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Splashing sound in the stomach 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 splashing sound in the stomach 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 splashing sound in the stomach is often associated with loose stools, dizziness and vomiting of watery fluids in the pattern “Phlegm-Fluids in the Stomach and Small intestine”. As you will see below, we have in record five patterns that can cause splashing sound in the stomach.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of splashing sound in the stomach we’ve identified five 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 splashing sound in the stomach.

The five "patterns of disharmony" that can cause splashing sound in the stomach

In Chinese Medicine splashing sound in the stomach is a symptom for 5 patterns that we have on record. Below is a small explanation for each of them with links for more details.

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

Phlegm-Fluids in the Stomach and Small intestine

Pulse type(s): Deep (Chen), Slippery (Hua), Wiry (Xian)

Tongue coating: Sticky coating

Tongue shape: Swollen

When the transportative and transformative functions of the Middle-Burner are damaged (often by Cold), Phlegm-Fluids accumulate in the Stomach and epigastric area. This leads to the symptoms such as the vomiting of watery fluids or splashing sounds in the stomach.

In addition to splashing sound in the stomach, other symptoms associated with Phlegm-Fluids in the Stomach and Small intestine include loose stools, dizziness and vomiting of watery fluids.

Phlegm-Fluids in the Stomach and Small intestine is often treated with Xiao Chai Hu Tang, a herbal formula made of 7 herbs (including Bupleurum Roots - Chai Hu - as a key herb). Xiao Chai Hu Tang belongs to the category of "formulas that harmonize lesser yang-warp disorders", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Treats the Lesser Yang Channels (Gallbladder and Triple Warmer)".

Read more about Phlegm-Fluids in the Stomach and Small intestine here

The Small Intestine is a so-called "Fu" Organ. Learn more about the Small Intestine in Chinese Medicine

Small Intestine Qi Pain

Pulse type(s): Deep (Chen), Wiry (Xian)

In addition to splashing sound in the stomach, other symptoms associated with Small Intestine Qi Pain include abdominal distension, dislike of pressure on the abdomen and flatulence.

Small Intestine Qi Pain is often treated with Chai Hu Shu Gan San, a herbal formula made of 7 herbs (including Bupleurum Roots - Chai Hu - as a key herb). Chai Hu Shu Gan 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: "Disperses Stagnant Liver Qi and Blood".

Read more about Small Intestine Qi Pain here

The Small Intestine is a so-called "Fu" Organ. Learn more about the Small Intestine in Chinese Medicine

Small Intestine Deficient and Cold

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

In addition to splashing sound in the stomach, other symptoms associated with Small Intestine Deficient and Cold include cold limbs, diarrhea and desire for hot drinks.

Small Intestine Deficient and Cold is often treated with Xiao Jian Zhong Tang, a herbal formula made of 6 herbs (including Maltose - Yi Tang - as a key herb). Xiao Jian Zhong Tang belongs to the category of "formulas that warm the middle and dispel cold", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Warms and tonifies the Middle Burner (Spleen and Stomach)".

Read more about Small Intestine Deficient and Cold here

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

Liver Qi Stagnation

Pulse type(s): Wiry (Xian)

Tongue color: Normal (light red)

When Liver Qi does not flow smoothly or regularly, it becomes Stagnant and in Excess. This leads to Heat accumulating in the Liver. The feeling of ‘Distension’ (zhang 胀) is the main symptom of Liver Qi Stagnation.

In addition to splashing sound in the stomach, other symptoms associated with Liver Qi Stagnation include abdominal pain, diarrhea and poor appetite.

From a Western Medicine standpoint Liver Qi Stagnation is associated with health issues such as Low Breast Milk Supply, Mastitis or Breast Engorgement.

Liver Qi Stagnation is often treated with Xiao Yao San, a herbal formula made of 6 herbs (including Bupleurum Roots - Chai Hu - as a key herb). Xiao Yao San belongs to the category of "formulas that harmonize liver-spleen", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Harmonizes the function of Liver and Spleen".

Read more about Liver Qi Stagnation here

The Large Intestine is a so-called "Fu" Organ. Learn more about the Large Intestine in Chinese Medicine

Large Intestine Cold

Pulse type(s): Deep (Chen), Weak (Ruo)

In addition to splashing sound in the stomach, other symptoms associated with Large Intestine Cold include loose stools, abdominal pain and cold limbs.

Large Intestine Cold is often treated with Liang Fu Wan, a herbal formula made of 2 herbs (including Lesser Galangal Rhizomes - Gao Liang jiang - as a key herb). Liang Fu Wan 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: "Warms the Middle Burner".

Read more about Large Intestine Cold here

Five herbal formulas that might help with splashing sound in the stomach

Xiao Chai Hu Tang

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 7 herbs

Key actions: Treats the Lesser Yang Channels (Gallbladder and Triple Warmer). Regulates the Liver and Spleen functions. Addresses combined Yin-Yang symptoms of External and Internal, Excess and Deficiency, and Hot and Cold.

Why might Xiao Chai Hu Tang help with splashing sound in the stomach?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Phlegm-Fluids in the Stomach and Small intestine' of which splashing sound in the stomach is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Phlegm-Fluids In The Stomach And Small Intestine include loose stools, dizziness and vomiting of watery fluids.

