April Bui Acupuncture 

Clinic Houston 

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Memorial / Spring Branch

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Liver Disorders:

High Cholesterol, Fatty Liver, Hepatitis, Cirrhosis, Ascites

On this page is a brief discussion about liver disorders including high cholesterol, fatty liver, hepatitis, cirrhosis, ascites according to Chinese medicine principles, the possible causes of this condition by Chinese medicine diagnosis, and the treatment protocol at our clinic.


Please keep in mind that Chinese medicine is very different in principle, concept, language, and treatment method from western medicine. The information here is intended for the lay people who have no knowledge about Chinese medicine, therefore this discussion must be limited in scope and depth. 


The purpose is to impart the relevant information and to help you gain a general understanding, from your standpoint as a potential patient of Chinese medicine, how Chinese medicine views and diagnoses this condition of interest and what you can expect from a treatment if you decide to become a patient of our clinic.

Chinese Medicine Terminology

Below are brief explanations of some common terms and concepts in Chinese medicine diagnosis that you would come across in a reading. Although Chinese medicine concept can be abstract, this helps you to understand better the discussion on this page.

  • Qi - means energy and is the universal energy that pervades within and without us everywhere in our physical realm of existence. Strictly speaking in our body, qi is the vital force that causes all movements, activities, functions, growth, development, control, check and balance, nourishment, protection, and transformation.

  • Blood - the food sustenance for life force and nourishment for all functions in our body. 

  • Yin - pertains to the material basis of our body.
  • Yang - pertains to the energetic, functional aspect of our body.

  • Jing Essence - the vital substance which governs and originates the primal foundation for the soul aspect and physical aspect at the moment of conception as well as throughout life. Essence is intrinsically connected to and stored in the kidneys. Essence also helps to create bone marrow and reproductive vital substances such as semen, sperms, eggs, menstrual blood.

  • Damp - refers to moisture in the body. The mentioning of damp in a diagnosis usually refers to an excessive accumulation that consequently produces problems.

  • Heat, cold - temperature in our body. The mentioning of temperature in a diagnosis usually indicates an extreme level of imbalance.

  • Wind - exists naturally in our body. The mentioning of wind in a diagnosis indicates an imbalance has occurred which causes the activity of wind to become excessive or in severe cases out of control.

  • Meridian - another term for energy channel.
  • Deficiency, excess - the condition of imbalance in the body relative to a normal balance.

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis:

Liver is an especially important organ in our body. When the liver begins to malfunction, the condition usually is complex and involves other organs as well. According to Chinese medicine, liver disorders result from a combination of the following imbalances.


• Yin deficiency of liver, heart, spleen, stomach, kidney

• Heat in liver, gallbladder, heart, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, bladder

• Qi deficiency of spleen, kidney

• Yang deficiency of spleen, kidney (with edema, ascites)

• Blood deficiency

• Qi stagnation of liver, gallbladder, heart, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, bladder

• Blood stagnation in upper, middle, lower jiao

• Excess damp, phlegm, and toxicities of middle and lower jiao

• Aggravated internal wind

• Aggravated liver yang

Treatment Protocol:

In treating liver disorders, we use acupuncture and herbs to clear the excess heat, toxicities, damp, phlegm, remove qi and blood obstructions, drain fluid, regulate qi and blood flow through the affected channels, nourish yin, blood, qi, and yang. Chinese medicine treatment helps to restore functional vitality to mainly the liver and other associated organs and to help rebuild new liver cells and tissue.


* A very important herbal formula that we use for most liver treatments consists of five different medicinal mushrooms. This formula is nothing short of miraculous in healing all liver conditions that we have treated at our clinic. This formula is gentle yet strongly effective, is used for remedial purpose as well as liver health support. A person with a healthy liver can also use this formula to further support, detox, and enhance liver functions.


Diet, exercise, and stress must be regulated. Alcohol consumption, smoking, and drug use must be eliminated totally from one's life. This is a very important part of the treatment program, otherwise any liver treatment would be ineffectual.


The initial course of treatment is six to 12 weekly sessions depending on the severity of condition. Continuing maintenance is necessary because liver healing requires an extensive period of time.

Individualized Assessment:

An in-person consultation is necessary in order for us to give you an in-depth assessment and to recommend an individualized treatment plan. Please contact us to schedule a free consultation appointment.

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