Male 32, with an underarm abscess successfully treated with 1 week of herbal medicine

About the Author

Nicholas Kimble, N.D.

Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. Interest in Traditional Medicine & Eastern Medicine

Main Signs and Symptoms

Male patient presented to my clinic with an abscess in his right armpit region. Patient described the abscess as coming on in a matter of hours after shaving his armpit. He had used a cotton swab soaked in colloidal silver applied with a bandage as an initial treatment. However, as the abscess had not grown since this application, it had not diminished in size either. Patient was keen to try herbal medicine instead of having antibiotics or lancing in an attempt to resolve the issue.

On inspection: abscess was roughly the size of a golf ball, quite hard to touch.

After 1 week of treatment, the patient notified me that the abscess was completely gone.

Diagnosis and Treatment

The patient appeared to have a strong constitution, so I regarded this as a purely excess localised Heat-Toxin type of condition.

My treatment objectives were to clear Heat and resolve Toxin to reduce inflammation and expel pus and to cool the Blood and reduce swelling. The standard formula I use for these cases is:

Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin (Lonicera & Wild Chrysanthemum Formula)

The patient reported that the abccess had completely cleared with 7 days of the herbal formula.

Note: the dose of this formula needs to be high to achieve a quick clinical effect.