Lower abdominal pressure according to Chinese Medicine

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Lower abdominal pressure 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 lower abdominal pressure 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 lower abdominal pressure is often associated with lower back pain and weakness of the lower extremities in the pattern “Kidney Yang Deficiency”.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of lower abdominal pressure we’ve identified two herbal formulas that may help treat patterns behind the symptom.

We’ve also selected below the five medicinal herbs that we think are most likely to help treat lower abdominal pressure.

Kidney Yang Deficiency, a "pattern of disharmony" that can cause lower abdominal pressure

In Chinese Medicine lower abdominal pressure is a symptom for the pattern "Kidney Yang Deficiency". Below is a small explanation for it with links for more details.

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

Kidney Yang Deficiency

Pulse type(s): Deep (Chen), Slow (Chi)

Tongue coating: Thin white coating

Tongue color: Pale

Tongue shape: Swollen

Kidney Yang Deficiency causes Internal Cold and weakness.

In addition to lower abdominal pressure, other symptoms associated with Kidney Yang Deficiency include lower back pain and weakness of the lower extremities.

From a Western Medicine standpoint Kidney Yang Deficiency is associated with health issues such as Late Menstruation, Menopausal Syndrome or Irregular Menstruation.

Kidney Yang Deficiency is often treated with Ba Wei Di Huang Wan, a herbal formula made of 8 herbs (including Prepared Rehmannia - Shu Di huang - as a key herb). Ba Wei Di Huang Wan belongs to the category of "formulas that nourish yin and tonify", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Tonifies Yang".

Read more about Kidney Yang Deficiency here

Two herbal formulas that might help with lower abdominal pressure

Ba Wei Di Huang Wan

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 8 herbs

Key actions: Tonifies Yang. Warms the Kidneys and lower extremities.

Why might Ba Wei Di Huang Wan help with lower abdominal pressure?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Kidney Yang Deficiency' of which lower abdominal pressure is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Kidney Yang Deficiency include lower back pain and weakness of the lower extremities.

Read more about Ba Wei Di Huang Wan here

You Gui Wan

Source date: 1624 AD

Number of ingredients: 10 herbs

Key actions: Warms and tonifies Kidney Yang. Replenishes the Essence. Tonifies the Blood.

Why might You Gui Wan help with lower abdominal pressure?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Kidney Yang Deficiency' of which lower abdominal pressure is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Kidney Yang Deficiency include lower back pain and weakness of the lower extremities.

Read more about You Gui Wan here

The five Chinese Medicinal herbs most likely to help treat lower abdominal pressure

Why might Prepared Rehmannia (Shu Di Huang) help with lower abdominal pressure?

Because Prepared Rehmannia is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat lower abdominal pressure as a symptom, like Ba Wei Di Huang Wan or You Gui Wan for instance.

Prepared Rehmannia is a Warm herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Kidney and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Tonifies the Blood. Tonifies the Yin of the Kidneys.

Read more about Prepared Rehmannia here

Why might Mudan Peony Bark (Mu Dan Pi) help with lower abdominal pressure?

Because Mudan Peony Bark is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat lower abdominal pressure as a symptom, like Ba Wei Di Huang Wan or Shen Qi Wan for instance.

Mudan Peony Bark is a Cool herb that tastes Bitter and Pungent. It targets the Heart, the Kidney and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Cools the Blood, activates Blood circulation and resolves Blood stasis.

Read more about Mudan Peony Bark here

Why might Dong Quai (Dang Gui) help with lower abdominal pressure?

Because Dong Quai is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat lower abdominal pressure as a symptom, like You Gui Wan or Er Xian Tang for instance.

Dong Quai is a Warm herb that tastes Pungent and Sweet. It targets the Spleen, the Heart and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Tonifies the Blood. Lubricates the Intestines. Relieve constipation. Promotes circulation and dispels Bi Pain. Reduce Dysmenorrhea and help with irregular menstruation.

Read more about Dong Quai here

Why might Cinnamon Twig (Gui Zhi) help with lower abdominal pressure?

Because Cinnamon Twig is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat lower abdominal pressure as a symptom, like Ba Wei Di Huang Wan or Shen Qi Wan for instance.

Cinnamon Twigs is a Warm herb that tastes Pungent and Sweet. It targets the Spleen, the Heart and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Adjusts the nutritive Ying and defensive Wei Qi. Relieves the Exterior through sweating. Warms and disperses Cold. Removes obstruction of Yang. Promotes the circulation of Yang Qi in the chest. Regulates and moves blood.

Read more about Cinnamon Twigs here

Why might Goji Berry (Gou Qi Zi) help with lower abdominal pressure?

Because Goji Berry is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat lower abdominal pressure as a symptom, like You Gui Wan or Wu Zi Yan Zong Wan for instance.

Goji Berries is a Neutral herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Kidney and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Tonifies the Yin of the Liver and Yin of the Kidneys. Brightens the eyes. Moistens the Lungs.

Read more about Goji Berries here