Flatulence according to Chinese Medicine

Flatulence 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 flatulence 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 flatulence is often associated with severe constipation, abdominal fullness and abdominal pain that increases upon pressure in the pattern “Heat in Yang brightness Organs”.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of flatulence we’ve identified that a herbal formula called Da Cheng Qi Tang can help treat the patterns behind the symptom.

Heat in Yang brightness Organs, a "pattern of disharmony" that can cause flatulence

In Chinese Medicine flatulence is a symptom for the pattern "Heat in Yang brightness Organs". Below is a small explanation for it with links for more details.

Rhubarb (Da Huang) is the king ingredient for Da Cheng Qi Tang, a formula used for Heat in Yang brightness Organs

Heat in Yang brightness Organs

Pulse type(s): Full (Shi)

Tongue coating: Grey or black coating, Yellow coating

In addition to flatulence, other symptoms associated with Heat in Yang brightness Organs include severe constipation, abdominal fullness and abdominal pain that increases upon pressure.

Heat in Yang brightness Organs is often treated with Da Cheng Qi Tang, a herbal formula made of 4 herbs (including Rhubarb - Da Huang - as a key herb). Da Cheng Qi Tang belongs to the category of "formulas that purge heat accumulation", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Purges Heat from the Stomach and Intestines".

Read more about Heat in Yang brightness Organs here

A herbal formula that might help with flatulence

Da Cheng Qi Tang

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 4 herbs

Key actions: Purges Heat from the Stomach and Intestines. Relieves constipation.

Why might Da Cheng Qi Tang help with flatulence?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Heat in Yang brightness Organs' of which flatulence is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Heat In Yang Brightness Organs include severe constipation, abdominal fullness and abdominal pain that increases upon pressure.

Read more about Da Cheng Qi Tang here

Rhubarb might help with flatulence

Why might Rhubarb (Da Huang) help with flatulence?

Because it is a key herb in Da Cheng Qi Tang, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Heat in Yang brightness Organs' (a pattern with flatulence as a symptom)

Rhubarb is a Cold herb that tastes Bitter. It targets the Spleen, the Stomach, the Large intestine, the Liver and the Pericardium.

Its main actions are: Drains Excess Heat and eliminates Dampness, especially when in the Sunlight Yang stage. Cools the Blood and stops bleeding. Invigorates Blood, breaks up Stasis and relieves pain. Clears Heat and toxins from Excess. Applied topically for Hot sores and Blood Stasis.

Read more about Rhubarb here