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Your TCM Diagnosis:

Gu Syndrome


Gu syndrome is a Chinese medical diagnosis used to describe chronic inflammatory conditions, or super-infections involving lots of different pathogens including parasites, fungi, viruses and spirochetes.  These difficult to treat conditions, "mystery diseases", or hidden pathogens, are often undiagnosed in Western medicine. 


Conditions that fall into the diagnosis of gu syndrome include: parasitic infections, chronic viral or bacterial infection, Epstein-Barr virus, chronic fatigue syndrome, autoimmune disease, fibromyalgia, candida, amoebic infection, HIV, Lyme disease, mold illness, and irritable bowel syndrome.


Gu syndrome is divided into two types - Brain gu and Digestive gu.  With Brain gu, pathogens attack the nervous system, and with Digestive gu, pathogens invade the gut.  People affected with Gu syndome, have a compromised immune system and weak digestion often due to poor diet, nutrition and lifestyle.  These two factors allow pathogens to thrive, causing chronic, and sometimes debilitating symptoms.

General symptoms of Gu syndrome include: physical and mental exhaustion, dark circles under the eyes, history of foreign travel, history of protozoan infection, undiagnosed "mystery" symptoms, thick tongue coating with red tip or red dots on tongue

Symptoms of Brain Gu syndrome include: brain fog, chaotic or negative thoughts, confusion, anxiety, insomnia, depression, restlessness, fits of anger or strong emotions, hallucinations, seizures, suicidal thoughts, "feeling possessed", muscle soreness/heaviness/weakness, wandering body pains, hot sensations, cold night sweats, sensitivity to bright light

Symptoms of Digestive Gu syndrome include: chronic diarrhea or loose stools, alternating diarrhea/constipation, explosive bowel movements, bloating, swollen abdomen, abdominal cramping and/or pain, nausea, intestinal bleeding and/or puss, poor appetite or ravenous appetite, weird food cravings

In the treatment of gu syndrome, Chinese herbal medicine is essential; diet, however, plays a big role in the treatment.  Why?  Sugar feeds parasites, bacteria, virus and fungi.  The goal is to make your internal environment unfriendly to these pathogens.

Best foods to eat:
  • Meat: lamb, pork

  • Vegetables: cabbage, celery, garlic, ginger, spinach

  • Starches/grains: quinoa

  • Fruits: grapefruit, oranges, plums, pomegranates, tangerines, watermelon

  • Nuts/seeds: pumpkin seeds

  • Other: organic tofu, horseradish, vinegar

What to Drink:
  • Room-temperature or hot/warm water

  • Warm water with squeeze of fresh grapefruit

  • Warm water with 2 tsp raw apple cider vinegar

  • Green tea (no sugar)

  • Peppermint tea (no sugar)

  • Pomegranate tea (no sugar)

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Foods & Drinks to AVOID:
  • all forms of sugar (including honey & dates)

  • alcohol

  • fruit juices, smoothies

  • bread

  • refined carbohydrates

  • yeast

  • peanuts/peanut butter

  • chicken

  • duck

  • fish

  • shrimp

  • snails

  • insects

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