What is Diarrhea?

Diarrhea is characterized by frequent, loose, or watery bowel movements, often an indication of digestive distress. This common condition can range from a mild, temporary state to a potentially life-threatening one if associated with severe dehydration.

Synonyms like loose stools underscore the nature of this ailment, with sub-symptoms including malodorous diarrhea and chronic diarrhea, highlighting the variety in presentation and underlying causes. Understanding diarrhea's implications is vital for addressing the discomfort it brings and preventing further health complications.

How does TCM view Diarrhea?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) interprets diarrhea as a symptom of imbalance within the body's internal systems, particularly concerning the Spleen and Stomach's functions. Unlike Western perspectives that often target the symptom directly, TCM seeks to understand the root cause, attributing diarrhea to factors such as Qi Deficiency, Dampness invasion, or Yang Deficiency.

This holistic approach emphasizes restoring harmony and balance through natural remedies, diet adjustments, and acupuncture, offering a nuanced understanding of health that transcends mere symptom management.

Root Causes of Diarrhea in TCM

TCM identifies several patterns that can lead to diarrhea, emphasizing the complexity of this common ailment. Cold patterns, for instance, involve scenarios where external Cold invades the body, leading to symptoms like abdominal pain and a sensation of cold, requiring warming and Qi-moving treatments.

Dampness, another significant factor, manifests through symptoms like mouth ulcers and sneezing, indicating the body's struggle with excess moisture that needs drying and warming interventions. These examples illustrate TCM's depth in diagnosing and treating diarrhea, focusing on the individual's unique pattern of disharmony rather than a one-size-fits-all solution.

Explore below more details about what might cause Diarrhea according to TCM.

  • By Syndrome
  • By Organ
  • Dampness
  • Cold
  • Qi Deficiency
  • Yang Deficiency
  • Heat
  • Blood Deficiency
  • Phlegm
  • Qi Sinking
  • Qi Stagnation
  • Summer Heat
  • Qi Rebellion
  • Yang Collapse
  • Blood Stasis
  • Yin Excess
  • Spleen
  • Kidney
  • Stomach
  • Large Intestine
  • Liver
  • Uterus
  • Small Intestine
  • Heart
  • Lung
Detailed description of the cause

Dampness

"Dampness" in TCM is a concept that describes a pattern of disharmony where the body accumulates excess moisture. Imagine the heavy, sticky feeling you get on a very humid day; that's similar to what dampness feels like internally. It can manifest as a sense of heaviness, bloating, sluggishness, or even a foggy mind. This condition is often thought to arise from environmental factors like living in a damp place, dietary habits that promote moisture in the body, or internal imbalances that hinder the body's ability to process fluids properly. In TCM, dampness can obstruct the normal flow of energy and fluids in the body, leading to various symptoms.... see more

Dampness Patterns That Can Lead to Diarrhea

Common Symptoms: Feeling Of Heaviness Lack Of Appetite Nausea Generalized Fatigue Fever Tight Feeling In Chest And Stomach Abdominal Pain Scanty And Dark Urine

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Damp-Cold Diarrhea, Mouth ulcers, White and watery sputum, Nasal discharge, Sneezing, Chills, Abdominal pain, Cold extremities, Arthralgia, Feeling of heaviness... see more Wei Ling Tang
Damp-Heat in the Large Intestine Diarrhea, Abdominal pain, Abdominal fullness, Hematochezia, Mucous in feces, Smelly stools, Anal burning, Scanty and dark urine, Fever, Perspiration, Feeling hot, Thirst, Feeling of heaviness... see more Ge Geng Huang Qin Huang Lian Tang | Shao Yao Tang
Exterior Cold with Interior Dampness in Summer Diarrhea, Chills with warm skin, Lack of sweating, Heavy sensation in the head, Headaches, Abdominal pain, Vomit, Tight feeling in chest and stomach, Fatigued extremities, Nausea... see more Xiang Ru San
Damp-Heat Loose stools, Fever, Neck gland swelling, Headaches, Tight feeling in chest and stomach, Sticky taste in the mouth, Absence of thirst, Feeling hot, Feeling of heaviness, Bitter taste in the mouth, Acne... see more Yi Huang Tang | Long Dan Xie Gan Tang
Cold-Damp invading the Spleen Loose stools, Lack of appetite, Epigastric coldness, Head and body heaviness, Sweet taste in mouth, Absence of thirst, Diarrhea, General weakness, Generalized fatigue, Nausea, Edema, Dull pale complexion, White vaginal discharge, Upper abdominal fullness... see more Ping Wei San
Damp-Heat in Stomach and Spleen Loose stools, Head and body heaviness, Upper abdominal oppression, Nausea, Diarrhea, Fever not reduced by sweating... see more Lian Po Yin | Ge Hua Jie Cheng San | Sheng Yang Yi Wei Tang
Damp-Phlegm in the Uterus Loose stools, Late menstruation, Amenorrhea, Scanty menstruation, Lower abdominal pain, Abdominal heaviness, Feeling of oppression of the chest, Generalized fatigue, Diarrhea, Dull pale complexion, Obesity, Infertility, Ovarian cysts, Ovarian fibroids, Polycystic ovary syndrome, Pseudocyesis, Sputum, Feeling of heaviness... see more Wei Ling Tang | Wan Dai Tang | Cang Fu Dao Tan Wan | Xiong Gui Er Chen Tang
Obstruction Of the Spleen By Dampness with Liver Qi Stagnation Loose stools, Upper abdominal oppression, Nausea, Lack of appetite, Diarrhea, Feeling of heaviness, Dry mouth without desire to drink, Dull shallow face, Irritability, Upper abdominal distension, Hypochondriac distention, Hypochondriac pain... see more Ping Wei San | Dang Gui Shao Yao San
Oedema Loose stools, Abdominal edema, Ankle edema, Facial edema, Foot edema, Oedema of hands, Leg edema, Ocular swelling, Abdominal distention... see more Wu Ling San | Ping Wei San | Shen Qi Wan | Fang Ji Huang Qi Tang | Wu Pi Yin | Ling Gui Zhu Gan Tang | Zhen Wu Tang | Yu Gong San | Zhou Che Wan
Summer Heat with Dampness Loose stools, Fever, Aversion to cold, Perspiration, Headaches, Feeling of heaviness, Tight feeling in chest and stomach, Anxiety, Thirst, Chest distension, Lack of appetite... see more Xiang Ru San | Huo Xiang Zheng Qi San | Gui Ling Gan Lu Yin
Damp-Heat invading the Spleen Loose stools with foul smell, Lack of appetite, Feeling of heaviness, Dry mouth without desire to drink, Nausea or vomiting, Malodorous diarrhea, Anal burning, Feeling hot, Scanty and dark urine, Low grade fever, Dull headache, Dull yellow complexion, Yellow sclera, Oily sweat, Itchy rashes, Bitter taste in the mouth, Upper abdominal fullness, Upper abdominal pain... see more Lian Po Yin
Spleen Deficiency with Dampness Diarrhea, Loose stools, Edema, Feeling of heaviness, Urinary dysfunction, Glomerulonephritis, Kidney infection, Nephrotic syndrome, Cystitis, Hydrocele, Migraine, Trigeminal neuralgia... see more Wu Ling San | Liu Jun Zi Tang | Bi Xie Fen Qing Yin
Detailed description of the cause

Cold

In TCM "Cold" as a pattern of disharmony refers to a specific type of imbalance within the body's systems, often linked to a deficiency or weakness. It's not about feeling physically cold or having a common cold, but rather a metaphorical description of certain symptoms and underlying conditions. When a TCM practitioner says someone suffers from "Cold," it usually implies that the body's Yang energy, which is warm and active, is insufficient or overpowered by Yin energy, which is cool and passive. Symptoms of Cold in TCM can include a general feeling of coldness, cold limbs, pale complexion, low energy, slow metabolism, and a preference for warmth. ... see more

Cold Patterns That Can Lead to Diarrhea

Common Symptoms: Chills Cold Extremities Abdominal Pain Absence Of Thirst Lack Of Appetite Generalized Fatigue Clear Urination General Weakness

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Cold in the Uterus Diarrhea, Loose stools, Lack of appetite, Generalized fatigue, General weakness, Thin vaginal discharge Wen Jing Tang | Shao Fu Zhu Yu Tang | Wen Qi Hua Shi Tang
Cold invading the Large Intestine Diarrhea, Abdominal pain, Chills, Abdominal cold sensation Liang Fu Wan | Tao Hua Tang
Damp-Cold Diarrhea, Mouth ulcers, White and watery sputum, Nasal discharge, Sneezing, Chills, Abdominal pain, Cold extremities, Arthralgia, Feeling of heaviness... see more Wei Ling Tang
Exterior Cold with Interior Dampness in Summer Diarrhea, Chills with warm skin, Lack of sweating, Heavy sensation in the head, Headaches, Abdominal pain, Vomit, Tight feeling in chest and stomach, Fatigued extremities, Nausea... see more Xiang Ru San
Greater Yin stage Diarrhea, Lack of appetite, Vomit, Abdominal fullness, Chills, Absence of thirst, Generalized fatigue... see more Li Zhong Wan
Lesser Yin Cold Transformation Diarrhea, Chills, Absence of thirst, Desire to lie in fetal position, Low energy, Hypersomnia, Cold extremities, Frequent pale urination... see more Si Ni Tang
Small Intestine Deficient and Cold Diarrhea, Borborygmi, Abdominal pain relieved by pressure or eating, Craving for hot beverages, Pale and abudant urination, Cold extremities... see more Xiao Jian Zhong Tang | Shen Ling Bai Zhu San
Cold-Damp invading the Spleen Loose stools, Lack of appetite, Epigastric coldness, Head and body heaviness, Sweet taste in mouth, Absence of thirst, Diarrhea, General weakness, Generalized fatigue, Nausea, Edema, Dull pale complexion, White vaginal discharge, Upper abdominal fullness... see more Ping Wei San
Empty-Cold Loose stools, Chills, Cold extremities, Pale face, Absence of thirst, Low energy, Perspiration, Diarrhea, Clear urination, Frequent urination... see more Huang Qi Jian Zhong Tang | Da Jian Zhong Tang
Exterior-Cold Loose stools, Aversion to cold, Fever, Body pain, Stiff neck, Lack of sweating, Absence of thirst, Feeling hot, Chills... see more Ma Huang Tang | Gui Zhi Tang
Large Intestine Cold Loose stools, Diarrhea, Abdominal pain, Borborygmi, Clear urination, Cold extremities Liang Fu Wan | Tao Hua Tang
Detailed description of the cause

