Esophageal strictures according to Chinese Medicine

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In Chinese Medicine, esophageal strictures is sometimes associated with Qi-Phlegm, a so-called "patterns of disharmony". Chinese Medicine sees the body as a system, not a sum of isolated parts. A "pattern" is when the system's harmony is disrupted. It is not equivalent to the Western concept of "disease" because both concepts arise from totally different ways of seeing the human body.

To understand whether someone's esophageal strictures might be caused by the pattern Qi-Phlegm, one needs to look for signs and symptoms associated with the pattern beyond what one might typically experience from esophageal strictures alone. Indeed if esophageal strictures is caused by Qi-Phlegm, patients also experience symptoms such as difficulty swallowing, feeling of a lump in the throat which comes and goes and stuffiness of chest and diaphragm. Similarly, patients with Qi-Phlegm typically exhibit slippery (Hua) or wiry (Xian) pulses as well as a tongue with thick white coating.

We've listed below a more detailed description of Qi-Phlegm so that you can have a better understanding of where esophageal strictures might find its root according to Chinese Medicine.

Once identified, patterns are often treated using herbal formulas. Drinking herbal infusions is the most common remedy in Chinese Medicine, together with acupuncture. Here we detail below Ban Xia Hou Pu Tang, a formula that can help treat Qi-Phlegm.

Qi-Phlegm, a "pattern of disharmony" associated with esophageal strictures

Crow-Dipper Rhizomes (Ban Xia) is the key herb for Ban Xia Hou Pu Tang, a formula used for Qi-Phlegm

Qi-Phlegm

Pulse type(s): Slippery (Hua), Wiry (Xian)

Tongue coating: Thick white coating

Recommended herbal formula: Ban Xia Hou Pu Tang

Symptoms: Difficulty swallowing Stuffiness of chest and diaphragm Feeling of a lump in the throat which comes and goes

Esophageal strictures might be due to Qi-Phlegm if the condition is paired with typical pattern symptoms such as difficulty swallowing, feeling of a lump in the throat which comes and goes and stuffiness of chest and diaphragm. Similarly, patients with Qi-Phlegm typically exhibit slippery (Hua) or wiry (Xian) pulses as well as a tongue with thick white coating.

Read more about Qi-Phlegm here

Ban Xia Hou Pu Tang, a herbal formula that might help with esophageal strictures

Ban Xia Hou Pu Tang

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 5 herbs

Key actions: Regulates the flow of Qi, treats esophageal spasm. Clears Phlegm.

Why might Ban Xia Hou Pu Tang help with esophageal strictures?

Because it is a formula often recommended to help treat Qi-Phlegm, a pattern sometimes associated with esophageal strictures. If it looks like you might suffer from Qi-Phlegm, this formula might help (although please seek confirmation with a professional practitioner beforehand).

Read more about Ban Xia Hou Pu Tang here

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