Large Intestine Qi Stagnation

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At a glance

Key attributes

Chinese name: 大肠气滞      Pinyin name: Dà Cháng Qì Zhì

Pattern nature: Full

Pattern hierarchy: Specific pattern under Qi Stagnation

Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Anxiety Constipation Bitty stools Abdominal pain Abdominal distension

Pulse type(s): Wiry (Xian)

Tongue description: Normal or slightly red on the sides

Treatment

Treatment principle: Invigorate Qi in the Large Intestine

Common formulas: Chai Hu Shu Gan San

Pathology

The main symptoms of Large Intestine Qi Stagnation are abdominal distension and pain, as Qi fails to circulate properly there. The bitty stools and irritability are also the typical manifestation. 

Diagnosing Large Intestine Qi Stagnation

Pulse type(s): Wiry (Xian)

Tongue description: Normal or slightly red on the sides

Main symptoms: Anxiety Constipation Bitty stools Abdominal pain Abdominal distension

Diagnosis commentary: Key characteristic symptoms of this pattern are the abdominal distension and pain as well as bitty stools.

Treating Large Intestine Qi Stagnation

Treatment principle

Invigorate Qi in the Large Intestine

Herbal formulas used to treat Large Intestine Qi Stagnation

Chai Hu Shu Gan San

Source date: 1602

Number of ingredients: 7 herbs

Key actions: Disperses Stagnant Liver Qi and Blood. Alleviates pain. Harmonizes Blood.

Formula summary

Chai Hu Shu Gan San is a 7-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula. Invented in 1602, it belongs to the category of formulas that promote Qi movement.

Besides Large Intestine Qi Stagnation, Chai Hu Shu Gan San is also used to treat Rebellious Qi or Liver Blood Stagnation.

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