Pain in the genitals according to Chinese Medicine

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Pain in the genitals 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 pain in the genitals 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 pain in the genitals is often associated with alternating fever and chills in the pattern “Blood Stagnation with Heat”. As you will see below, we have in record two patterns that can cause pain in the genitals.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of pain in the genitals we’ve identified three herbal formulas that may help treat patterns behind the symptom.

We’ve also selected below the three medicinal herbs that we think are most likely to help treat pain in the genitals.

The two "patterns of disharmony" that can cause pain in the genitals

In Chinese Medicine pain in the genitals is a symptom for 2 patterns that we have on record. Below is a small explanation for each of them with links for more details.

Rhubarb (Da Huang) is the king ingredient for Da Huang Mu Dan Pi Tang, a formula used for Blood Stagnation with Heat

Blood Stagnation with Heat

Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu), Slippery (Hua)

Tongue coating: Yellow coating

Tongue color: Pale

In addition to pain in the genitals, other symptoms associated with Blood Stagnation with Heat include alternating fever and chills.

Blood Stagnation with Heat is often treated with Da Huang Mu Dan Pi Tang, a herbal formula made of 5 herbs (including Rhubarb - Da Huang - as a key herb). Da Huang Mu Dan Pi Tang belongs to the category of "formulas that clear internal abscesses and sores", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Clears Stagnant Heat in the intestines".

Read more about Blood Stagnation with Heat here

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

Spleen Deficiency with Dampness

In addition to pain in the genitals, other symptoms associated with Spleen Deficiency with Dampness include vulvar itching, insomnia and dark urine.

From a Western Medicine standpoint Spleen Deficiency with Dampness is associated with health issues such as Vaginal Itching.

Spleen Deficiency with Dampness is often treated with Wu Ling San, a herbal formula made of 5 herbs (including Water Plantain - Ze Xie - as a key herb). Wu Ling San belongs to the category of "formulas that promote urination and leach out dampness", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Promotes urination,".

Read more about Spleen Deficiency with Dampness here

Three herbal formulas that might help with pain in the genitals

Da Huang Mu Dan Pi Tang

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 5 herbs

Key actions: Clears Stagnant Heat in the intestines. Reduces swelling and disperses lumps.

Why might Da Huang Mu Dan Pi Tang help with pain in the genitals?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Blood Stagnation with Heat' of which pain in the genitals is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Blood Stagnation With Heat include alternating fever and chills.

Read more about Da Huang Mu Dan Pi Tang here

Liu Jun Zi Tang

Source date: 1107

Number of ingredients: 6 herbs

Key actions: Tonifies Qi. Strengthens the Spleen and Stomach. Clears Phlegm and mucus. Promotes appetite.

Why might Liu Jun Zi Tang help with pain in the genitals?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Spleen Deficiency with Dampness' of which pain in the genitals is a symptom.

According to Chinese Medicine, Spleen Deficiency with Dampness can contribute to many health issues, including Vaginal Itching.

Read more about Liu Jun Zi Tang here

Bi Xie Fen Qing Yin

Source date: 1732 AD

Number of ingredients: 4 herbs

Key actions: Clears Heat. Warms the Kidneys. Drains Dampness. Separates the clear from the turbid.

Why might Bi Xie Fen Qing Yin help with pain in the genitals?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Spleen Deficiency with Dampness' of which pain in the genitals is a symptom.

According to Chinese Medicine, Spleen Deficiency with Dampness can contribute to many health issues, including Vaginal Itching.

Read more about Bi Xie Fen Qing Yin here

Acupuncture points used for pain in the genitals

The three Chinese Medicinal herbs most likely to help treat pain in the genitals

Why might Ginseng (Ren Shen) help with pain in the genitals?

Because it is a key herb in Liu Jun Zi Tang, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern '' (a pattern with pain in the genitals as a symptom)

Ginseng is a Warm herb that tastes Bitter and Sweet. It targets the Spleen, the Heart and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Very strongly tonifies the Qi. Tonifies the Lungs and Spleen. Assists the body in the secretion of Fluids and stops thirst. Strengthens the Heart and calms the Shen (mind/spirit).

Read more about Ginseng here

Why might Rhubarb (Da Huang) help with pain in the genitals?

Because it is a key herb in Da Huang Mu Dan Pi Tang, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Blood Stagnation with Heat' (a pattern with pain in the genitals 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.

Read more about Rhubarb here

Why might Fish-Poison Yam (Bi Xie) help with pain in the genitals?

Because it is a key herb in Bi Xie Fen Qing Yin, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern '' (a pattern with pain in the genitals as a symptom)

Fish-Poison Yam is a Neutral herb that tastes Bitter. It targets the Bladder, the Stomach and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Encourages urination and eliminates cloudy urine. Eliminates Wind-Damp. Relieves Damp-Heat from the skin.

Read more about Fish-Poison Yam here