Dislike of pressure on the abdomen

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Dislike of pressure on the 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 dislike of pressure on the 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 dislike of pressure on the abdomen is often associated with abdominal distension, borborygmi and flatulence in the pattern “Small Intestine Qi Pain”.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of dislike of pressure on the abdomen we’ve identified that a herbal formula called Chai Hu Shu Gan San can help treat the patterns behind the symptom.

Small Intestine Qi Pain, a "pattern of disharmony" that can cause dislike of pressure on the abdomen

In Chinese Medicine dislike of pressure on the abdomen is a symptom for the pattern "Small Intestine Qi Pain". Below is a small explanation for it with links for more details.

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

Small Intestine Qi Pain

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

In addition to dislike of pressure on the abdomen, other symptoms associated with Small Intestine Qi Pain include abdominal distension, borborygmi and flatulence.

Small Intestine Qi Pain is often treated with Chai Hu Shu Gan San, a herbal formula made of 7 herbs (including Bupleurum Roots - Chai Hu - as a key herb). Chai Hu Shu Gan San 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: "Disperses Stagnant Liver Qi and Blood".

Read more about Small Intestine Qi Pain here

A herbal formula that might help with dislike of pressure on the abdomen

Chai Hu Shu Gan San

Source date: 1602

Number of ingredients: 7 herbs

Key actions: Disperses Stagnant Liver Qi and Blood. Alleviates pain. Harmonizes Blood.

Why might Chai Hu Shu Gan San help with dislike of pressure on the abdomen?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Small Intestine Qi Pain' of which dislike of pressure on the abdomen is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Small Intestine Qi Pain include abdominal distension, borborygmi and flatulence.

Read more about Chai Hu Shu Gan San here

Bupleurum root might help with dislike of pressure on the abdomen

Why might Bupleurum Root (Chai Hu) help with dislike of pressure on the abdomen?

Because it is a key herb in Chai Hu Shu Gan San, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Small Intestine Qi Pain' (a pattern with dislike of pressure on the abdomen as a symptom)

Bupleurum Roots is a Cool herb that tastes Bitter. It targets the Gallbladder and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Harmonizes exterior and interior. Smoothes the Liver and upraises the Yang.

Read more about Bupleurum Roots here

Other symptoms often associated with dislike of pressure on the abdomen

Abdominal distension Borborygmi Flatulence Testicular pain