Qi Deficiency

Qi Deficiency in TCM is like running low on battery power. Qi is the vital energy that powers every function in your body. When there's a Qi Deficiency, it means your body doesn't have enough of this essential energy. This can make you feel tired all the time, weak, or even cause shortness of breath. It's similar to how you feel when you haven't had enough sleep or nutritious food. Your body just doesn't have the energy it needs to perform at its best. Unlike modern medicine, which often focuses on specific physical causes for fatigue and weakness, TCM views Qi Deficiency as an overall energy depletion that affects your entire well-being, and it seeks to replenish and balance this vital energy.... see more

Qi Deficiency Patterns That Can Lead to Diarrhea

Common Symptoms: Generalized Fatigue Lack Of Appetite Pale Face Weak Limbs Weak Voice Abnormal Uterine Bleeding General Weakness Dizziness

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Qi Deficiency Loose stools, General weakness, Weak voice, Generalized fatigue, Low energy, Reluctance to speak, Spontaneous sweat, Frequent colds or flu, Lack of appetite, Diarrhea, Shortness of breath... see more Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang | Gui Pi Tang | Gu Ben Zhi Beng Tang | Liu Jun Zi Tang | Si Jun Zi Tang
Spleen Qi Deficiency Loose stools, Slight abdominal distension after eating, General weakness, Desire to lie down, Slight abdominal pain, Excessive gas and flatulence, Bloated abdomen, Dyspepsia, Swollen complexion, Obesity... see more Liu Jun Zi Tang | Si Jun Zi Tang | Fei Er Wan
Qi and Blood Deficiency Loose stools, General weakness, Generalized fatigue, Weak voice, Pale face, Shortness of breath, Palpitations, Dizziness, Poor memory, Insomnia, Reluctance to speak, Lack of appetite, Limb numbness, Skin numbness... see more Ba Zhen Yi Mu Tang | Sheng Yu Tang
Spleen and Lung Qi Deficiency Loose stools, Lack of appetite, Slight abdominal distension after eating, Generalized fatigue, General weakness, Pale face, Weak limbs, Diarrhea, Obesity, Shortness of breath, Coughing, Weak voice, Spontaneous sweat, Reluctance to speak, Frequent colds or flu, Aversion to cold... see more Liu Jun Zi Tang | Si Jun Zi Tang
Stomach and Spleen Qi Deficiency Loose stools, Lack of appetite, Slight abdominal distension after eating, Generalized fatigue, General weakness, Pale face, Weak limbs, Diarrhea, Upper abdominal discomfort, Loss of taste... see more Shen Ling Bai Zhu San | Sheng Yang Yi Wei Tang | Si Jun Zi Tang | Xiang Sha Yang Wei Wan
Stomach Qi Deficiency Loose stools, Morning fatigue Si Jun Zi Tang
Spleen Deficiency with Dampness Diarrhea, Loose stools, Edema, Feeling of heaviness, Urinary dysfunction, Glomerulonephritis, Kidney infection, Nephrotic syndrome, Cystitis, Hydrocele, Migraine, Trigeminal neuralgia... see more Wu Ling San | Liu Jun Zi Tang | Bi Xie Fen Qing Yin
Spleen and Stomach Qi Deficiency Diarrhea, Loose stools, Dizziness, Unsteadiness, Blurry vision, Deafness, Tinnitus, Shortness of breath, Weak voice, Pale face, Lack of appetite, Belching... see more Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Tang | Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang
Spleen Deficiency Loose stools, Sticky vaginal discharge, Generalized fatigue, Depression, Cold extremities, Diarrhea, White vaginal discharge, Lack of appetite, Amenorrhea, Dull shallow face, Weak limbs... see more Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang | Wan Dai Tang | Yi Huang Tang
Heart and Spleen Deficiency Loose stools, Palpitations, Insomnia, Lack of appetite, Generalized fatigue, Anxiety, Pale face, Poor memory, Diarrhea, Scanty menstruation, Pale lips... see more Gui Pi Tang
Detailed description of the cause

Yang Deficiency

Yang deficiency in TCM refers to a state where the body's Yang energy, which is responsible for warmth, activity, and function, is weakened or diminished. This pattern of disharmony often arises from chronic illness, aging, or inherent constitutional weakness. Symptoms of Yang deficiency are typically associated with cold and sluggishness, such as a feeling of coldness, cold extremities, pale complexion, low energy or fatigue, and a desire for warmth. Digestive issues like poor appetite, loose stools, and water retention can also be indicative of Yang deficiency.... see more

Yang Deficiency Patterns That Can Lead to Diarrhea

Common Symptoms: Chills Generalized Fatigue Cold Extremities Lack Of Appetite General Weakness Edema Frequent Urination Pale Face

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Greater Yin stage Diarrhea, Lack of appetite, Vomit, Abdominal fullness, Chills, Absence of thirst, Generalized fatigue... see more Li Zhong Wan
Kidney and Spleen Yang Deficiency Loose stools, Diarrhea, Lower back pain, Weak and cold knees, Back cold sensation, Chills, Weak legs, Bright pale face, Erectile dysfunction, Premature ejaculation, Oligospermia, Watery ejaculate, Low sex drive, Generalized fatigue, General weakness, Clear urination, Nocturia, Apathy, Leg edema, Female infertility, Depression, Lack of appetite, Slight abdominal distention, Desire to lie down... see more Li Zhong Wan
Lesser Yin Cold Transformation Diarrhea, Chills, Absence of thirst, Desire to lie in fetal position, Low energy, Hypersomnia, Cold extremities, Frequent pale urination... see more Si Ni Tang
Kidney Yang Deficiency Loose stools, Persistent diarrhea, Lower back pain, Dizziness, Tinnitus, Weak and cold knees, Lower back coldness, Chills, Weak legs, Bright pale face, Generalized fatigue, General weakness, Leg edema, Female infertility, Diarrhea, Depression, Erectile dysfunction, Premature ejaculation, Oligospermia, Low sex drive, Pale and abudant urination... see more Ba Wei Di Huang Wan | You Gui Wan | Er Xian Tang | Shen Qi Wan | Wu Zi Yan Zong Wan | Tu Si Zi Wan
Spleen Yang Deficiency Loose stools, Slight abdominal distension after eating, General weakness, Desire to lie in fetal position, Pale face, Cold extremities, Chills, Undigested food in stools, Excessive gas and flatulence, Bloated abdomen, Abdominal pain relieved by pressure and warmth, Dull shallow face... see more Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang | Yi Huang Tang | Zhen Wu Tang | Huang Tu Tang
Yang Deficiency or Empty Yang Loose stools, Chills, General cold feeling, Pale urine, Undigested food in stools, General weakness, Abdominal pain relieved by pressure and warmth, Frequent urination, Polyuria, Nocturia, White vaginal discharge... see more Ba Wei Di Huang Wan | You Gui Wan
Spleen or Kidney Yang Deficiency Loose stools, Abdominal pain that worsens with cold, Urinary dysfunction, Deep pain and heaviness in limbs, Dizziness, Heavy sensation in the head, Edema, Diarrhea, Palpitations, Coughing, Vomit... see more Gu Ben Zhi Beng Tang | Zhen Wu Tang
Spleen and Kidney Yang Deficiency Loose stools, Pale face, Facial edema, Oedema of limbs, Abdominal distention, Cold extremities, Shortness of breath, Diarrhea, Frequent urination, Lupus... see more Wu Ling San
Detailed description of the cause

Heat

In TCM "Heat" signifies an excess of Yang energy, leading to an imbalance where heat predominates over the body's cool Yin aspects. This condition is metaphorically akin to an internal over-heating. Symptoms indicative of Heat can include feelings of warmth, fever, sweating, irritability, red face, thirst with a preference for cold drinks, and a rapid pulse. The tongue may appear red with a yellow coating. Unlike the common interpretation of heat in terms of temperature, in TCM, it represents a state of hyperactivity or inflammation in the body.... see more

Heat Patterns That Can Lead to Diarrhea

Common Symptoms: Feeling Of Heaviness Scanty And Dark Urine Fever Feeling Hot Bitter Taste In The Mouth Lack Of Appetite Abdominal Pain Abdominal Fullness

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Damp-Heat in the Large Intestine Diarrhea, Abdominal pain, Abdominal fullness, Hematochezia, Mucous in feces, Smelly stools, Anal burning, Scanty and dark urine, Fever, Perspiration, Feeling hot, Thirst, Feeling of heaviness... see more Ge Geng Huang Qin Huang Lian Tang | Shao Yao Tang
Heat in Lessor Yang Diarrhea, Loose stools with foul smell, Fever, Bitter taste in the mouth, Abdominal pain, Sticky taste in the mouth, Malodorous diarrhea, Anal irritation, Upper abdominal burning pain, Tenesmus... see more Huang Qin Tang
Damp-Heat Loose stools, Fever, Neck gland swelling, Headaches, Tight feeling in chest and stomach, Sticky taste in the mouth, Absence of thirst, Feeling hot, Feeling of heaviness, Bitter taste in the mouth, Acne... see more Yi Huang Tang | Long Dan Xie Gan Tang
Damp-Heat in Stomach and Spleen Loose stools, Head and body heaviness, Upper abdominal oppression, Nausea, Diarrhea, Fever not reduced by sweating... see more Lian Po Yin | Ge Hua Jie Cheng San | Sheng Yang Yi Wei Tang
Obstruction Of the Spleen By Dampness with Liver Qi Stagnation Loose stools, Upper abdominal oppression, Nausea, Lack of appetite, Diarrhea, Feeling of heaviness, Dry mouth without desire to drink, Dull shallow face, Irritability, Upper abdominal distension, Hypochondriac distention, Hypochondriac pain... see more Ping Wei San | Dang Gui Shao Yao San
Damp-Heat invading the Spleen Loose stools with foul smell, Lack of appetite, Feeling of heaviness, Dry mouth without desire to drink, Nausea or vomiting, Malodorous diarrhea, Anal burning, Feeling hot, Scanty and dark urine, Low grade fever, Dull headache, Dull yellow complexion, Yellow sclera, Oily sweat, Itchy rashes, Bitter taste in the mouth, Upper abdominal fullness, Upper abdominal pain... see more Lian Po Yin
Detailed description of the cause

