Rebellious Stomach Qi

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At a glance

Key attributes

Chinese name: 胃气上逆      Pinyin name: Wèi Qì Shàng Nì

Pattern nature: Full

Pattern hierarchy: Specific pattern under Rebellious Qi

Causes

Precursor patterns: Rebellious Liver Qi Food Stagnation in the Stomach Dampness in the Gallbladder

Common causes: 1. Bad eating habits, 2. Emotional stress

Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Nausea Belching Vomiting Hiccuping Difficulty swallowing

Pulse type(s): Tight (Jin), Wiry (Xian)

Tongue description: Normal

Treatment

Treatment principle: Subdue Rebellious Qi, stimulate the descending of Stomach Qi.

Common formulas: Ding Xiang Shi Di Tang Huo Xiang Zheng Qi San Ban Xia Hou Pu Tang

Pathology

When the Qi of the Stomach is obstructed or interfered with it "rebels", meaning it ascends rather than descends.

It results in symptoms such as vomiting, nausea, belching and hiccups.

This frequently appears with other patterns, such as Stomach Fire, Stomach Qi Stagnation or Cold invading the Stomach

Causes

Precursor patterns: Rebellious Stomach Qi can derive from Rebellious Liver Qi Food Stagnation in the Stomach Dampness in the Gallbladder

Bad eating habits: Bad eating habits such as eating in a hurry, working while eating, eating while stressed or upset or eating standing up can all lead to this pattern

Emotional stress: Anger, frustration and resentment are all emotions that affect the Stomach (as well as the Liver) and may, if prolonged or particularly intense, lead to this pattern.

Diagnosing Rebellious Stomach Qi

Pulse type(s): Tight (Jin) or wiry (Xian)

Tongue description: Normal

Main symptoms: Nausea Belching Vomiting Hiccuping Difficulty swallowing

Diagnosis commentary: Nausea and belching are the key characteristic symptoms of this pattern.

Treating Rebellious Stomach Qi

Treatment principle

Subdue Rebellious Qi, stimulate the descending of Stomach Qi.

Herbal formulas used to treat Rebellious Stomach Qi

Ban Xia Hou Pu Tang

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 5 herbs

Key actions: Regulates the flow of Qi, treats esophageal spasm. Clears Phlegm.

Formula summary

Ban Xia Hou Pu Tang is a 5-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula. Invented in 220 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that promote Qi movement.

Besides Rebellious Stomach Qi, Ban Xia Hou Pu Tang is also used to treat Stomach Qi Stagnation or Heart Qi Stagnation.

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Huo Xiang Zheng Qi San

Source date: 1107 AD

Number of ingredients: 11 herbs

Key actions: Releases the Exterior. Transforms Dampness. Regulates Qi. Harmonizes the Middle Burner.

Formula summary

Huo Xiang Zheng Qi San is a 11-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula. Invented in 1107 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that transform Dampness and harmonize Stomach.

Besides Rebellious Stomach Qi, Huo Xiang Zheng Qi San is also used to treat Cold invading the Stomach or Damp-Heat.

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Ding Xiang Shi Di Tang

Source date: 1706 AD

Number of ingredients: 4 herbs

Key actions: Augments the Qi. Warms the Middle Burner. Directs Rebellious Qi downward. Stops hiccup.

Formula summary

Ding Xiang Shi Di Tang is a 4-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula. Invented in 1706 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas for a rebellious Qi.

Besides Rebellious Stomach Qi, Ding Xiang Shi Di Tang is also used to treat Rebellious Liver Qi invading the Stomach.

Read more about Ding Xiang Shi Di Tang

Diet recommendations

Try to adopt good eating habits: take time to eat, don't work and stand up while eating and generally try to be in a relaxed mood during your meals.

Consequence patterns

Rebellious Lung Qi

When Stomach Qi rebels upwards, it disturb the normal circulating and descending of Lung Qi.