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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.
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
Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu), Wiry (Xian)
Tongue coating: Yellow coating
Tongue color: Red
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".
Source date: 992 AD
Number of ingredients: 2 herbs
Key actions: Moves Liver Blood and Liver Qi. Drains Liver Heat or Fire. Stops 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.
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).
Its main actions are: Clears Damp Heat. Circulates Qi. Relieves chest, epigastric and abdominal pains. Expels parasites.
Because it is a herb specifically indicated to treat hernial pain as can be seen on Bitter Orange Seed's page.
Its main actions are: Regulates the flow of the Qi. Disperses nodules and relieves pain.
Because it is a herb specifically indicated to treat hernial pain as can be seen on Hawthorn Berry's page.
Its main actions are: Improves digestion and reduces Food Stagnation. Invigorates the Blood and breaks Stasis. Treats hypertension and heart disease. Reduce body fat
Because it is a herb specifically indicated to treat hernial pain as can be seen on Green Tangerine Peel's page.
Its main actions are: Smooths the flow of Liver Qi and releases Stagnation. Reduces Food Stagnation. Dries Damp and reduces Phlegm.
Because it is a herb specifically indicated to treat hernial pain as can be seen on Lindera Root's page.
Its main actions are: Warms and stimulates the flow of Qi and relieves pain. Disperses Cold and Warms the Kidneys.