Hernial pain according to Chinese Medicine

Hernial 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 hernial 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 hernial pain is often associated with intermittent epigastric pain, irritability and bitter taste in the mouth in the pattern “Liver Qi Stagnation that transforms into Heat”.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of hernial pain we’ve identified that a herbal formula called Jin Ling Zi San can help treat the patterns behind the symptom.

Liver Qi Stagnation that transforms into Heat, a "pattern of disharmony" that can cause hernial pain

In Chinese Medicine hernial pain is a symptom for the pattern "Liver Qi Stagnation that transforms into Heat". Below is a small explanation for it with links for more details.

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

Liver Qi Stagnation that transforms into Heat

Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu), Wiry (Xian)

Tongue coating: Yellow coating

Tongue color: Red

In addition to hernial pain, other symptoms associated with Liver Qi Stagnation that transforms into Heat include intermittent epigastric pain, irritability and bitter taste in the mouth.

Liver Qi Stagnation that transforms into Heat is often treated with Jin Ling Zi San, a herbal formula made of 2 herbs (including Sichuan Chinaberries - Chuan Lian Zi - as a key herb). Jin Ling Zi 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: "Moves Liver Blood and Liver Qi".

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A herbal formula that might help with hernial pain

Jin Ling Zi San

Source date: 992 AD

Number of ingredients: 2 herbs

Key actions: Moves Liver Blood and Liver Qi. Drains Liver Heat or Fire. Stops pain.

Why might Jin Ling Zi San help with hernial pain?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Liver Qi Stagnation that transforms into Heat' of which hernial pain is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Liver Qi Stagnation That Transforms Into Heat include intermittent epigastric pain, irritability and bitter taste in the mouth.

Read more about Jin Ling Zi San here

The five Chinese Medicinal herbs most likely to help treat hernial pain

Why might Sichuan Chinaberry (Chuan Lian Zi) help with hernial pain?

Because it is both specifically indicated to treat hernial pain and also because it is an ingredient in herbal formulas known to treat hernial pain as a symptom (such as Jin Ling Zi San for instance).

Sichuan Chinaberries is a Cold herb that tastes Bitter. It targets the Spleen, the Liver and the Small intestine.

Its main actions are: Clears Damp Heat. Circulates Qi. Relieves chest, epigastric and abdominal pains. Expels parasites.

Read more about Sichuan Chinaberries here

Why might Bitter Orange Seed (Ju He) help with hernial pain?

Because it is a herb specifically indicated to treat hernial pain as can be seen on Bitter Orange Seed's page.

Bitter Orange Seeds is a Neutral herb that tastes Bitter. It targets the Kidney and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Regulates the flow of the Qi. Disperses nodules and relieves pain.

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Why might Hawthorn Berry (Shan Zha) help with hernial pain?

Because it is a herb specifically indicated to treat hernial pain as can be seen on Hawthorn Berry's page.

Hawthorn Berries is a Warm herb that tastes Sour and Sweet. It targets the Spleen, the Stomach, the Heart and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Improves digestion and reduces Food Stagnation. Invigorates the Blood and breaks Stasis. Treats hypertension and heart disease. Reduce body fat

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Why might Green Tangerine Peel (Qing Pi) help with hernial pain?

Because it is a herb specifically indicated to treat hernial pain as can be seen on Green Tangerine Peel's page.

Green Tangerine Peel is a Warm herb that tastes Bitter and Pungent. It targets the Gallbladder, the Stomach and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Smooths the flow of Liver Qi and releases Stagnation. Reduces Food Stagnation. Dries Damp and reduces Phlegm.

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Why might Lindera Root (Wu Yao) help with hernial pain?

Because it is a herb specifically indicated to treat hernial pain as can be seen on Lindera Root's page.

Lindera Roots is a Warm herb that tastes Pungent. It targets the Bladder, the Spleen, the Kidney and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Warms and stimulates the flow of Qi and relieves pain. Disperses Cold and Warms the Kidneys.

Read more about Lindera Roots here