Stomach Qi rebelling upwards

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Pattern factsheet

Chinese name: 胃气上逆

Pinyin name: Wèi Qì Shàng Nì

Associated TCM concepts: Stomach Qi

Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Nausea Belching Vomiting Hiccuping Difficulty swallowing

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

Tongue description: Normal

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

Diagnosing Stomach Qi rebelling upwards

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

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

Tongue description: Normal

Possible symptoms: Nausea Belching Vomiting Hiccuping Difficulty swallowing

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 Stomach Qi rebelling upwards will tend to exhibit tight (Jin) or wiry (Xian) pulses.

Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Stomach Qi rebelling upwards might experience symptoms like nausea, difficulty swallowing, belching and vomiting (full list here above).

Herbal formulas used to treat Stomach Qi rebelling upwards

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 with Crow-Dipper Rhizomes (Ban Xia) and Houpu Magnolia Bark (Hou Pu) as principal ingredients. Invented in 220 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that promote Qi movement.

Besides Stomach Qi rebelling upwards, 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 with Korean Mint (Huo Xiang) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 1107 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that transform Dampness and harmonize Stomach.

Besides Stomach Qi rebelling upwards, Huo Xiang Zheng Qi San is also used to treat Damp-Heat or Summer Heat with Dampness.

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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 with Cloves (Ding Xiang) and Persimmon Calyxes (Shi Di) as principal ingredients. Invented in 1706 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas for a rebellious Qi.

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

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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.