Intermittent epigastric pain according to Chinese Medicine

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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.

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

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

Liver Qi Stagnation that transforms into Heat

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

Tongue coating: Yellow coating

Tongue color: Red

In addition to intermittent epigastric pain, other symptoms associated with Liver Qi Stagnation that transforms into Heat include hernial 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".

Read more about Liver Qi Stagnation that transforms into Heat here

A herbal formula that might help with intermittent epigastric 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 intermittent epigastric 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.

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

Read more about Jin Ling Zi San here

Sichuan chinaberries might help with intermittent epigastric pain

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

Because it is a key herb in Jin Ling Zi San, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Liver Qi Stagnation that transforms into Heat' (a pattern with intermittent epigastric pain as a symptom)

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

Other symptoms often associated with intermittent epigastric pain

Hernial pain Irritability Bitter taste in the mouth