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Intermittent epigastric 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 intermittent epigastric 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 intermittent epigastric pain is often associated with hernial 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 intermittent epigastric pain we’ve identified that a herbal formula called Jin Ling Zi San can help treat the patterns behind the symptom.
In Chinese Medicine intermittent epigastric 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 intermittent epigastric pain is a symptom.
Its main actions are: Clears Damp Heat. Circulates Qi. Relieves chest, epigastric and abdominal pains. Expels parasites.