Dislike of pressure on epigastric area

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Dislike of pressure on epigastric area 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 dislike of pressure on epigastric area 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 dislike of pressure on epigastric area is often associated with bloody stools in the pattern “Blood Stasis in the Stomach”.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of dislike of pressure on epigastric area we’ve identified two herbal formulas that may help treat patterns behind the symptom.

We’ve also selected below the five medicinal herbs that we think are most likely to help treat dislike of pressure on epigastric area.

Blood Stasis in the Stomach, a "pattern of disharmony" that can cause dislike of pressure on epigastric area

In Chinese Medicine dislike of pressure on epigastric area is a symptom for the pattern "Blood Stasis in the Stomach". Below is a small explanation for it with links for more details.

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

Blood Stasis in the Stomach

Pulse type(s): Wiry (Xian)

In addition to dislike of pressure on epigastric area, other symptoms associated with Blood Stasis in the Stomach include bloody stools.

Blood Stasis in the Stomach is often treated with Shi Xiao San, a herbal formula made of 2 herbs (including Cattail Pollen - Pu Huang - as a key herb). Shi Xiao San 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: "Invigorates Blood".

Read more about Blood Stasis in the Stomach here

Two herbal formulas that might help with dislike of pressure on epigastric area

Shi Xiao San

Source date: 1108 AD

Number of ingredients: 2 herbs

Key actions: Invigorates Blood. Dispels Blood Stagnation. Eases pain.

Why might Shi Xiao San help with dislike of pressure on epigastric area?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Blood Stasis in the Stomach' of which dislike of pressure on epigastric area is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Blood Stasis In The Stomach include bloody stools.

Read more about Shi Xiao San here

Ge Xia Zhu Yu Tang

Source date: 1830 AD

Number of ingredients: 12 herbs

Key actions: Invigorates Blood. Eliminates Blood Stagnation below the diaphragm. Stops pain. Promotes Qi movement.

Why might Ge Xia Zhu Yu Tang help with dislike of pressure on epigastric area?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Blood Stasis in the Stomach' of which dislike of pressure on epigastric area is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Blood Stasis In The Stomach include bloody stools.

Read more about Ge Xia Zhu Yu Tang here

The five Chinese Medicinal herbs most likely to help treat dislike of pressure on epigastric area

Why might Flying Squirrel Faeces (Wu Ling Zhi) help with dislike of pressure on epigastric area?

Because Flying Squirrel Faeces is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat dislike of pressure on epigastric area as a symptom, like Shi Xiao San or Ge Xia Zhu Yu Tang for instance.

Flying Squirrel Faeces is a Warm herb that tastes Bitter and Sweet. It targets the Spleen and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Disperses congealed Blood in the lower abdomen and uterus and relieves pain. Promotes childhood nutrition with Cold Stagnation and focal abdominal swelling.

Read more about Flying Squirrel Faeces here

Why might Safflower (Hong Hua) help with dislike of pressure on epigastric area?

Because it is a key herb in Ge Xia Zhu Yu Tang, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Blood Stasis in the Stomach' (a pattern with dislike of pressure on epigastric area as a symptom)

Safflowers is a Warm herb that tastes Pungent. It targets the Heart and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Moves Stagnant Blood and regulates menses. Relieves pain caused by Blood Stasis.

Read more about Safflowers here

Why might Cattail Pollen (Pu Huang) help with dislike of pressure on epigastric area?

Because it is a key herb in Shi Xiao San, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Blood Stasis in the Stomach' (a pattern with dislike of pressure on epigastric area as a symptom)

Cattail Pollen is a Neutral herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Spleen, the Heart, the Liver and the Pericardium.

Its main actions are: Stops bleeding by Cooling pathogenic Heat. Moves Blood and relieves Blood Stagnation.

Read more about Cattail Pollen here

Why might Szechuan Lovage Root (Chuan Xiong) help with dislike of pressure on epigastric area?

Because it is a key herb in Ge Xia Zhu Yu Tang, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Blood Stasis in the Stomach' (a pattern with dislike of pressure on epigastric area as a symptom)

Szechuan Lovage Roots is a Warm herb that tastes Pungent. It targets the Gallbladder, the Liver and the Pericardium.

Its main actions are: Regulates and moves the Blood. Relieves Wind-Cold and pain. Circulates the Qi in the Upper Burner, relieving headaches.

Read more about Szechuan Lovage Roots here

Why might Peach Kernel (Tao Ren) help with dislike of pressure on epigastric area?

Because it is a key herb in Ge Xia Zhu Yu Tang, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Blood Stasis in the Stomach' (a pattern with dislike of pressure on epigastric area as a symptom)

Peach Kernels is a Neutral herb that tastes Bitter and Sweet. It targets the Heart, the Large intestine and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Moves Blood and breaks up Stasis. Moistens the Intestines. Relieves coughing.

Read more about Peach Kernels here

Other symptoms often associated with dislike of pressure on epigastric area

Bloody stools