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Testicular 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 testicular 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 testicular pain is often associated with abdominal distension, dislike of pressure on the abdomen and borborygmi in the pattern “/tcm-education-center/patterns/small-intestine-qi-pain”. As you will see below, we have in record two patterns that can cause testicular pain.
Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of testicular pain 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 testicular pain.
In Chinese Medicine testicular pain 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.
The Small Intestine is a so-called "Fu" Organ. Learn more about the Small Intestine in Chinese Medicine
Pulse type(s): Deep (Chen), Wiry (Xian)
/tcm-education-center/patterns/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".
The Liver is a so-called "Zang" Organ. Learn more about the Liver in Chinese Medicine
Pulse type(s): Deep (Chen), Slow (Chi), Wiry (Xian)
In addition to testicular pain, other symptoms associated with /tcm-education-center/patterns/stagnation-of-cold-in-the-liver-channel include contraction of the scrotum, feeling of cold and cold hands and feet.
/tcm-education-center/patterns/stagnation-of-cold-in-the-liver-channel is often treated with Nuan Gan Jian, a herbal formula made of 8 herbs (including Fennel Seeds - Xiao Hui Xiang - as a key herb). Nuan Gan Jian 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 Liver and Kidneys".
Source date: 1602
Number of ingredients: 7 herbs
Key actions: Disperses Stagnant Liver Qi and Blood. Alleviates pain. Harmonizes Blood.
Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern '/tcm-education-center/patterns/small-intestine-qi-pain' of which testicular pain is a symptom.
Source date: 1624 AD
Number of ingredients: 8 herbs
Key actions: Warms the Liver and Kidneys. Promotes the movement of Qi. Alleviates pain.
Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern '/tcm-education-center/patterns/stagnation-of-cold-in-the-liver-channel' of which testicular pain is a symptom.
Because it is both specifically indicated to treat testicular pain and also because it is an ingredient in herbal formulas known to treat testicular pain as a symptom (such as Nuan Gan Jian for instance).
Its main actions are: Expels Cold and relieves pain. Regulates Qi of the Stomach.
Because it is both specifically indicated to treat testicular pain and also because it is an ingredient in herbal formulas known to treat testicular pain as a symptom (such as Chai Hu Shu Gan San for instance).
Its main actions are: Regulates the flow of the Qi. Disperses nodules and relieves pain.
Its main actions are: Harmonizes exterior and interior. Smoothes the Liver and upraises the Yang.
Its main actions are: Warms the Spleen and Kidneys and tonifies the Yang. Expels Cold, Warms the meridians, promotes circulation of Qi and Blood and relieves pain. Used with tonics to assist in the generation of Qi and Blood.
Because it is a herb specifically indicated to treat testicular pain as can be seen on Lychee Seed's page.
Its main actions are: Promotes the flow of the Qi and reduces nodules. Dispels cold and relieves pain.