Blood Deficiency

Blood Deficiency in TCM is like when your body's tank runs low on the vital energy that blood provides. It's not exactly the same as anemia in modern medicine, which is about having too few red blood cells. Instead, Blood Deficiency in TCM is about your body not having enough of the life-giving qualities that blood brings, like nourishment and moisture. This can make you feel tired, look pale, and even feel dizzy or have blurry vision. It's like a garden not getting enough water to stay lush and vibrant. TCM sees this as an imbalance where the body isn't being nourished as it should be, impacting overall health and well-being.... see more

Blood Deficiency Patterns That Can Lead to Diarrhea

Common Symptoms: Insomnia Lack Of Appetite Generalized Fatigue Scanty Menstruation Palpitations Anxiety Pale Face Poor Memory

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Qi and Blood Deficiency Loose stools, General weakness, Generalized fatigue, Weak voice, Pale face, Shortness of breath, Palpitations, Dizziness, Poor memory, Insomnia, Reluctance to speak, Lack of appetite, Limb numbness, Skin numbness... see more Ba Zhen Yi Mu Tang | Sheng Yu Tang
Spleen and Heart Blood Deficiency Loose stools, Palpitations, Dizziness, Insomnia, Vivid dreaming, Poor memory, Anxiety, Easily startled, Dull pale complexion, Pale lips, Generalized fatigue, Muscle weakness, Diarrhea, Lack of appetite, Scanty menstruation... see more Gui Pi Tang
Spleen Blood Deficiency Loose stools, Lack of appetite, Generalized fatigue, General weakness, Pale face, Weak limbs, Diarrhea, Depression, Emaciation, Scanty menstruation, Amenorrhea, Insomnia, Slight abdominal distension after eating... see more Gui Pi Tang
Heart and Spleen Deficiency Loose stools, Palpitations, Insomnia, Lack of appetite, Generalized fatigue, Anxiety, Pale face, Poor memory, Diarrhea, Scanty menstruation, Pale lips... see more Gui Pi Tang
Detailed description of the cause

Phlegm

In TCM "Phlegm" as a pattern of disharmony is a complex concept that extends beyond the physical manifestation of mucus. It represents a pathological factor that can disrupt the flow of Qi (vital energy) and blood, leading to various health issues. Phlegm in TCM is seen as a sticky, turbid substance arising from the body's inability to metabolize fluids properly, often due to a dysfunction of the spleen. It's not only associated with respiratory problems like cough and congestion but also with systemic issues. Symptoms can include a feeling of heaviness, mental cloudiness, dizziness, and in some cases, the formation of lumps or masses. Phlegm can even be "invisible," contributing to emotional disturbances like depression or stress. ... see more

Phlegm Patterns That Can Lead to Diarrhea

Common Symptoms: Generalized Fatigue Feeling Of Heaviness Chest Distension Dizziness Shortness Of Breath Abdominal Distention Late Menstruation Amenorrhea

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Damp-Phlegm in the Uterus Loose stools, Late menstruation, Amenorrhea, Scanty menstruation, Lower abdominal pain, Abdominal heaviness, Feeling of oppression of the chest, Generalized fatigue, Diarrhea, Dull pale complexion, Obesity, Infertility, Ovarian cysts, Ovarian fibroids, Polycystic ovary syndrome, Pseudocyesis, Sputum, Feeling of heaviness... see more Wei Ling Tang | Wan Dai Tang | Cang Fu Dao Tan Wan | Xiong Gui Er Chen Tang
Oedema Loose stools, Abdominal edema, Ankle edema, Facial edema, Foot edema, Oedema of hands, Leg edema, Ocular swelling, Abdominal distention... see more Wu Ling San | Ping Wei San | Shen Qi Wan | Fang Ji Huang Qi Tang | Wu Pi Yin | Ling Gui Zhu Gan Tang | Zhen Wu Tang | Yu Gong San | Zhou Che Wan
Phlegm-Fluids in the Stomach and Small intestine Loose stools, Abdominal distention, Vomiting clear liquid, Dry tongue, Dry mouth without desire to drink, Stomach splashing sound, Chest distension, Diarrhea, Weight loss... see more Xuan Fu Dai Zhe Tang | Ling Gui Zhu Gan Tang | Xiao Chai Hu Tang | Ban Xia Xie Xin Tang
Detailed description of the cause

Qi Sinking

Qi Sinking is a pattern of disharmony in TCM where the body's energy, or Qi, is thought to "sink" or drop down. Imagine a balloon slowly deflating and falling; that's similar to what happens with Qi Sinking. This can lead to feelings of heaviness, fatigue, and even physical symptoms like prolapse of organs or frequent urination. It's as if the body's energy, which usually supports and holds things in place, isn't able to do its job properly. TCM views this as an imbalance where the uplifting and supporting qualities of Qi are weakened.... see more

Qi Sinking Patterns That Can Lead to Diarrhea

Common Symptoms: Anus Prolapse Hemorrhoids Generalized Fatigue Lack Of Appetite Uterine Prolapse Prolapsed Bladder Stomach Prolapse Chronic Diarrhea

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Qi Collapsing or Qi Sinking Loose stools, Chronic diarrhoea, Uterine prolapse, Prolapsed bladder, Stomach prolapse, Nephroptosis, Anus prolapse, Bearing down sensation in abdomen, Hemorrhoids, Chronic diarrhea, Frequent and urgent urination, Urinary incontinence, Generalized fatigue, Low energy, Intestines prolapse, Vaginal prolapse... see more Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang | Du Shen Tang
Spleen Qi Sinking Loose stools, Lack of appetite, Slight abdominal distension after eating Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang
Large Intestine collapse Chronic diarrhoea, Chronic diarrhea, Anus prolapse, Hemorrhoids, Generalized fatigue, Cold extremities, Lack of appetite, Mental exhaustion, Craving for hot beverages... see more Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang
Detailed description of the cause

Qi Stagnation

Qi Stagnation in TCM is like having a traffic jam in your body's energy system. Qi, the vital life force that flows through your body, is supposed to move smoothly to maintain health and balance. But with Qi Stagnation, this flow gets blocked or slowed down, like cars stuck on a highway. This can lead to symptoms like feeling stressed, emotional mood swings, and physical discomfort, often described as a feeling of fullness or tightness, especially in the chest or abdomen. It's as though the body's internal energy circulation is disrupted, causing various issues. TCM sees this as an energy flow problem, different from modern medicine's focus on specific physiological processes.... see more

Qi Stagnation Patterns That Can Lead to Diarrhea

Common Symptoms: Hypochondriac Distention Upper Abdominal Distension Irritability Hypochondriac Pain Nausea Lack Of Appetite Chest Distension Abdominal Distention

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Liver Qi Stagnation Diarrhea, Hypochondriac distention, Chest distension, Upper abdominal distension, Abdominal distention, Sighing, Melancholia, Depression, Mood swings, Irregular periods, Globus sensation, Pre menstrual breast distension, Pre menstrual tension, Anxiety, Anger... see more Xiao Yao San | Jia Wei Xiao Yao San | Yue Ju Wan | Chai Hu Shu Gan San | Yi Guan Jian
Obstruction Of the Spleen By Dampness with Liver Qi Stagnation Loose stools, Upper abdominal oppression, Nausea, Lack of appetite, Diarrhea, Feeling of heaviness, Dry mouth without desire to drink, Dull shallow face, Irritability, Upper abdominal distension, Hypochondriac distention, Hypochondriac pain... see more Ping Wei San | Dang Gui Shao Yao San
Detailed description of the cause

Summer Heat

"Summer-Heat" in TCM is a unique concept that refers to a pattern of disharmony often associated with the hot summer months. Imagine the intense heat of summer stressing your body, like being in a sweltering, humid environment for too long. This can lead to symptoms like feeling overheated, excessive sweating, a feeling of irritation, and sometimes even nausea or dizziness. In TCM, this condition is thought to arise from the external environment's heat affecting the body's internal balance. It's similar to how we might feel uncomfortable and out of sorts on a very hot day. ... see more

Summer Heat Patterns That Can Lead to Diarrhea

Common Symptoms: Fever Aversion To Cold Perspiration Headaches Feeling Of Heaviness Thirst Upper Abdominal Discomfort Irritability

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Summer-Heat Diarrhea, Fever, Aversion to cold, Perspiration, Headaches, Feeling of heaviness, Upper abdominal discomfort, Irritability, Thirst... see more Liu Yi San
Summer Heat with Dampness Loose stools, Fever, Aversion to cold, Perspiration, Headaches, Feeling of heaviness, Tight feeling in chest and stomach, Anxiety, Thirst, Chest distension, Lack of appetite... see more Xiang Ru San | Huo Xiang Zheng Qi San | Gui Ling Gan Lu Yin
Detailed description of the cause

Qi Rebellion

Rebellious Qi in TCM is a bit like having a rebel inside your body. Qi, which is the vital energy flowing through your body, is supposed to move in certain directions to keep everything in balance and working well. But with Rebellious Qi, this energy decides to go the opposite way. Think of it like a river flowing upstream instead of downstream. This can cause various issues like heartburn, coughing, or even headaches. It's as if the body's natural flow is disrupted, creating a kind of internal chaos. TCM focuses on correcting this flow, restoring order and balance.... see more

Qi Rebellion Patterns That Can Lead to Diarrhea

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Rebellious Qi Diarrhea, Hiccups, Belching, Nausea, Vomit, Coughing, Asthma Chai Hu Shu Gan San | Xuan Fu Dai Zhe Tang | Ju Pi Zhu Ru Tang | Su Zi Jiang Qi Tang | Si Ni San
Detailed description of the cause

Yang Collapse

Yang Collapse in TCM represents a severe and acute condition where the body's Yang energy, the driving force behind warmth and metabolic function, is drastically depleted. This state is more critical than a simple Yang deficiency and is considered an emergency in TCM. Symptoms of Yang Collapse include extreme coldness, especially in the limbs, a feeling of cold that is unrelieved by warmth, profuse cold sweating, shallow breathing, and a very weak and slow pulse. There may also be signs of severe metabolic slowing, such as lethargy, drowsiness, or even loss of consciousness, alongside pale or bluish complexion. Yang Collapse requires urgent treatment to rescue the patient from a potentially life-threatening state. The focus is on rapidly warming and reviving the Yang energy. ... see more

