Symptom family: Digestive Disturbances
Gastric neurosis, also known as nervous dyspepsia or a nervous stomach, is a condition characterized by various gastrointestinal symptoms driven primarily by psychological factors such as stress or anxiety. Unlike other digestive disorders where physical abnormalities are evident, gastric neurosis manifests through symptoms like abdominal pain, bloating, and discomfort without any identifiable physical cause. The condition often correlates with emotional states and mental well-being, indicating a significant psychosomatic component in its development and manifestation.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) approaches gastric neurosis through a holistic lens, viewing it as an imbalance between the body’s physical and emotional aspects.
According to TCM, gastric neurosis arises from disharmonies within the body's energy systems, particularly involving the liver and spleen. This imbalance disrupts the flow of Qi (vital energy) and can lead to symptoms of nervous dyspepsia. TCM treatments focus on restoring balance and harmony to these energy systems.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) attributes gastric neurosis to imbalances like Damp and Phlegm, particularly seen in patterns such as Damp-Phlegm in the Uterus or Damp-Cold. These conditions, characterized by an accumulation of Dampness and Phlegm, disrupt digestive processes.
Another key cause identified in TCM is Liver-Spleen disharmony, encompassing Liver Blood Stagnation, Liver Qi Deficiency, or Rebellious Liver Qi invading the Spleen. This is often a result of emotional stress impacting liver function and, consequently, the spleen's digestive capabilities. These approaches in TCM aim to holistically restore internal balance.
In treating gastric neurosis, TCM employs specific herbal formulas tailored to the underlying patterns of disharmony. For Damp-Phlegm in the Uterus and Damp-Cold patterns, Wei Ling Tang, featuring Water plantain (Ze Xie) as a key ingredient, is often used. This formula expels dampness and promotes the proper functioning of the spleen and stomach.
Another important formula is Xiao Yao San, which includes Bupleurum Roots (Chai Hu). It's particularly effective for patterns like Liver Blood Stagnation and Rebellious Liver Qi invading the Spleen, harmonizing liver-spleen function and addressing the emotional components of the disorder. These formulas showcase TCM’s comprehensive approach to addressing both the physical and emotional aspects of gastric neurosis.
Explore below some TCM herbal formulas used to address gastric neurosis, organized by formula type.
Explore below some TCM herbs used to address gastric neurosis, organized by herb category.
Gastric neurosis can be treated by these herbs if it stems from damp accumulation, especially in the digestive system, using aromatic properties to transform and dispel dampness.
Gastric neurosis can be treated by these herbs when the body needs to harmonize with external environmental changes, particularly when there's a need to expel pathogenic factors like wind or cold without overly cooling the body.