Stomach Qi Stagnation

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At a glance

Key attributes

Chinese name: 胃气滞      Pinyin name: Wèi Qì Zhì

Pattern nature: Full

Pattern hierarchy: Specific pattern under Qi Stagnation

Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Nausea Belching Vomiting Hiccuping Irritability and two other symptoms

Pulse type(s): Wiry (Xian)

Tongue description: No particular signs on the tongue except that in severe cases it may be Red on the sides in the central section

Treatment

Treatment principle: Invigorate Stomach Qi, remove stagnation, restore the descending of Stomach Qi

Common formulas: Ban Xia Hou Pu Tang Zuo Jin Wan

Pathology

Epigastric distension is the main symptom of Stomach Qi Stagnation.

Since the Stomach is part of the Middle Burner, the Qi Stagnation there disturbs the normal descending of Stomach Qi, which results in belching, nausea, vomiting and hiccups.

Irritability is also due to the Stagnation of Qi.

There won't be much particular signs on the tongue except that in severe cases it may be red on the sides in the central section.

Diagnosing Stomach Qi Stagnation

Pulse type(s): Wiry (Xian)

Tongue description: No particular signs on the tongue except that in severe cases it may be Red on the sides in the central section

Main symptoms: Nausea Belching Vomiting Hiccuping Irritability Epigastric pain Epigastric distension

Diagnosis commentary: Key characteristic symptoms of this pattern are the epigastric distension, belching and irritability.

Treating Stomach Qi Stagnation

Treatment principle

Invigorate Stomach Qi, remove stagnation, restore the descending of Stomach Qi

Herbal formulas used to treat Stomach Qi Stagnation

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

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Zuo Jin Wan

Source date: 1481 AD

Number of ingredients: 2 herbs

Key actions: Clears Liver Heat. Directs Rebellious Qi downward. Stops vomiting.

Formula summary

Zuo Jin Wan is a 2-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula. Invented in 1481 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that clear Heat.

Besides Stomach Qi Stagnation, Zuo Jin Wan is also used to treat Liver Qi Stagnation invading the Stomach.

Read more about Zuo Jin Wan

Diet recommendations

If you have bad eating habits (such as eating in a hurry, working while eating, or eating standing up), change them as they worsen this pattern.

Also work on your emotions (particularly anger, frustration and resentment) as they're also a key source for this pattern.