Functional stomach disorders according to Chinese Medicine

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In Chinese Medicine, functional stomach disorders is sometimes associated with Phlegm-Fluids in the hypochondrium, 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 functional stomach disorders might be caused by the pattern Phlegm-Fluids in the hypochondrium, one needs to look for signs and symptoms associated with the pattern beyond what one might typically experience from functional stomach disorders alone. Indeed if functional stomach disorders is caused by Phlegm-Fluids in the hypochondrium, patients also experience symptoms such as palpitations and dizziness or vertigo. Similarly, patients with Phlegm-Fluids in the hypochondrium typically exhibit slippery (Hua), soggy (Ru) or wiry (Xian) pulses as well as a pale tongue with thick white coating.

We've listed below a more detailed description of Phlegm-Fluids in the hypochondrium so that you can have a better understanding of where functional stomach disorders 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 Ling Gui Zhu Gan Tang, a formula that can help treat Phlegm-Fluids in the hypochondrium.

Phlegm-Fluids in the hypochondrium, a "pattern of disharmony" associated with functional stomach disorders

Phlegm-Fluids in the hypochondrium

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

Tongue coating: Thick white coating

Tongue color: Pale

Tongue shape: Swollen

Recommended herbal formula: Ling Gui Zhu Gan Tang

Symptoms: Palpitations Dizziness or vertigo

Functional stomach disorders might be due to Phlegm-Fluids in the hypochondrium if the condition is paired with typical pattern symptoms such as palpitations and dizziness or vertigo. Similarly, patients with Phlegm-Fluids in the hypochondrium typically exhibit slippery (Hua), soggy (Ru) or wiry (Xian) pulses as well as a pale tongue with thick white coating.

Read more about Phlegm-Fluids in the hypochondrium here

Ling Gui Zhu Gan Tang, a herbal formula that might help with functional stomach disorders

Ling Gui Zhu Gan Tang

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 4 herbs

Key actions: Warms and transforms Phlegm-Fluids. Strengthens the Spleen. Resolves Dampness.

Why might Ling Gui Zhu Gan Tang help with functional stomach disorders?

Because it is a formula often recommended to help treat Phlegm-Fluids in the hypochondrium, a pattern sometimes associated with functional stomach disorders. If it looks like you might suffer from Phlegm-Fluids in the hypochondrium, this formula might help (although please seek confirmation with a professional practitioner beforehand).

Read more about Ling Gui Zhu Gan Tang here

Symptoms related to functional stomach disorders

Palpitations Dizziness or vertigo

Most common herbs used to treat functional stomach disorders in Chinese Medicine