Damp-Heat in the Stomach

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At a glance

Key attributes

Chinese name: 胃湿热      Pinyin name: Wèi Shī Rè

Pattern nature: Full

Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Nausea Facial pain Blocked nose Epigastric pain Feeling of heat and six other symptoms

Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu), Slippery (Hua)

Tongue description: Red with sticky yellow coating

Treatment

Treatment principle: Resolve Dampness, clear Heat, restore the descending of Stomach Qi.

Common formulas: Lian Po Yin

Pathology

In this pattern Dampness obstructs the Stomach, which prevents the descending of Stomach Qi and causes nausea and a feeling of fullness of the epigastrium.

The Stomach Channel connects to the face so the Dampness also leads to the symptoms of facial pain, blocked nose and thick nasal discharge. Viewed from a Western medicine standpoint, this pattern is a common cause of chronic sinusitis.

The feeling of heaviness is also caused by Dampness which obstructs the muscles. 

The Heat dimension of the pattern causes thirst but the obstruction of the Middle Burner (where the Stomach is located) by Dampness makes the patient reluctant to drink. This is a somewhat counter-intuitive symptom but one commonly reported by patients suffering from this pattern.

Diagnosing Damp-Heat in the Stomach

Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu) or slippery (Hua)

Tongue description: Red with sticky yellow coating

Main symptoms: Nausea Facial pain Blocked nose Epigastric pain Feeling of heat Epigastrium fullness Feeling of heaviness Thick nasal discharge Dull-yellow complexion Sticky taste in the mouth Thirst without a desire to drink

Diagnosis commentary: Epigastric fullness, nausea and a sticky yellow tongue coating are enough in and of themselves to diagnose Damp-Heat in the Stomach. Together with the feeling of heaviness they constitute this pattern's key symptoms.

Treating Damp-Heat in the Stomach

Treatment principle

Resolve Dampness, clear Heat, restore the descending of Stomach Qi.

Herbal formulas used to treat Damp-Heat in the Stomach

Lian Po Yin

Source date: 1862 AD

Number of ingredients: 7 herbs

Key actions: Clears Heat. Transforms Dampness. Regulates Qi. Harmonizes the Middle Burner.

Formula summary

Lian Po Yin is a 7-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula. Invented in 1862 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that clear Heat and expel dampness.

Besides Damp-Heat in the Stomach, Lian Po Yin is also used to treat Damp-Heat invading the Spleen or Damp-Heat.

Read more about Lian Po Yin

Diet recommendations

Favor a diet free of dairy and fried and/or greasy foods. In general since there is Heat, ensure your diet has a higher concentration of cold-natured ingredients.