Yang Collapse Patterns That Can Lead to Diarrhea

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Collapse of Yang Loose stools, Low energy, Chills, Cold extremities, Bright pale face, Sweating on forehead, Absence of thirst, Urinary or fecal incontinence, Frequent urination, Diarrhea... see more Shen Fu Tang | Hui Yang Jiu Ji Tang
Detailed description of the cause

Blood Stasis

Blood Stasis in TCM is a concept where the blood flow in the body is not as smooth or efficient as it should be. Imagine a river that's supposed to flow freely, but instead, it's getting blocked or moving too slowly in some parts. This can lead to various health issues, like pain that feels sharp or stabbing, dark bruises, and a complexion that looks purplish. TCM believes that good health relies on the smooth and vibrant flow of Qi and blood throughout the body, so when blood gets stuck, it's like a traffic jam in your body, leading to discomfort or health problems.... see more

Blood Stasis Patterns That Can Lead to Diarrhea

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Spleen and Liver Blood Deficiency Loose stools, Lack of appetite, Slight abdominal distension after eating, Generalized fatigue, General weakness, Dull pale complexion, Weak limbs, Diarrhea, Emaciation, Scanty menstruation, Amenorrhea, Insomnia, Limb numbness, Dizziness, Blurry vision, Eye floaters, Night blindness, Pale lips, Muscle weakness, Muscle cramps, Withered and brittle nails, Dry hair, Skin dryness, Depression, Lack of direction... see more Gui Pi Tang | Dang Gui Shao Yao San | Shao Yao Gan Cao Tang
Detailed description of the cause

Yin Excess

Yin Excess in TCM is a pattern of disharmony characterized by an overabundance of Yin energy, leading to symptoms of dampness and coldness in the body. This condition often results from an imbalance where the cooling, moistening aspects of Yin overshadow the warm, active qualities of Yang energy. Symptoms can include a feeling of heaviness, lethargy, cold sensations, pale complexion, and possibly edema or fluid retention. Digestive issues such as poor appetite, bloating, and loose stools may also be present, reflecting the impact of excess Yin on the body's metabolic processes. Treatment in TCM for Yin Excess focuses on reducing the excess Yin and stimulating Yang energy to restore balance. ... see more

Yin Excess Patterns That Can Lead to Diarrhea

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Yin Excess Loose stools, Absence of thirst, Slow and forceful movement, Epigastric pain worsen by pressure, Polyuria, Feeling of oppression of the chest, Nausea, Excessive vaginal discharge, Lack of appetite, Pain relieved by heat, Chills, Cold extremities, Pale urine... see more Wu Ling San | Wu Pi Yin
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Spleen

In TCM the Spleen plays a vital role in digestion and transformation, converting food into energy and nutrients, and overseeing the distribution of Qi and Blood. It's also crucial in maintaining the health of muscles and limbs and ensuring the blood remains within the vessels. When the Spleen malfunctions in TCM, it can lead to a variety of issues such as digestive disorders, fatigue, weak muscles, bloating, and a feeling of heaviness. It can also cause a pale complexion, poor appetite, and a tendency to bruise easily. Emotionally, a Spleen imbalance is often associated with excessive worry or overthinking, reflecting its role in the interplay between physical and mental health.... see more

Spleen Patterns That Can Lead to Diarrhea

Common Symptoms: Lack Of Appetite Generalized Fatigue General Weakness Pale Face Weak Limbs Depression Slight Abdominal Distension After Eating Edema

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Greater Yin stage Diarrhea, Lack of appetite, Vomit, Abdominal fullness, Chills, Absence of thirst, Generalized fatigue... see more Li Zhong Wan
Kidney and Spleen Yang Deficiency Loose stools, Diarrhea, Lower back pain, Weak and cold knees, Back cold sensation, Chills, Weak legs, Bright pale face, Erectile dysfunction, Premature ejaculation, Oligospermia, Watery ejaculate, Low sex drive, Generalized fatigue, General weakness, Clear urination, Nocturia, Apathy, Leg edema, Female infertility, Depression, Lack of appetite, Slight abdominal distention, Desire to lie down... see more Li Zhong Wan
Cold-Damp invading the Spleen Loose stools, Lack of appetite, Epigastric coldness, Head and body heaviness, Sweet taste in mouth, Absence of thirst, Diarrhea, General weakness, Generalized fatigue, Nausea, Edema, Dull pale complexion, White vaginal discharge, Upper abdominal fullness... see more Ping Wei San
Damp-Heat in Stomach and Spleen Loose stools, Head and body heaviness, Upper abdominal oppression, Nausea, Diarrhea, Fever not reduced by sweating... see more Lian Po Yin | Ge Hua Jie Cheng San | Sheng Yang Yi Wei Tang
Spleen Qi Deficiency Loose stools, Slight abdominal distension after eating, General weakness, Desire to lie down, Slight abdominal pain, Excessive gas and flatulence, Bloated abdomen, Dyspepsia, Swollen complexion, Obesity... see more Liu Jun Zi Tang | Si Jun Zi Tang | Fei Er Wan
Obstruction Of the Spleen By Dampness with Liver Qi Stagnation Loose stools, Upper abdominal oppression, Nausea, Lack of appetite, Diarrhea, Feeling of heaviness, Dry mouth without desire to drink, Dull shallow face, Irritability, Upper abdominal distension, Hypochondriac distention, Hypochondriac pain... see more Ping Wei San | Dang Gui Shao Yao San
Spleen and Heart Blood Deficiency Loose stools, Palpitations, Dizziness, Insomnia, Vivid dreaming, Poor memory, Anxiety, Easily startled, Dull pale complexion, Pale lips, Generalized fatigue, Muscle weakness, Diarrhea, Lack of appetite, Scanty menstruation... see more Gui Pi Tang
Spleen and Liver Blood Deficiency Loose stools, Lack of appetite, Slight abdominal distension after eating, Generalized fatigue, General weakness, Dull pale complexion, Weak limbs, Diarrhea, Emaciation, Scanty menstruation, Amenorrhea, Insomnia, Limb numbness, Dizziness, Blurry vision, Eye floaters, Night blindness, Pale lips, Muscle weakness, Muscle cramps, Withered and brittle nails, Dry hair, Skin dryness, Depression, Lack of direction... see more Gui Pi Tang | Dang Gui Shao Yao San | Shao Yao Gan Cao Tang
Spleen and Lung Qi Deficiency Loose stools, Lack of appetite, Slight abdominal distension after eating, Generalized fatigue, General weakness, Pale face, Weak limbs, Diarrhea, Obesity, Shortness of breath, Coughing, Weak voice, Spontaneous sweat, Reluctance to speak, Frequent colds or flu, Aversion to cold... see more Liu Jun Zi Tang | Si Jun Zi Tang
Spleen Blood Deficiency Loose stools, Lack of appetite, Generalized fatigue, General weakness, Pale face, Weak limbs, Diarrhea, Depression, Emaciation, Scanty menstruation, Amenorrhea, Insomnia, Slight abdominal distension after eating... see more Gui Pi Tang
Spleen Qi Sinking Loose stools, Lack of appetite, Slight abdominal distension after eating Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang
Spleen Yang Deficiency Loose stools, Slight abdominal distension after eating, General weakness, Desire to lie in fetal position, Pale face, Cold extremities, Chills, Undigested food in stools, Excessive gas and flatulence, Bloated abdomen, Abdominal pain relieved by pressure and warmth, Dull shallow face... see more Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang | Yi Huang Tang | Zhen Wu Tang | Huang Tu Tang
Stomach and Spleen Qi Deficiency Loose stools, Lack of appetite, Slight abdominal distension after eating, Generalized fatigue, General weakness, Pale face, Weak limbs, Diarrhea, Upper abdominal discomfort, Loss of taste... see more Shen Ling Bai Zhu San | Sheng Yang Yi Wei Tang | Si Jun Zi Tang | Xiang Sha Yang Wei Wan
Damp-Heat invading the Spleen Loose stools with foul smell, Lack of appetite, Feeling of heaviness, Dry mouth without desire to drink, Nausea or vomiting, Malodorous diarrhea, Anal burning, Feeling hot, Scanty and dark urine, Low grade fever, Dull headache, Dull yellow complexion, Yellow sclera, Oily sweat, Itchy rashes, Bitter taste in the mouth, Upper abdominal fullness, Upper abdominal pain... see more Lian Po Yin
Spleen Deficiency with Dampness Diarrhea, Loose stools, Edema, Feeling of heaviness, Urinary dysfunction, Glomerulonephritis, Kidney infection, Nephrotic syndrome, Cystitis, Hydrocele, Migraine, Trigeminal neuralgia... see more Wu Ling San | Liu Jun Zi Tang | Bi Xie Fen Qing Yin
Spleen and Stomach Qi Deficiency Diarrhea, Loose stools, Dizziness, Unsteadiness, Blurry vision, Deafness, Tinnitus, Shortness of breath, Weak voice, Pale face, Lack of appetite, Belching... see more Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Tang | Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang
Spleen Deficiency Loose stools, Sticky vaginal discharge, Generalized fatigue, Depression, Cold extremities, Diarrhea, White vaginal discharge, Lack of appetite, Amenorrhea, Dull shallow face, Weak limbs... see more Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang | Wan Dai Tang | Yi Huang Tang
Heart and Spleen Deficiency Loose stools, Palpitations, Insomnia, Lack of appetite, Generalized fatigue, Anxiety, Pale face, Poor memory, Diarrhea, Scanty menstruation, Pale lips... see more Gui Pi Tang
Spleen or Kidney Yang Deficiency Loose stools, Abdominal pain that worsens with cold, Urinary dysfunction, Deep pain and heaviness in limbs, Dizziness, Heavy sensation in the head, Edema, Diarrhea, Palpitations, Coughing, Vomit... see more Gu Ben Zhi Beng Tang | Zhen Wu Tang
Spleen and Kidney Yang Deficiency Loose stools, Pale face, Facial edema, Oedema of limbs, Abdominal distention, Cold extremities, Shortness of breath, Diarrhea, Frequent urination, Lupus... see more Wu Ling San
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Kidney

In TCM the Kidneys are regarded as the body's most fundamental reservoir of Essence, known as Jing, which influences growth, reproduction, and aging. They are not just organs for filtering blood, but a holistic system governing vital life forces. When the Kidneys malfunction in TCM, it can manifest as a variety of health issues, such as chronic fatigue, reproductive problems, imbalances in fluid metabolism leading to edema or dryness, lower back pain, and a sense of fear or insecurity.... see more

