Contraction of the scrotum according to Chinese Medicine

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Contraction of the scrotum 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 contraction of the scrotum 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 contraction of the scrotum is often associated with testicular pain, feeling of cold and cold hands and feet in the pattern “Stagnation of Cold in the Liver Channel”.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of contraction of the scrotum we’ve identified that a herbal formula called Nuan Gan Jian can help treat the patterns behind the symptom.

Stagnation of Cold in the Liver Channel, a "pattern of disharmony" that can cause contraction of the scrotum

In Chinese Medicine contraction of the scrotum is a symptom for the pattern "Stagnation of Cold in the Liver Channel". Below is a small explanation for it with links for more details.

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

Stagnation of Cold in the Liver Channel

Pulse type(s): Deep (Chen), Slow (Chi), Wiry (Xian)

In addition to contraction of the scrotum, other symptoms associated with Stagnation of Cold in the Liver Channel include testicular pain, feeling of cold and cold hands and feet.

Stagnation of Cold in the Liver Channel is often treated with Nuan Gan Jian, a herbal formula made of 8 herbs (including Fennel Seeds - Xiao Hui Xiang - as a key herb). Nuan Gan Jian 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 Liver and Kidneys".

Read more about Stagnation of Cold in the Liver Channel here

A herbal formula that might help with contraction of the scrotum

Nuan Gan Jian

Source date: 1624 AD

Number of ingredients: 8 herbs

Key actions: Warms the Liver and Kidneys. Promotes the movement of Qi. Alleviates pain.

Why might Nuan Gan Jian help with contraction of the scrotum?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Stagnation of Cold in the Liver Channel' of which contraction of the scrotum is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Stagnation Of Cold In The Liver Channel include testicular pain, feeling of cold and cold hands and feet.

Read more about Nuan Gan Jian here

The two Chinese Medicinal herbs most likely to help treat contraction of the scrotum

Why might Cinnamon Bark (Rou Gui) help with contraction of the scrotum?

Because it is a key herb in Nuan Gan Jian, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Stagnation of Cold in the Liver Channel' (a pattern with contraction of the scrotum as a symptom)

Cinnamon Bark is a Hot herb that tastes Pungent and Sweet. It targets the Spleen, the Heart, the Kidney and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Warms the Spleen and Kidneys and tonifies the Yang. Expels Cold, Warms the meridians, promotes circulation of Qi and Blood and relieves pain. Used with tonics to assist in the generation of Qi and Blood.

Read more about Cinnamon Bark here

Why might Fennel Seed (Xiao Hui Xiang) help with contraction of the scrotum?

Because it is a key herb in Nuan Gan Jian, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Stagnation of Cold in the Liver Channel' (a pattern with contraction of the scrotum as a symptom)

Fennel Seeds is a Warm herb that tastes Pungent. It targets the Spleen, the Stomach, the Kidney and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Expels Cold and relieves pain. Regulates Qi of the Stomach.

Read more about Fennel Seeds here

Other symptoms often associated with contraction of the scrotum

Testicular pain Feeling of cold Cold hands and feet Vomiting of clear fluids Shrinking of the vagina