The information provided here is not a replacement for a doctor. You shouldn't use it for the purpose of self-diagnosing or self-medicating but rather so you can have a more informed discussion with a professional TCM practitioner.
The symptoms, such as the twisting abdominal pain with distension, are due to Qi Stagnation preventing the smooth flow of Liver Qi and the transformation of Fluids by the Small Intestine.
The Small Intestine is a so-called "Fu" Organ. Learn more about the Small Intestine in Chinese Medicine
Pulse type(s): Deep (Chen) or wiry (Xian)
Tongue description: White coating
Diagnosing a pattern in Chinese Medicine is no easy feat and should be left to professional practitioners.
In particular one has to know how to differentiate between different types of pulses and tongue coatings, shapes and colors. Here patients with Small Intestine Qi Pain will tend to exhibit deep (Chen) or wiry (Xian) pulses.
Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Small Intestine Qi Pain might experience symptoms like lower abdominal twisting pain, abdominal distension, dislike of pressure on the abdomen and borborygmi (full list here above).
Source date: 1602
Number of ingredients: 7 herbs
Key actions: Disperses Stagnant Liver Qi and Blood. Alleviates pain. Harmonizes Blood.
Chai Hu Shu Gan San is a 7-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Bupleurum Roots (Chai Hu) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 1602, it belongs to the category of formulas that promote Qi movement.
Stay clear from cold and raw foods, eat only cooked foods.