Kidney Patterns That Can Lead to Diarrhea

Common Symptoms: Chills Generalized Fatigue Depression Cold Extremities Frequent Urination Lower Back Pain Weak And Cold Knees Weak Legs

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Kidney and Spleen Yang Deficiency Loose stools, Diarrhea, Lower back pain, Weak and cold knees, Back cold sensation, Chills, Weak legs, Bright pale face, Erectile dysfunction, Premature ejaculation, Oligospermia, Watery ejaculate, Low sex drive, Generalized fatigue, General weakness, Clear urination, Nocturia, Apathy, Leg edema, Female infertility, Depression, Lack of appetite, Slight abdominal distention, Desire to lie down... see more Li Zhong Wan
Lesser Yin Cold Transformation Diarrhea, Chills, Absence of thirst, Desire to lie in fetal position, Low energy, Hypersomnia, Cold extremities, Frequent pale urination... see more Si Ni Tang
Kidney Yang Deficiency Loose stools, Persistent diarrhea, Lower back pain, Dizziness, Tinnitus, Weak and cold knees, Lower back coldness, Chills, Weak legs, Bright pale face, Generalized fatigue, General weakness, Leg edema, Female infertility, Diarrhea, Depression, Erectile dysfunction, Premature ejaculation, Oligospermia, Low sex drive, Pale and abudant urination... see more Ba Wei Di Huang Wan | You Gui Wan | Er Xian Tang | Shen Qi Wan | Wu Zi Yan Zong Wan | Tu Si Zi Wan
Spleen or Kidney Yang Deficiency Loose stools, Abdominal pain that worsens with cold, Urinary dysfunction, Deep pain and heaviness in limbs, Dizziness, Heavy sensation in the head, Edema, Diarrhea, Palpitations, Coughing, Vomit... see more Gu Ben Zhi Beng Tang | Zhen Wu Tang
Spleen and Kidney Yang Deficiency Loose stools, Pale face, Facial edema, Oedema of limbs, Abdominal distention, Cold extremities, Shortness of breath, Diarrhea, Frequent urination, Lupus... see more Wu Ling San
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Stomach

In TCM the Stomach is regarded as the "sea of nourishment," pivotal for digesting food and transforming it into Qi and blood. It works closely with the Spleen to distribute these essential nutrients throughout the body. When the Stomach is out of balance or malfunctions in TCM, it often leads to digestive problems such as bloating, nausea, vomiting, poor appetite, or a feeling of fullness. There may also be issues like acid reflux or a sour taste in the mouth. Emotionally, an imbalanced Stomach can contribute to excessive worry and overthinking, reflecting the TCM belief that physical and emotional well-being are deeply interconnected.... see more

Stomach Patterns That Can Lead to Diarrhea

Common Symptoms: Lack Of Appetite Dizziness Pale Face Abdominal Distention Generalized Fatigue Weak Limbs Upper Abdominal Discomfort Loss Of Taste

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Damp-Heat in Stomach and Spleen Loose stools, Head and body heaviness, Upper abdominal oppression, Nausea, Diarrhea, Fever not reduced by sweating... see more Lian Po Yin | Ge Hua Jie Cheng San | Sheng Yang Yi Wei Tang
Phlegm-Fluids in the Stomach and Small intestine Loose stools, Abdominal distention, Vomiting clear liquid, Dry tongue, Dry mouth without desire to drink, Stomach splashing sound, Chest distension, Diarrhea, Weight loss... see more Xuan Fu Dai Zhe Tang | Ling Gui Zhu Gan Tang | Xiao Chai Hu Tang | Ban Xia Xie Xin Tang
Stomach and Spleen Qi Deficiency Loose stools, Lack of appetite, Slight abdominal distension after eating, Generalized fatigue, General weakness, Pale face, Weak limbs, Diarrhea, Upper abdominal discomfort, Loss of taste... see more Shen Ling Bai Zhu San | Sheng Yang Yi Wei Tang | Si Jun Zi Tang | Xiang Sha Yang Wei Wan
Stomach Qi Deficiency Loose stools, Morning fatigue Si Jun Zi Tang
Spleen and Stomach Qi Deficiency Diarrhea, Loose stools, Dizziness, Unsteadiness, Blurry vision, Deafness, Tinnitus, Shortness of breath, Weak voice, Pale face, Lack of appetite, Belching... see more Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Tang | Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang
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Large Intestine

In TCM the Large Intestine is primarily seen as responsible for the absorption of fluids and the excretion of waste. It is closely related to the Lung in terms of energy flow and function, reflecting the interconnectedness of organ systems in TCM. When the Large Intestine malfunctions, it can lead to issues such as constipation or diarrhea, abdominal pain, and an inability to let go of emotional waste, like holding onto grief or stress. This is in line with the TCM view that the physical and emotional aspects of health are deeply connected. An imbalanced Large Intestine can also manifest as skin problems, signifying the organ’s role in eliminating toxins and maintaining balance in the body’s internal environment.... see more

Large Intestine Patterns That Can Lead to Diarrhea

Common Symptoms: Abdominal Pain Cold Extremities Chills Abdominal Cold Sensation Abdominal Fullness Hematochezia Mucous In Feces Smelly Stools

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Cold invading the Large Intestine Diarrhea, Abdominal pain, Chills, Abdominal cold sensation Liang Fu Wan | Tao Hua Tang
Damp-Heat in the Large Intestine Diarrhea, Abdominal pain, Abdominal fullness, Hematochezia, Mucous in feces, Smelly stools, Anal burning, Scanty and dark urine, Fever, Perspiration, Feeling hot, Thirst, Feeling of heaviness... see more Ge Geng Huang Qin Huang Lian Tang | Shao Yao Tang
Large Intestine Cold Loose stools, Diarrhea, Abdominal pain, Borborygmi, Clear urination, Cold extremities Liang Fu Wan | Tao Hua Tang
Large Intestine collapse Chronic diarrhoea, Chronic diarrhea, Anus prolapse, Hemorrhoids, Generalized fatigue, Cold extremities, Lack of appetite, Mental exhaustion, Craving for hot beverages... see more Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang
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Liver

In TCM the Liver is viewed as the organ responsible for the smooth flow of Qi, Blood, and emotions throughout the body. It plays a key role in regulating mood, storing blood, supporting digestion, and ensuring the health of tendons and eyes. When the Liver malfunctions or is imbalanced in TCM, it can lead to a range of issues such as irritability, mood swings, menstrual irregularities, eye problems, and muscular stiffness or pain. A malfunctioning Liver in TCM reflects not only physical disturbances but also emotional and mental disharmony, emphasizing the holistic approach of TCM in addressing health and wellness.... see more

Liver Patterns That Can Lead to Diarrhea

Common Symptoms: Lack Of Appetite Hypochondriac Distention Upper Abdominal Distension Depression Irritability Hypochondriac Pain Nausea Scanty Menstruation

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Liver Qi Stagnation Diarrhea, Hypochondriac distention, Chest distension, Upper abdominal distension, Abdominal distention, Sighing, Melancholia, Depression, Mood swings, Irregular periods, Globus sensation, Pre menstrual breast distension, Pre menstrual tension, Anxiety, Anger... see more Xiao Yao San | Jia Wei Xiao Yao San | Yue Ju Wan | Chai Hu Shu Gan San | Yi Guan Jian
Obstruction Of the Spleen By Dampness with Liver Qi Stagnation Loose stools, Upper abdominal oppression, Nausea, Lack of appetite, Diarrhea, Feeling of heaviness, Dry mouth without desire to drink, Dull shallow face, Irritability, Upper abdominal distension, Hypochondriac distention, Hypochondriac pain... see more Ping Wei San | Dang Gui Shao Yao San
Spleen and Liver Blood Deficiency Loose stools, Lack of appetite, Slight abdominal distension after eating, Generalized fatigue, General weakness, Dull pale complexion, Weak limbs, Diarrhea, Emaciation, Scanty menstruation, Amenorrhea, Insomnia, Limb numbness, Dizziness, Blurry vision, Eye floaters, Night blindness, Pale lips, Muscle weakness, Muscle cramps, Withered and brittle nails, Dry hair, Skin dryness, Depression, Lack of direction... see more Gui Pi Tang | Dang Gui Shao Yao San | Shao Yao Gan Cao Tang
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Uterus

In TCM the Uterus (or "Bao Gong") is not just a reproductive organ but a vital system closely linked to Kidney energy, responsible for menstrual health, fertility, and pregnancy. It's also connected to the Heart and Liver, reflecting the importance of emotional and blood health in reproductive wellness. In TCM, the Uterus is seen as a reservoir of Blood and Qi, crucial for reproductive health and general vitality. When the Uterus malfunctions or is imbalanced, it can lead to menstrual irregularities, infertility, miscarriages, or menopausal symptoms. Additionally, there might be symptoms like lower abdominal pain or emotional disturbances such as mood swings, often linked to Liver Qi stagnation. These manifestations highlight the TCM perspective that the health of the Uterus is intertwined with the overall balance of energy and blood in the body, as well as emotional well-being.... see more

Uterus Patterns That Can Lead to Diarrhea

Common Symptoms: Generalized Fatigue General Weakness Infertility Scanty Menstruation Late Menstruation Amenorrhea Lower Abdominal Pain Lack Of Appetite

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Cold in the Uterus Diarrhea, Loose stools, Lack of appetite, Generalized fatigue, General weakness, Thin vaginal discharge Wen Jing Tang | Shao Fu Zhu Yu Tang | Wen Qi Hua Shi Tang
Damp-Phlegm in the Uterus Loose stools, Late menstruation, Amenorrhea, Scanty menstruation, Lower abdominal pain, Abdominal heaviness, Feeling of oppression of the chest, Generalized fatigue, Diarrhea, Dull pale complexion, Obesity, Infertility, Ovarian cysts, Ovarian fibroids, Polycystic ovary syndrome, Pseudocyesis, Sputum, Feeling of heaviness... see more Wei Ling Tang | Wan Dai Tang | Cang Fu Dao Tan Wan | Xiong Gui Er Chen Tang
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Small Intestine

In TCM the Small Intestine plays a critical role in receiving partially digested food from the Stomach and further separating the clear from the turbid, essentially distinguishing nutrients from waste. This process is vital for proper absorption and assimilation of food. The Small Intestine is also associated with clarity of judgment and decision-making. When it malfunctions or is imbalanced in TCM, it can lead to digestive issues such as abdominal pain, bloating, poor appetite, or irregular bowel movements. Additionally, a malfunctioning Small Intestine may manifest as mental confusion or difficulty in making decisions, reflecting its role in discernment and clarity in both physical and mental realms. ... see more

