Female 50, has suffered from severe halitosis (bad breath) for the past 10 years successfully treated with 7 days of herbal medicine

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Dr Shu Wang

Trained in both Western and Chinese medicine, Shu Wang is a renowned clinician with over 46 years experience. He has worked in China for over 20 years and has practiced in Australia for the last 25 years. Dr Wang's preference for clinical treatment is Sun Herbal's Black Pearl range. www.SunHerbal.com

Main Signs and Symptoms

Female 50, has suffered from severe halitosis for the past 10 years and has tried a variety of treatments with no success. Previous TCM doctors have treated using the principles: ‘clear Heat-Toxin’, ‘drain Fire and clear Heat from the Stomach’.

Signs and symptoms: She is menopausal has poor digestion and feels depressed. She has a dull complexion and a sad demeanour. Her mouth is dry and the gums are redder than normal. 

Pulse: wiry-slippery on the right side and deep-rapid on the left. 

Tongue: Pale with a very thin coat

Diagnosis and Treatment

TCM Diagnosis:

Liver-Kidney Yin deficiency with deficiency Heat. Deficiency Heat rising to the upper body and injures the Body Fluids


Nourish the Yin and regenerate the Body Fluids.

Zhi Yin Gan Lu Yin (Rehmannia & Asparagus Formula) for 7 days.


After 7 days there has been a 90% improvement. She was advised to make a soup with Huai Shan Yao (Dioscorea oppositifolia, root) and consume it every day.


In general halitosis is due to some form of Heat, affecting the Stomach. Commonly it is excess Heat (i.e. Damp-Heat, Phlegm-Heat, Fire or Heat-Toxin). However, in some patients, especially the elderly, the cause may be deficiency Heat, which is due to Yin deficiency of Liver and Kidney and is associated with the decline in hormone levels. The deficiency Heat rises to the upper body and injures the Fluids. In these cases it is not correct to use Heat clearing formulas; one must nourish the Yin and regenerate the Body Fluids.