Hypogastric distention according to Chinese Medicine

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Hypogastric distention 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 hypogastric distention 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 hypogastric distention is often associated with hypogastric fullness, blood in urine and restlessness in the pattern “Greater Yang Accumulation of Blood”.

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

Greater Yang Accumulation of Blood, a "pattern of disharmony" that can cause hypogastric distention

In Chinese Medicine hypogastric distention is a symptom for the pattern "Greater Yang Accumulation of Blood". Below is a small explanation for it with links for more details.

Greater Yang Accumulation of Blood

Pulse type(s): Deep (Chen), Rapid (Shu), Fine (Xi)

In addition to hypogastric distention, other symptoms associated with Greater Yang Accumulation of Blood include hypogastric fullness, blood in urine and restlessness.

Greater Yang Accumulation of Blood is often treated with Tao He Cheng Qi Tang, a herbal formula made of 5 herbs (including Peach Kernels - Tao Ren - as a key herb). Tao He Cheng Qi Tang belongs to the category of "formulas that invigorate blood and dispel blood stagnation", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Dispels Heat and".

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A herbal formula that might help with hypogastric distention

Tao He Cheng Qi Tang

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 5 herbs

Key actions: Dispels Heat and. Eliminates Blood Stagnation.

Why might Tao He Cheng Qi Tang help with hypogastric distention?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Greater Yang Accumulation of Blood' of which hypogastric distention is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Greater Yang Accumulation Of Blood include hypogastric fullness, blood in urine and restlessness.

Read more about Tao He Cheng Qi Tang here

The two Chinese Medicinal herbs most likely to help treat hypogastric distention

Why might Peach Kernel (Tao Ren) help with hypogastric distention?

Because it is a key herb in Tao He Cheng Qi Tang, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Greater Yang Accumulation of Blood' (a pattern with hypogastric distention as a symptom)

Peach Kernels is a Neutral herb that tastes Bitter and Sweet. It targets the Heart, the Large intestine and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Moves Blood and breaks up Stasis. Moistens the Intestines. Relieves coughing.

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Why might Rhubarb (Da Huang) help with hypogastric distention?

Because it is a key herb in Tao He Cheng Qi Tang, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Greater Yang Accumulation of Blood' (a pattern with hypogastric distention 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.

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Other symptoms often associated with hypogastric distention

Hypogastric fullness Blood in urine Restlessness