Abdominal pain after childbirth

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Abdominal pain after childbirth can be the consequence of several so-called “patterns of disharmony” in Chinese Medicine.

Chinese Medicine sees the body as a system, not a sum of isolated parts. A "pattern" is when the system's harmony is disrupted, leading to symptoms or signs that something is wrong (like abdominal pain after childbirth here). It is similar to the concept of disease in Western Medicine but not quite: a Western disease can often be explained by several Chinese patterns and vice-versa.

A pattern often manifests itself in a combination of symptoms that, at first glance, do not seem necessarily related to each others. For instance here abdominal pain after childbirth is often associated with painful period, infertility and late period in the pattern “Full Cold in the Directing and Penetraing Vessels”.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of abdominal pain after childbirth we’ve identified that a herbal formula called Wen Jing Tang can help treat the patterns behind the symptom.

Full Cold in the Directing and Penetraing Vessels, a "pattern of disharmony" that can cause abdominal pain after childbirth

In Chinese Medicine abdominal pain after childbirth is a symptom for the pattern "Full Cold in the Directing and Penetraing Vessels". Below is a small explanation for it with links for more details.

Full Cold in the Directing and Penetraing Vessels

Pulse type(s): Deep (Chen), Slow (Chi), Tight (Jin)

Tongue color: Bluish-Purple, Pale

In addition to abdominal pain after childbirth, other symptoms associated with Full Cold in the Directing and Penetraing Vessels include painful period, infertility and late period.

Full Cold in the Directing and Penetraing Vessels is often treated with Wen Jing Tang, a herbal formula made of 12 herbs (including Cinnamon Twigs - Gui Zhi - as a key herb). Wen Jing Tang belongs to the category of "formulas that invigorate blood and dispel blood stagnation", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Warms the Uterus and vessels".

Read more about Full Cold in the Directing and Penetraing Vessels here

A herbal formula that might help with abdominal pain after childbirth

Wen Jing Tang

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 12 herbs

Key actions: Warms the Uterus and vessels. Nourishes Blood. Dispels Cold. Dispels Blood Stagnation.

Why might Wen Jing Tang help with abdominal pain after childbirth?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Full Cold in the Directing and Penetraing Vessels' of which abdominal pain after childbirth is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Full Cold In The Directing And Penetraing Vessels include painful period, infertility and late period.

Read more about Wen Jing Tang here

The two Chinese Medicinal herbs most likely to help treat abdominal pain after childbirth

Why might Evodia Fruit (Wu Zhu Yu) help with abdominal pain after childbirth?

Because it is a key herb in Wen Jing Tang, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Full Cold in the Directing and Penetraing Vessels' (a pattern with abdominal pain after childbirth as a symptom)

Evodia Fruits is a Hot herb that tastes Bitter and Pungent. It targets the Spleen, the Stomach, the Kidney and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Warms the Spleen, expels Cold, relieves pain and helps the Liver. Directs Rebellious Qi downward

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Why might Cinnamon Twig (Gui Zhi) help with abdominal pain after childbirth?

Because it is a key herb in Wen Jing Tang, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Full Cold in the Directing and Penetraing Vessels' (a pattern with abdominal pain after childbirth as a symptom)

Cinnamon Twigs is a Warm herb that tastes Pungent and Sweet. It targets the Spleen, the Heart and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Adjusts the nutritive Ying and defensive Wei Qi. Relieves the Exterior through sweating. Warms and disperses Cold. Removes obstruction of Yang. Promotes the circulation of Yang Qi in the chest. Regulates and moves blood.

Read more about Cinnamon Twigs here