Small Intestine Patterns That Can Lead to Diarrhea

Common Symptoms: Borborygmi Abdominal Pain Relieved By Pressure Or Eating Craving For Hot Beverages Pale And Abudant Urination Cold Extremities Abdominal Distention Vomiting Clear Liquid Dry Tongue

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Small Intestine Deficient and Cold Diarrhea, Borborygmi, Abdominal pain relieved by pressure or eating, Craving for hot beverages, Pale and abudant urination, Cold extremities... see more Xiao Jian Zhong Tang | Shen Ling Bai Zhu San
Phlegm-Fluids in the Stomach and Small intestine Loose stools, Abdominal distention, Vomiting clear liquid, Dry tongue, Dry mouth without desire to drink, Stomach splashing sound, Chest distension, Diarrhea, Weight loss... see more Xuan Fu Dai Zhe Tang | Ling Gui Zhu Gan Tang | Xiao Chai Hu Tang | Ban Xia Xie Xin Tang
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Heart

In TCM the Heart is considered the "emperor" of all organs, primarily responsible for governing Blood and housing the mind, known as "Shen." It plays a crucial role in maintaining mental-emotional equilibrium and controlling the circulation of Qi and blood throughout the body. When the Heart is imbalanced or malfunctions in TCM, it can lead to a range of issues like heart palpitations, insomnia, dream-disturbed sleep, anxiety, and a flushed complexion. Emotional disturbances such as excessive joy or lack of joy are also seen as signs of Heart disharmony. These symptoms reflect not just physical heart conditions but also the state of one's Shen, indicating the interconnectedness of physical and emotional well-being in TCM.... see more

Heart Patterns That Can Lead to Diarrhea

Common Symptoms: Palpitations Insomnia Lack Of Appetite Generalized Fatigue Anxiety Poor Memory Scanty Menstruation Pale Lips

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Spleen and Heart Blood Deficiency Loose stools, Palpitations, Dizziness, Insomnia, Vivid dreaming, Poor memory, Anxiety, Easily startled, Dull pale complexion, Pale lips, Generalized fatigue, Muscle weakness, Diarrhea, Lack of appetite, Scanty menstruation... see more Gui Pi Tang
Heart and Spleen Deficiency Loose stools, Palpitations, Insomnia, Lack of appetite, Generalized fatigue, Anxiety, Pale face, Poor memory, Diarrhea, Scanty menstruation, Pale lips... see more Gui Pi Tang
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Lung

In TCM the Lungs are seen as the organ responsible for controlling Qi and respiration, as well as being a key part of the body's defensive system. They are thought to maintain the balance and flow of air and moisture, and are closely linked to the skin and hair. When the Lungs are imbalanced or malfunctioning in TCM, it can lead to respiratory issues like coughing or asthma, a weakened immune system, dry skin, and emotional disturbances such as sadness or grief. These symptoms are believed to arise from disruptions in the Lungs' ability to regulate Qi and protect the body, highlighting their central role in maintaining overall health and well-being.... see more

Lung Patterns That Can Lead to Diarrhea

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Spleen and Lung Qi Deficiency Loose stools, Lack of appetite, Slight abdominal distension after eating, Generalized fatigue, General weakness, Pale face, Weak limbs, Diarrhea, Obesity, Shortness of breath, Coughing, Weak voice, Spontaneous sweat, Reluctance to speak, Frequent colds or flu, Aversion to cold... see more Liu Jun Zi Tang | Si Jun Zi Tang

TCM Herbal Formulas for Diarrhea

In addressing diarrhea, TCM turns to a rich pharmacopeia of herbs and compound formulas tailored to the specific underlying patterns. For Cold invading the Large Intestine, Liang Fu Wan, a Qi-promoting and warming formula, is often prescribed.

Damp-Heat conditions might be treated with Ge Geng Huang Qin Huang Lian Tang, a formula that clears Heat and resolves Dampness, showcasing TCM's targeted approach. These treatments exemplify TCM's capacity to customize remedies, ensuring that each patient receives care that addresses their body's specific needs and the intricacies of their symptoms.

Explore below some TCM herbal formulas used to address diarrhea, organized by cause and by formula type.

  • By Cause
  • By Formula Type
  • Dampness
  • Cold
  • Qi Deficiency
  • Yang Deficiency
  • Heat
  • Blood Deficiency
  • Phlegm
  • Qi Sinking
  • Qi Stagnation
  • Summer Heat
  • Qi Rebellion
  • Yang Collapse
  • Blood Stasis
  • Yin Excess
  • Formulas that tonify qi
  • Formulas that warm the middle and dispel cold
  • Formulas that rescue devastated yang
  • Formulas that warm yang and tonify
  • Formulas that invigorate blood and dispel blood stagnation
  • Formulas that promote qi movement
  • Formulas that clear heat from the organs
  • Formulas that harmonize liver-Spleen
  • Formulas for a rebellious qi
  • Formulas that promote urination and leach out dampness
  • Formulas that warm and transform water and dampness
  • Formulas that dispel summer-Heat and facilitate resolution of dampness
  • Formulas that nourish yin and tonify
  • Formulas that tonify qi and blood
  • Formulas that secure irregular uterine bleeding and stop vaginal discharge
  • Formulas that transform dampness and harmonize stomach
  • Formulas that dry dampness and transform phlegm
  • Formulas that clear wind-Cold
  • Formulas that tonify blood
  • Formulas that drive out excess water
  • Formulas that bind up intestines and secure abandoned conditions
  • Formulas that expel dampness
  • Formulas that release the exterior and clear the interior
  • Formulas that dispel summer-Heat and resolve exterior
  • Formulas that expel parasites
  • Formulas that dispel phlegm
  • Formulas that clear heat and expel dampness
  • Formulas that reduce food stagnation with tonification
  • Formulas that tonify yin and yang
  • Formulas that tonify
  • Formulas that harmonize lesser yang-warp disorders
  • Formulas that harmonize stomach-Intestines
  • Formulas that reduce food accumulation and transform stagnation
  • Formulas that stop bleeding
  • Formulas that warm and purge

All Formulas Recommended for Diarrhea Caused by Dampness

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Ping Wei San Cold-Damp invading the Spleen, Obstruction Of the Spleen By Dampness with Liver Qi Stagnation, Oedema... see more
Wu Ling San Spleen Deficiency with Dampness, Oedema
Wei Ling Tang Damp-Cold, Damp-Phlegm in the Uterus
Xiang Ru San Exterior Cold with Interior Dampness in Summer, Summer Heat with Dampness
Lian Po Yin Damp-Heat in Stomach and Spleen, Damp-Heat invading the Spleen
Liu Jun Zi Tang Spleen Deficiency with Dampness
Yi Huang Tang Damp-Heat
Zhen Wu Tang Oedema
Sheng Yang Yi Wei Tang Damp-Heat in Stomach and Spleen
Wan Dai Tang Damp-Phlegm in the Uterus
Dang Gui Shao Yao San Obstruction Of the Spleen By Dampness with Liver Qi Stagnation
Shen Qi Wan Oedema
Wu Pi Yin Oedema
Ling Gui Zhu Gan Tang Oedema
Ge Geng Huang Qin Huang Lian Tang Damp-Heat in the Large Intestine
Shao Yao Tang Damp-Heat in the Large Intestine
Bi Xie Fen Qing Yin Spleen Deficiency with Dampness
Long Dan Xie Gan Tang Damp-Heat
Ge Hua Jie Cheng San Damp-Heat in Stomach and Spleen
Cang Fu Dao Tan Wan Damp-Phlegm in the Uterus
Xiong Gui Er Chen Tang Damp-Phlegm in the Uterus
Fang Ji Huang Qi Tang Oedema
Yu Gong San Oedema
Zhou Che Wan Oedema
Huo Xiang Zheng Qi San Summer Heat with Dampness
Gui Ling Gan Lu Yin Summer Heat with Dampness

All Formulas Recommended for Diarrhea Caused by Cold

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Liang Fu Wan Cold invading the Large Intestine, Large Intestine Cold
Tao Hua Tang Cold invading the Large Intestine, Large Intestine Cold
Ping Wei San Cold-Damp invading the Spleen
Wei Ling Tang Damp-Cold
Xiang Ru San Exterior Cold with Interior Dampness in Summer
Li Zhong Wan Greater Yin stage
Shen Ling Bai Zhu San Small Intestine Deficient and Cold
Wen Jing Tang Cold in the Uterus
Shao Fu Zhu Yu Tang Cold in the Uterus
Wen Qi Hua Shi Tang Cold in the Uterus
Si Ni Tang Lesser Yin Cold Transformation
Xiao Jian Zhong Tang Small Intestine Deficient and Cold
Huang Qi Jian Zhong Tang Empty-Cold
Da Jian Zhong Tang Empty-Cold
Ma Huang Tang Exterior-Cold
Gui Zhi Tang Exterior-Cold

All Formulas Recommended for Diarrhea Caused by Qi Deficiency

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Si Jun Zi Tang Qi Deficiency, Spleen Qi Deficiency, Spleen and Lung Qi Deficiency, Stomach and Spleen Qi Deficiency, Stomach Qi Deficiency... see more
Liu Jun Zi Tang Spleen Deficiency with Dampness, Qi Deficiency, Spleen Qi Deficiency, Spleen and Lung Qi Deficiency... see more
Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang Spleen and Stomach Qi Deficiency, Qi Deficiency, Spleen Deficiency
Gui Pi Tang Qi Deficiency, Heart and Spleen Deficiency
Wu Ling San Spleen Deficiency with Dampness
Yi Huang Tang Spleen Deficiency
Gu Ben Zhi Beng Tang Qi Deficiency
Wan Dai Tang Spleen Deficiency
Shen Ling Bai Zhu San Stomach and Spleen Qi Deficiency
Sheng Yang Yi Wei Tang Stomach and Spleen Qi Deficiency
Bi Xie Fen Qing Yin Spleen Deficiency with Dampness
Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Tang Spleen and Stomach Qi Deficiency
Fei Er Wan Spleen Qi Deficiency
Ba Zhen Yi Mu Tang Qi and Blood Deficiency
Sheng Yu Tang Qi and Blood Deficiency
Xiang Sha Yang Wei Wan Stomach and Spleen Qi Deficiency