Read more about Xiao Chai Hu Tang here

Chai Hu Shu Gan San

Source date: 1602

Number of ingredients: 7 herbs

Key actions: Disperses Stagnant Liver Qi and Blood. Alleviates pain. Harmonizes Blood.

Why might Chai Hu Shu Gan San help with splashing sound in the stomach?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Small Intestine Qi Pain' of which splashing sound in the stomach is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Small Intestine Qi Pain include abdominal distension, dislike of pressure on the abdomen and flatulence.

Read more about Chai Hu Shu Gan San here

Xiao Jian Zhong Tang

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 6 herbs

Key actions: Warms and tonifies the Middle Burner (Spleen and Stomach). Tonifies Qi. Relieves spasmodic pain.

Why might Xiao Jian Zhong Tang help with splashing sound in the stomach?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Small Intestine Deficient and Cold' of which splashing sound in the stomach is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Small Intestine Deficient And Cold include cold limbs, diarrhea and desire for hot drinks.

Read more about Xiao Jian Zhong Tang here

Jia Wei Xiao Yao San

Source date: Ming dynasty

Number of ingredients: 10 herbs

Key actions: Clears Liver and Spleen Qi Stagnation. Tonifies Spleen. Clears Deficient Heat. Nourishes the blood.

Why might Jia Wei Xiao Yao San help with splashing sound in the stomach?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Liver Qi Stagnation' of which splashing sound in the stomach is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Liver Qi Stagnation include abdominal pain, diarrhea and poor appetite.

Read more about Jia Wei Xiao Yao San here

Liang Fu Wan

Source date: 1842 AD

Number of ingredients: 2 herbs

Key actions: Warms the Middle Burner. Dispels Cold. Promotes the movement of Qi. Alleviates Pain.

Why might Liang Fu Wan help with splashing sound in the stomach?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Large Intestine Cold' of which splashing sound in the stomach is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Large Intestine Cold include loose stools, abdominal pain and cold limbs.

Read more about Liang Fu Wan here

Acupuncture points used for splashing sound in the stomach

The five Chinese Medicinal herbs most likely to help treat splashing sound in the stomach

Why might Liquorice (Gan Cao) help with splashing sound in the stomach?

Because Liquorice is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat splashing sound in the stomach as a symptom, like Xiao Chai Hu Tang or Ban Xia Xie Xin Tang for instance.

Liquorice is a Neutral herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Spleen, the Stomach, the Heart and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Tonifies the Basal Qi and nourishes the Spleen Qi. Clears Heat and dispels toxicity. Moistens the Lungsexpel phlegm and stop coughing. Relieves spasms and alleviates pain. Harmonizes and moderates the effects of other herbs.

Read more about Liquorice here

Why might Atractylodes Rhizome (Bai Zhu) help with splashing sound in the stomach?

Because Atractylodes Rhizome is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat splashing sound in the stomach as a symptom, like Shen Ling Bai Zhu San or Jia Wei Xiao Yao San for instance.

Atractylodes Rhizomes is a Warm herb that tastes Bitter and Sweet. It targets the Spleen and the Stomach.

Its main actions are: Tonifies the Spleen Qi. Fortifies the Spleen Yang and dispels Damp through urination. Tonifies Qi and stops sweating. Calms restless fetus when due to Deficiency of Spleen Qi.

Read more about Atractylodes Rhizomes here

Why might White Peony Root (Bai Shao) help with splashing sound in the stomach?

Because White Peony Root is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat splashing sound in the stomach as a symptom, like Chai Hu Shu Gan San or Xiao Jian Zhong Tang for instance.

White Peony Roots is a Neutral herb that tastes Bitter and Sour. It targets the Spleen and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Tonifies the Blood and preserves the Yin. Nourishes the Liver and assists in the smooth flow of Qi. Regulates the meridians and eases the pain.

Read more about White Peony Roots here

Why might Coco-Grass Rhizome (Xiang Fu) help with splashing sound in the stomach?

Because Coco-Grass Rhizome is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat splashing sound in the stomach as a symptom, like Chai Hu Shu Gan San or Liang Fu Wan for instance.

Coco-Grass Rhizomes is a Neutral herb that tastes Bitter, Pungent and Sweet. It targets the Spleen, the Liver and the Sanjiao.

Its main actions are: Unblocks Stagnant Liver Qi and relieves pain. Regulates the Liver and Spleen. Assists the regulation of menses and relieves pain.

Read more about Coco-Grass Rhizomes here

Why might Poria-Cocos Mushroom (Fu Ling) help with splashing sound in the stomach?

Because Poria-Cocos Mushroom is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat splashing sound in the stomach as a symptom, like Shen Ling Bai Zhu San or Xiao Yao San for instance.

Poria-Cocos Mushrooms is a Neutral herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Spleen, the Heart, the Kidney and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Encourages urination and drains Dampness. Tonic to the Spleen/Stomach. Assists the Heart and calms the Spirit.

Read more about Poria-Cocos Mushrooms here