Incomplete pyloric obstruction

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In Chinese Medicine, incomplete pyloric obstruction is sometimes associated with Stomach Qi Deficiency with Phelgm, 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 incomplete pyloric obstruction might be caused by the pattern Stomach Qi Deficiency with Phelgm, one needs to look for signs and symptoms associated with the pattern beyond what one might typically experience from incomplete pyloric obstruction alone. Indeed if incomplete pyloric obstruction is caused by Stomach Qi Deficiency with Phelgm, patients also experience symptoms such as unremitting belching, hiccuping, regurgitation and nausea or vomiting. Similarly, patients with Stomach Qi Deficiency with Phelgm typically exhibit empty (Xu) or wiry (Xian) pulses as well as a tongue with thick white coating.

We've listed below a more detailed description of Stomach Qi Deficiency with Phelgm so that you can have a better understanding of where incomplete pyloric obstruction 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 Xuan Fu Dai Zhe Tang, a formula that can help treat Stomach Qi Deficiency with Phelgm.

Stomach Qi Deficiency with Phelgm, a "pattern of disharmony" associated with incomplete pyloric obstruction

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Stomach Qi Deficiency with Phelgm

Pulse type(s): Empty (Xu), Wiry (Xian)

Tongue coating: Thick white coating

Recommended herbal formula: Xuan Fu Dai Zhe Tang

Symptoms: Hiccuping Regurgitation Nausea or vomiting Unremitting belching Hard epigastric focal distention

Incomplete pyloric obstruction might be due to Stomach Qi Deficiency with Phelgm if the condition is paired with typical pattern symptoms such as unremitting belching, hiccuping, regurgitation and nausea or vomiting. Similarly, patients with Stomach Qi Deficiency with Phelgm typically exhibit empty (Xu) or wiry (Xian) pulses as well as a tongue with thick white coating.

Read more about Stomach Qi Deficiency with Phelgm here

Xuan Fu Dai Zhe Tang, a herbal formula that might help with incomplete pyloric obstruction

Xuan Fu Dai Zhe Tang

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 7 herbs

Key actions: Regulates the downward flow of Stomach Qi. Expectorant, treats hiccups.

Why might Xuan Fu Dai Zhe Tang help with incomplete pyloric obstruction?

Because it is a formula often recommended to help treat Stomach Qi Deficiency with Phelgm, a pattern sometimes associated with incomplete pyloric obstruction. If it looks like you might suffer from Stomach Qi Deficiency with Phelgm, this formula might help (although please seek confirmation with a professional practitioner beforehand).

Read more about Xuan Fu Dai Zhe Tang here

Most common herbs used to treat incomplete pyloric obstruction in Chinese Medicine