Ulcers according to Chinese Medicine

Ulcers factsheet

Possible causes and remedies:

In Chinese Medicine, ulcers can be associated with three 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", as a matter of fact here ulcers can be caused by three different patterns.

To understand whether someone's ulcers might be caused by a given pattern, one needs to look for signs and symptoms associated with the pattern beyond what one might typically experience from ulcers alone. For instance when ulcers is caused by the pattern Lung Qi Deficiency, patients also experience symptoms such as shortness of breath, weak voice and aversion to speak.

We've listed below a description of the three patterns associated with ulcers so that you can start to get an understanding of the various possibilities 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 Ba Zhen Tang, a formula that can help treat the patterns Lung Qi Deficiency, Spleen Qi Deficiency and Blood and Qi Deficiency.

The three "patterns of disharmony" associated with ulcers

The Lungs is a so-called "Zang" Organ. Learn more about the Lungs in Chinese Medicine

Lung Qi Deficiency

Recommended herbal formula: Ba Zhen Tang

Symptoms: Weak voice Aversion to speak Shortness of breath

Ulcers might be due to Lung Qi Deficiency if the condition is paired with typical pattern symptoms such as shortness of breath, weak voice and aversion to speak.

Read more about Lung Qi Deficiency here

The Spleen is a so-called "Zang" Organ. Learn more about the Spleen in Chinese Medicine

Spleen Qi Deficiency

Recommended herbal formula: Ba Zhen Tang

Symptoms: Weak Limbs Poor appetite

Ulcers might be due to Spleen Qi Deficiency if the condition is paired with typical pattern symptoms such as poor appetite and weak limbs.

Read more about Spleen Qi Deficiency here

Ginseng (Ren Shen) is the key herb for Ba Zhen Tang, a formula used for Blood and Qi Deficiency

Blood and Qi Deficiency

Recommended herbal formula: Ba Zhen Tang

Symptoms: Vertigo Pale face Pale lips Pale tongue Palpitations

Ulcers might be due to Blood and Qi Deficiency if the condition is paired with typical pattern symptoms such as palpitations, vertigo, pale face and pale lips.

Read more about Blood and Qi Deficiency here

Ba Zhen Tang, a herbal formula that might help with ulcers

Ba Zhen Tang

Source date: 1326 AD

Number of ingredients: 10 herbs

Key actions: Tonifies and augments Qi. Tonifies and augments Blood.

Why might Ba Zhen Tang help with ulcers?

Because it is a formula often recommended to help with the patterns Lung Qi Deficiency, Spleen Qi Deficiency and Blood and Qi Deficiency which are sometimes associated with ulcers. If any of these patterns look like something you might suffer from, this formula might help (although please seek confirmation with a professional practitioner beforehand).

Read more about Ba Zhen Tang here

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