Abdominal pain that worsens with cold

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Abdominal pain that worsens with cold 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 that worsens with cold 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 that worsens with cold is often associated with dizziness, deep aching and heaviness in the extremities and heavy sensation in the head in the pattern “Spleen or Kidney Yang Deficiency”.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of abdominal pain that worsens with cold we’ve identified that a herbal formula called Zhen Wu Tang can help treat the patterns behind the symptom.

Spleen or Kidney Yang Deficiency, a "pattern of disharmony" that can cause abdominal pain that worsens with cold

In Chinese Medicine abdominal pain that worsens with cold is a symptom for the pattern "Spleen or Kidney Yang Deficiency". Below is a small explanation for it with links for more details.

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

Spleen or Kidney Yang Deficiency

Pulse type(s): Deep (Chen), Fine (Xi)

Tongue color: Pale

Tongue shape: Tooth-marked, Swollen

In addition to abdominal pain that worsens with cold, other symptoms associated with Spleen or Kidney Yang Deficiency include dizziness, deep aching and heaviness in the extremities and heavy sensation in the head.

From a Western Medicine standpoint Spleen or Kidney Yang Deficiency is associated with health issues such as Intermenstrual Bleeding.

Spleen or Kidney Yang Deficiency is often treated with Zhen Wu Tang, a herbal formula made of 5 herbs (including Prepared Aconite - Zhi Fu Zi - as a key herb). Zhen Wu Tang belongs to the category of "formulas that warm and transform water and dampness", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Warms and tonifies the Yang and Qi of the Spleen and Kidneys".

Read more about Spleen or Kidney Yang Deficiency here

A herbal formula that might help with abdominal pain that worsens with cold

Zhen Wu Tang

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 5 herbs

Key actions: Warms and tonifies the Yang and Qi of the Spleen and Kidneys. Eliminates Dampness.

Why might Zhen Wu Tang help with abdominal pain that worsens with cold?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Spleen or Kidney Yang Deficiency' of which abdominal pain that worsens with cold is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Spleen Or Kidney Yang Deficiency include dizziness, deep aching and heaviness in the extremities and heavy sensation in the head.

Read more about Zhen Wu Tang here

Prepared aconite might help with abdominal pain that worsens with cold

Why might Prepared Aconite (Zhi Fu Zi) help with abdominal pain that worsens with cold?

Because it is a key herb in Zhen Wu Tang, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Spleen or Kidney Yang Deficiency' (a pattern with abdominal pain that worsens with cold as a symptom)

Prepared Aconite is a Hot herb that tastes Pungent and Sweet. It targets the Spleen, the Heart and the Kidney.

Its main actions are: Raises the collapse of Yang. Warms the meridians and relieves pain caused by Cold. Reduces Damp caused by Deficiency in Yang.

Read more about Prepared Aconite here