All Formulas Recommended for Diarrhea Caused by Yang Deficiency

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Zhen Wu Tang Spleen or Kidney Yang Deficiency, Spleen Yang Deficiency
Li Zhong Wan Greater Yin stage, Kidney and Spleen Yang Deficiency
Ba Wei Di Huang Wan Kidney Yang Deficiency, Yang Deficiency or Empty Yang
You Gui Wan Kidney Yang Deficiency, Yang Deficiency or Empty Yang
Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang Spleen Yang Deficiency
Wu Ling San Spleen and Kidney Yang Deficiency
Yi Huang Tang Spleen Yang Deficiency
Gu Ben Zhi Beng Tang Spleen or Kidney Yang Deficiency
Shen Qi Wan Kidney Yang Deficiency
Si Ni Tang Lesser Yin Cold Transformation
Er Xian Tang Kidney Yang Deficiency
Wu Zi Yan Zong Wan Kidney Yang Deficiency
Tu Si Zi Wan Kidney Yang Deficiency
Huang Tu Tang Spleen Yang Deficiency

All Formulas Recommended for Diarrhea Caused by Heat

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Lian Po Yin Damp-Heat in Stomach and Spleen, Damp-Heat invading the Spleen
Yi Huang Tang Damp-Heat
Ping Wei San Obstruction Of the Spleen By Dampness with Liver Qi Stagnation
Sheng Yang Yi Wei Tang Damp-Heat in Stomach and Spleen
Dang Gui Shao Yao San Obstruction Of the Spleen By Dampness with Liver Qi Stagnation
Ge Geng Huang Qin Huang Lian Tang Damp-Heat in the Large Intestine
Shao Yao Tang Damp-Heat in the Large Intestine
Huang Qin Tang Heat in Lessor Yang
Long Dan Xie Gan Tang Damp-Heat
Ge Hua Jie Cheng San Damp-Heat in Stomach and Spleen

All Formulas Recommended for Diarrhea Caused by Blood Deficiency

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Gui Pi Tang Heart and Spleen Deficiency, Spleen and Heart Blood Deficiency, Spleen Blood Deficiency... see more
Ba Zhen Yi Mu Tang Qi and Blood Deficiency
Sheng Yu Tang Qi and Blood Deficiency

All Formulas Recommended for Diarrhea Caused by Phlegm

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Ling Gui Zhu Gan Tang Oedema, Phlegm-Fluids in the Stomach and Small intestine
Wu Ling San Oedema
Ping Wei San Oedema
Zhen Wu Tang Oedema
Wei Ling Tang Damp-Phlegm in the Uterus
Wan Dai Tang Damp-Phlegm in the Uterus
Shen Qi Wan Oedema
Wu Pi Yin Oedema
Xuan Fu Dai Zhe Tang Phlegm-Fluids in the Stomach and Small intestine
Cang Fu Dao Tan Wan Damp-Phlegm in the Uterus
Xiong Gui Er Chen Tang Damp-Phlegm in the Uterus
Fang Ji Huang Qi Tang Oedema
Yu Gong San Oedema
Zhou Che Wan Oedema
Xiao Chai Hu Tang Phlegm-Fluids in the Stomach and Small intestine
Ban Xia Xie Xin Tang Phlegm-Fluids in the Stomach and Small intestine

All Formulas Recommended for Diarrhea Caused by Qi Sinking

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang Qi Collapsing or Qi Sinking, Spleen Qi Sinking, Large Intestine collapse
Du Shen Tang Qi Collapsing or Qi Sinking

All Formulas Recommended for Diarrhea Caused by Qi Stagnation

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Ping Wei San Obstruction Of the Spleen By Dampness with Liver Qi Stagnation
Chai Hu Shu Gan San Liver Qi Stagnation
Dang Gui Shao Yao San Obstruction Of the Spleen By Dampness with Liver Qi Stagnation
Xiao Yao San Liver Qi Stagnation
Jia Wei Xiao Yao San Liver Qi Stagnation
Yue Ju Wan Liver Qi Stagnation
Yi Guan Jian Liver Qi Stagnation

All Formulas Recommended for Diarrhea Caused by Summer Heat

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Xiang Ru San Summer Heat with Dampness
Liu Yi San Summer-Heat
Huo Xiang Zheng Qi San Summer Heat with Dampness
Gui Ling Gan Lu Yin Summer Heat with Dampness

All Formulas Recommended for Diarrhea Caused by Qi Rebellion

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Chai Hu Shu Gan San Rebellious Qi
Xuan Fu Dai Zhe Tang Rebellious Qi
Ju Pi Zhu Ru Tang Rebellious Qi
Su Zi Jiang Qi Tang Rebellious Qi
Si Ni San Rebellious Qi

All Formulas Recommended for Diarrhea Caused by Yang Collapse

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Shen Fu Tang Collapse of Yang
Hui Yang Jiu Ji Tang Collapse of Yang

All Formulas Recommended for Diarrhea Caused by Blood Stasis

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Gui Pi Tang Spleen and Liver Blood Deficiency
Dang Gui Shao Yao San Spleen and Liver Blood Deficiency
Shao Yao Gan Cao Tang Spleen and Liver Blood Deficiency

All Formulas Recommended for Diarrhea Caused by Yin Excess

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Wu Ling San Yin Excess
Wu Pi Yin Yin Excess

All "formulas that tonify qi" recommended for diarrhea

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang Qi Deficiency, Spleen Deficiency, Spleen and Stomach Qi Deficiency, Qi Collapsing or Qi Sinking, Spleen Qi Sinking, Spleen Yang Deficiency, Large Intestine collapse... see more
Si Jun Zi Tang Qi Deficiency, Spleen Qi Deficiency, Spleen and Lung Qi Deficiency, Stomach and Spleen Qi Deficiency, Stomach Qi Deficiency... see more
Liu Jun Zi Tang Spleen Qi Deficiency, Qi Deficiency, Spleen and Lung Qi Deficiency, Spleen Deficiency with Dampness... see more
Shen Ling Bai Zhu San Small Intestine Deficient and Cold, Stomach and Spleen Qi Deficiency
Sheng Yang Yi Wei Tang Damp-Heat in Stomach and Spleen, Stomach and Spleen Qi Deficiency
Xiang Sha Yang Wei Wan Stomach and Spleen Qi Deficiency

All "formulas that tonify qi and blood" recommended for diarrhea

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Gui Pi Tang Qi Deficiency, Heart and Spleen Deficiency, Spleen and Heart Blood Deficiency, Spleen and Liver Blood Deficiency, Spleen Blood Deficiency, Spleen not controlling Blood... see more
Gu Ben Zhi Beng Tang Qi Deficiency, Spleen or Kidney Yang Deficiency

All "formulas that warm the middle and dispel cold" recommended for diarrhea

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Li Zhong Wan Greater Yin stage, Kidney and Spleen Yang Deficiency
Wen Qi Hua Shi Tang Cold in the Uterus
Huang Qi Jian Zhong Tang Empty-Cold
Xiao Jian Zhong Tang Small Intestine Deficient and Cold
Da Jian Zhong Tang Empty-Cold

All "formulas that warm and transform water and dampness" recommended for diarrhea

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Zhen Wu Tang Oedema, Spleen Yang Deficiency, Spleen or Kidney Yang Deficiency
Ling Gui Zhu Gan Tang Oedema, Phlegm-Fluids in the Stomach and Small intestine
Bi Xie Fen Qing Yin Spleen Deficiency with Dampness

All "formulas that promote qi movement" recommended for diarrhea

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Liang Fu Wan Cold invading the Large Intestine, Large Intestine Cold
Chai Hu Shu Gan San Liver Qi Stagnation, Rebellious Qi
Yue Ju Wan Liver Qi Stagnation

All "formulas that promote urination and leach out dampness" recommended for diarrhea

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Wu Ling San Spleen Deficiency with Dampness, Spleen and Kidney Yang Deficiency, Oedema, Yin Excess... see more
Wu Pi Yin Oedema, Yin Excess
Fang Ji Huang Qi Tang Oedema

All "formulas that secure irregular uterine bleeding and stop vaginal discharge" recommended for diarrhea

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Yi Huang Tang Spleen Deficiency, Damp-Heat, Spleen Yang Deficiency
Wan Dai Tang Spleen Deficiency, Damp-Phlegm in the Uterus

All "formulas that transform dampness and harmonize stomach" recommended for diarrhea

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Ping Wei San Cold-Damp invading the Spleen, Obstruction Of the Spleen By Dampness with Liver Qi Stagnation, Oedema... see more
Huo Xiang Zheng Qi San Summer Heat with Dampness

All "formulas that rescue devastated yang" recommended for diarrhea

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Si Ni Tang Lesser Yin Cold Transformation
Shen Fu Tang Collapse of Yang
Hui Yang Jiu Ji Tang Collapse of Yang
Du Shen Tang Qi Collapsing or Qi Sinking

All "formulas that warm yang and tonify" recommended for diarrhea

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
You Gui Wan Kidney Yang Deficiency, Yang Deficiency or Empty Yang
Shen Qi Wan Kidney Yang Deficiency, Oedema
Wu Zi Yan Zong Wan Kidney Yang Deficiency
Tu Si Zi Wan Kidney Yang Deficiency

All "formulas that invigorate blood and dispel blood stagnation" recommended for diarrhea

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Dang Gui Shao Yao San Obstruction Of the Spleen By Dampness with Liver Qi Stagnation, Spleen and Liver Blood Deficiency... see more
Wen Jing Tang Cold in the Uterus
Shao Fu Zhu Yu Tang Cold in the Uterus

All "formulas that clear heat from the organs" recommended for diarrhea

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Shao Yao Tang Damp-Heat in the Large Intestine
Huang Qin Tang Heat in Lessor Yang
Long Dan Xie Gan Tang Damp-Heat

All "formulas that nourish yin and tonify" recommended for diarrhea

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Ba Wei Di Huang Wan Kidney Yang Deficiency, Yang Deficiency or Empty Yang
Yi Guan Jian Liver Qi Stagnation

All "formulas that harmonize liver-Spleen" recommended for diarrhea

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Xiao Yao San Liver Qi Stagnation
Jia Wei Xiao Yao San Liver Qi Stagnation
Si Ni San Rebellious Qi

