Pain in the groin according to Chinese Medicine

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Pain in the groin 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 groin 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 groin is often associated with alternating fever and chills in the pattern “Blood Stagnation with Heat”.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of pain in the groin we’ve identified that a herbal formula called Da Huang Mu Dan Pi Tang can help treat the patterns behind the symptom.

Blood Stagnation with Heat, a "pattern of disharmony" that can cause pain in the groin

In Chinese Medicine pain in the groin is a symptom for the pattern "Blood Stagnation with Heat". Below is a small explanation for it 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 groin, 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

A herbal formula that might help with pain in the groin

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 groin?

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

Rhubarb might help with pain in the groin

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

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 groin 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

Other symptoms often associated with pain in the groin

Alternating fever and chills