Facial pain according to Chinese Medicine

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Facial pain 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 facial pain 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 facial pain is often associated with epigastric pain, epigastrium fullness and feeling of heaviness in the pattern “Damp-Heat in the Stomach”.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of facial pain we’ve identified that a herbal formula called Lian Po Yin can help treat the patterns behind the symptom.

Damp-Heat in the Stomach, a "pattern of disharmony" that can cause facial pain

In Chinese Medicine facial pain is a symptom for the pattern "Damp-Heat 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

Damp-Heat in the Stomach

Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu), Slippery (Hua)

In addition to facial pain, other symptoms associated with Damp-Heat in the Stomach include epigastric pain, epigastrium fullness and feeling of heaviness.

Damp-Heat in the Stomach is often treated with Lian Po Yin, a herbal formula made of 7 herbs (including Goldthread Rhizomes - Huang Lian - as a key herb). Lian Po Yin belongs to the category of "formulas that clear heat and expel dampness", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Clears Heat".

Read more about Damp-Heat in the Stomach here

A herbal formula that might help with facial pain

Lian Po Yin

Source date: 1862 AD

Number of ingredients: 7 herbs

Key actions: Clears Heat. Transforms Dampness. Regulates Qi. Harmonizes the Middle Burner.

Why might Lian Po Yin help with facial pain?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Damp-Heat in the Stomach' of which facial pain is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Damp-Heat In The Stomach include epigastric pain, epigastrium fullness and feeling of heaviness.

Read more about Lian Po Yin here

The two Chinese Medicinal herbs most likely to help treat facial pain

Why might Goldthread Rhizome (Huang Lian) help with facial pain?

Because it is a key herb in Lian Po Yin, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Damp-Heat in the Stomach' (a pattern with facial pain as a symptom)

Goldthread Rhizomes is a Cold herb that tastes Bitter. It targets the Gallbladder, the Spleen, the Stomach, the Heart, the Large intestine and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Expels Damp-Heat especially in the Lower Burner. Eliminates Fire toxicity especially when there is associated Dampness. Acts as a sedative by eliminating Heart Fire. Eliminates Stomach Fire. Expel parasites

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Why might Houpu Magnolia Bark (Hou Pu) help with facial pain?

Because it is a key herb in Lian Po Yin, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Damp-Heat in the Stomach' (a pattern with facial pain as a symptom)

Houpu Magnolia Bark is a Warm herb that tastes Bitter and Pungent. It targets the Spleen, the Stomach and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Moves Rebellious Qi downward, dries Dampness and relieves Food Stagnation. Transforms Phlegm and redirects Rebellious Qi of the Lung.

Read more about Houpu Magnolia Bark here