Spasm of the gastrocnemius muscle

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In Chinese Medicine, spasm of the gastrocnemius muscle is sometimes associated with Damp-Heat in the Lower Burner, 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 spasm of the gastrocnemius muscle might be caused by the pattern Damp-Heat in the Lower Burner, one needs to look for signs and symptoms associated with the pattern beyond what one might typically experience from spasm of the gastrocnemius muscle alone. Indeed if spasm of the gastrocnemius muscle is caused by Damp-Heat in the Lower Burner, patients also experience symptoms such as scanty and yellow urine, lower back pain, weakness of the lower extremities and red and swollen feet.

We've listed below a more detailed description of Damp-Heat in the Lower Burner so that you can have a better understanding of where spasm of the gastrocnemius muscle 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 Er Miao San, a formula that can help treat Damp-Heat in the Lower Burner.

Damp-Heat in the Lower Burner, a "pattern of disharmony" associated with spasm of the gastrocnemius muscle

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Damp-Heat in the Lower Burner

Spasm of the gastrocnemius muscle might be due to Damp-Heat in the Lower Burner if the condition is paired with typical pattern symptoms such as scanty and yellow urine, lower back pain, weakness of the lower extremities and red and swollen feet.

Read more about Damp-Heat in the Lower Burner here

Er Miao San, a herbal formula that might help with spasm of the gastrocnemius muscle

Er Miao San

Source date: 1481 AD

Number of ingredients: 2 herbs

Key actions: Expels Dampness from the Lower Burner. Drains Heat from the Lower Burner.

Why might Er Miao San help with spasm of the gastrocnemius muscle?

Because it is a formula often recommended to help treat Damp-Heat in the Lower Burner, a pattern sometimes associated with spasm of the gastrocnemius muscle. If it looks like you might suffer from Damp-Heat in the Lower Burner, this formula might help (although please seek confirmation with a professional practitioner beforehand).

Read more about Er Miao San here

Most common herbs used to treat spasm of the gastrocnemius muscle in Chinese Medicine