Abdominal distension according to Chinese Medicine

What is abdominal distension?

This is a condition in which the abdomen feels full and tight because of swelling of the abdomen, usually due to an increased amount of intestinal gas, but occurs sometimes when fluid, substances or mass are accumulating or expanding in the abdomen.

What causes abdominal distension according to TCM?

There are 34 patterns of disharmony in our database that are associated with abdominal distension. TCM sees our body (and mind) as a holistic system in which health issues stem from imbalances, known as "patterns of disharmony". These patterns can manifest in a wide range of symptoms and illnesses, such as abdominal distension here.

Most of the patterns associated with abdominal distension are "Full" (also called "Excess") in nature. This means that according to TCM abdominal distension is more likely to be an acute condition, caused by an excess of pathological factors or substances that overwhelm the body's defensive capabilities.

In this case, the most common of these excesses is Qi Stagnation, behind 5 patterns associated with abdominal distension. Other excesses or pathogenic factors which might contribute to abdominal distension include "Rebellious Qi", "Phlegm" and "Heat".

For more details on the underlying causes and patterns behind abdominal distension, refer to this comprehensive page on the subject.

Herbal formulas used in TCM for abdominal distension

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Individual herbs used in TCM for abdominal distension

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Acupuncture and acupressure points for abdominal distension

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TCM dietary and lifestyle recommendations that might help with abdominal distension

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