiotics. For example, because of the loose stools and diarrhea caused by the decrease of bifidobacteria, Shenlingbaizhu powder can increase bifidobacteria. For example, the same is true when there is a decrease of bifidobacteria, but it causes the spleen deficiency constipation. We can use Simo Tang to increase bifidobacteria.

As long as they are adequately mastered, both TCM and Western medicine have acceptable empirical methods to manage intestinal probiotics.

-- Sophia

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