Epigastrium discomfort according to Chinese Medicine

Epigastrium discomfort 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 epigastrium discomfort 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 epigastrium discomfort is often associated with poor appetite, weak limbs and loose stools in the pattern “/tcm-education-center/patterns/stomach-and-spleen-qi-deficiency”. As you will see below, we have in record two patterns that can cause epigastrium discomfort.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of epigastrium discomfort we’ve identified three 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 epigastrium discomfort.

The two "patterns of disharmony" that can cause epigastrium discomfort

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

Stomach and Spleen Qi Deficiency

Pulse type(s): Empty (Xu)

In addition to epigastrium discomfort, other symptoms associated with /tcm-education-center/patterns/stomach-and-spleen-qi-deficiency include poor appetite, weak limbs and loose stools.

/tcm-education-center/patterns/stomach-and-spleen-qi-deficiency is often treated with Si Jun Zi Tang, a herbal formula made of 4 herbs (including Ginseng - Ren Shen - as a key herb). Si Jun Zi Tang belongs to the category of "formulas that tonify qi", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Tonifies Qi".

Read more about Stomach and Spleen Qi Deficiency here

Honeysuckle Flowers (Jin Yin Hua) is the king ingredient for Qing Luo Yin, a formula used for /tcm-education-center/patterns/summer-heat

Summer-Heat

Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu), Soggy (Ru)

In addition to epigastrium discomfort, other symptoms associated with /tcm-education-center/patterns/summer-heat include fever, aversion to cold and headaches.

/tcm-education-center/patterns/summer-heat is often treated with Qing Luo Yin, a herbal formula made of 6 herbs (including Honeysuckle Flowers - Jin Yin Hua - as a key herb). Qing Luo Yin belongs to the category of "formulas that dispel summer-heat and clear heat", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Resolves Summer-Heat".

Read more about Summer-Heat here

Three herbal formulas that might help with epigastrium discomfort

Si Jun Zi Tang

Source date: 1107 AD

Number of ingredients: 4 herbs

Key actions: Tonifies Qi. Strengthens the Spleen and Stomach.

Why might Si Jun Zi Tang help with epigastrium discomfort?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern '/tcm-education-center/patterns/stomach-and-spleen-qi-deficiency' of which epigastrium discomfort is a symptom.

Read more about Si Jun Zi Tang here

Shen Ling Bai Zhu San

Source date: 1107 AD

Number of ingredients: 10 herbs

Key actions: Augments the Qi. Strengthens the Spleen. Leaches out Dampness. Stops diarrhea.

Why might Shen Ling Bai Zhu San help with epigastrium discomfort?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern '/tcm-education-center/patterns/stomach-and-spleen-qi-deficiency' of which epigastrium discomfort is a symptom.

Read more about Shen Ling Bai Zhu San here

Qing Luo Yin

Source date: 1798

Number of ingredients: 6 herbs

Key actions: Resolves Summer-Heat. Clears the Lungs.

Why might Qing Luo Yin help with epigastrium discomfort?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern '/tcm-education-center/patterns/summer-heat' of which uncomfortable sensation in the epigastrium is a symptom.

Read more about Qing Luo Yin here

Acupuncture points used for epigastrium discomfort

The five Chinese Medicinal herbs most likely to help treat epigastrium discomfort

Why might Ginseng (Ren Shen) help with epigastrium discomfort?

Because Ginseng is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat epigastrium discomfort as a symptom, like Si Jun Zi Tang or Shen Ling Bai Zhu San for instance.

Ginseng is a Warm herb that tastes Bitter and Sweet. It targets the Heart, the Lung and the Spleen.

Its main actions are: Very strongly tonifies the Qi. Tonifies the Lungs and Spleen. Assists the body in the secretion of Fluids and stops thirst. Strengthens the Heart and calms the Shen (mind/spirit).

Read more about Ginseng here

Why might Liquorice (Gan Cao) help with epigastrium discomfort?

Because Liquorice is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat epigastrium discomfort as a symptom, like Si Jun Zi Tang or Shen Ling Bai Zhu San for instance.

Liquorice is a Neutral herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Heart, the Lung, the Spleen and the Stomach.

Its main actions are: Tonifies the Basal Qi and nourishes the Spleen Qi. Clears Heat and dispels toxicity. Moistens the Lungsexpel phlegm and stop coughing. Relieves spasms and alleviates pain. Harmonizes and moderates the effects of other herbs.

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Why might Atractylodes Rhizome (Bai Zhu) help with epigastrium discomfort?

Because Atractylodes Rhizome is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat epigastrium discomfort as a symptom, like Si Jun Zi Tang or Shen Ling Bai Zhu San for instance.

Atractylodes Rhizomes is a Warm herb that tastes Bitter and Sweet. It targets the Spleen and the Stomach.

Its main actions are: Tonifies the Spleen Qi. Fortifies the Spleen Yang and dispels Damp through urination. Tonifies Qi and stops sweating. Calms restless fetus when due to Deficiency of Spleen Qi.

Read more about Atractylodes Rhizomes here

Why might Poria-Cocos Mushroom (Fu Ling) help with epigastrium discomfort?

Because Poria-Cocos Mushroom is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat epigastrium discomfort as a symptom, like Si Jun Zi Tang or Shen Ling Bai Zhu San for instance.

Poria-Cocos Mushrooms is a Neutral herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Heart, the Kidney, the Lung and the Spleen.

Its main actions are: Encourages urination and drains Dampness. Tonic to the Spleen/Stomach. Assists the Heart and calms the Spirit.

Read more about Poria-Cocos Mushrooms here

Why might Honeysuckle Flower (Jin Yin Hua) help with epigastrium discomfort?

Because it is a key herb in Qing Luo Yin, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Summer-Heat' (a pattern with epigastrium discomfort as a symptom)

Honeysuckle Flowers is a Cold herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Heart, the Lung and the Stomach.

Its main actions are: Clears Heat and dispels toxicity. Dispels Wind-Heat derived from an External pathogen. Expels Damp-Heat from the Lower Burner. Relieves Carbuncles.

Read more about Honeysuckle Flowers here

Other symptoms often associated with epigastrium discomfort

Poor appetite Weak Limbs Loose stools Tiredness Lassitude Pale complexion Dry mouth Dry stools Dry lips Nausea