Cold sensation in abdomen according to Chinese Medicine

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Cold sensation in abdomen 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 cold sensation in abdomen 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 cold sensation in abdomen is often associated with feeling of cold, abdominal pain and diarrhea in the pattern “Cold invading the Large Intestine”. As you will see below, we have in record two patterns that can cause cold sensation in abdomen.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of cold sensation in abdomen we’ve identified two herbal formulas that may help treat patterns behind the symptom.

We’ve also selected below the four medicinal herbs that we think are most likely to help treat cold sensation in abdomen.

The two "patterns of disharmony" that can cause cold sensation in abdomen

In Chinese Medicine cold sensation in abdomen is a symptom for 2 patterns that we have on record. Below is a small explanation for each of them with links for more details.

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

Cold invading the Large Intestine

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

In addition to cold sensation in abdomen, other symptoms associated with Cold invading the Large Intestine include feeling of cold, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Cold invading the Large Intestine is often treated with Liang Fu Wan, a herbal formula made of 2 herbs (including Lesser Galangal Rhizomes - Gao Liang jiang - as a key herb). Liang Fu Wan belongs to the category of "formulas that promote qi movement", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Warms the Middle Burner".

Read more about Cold invading the Large Intestine here

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 cold sensation in abdomen, 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

Two herbal formulas that might help with cold sensation in abdomen

Liang Fu Wan

Source date: 1842 AD

Number of ingredients: 2 herbs

Key actions: Warms the Middle Burner. Dispels Cold. Promotes the movement of Qi. Alleviates Pain.

Why might Liang Fu Wan help with cold sensation in abdomen?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Cold invading the Large Intestine' of which cold sensation in abdomen is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Cold Invading The Large Intestine include feeling of cold, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Read more about Liang Fu Wan here

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 cold sensation in abdomen?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Full Cold in the Directing and Penetraing Vessels' of which cold sensation in abdomen 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 four Chinese Medicinal herbs most likely to help treat cold sensation in abdomen

Why might Evodia Fruit (Wu Zhu Yu) help with cold sensation in abdomen?

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 cold sensation in abdomen 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

Read more about Evodia Fruits here

Why might Coco-Grass Rhizome (Xiang Fu) help with cold sensation in abdomen?

Because it is a key herb in Liang Fu Wan, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Cold invading the Large Intestine' (a pattern with cold sensation in abdomen as a symptom)

Coco-Grass Rhizomes is a Neutral herb that tastes Bitter, Pungent and Sweet. It targets the Spleen, the Liver and the Sanjiao.

Its main actions are: Unblocks Stagnant Liver Qi and relieves pain. Regulates the Liver and Spleen. Assists the regulation of menses and relieves pain.

Read more about Coco-Grass Rhizomes here

Why might Cinnamon Twig (Gui Zhi) help with cold sensation in abdomen?

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 cold sensation in abdomen 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

Why might Lesser Galangal Rhizome (Gao Liang Jiang) help with cold sensation in abdomen?

Because it is a key herb in Liang Fu Wan, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Cold invading the Large Intestine' (a pattern with cold sensation in abdomen as a symptom)

Lesser Galangal Rhizomes is a Hot herb that tastes Pungent. It targets the Spleen and the Stomach.

Its main actions are: For any conditions of Cold in the Middle Burner where there are symptoms such as pain in the abdominal region, vomiting, diarrhea and chronic inflammation in the digestive tract caused by Cold.

Read more about Lesser Galangal Rhizomes here