All "formulas for a rebellious qi" recommended for diarrhea

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Xuan Fu Dai Zhe Tang Rebellious Qi, Phlegm-Fluids in the Stomach and Small intestine
Ju Pi Zhu Ru Tang Rebellious Qi
Su Zi Jiang Qi Tang Rebellious Qi

All "formulas that dispel summer-Heat and facilitate resolution of dampness" recommended for diarrhea

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Liu Yi San Summer-Heat
Gui Ling Gan Lu Yin Summer Heat with Dampness

All "formulas that tonify blood" recommended for diarrhea

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Sheng Yu Tang Qi and Blood Deficiency
Shao Yao Gan Cao Tang Spleen and Liver Blood Deficiency

All "formulas that dry dampness and transform phlegm" recommended for diarrhea

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Cang Fu Dao Tan Wan Damp-Phlegm in the Uterus
Xiong Gui Er Chen Tang Damp-Phlegm in the Uterus

All "formulas that clear wind-Cold" recommended for diarrhea

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Ma Huang Tang Exterior-Cold
Gui Zhi Tang Exterior-Cold

All "formulas that drive out excess water" recommended for diarrhea

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Yu Gong San Oedema
Zhou Che Wan Oedema

Acupoints for Diarrhea

TCM also employs acupuncture as a potent remedy for diarrhea, targeting specific acupoints to restore balance and facilitate healing. Points like Ciliao (BL-32) and Sanyinjiao (SP-6) are pivotal in regulating the Lower Burner and strengthening the Spleen, demonstrating acupuncture's role in a comprehensive treatment strategy. This method, deeply rooted in understanding the body's energy pathways, offers a non-invasive option to complement herbal treatments, providing a holistic approach to managing diarrhea and guiding the body back to health.

By integrating insights from TCM, individuals experiencing diarrhea can explore avenues of treatment that go beyond symptom suppression, aiming for a deeper restoration of health and wellbeing.

Explore below some acupoints used to address diarrhea, organized by meridian.

  • By Meridian
  • Spleen Channel
  • Bladder Channel
  • Stomach Channel
  • Kidney Channel
  • Directing Vessel
  • Large Intestine Channel
  • Governing Vessel
  • Extra Points: Head and Neck (EX-HN)
  • Extra Points: Chest and Abdomen (EX-CA)
  • Gall Bladder Channel
  • Triple Burner Channel
  • Liver Channel
  • Extra Points: Upper Extremities (EX-UE)
Yinbai SP-1

Yinbai SP-1

On the medial side of the big toe, about 0.1 cun posterior to the corner of the nail.

Dadu SP-2

Dadu SP-2

On the medial aspect of the big toe, at the junction of the shaft and the base of the proximal phalanx, distal to the 1st metatarsophalangeal joint.

Taibai SP-3

Taibai SP-3

Proximal and inferior to the head of the 1st metatarsal bone, at the border of the red and white skin.

Gongsun SP-4

Gongsun SP-4

In the depression distal and inferior to the base of the 1st metatarsal bone, at the border of the red and white skin.

Shangqiu SP-5

Shangqiu SP-5

In the depression distal and inferior to the medial malleolus, midway between the navicular bone tubercle and the tip of the medial malleolus.

Sanyinjiao SP-6

Sanyinjiao SP-6

3 cun directly above the tip of the medial malleolus, on the posterior border of the tibia, on the line drawn from the medial malleolus to Yinlingquan SP-9.

Lougu SP-7

Lougu SP-7

6 cun above the tip of the medial malleolus, 3 cun above Sanyinjiao SP-6.

Yinlingquan SP-9

Yinlingquan SP-9

On the lower border of the medial condyle of the tibia, in the depression between the posterior border of the tibia and gastrocnemius muscle.

Fujie SP-14

Fujie SP-14

On the mamillary line which is 4 cun lateral to the anterior midline. 3 cun above Fushe SP-13, 1.3 cun below Daheng SP-15, on the lateral side of rectus abdominis muscle.

Daheng SP-15

Daheng SP-15

On the mammillary line 4 cun lateral to the umbilicus center.

Pishu BL-20

Pishu BL-20

1.5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous process of the 11th thoracic vertebra (T11).

Dachangshu BL-25

Dachangshu BL-25

1.5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous process of the 4th lumber vertebra (L4).

Xiaochangshu BL-27

Xiaochangshu BL-27

At the level of the 1st posterior sacral foramen, 1.5 cun lateral to the posterior midline.

Ciliao BL-32

Ciliao BL-32

In the 2nd posterior sacral foramen, about midway between the posterior superior iliac spine (PSIS) and the midline.

Zhongliao BL-33

Zhongliao BL-33

In the 3rd posterior sacral foramen, between the posterior superior iliac spine and the midline.

Xialiao BL-34

Xialiao BL-34

In the 4th posterior sacral foramen, between the posterior superior iliac spine and the midline.

Huiyang BL-35

Huiyang BL-35

On either side of the coccyx tip, 0.5 cun lateral to the posterior midline.

Yanggang BL-48

Yanggang BL-48

3 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous process of the 10th thoracic vertebra (T10).

Yishe BL-49

Yishe BL-49

3 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous process of the 11th thoracic vertebra (T11).

Yingchuang ST-16

Yingchuang ST-16

In the 3nd intercostal space, on the mammillary line, 4 cun lateral to the anterior midline.

Liangmen ST-21

Liangmen ST-21

4 cun above the umbilicus and 2 cun lateral to the anterior midline.

Taiyi ST-23

Taiyi ST-23

2 cun above the umbilicus, 2 cun lateral to the anterior midline.

Tianshu ST-25

Tianshu ST-25

2 cun lateral to the center of the umbilicus.

Zusanli ST-36

Zusanli ST-36

3 cun below Dubi ST-35, one finger breadth lateral to the anterior crest of the tibia, on the tibialis anterior muscle.

Shangjuxu ST-37

Shangjuxu ST-37

6 cun below Dubi ST-35, on finger-breadth from the anterior crest of the tibia.

Xiajuxu ST-39

Xiajuxu ST-39

9 cun below Dubi ST-35, about one middle finger-width lateral to the anterior crest of the tibia.

Neiting ST-44

Neiting ST-44

Between the 2nd and the 3rd toes, proximal to the interdigital fold.

Fuliu KID-7

Fuliu KID-7

2 cun directly above Taixi KID-3, on the anterior border of Achilles tendon.

Jiaoxin KID-8

Jiaoxin KID-8

2 cun above Taixi KID-3, 0.5 cun anterior to Fuliu KID-7, posterior to the medial border of tibia.

Qixue KID-13

Qixue KID-13

3 cun below the umbilicus, 0.5 cun lateral to the anterior midline.

Zhongzhu KID-15

Zhongzhu KID-15

1 cun below the umbilicus, 0.5 cun lateral to the anterior midline.

Huangshu KID-16

Huangshu KID-16

0.5 cun lateral to the center of the umbilicus.

Shangqu KID-17

Shangqu KID-17

2 cun above the umbilicus, 0.5 cun lateral to the anterior midline.

Futonggu KID-20

Futonggu KID-20

5 cun above the umbilicus, 0.5 cun lateral to the anterior midline.

Youmen KID-21

Youmen KID-21

6 cun above the umbilicus and 2 cun below the sternocostal angle, 0.5 cun lateral to the anterior midline.

Guanyuan REN-4

Guanyuan REN-4

On the midline of the abdomen, 3 cun below the umbilicus.

Shimen REN-5

Shimen REN-5

On the midline of the abdomen, 2 cun below the umbilicus.

Qihai REN-6

Qihai REN-6

On the midline of the abdomen, 1.5 cun below the umbilicus.

Shenque REN-8

Shenque REN-8

In the center of the umbilicus.

Zhongwan REN-12

Zhongwan REN-12

On the midline of the abdomen, 4 cun above the umbilicus and 4 cun below the sternocostal angle.

Sanjian LI-3

Sanjian LI-3

Located on the radial side of the index finger, in the depression proximal to the head of the 2nd metacarpal bone.

Xialian LI-8

Xialian LI-8

When a fist is made, with the ulnar side downward and elbow flexed, the point is 4 cun distal to Quchi LI-11 of the line joining Yangxi LI-5 and Quchi LI-11.

Shousanli LI-10

Shousanli LI-10

When a fist is made, with the ulnar side downward and elbow flexed, the point is 2 cun distal to Quchi LI-11 of the line joining Yangxi LI-5 and Quchi LI-11.

Quchi LI-11

Quchi LI-11

When the elbow is flexed, Quchi LI-11 is in the depression at the lateral end of the cubital crease, midway between Chize LU-5 and the lateral epicondyle of the humerus.

Changqiang Du-1

Changqiang Du-1

Midway between the tip of the coccyx and the anus.

Xuanshu DU-5

Xuanshu DU-5

On the back midline, in the depression below the spinous process of the 1st lumber vertebra. (L1)

Jizhong DU-6

Jizhong DU-6

On the back midline, in the depression below the spinous process of the 11th thoracic vertebra (T11).

Sanjiaojiu EX-CA

Sanjiaojiu EX-CA

This is a group of three points on the lower abdomen. They form an equilateral triangle with Shenque REN-8 (the umbilicus) as the apex.

Zhixie EX-CA

Zhixie EX-CA

On the anterior midline, 2.5 cun inferior to the umbilicus.

Qizhongsibian EX-CA

Qizhongsibian EX-CA

This is a group of 4 points, 1 cun lateral, superior and inferior to the center of the umbilicus. The superior point corresponds to Shuifen REN-9, while the inferior one corresponds to Yinjiao REN-7.

Jingmen GB-25

Jingmen GB-25

On the lateral side of the abdomen, on the lower border of the free end of the 12th rib.

Huantiao GB-30

Huantiao GB-30

At the junction of the middle and lateral third of the distance between the great trochanter and Yaoshu DU-2 of the hiatus of the sacrum. When locating the point, put the patient in lateral recumbent position with the thigh flexed.

Qimai TB-18

Qimai TB-18

In the center of the mastoid process, at the junction of the middle and lower third of the curve formed by Yifeng TB-17 and Jiaosun TB-20 posterior to the helix.

Zhangmen LIV-13

Zhangmen LIV-13

On the lateral side of the abdomen, below the free end of the 11th rib.

Sifeng EX-UE-10

Sifeng EX-UE-10

This is a group of 4 points of each hand. On the palmar side of the 2nd to the 5th fingers, at the midpoint of the transverse creases of the proximal interphalangeal joints (PIP).