Testicular pain according to Chinese Medicine

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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 contraction of the scrotum, feeling of cold and cold hands and feet in the pattern “Stagnation of Cold in the Liver Channel”.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of testicular pain we’ve identified that a herbal formula called Nuan Gan Jian can help treat the patterns behind the symptom.

Stagnation of Cold in the Liver Channel, a "pattern of disharmony" that can cause testicular pain

In Chinese Medicine testicular pain is a symptom for the pattern "Stagnation of Cold in the Liver Channel". Below is a small explanation for it with links for more details.

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

Stagnation of Cold in the Liver Channel

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

In addition to testicular pain, other symptoms associated with Stagnation of Cold in the Liver Channel include contraction of the scrotum, feeling of cold and cold hands and feet.

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".

Read more about Stagnation of Cold in the Liver Channel here

A herbal formula that might help with testicular pain

Nuan Gan Jian

Source date: 1624 AD

Number of ingredients: 8 herbs

Key actions: Warms the Liver and Kidneys. Promotes the movement of Qi. Alleviates pain.

Why might Nuan Gan Jian help with testicular pain?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Stagnation of Cold in the Liver Channel' of which testicular pain is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Stagnation Of Cold In The Liver Channel include contraction of the scrotum, feeling of cold and cold hands and feet.

Read more about Nuan Gan Jian here

The five Chinese Medicinal herbs most likely to help treat testicular pain

Why might Fennel Seed (Xiao Hui Xiang) help with testicular pain?

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).

Fennel Seeds is a Warm herb that tastes Pungent. It targets the Spleen, the Stomach, the Kidney and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Expels Cold and relieves pain. Regulates Qi of the Stomach.

Read more about Fennel Seeds here

Why might Cinnamon Bark (Rou Gui) help with testicular pain?

Because it is a key herb in Nuan Gan Jian, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Stagnation of Cold in the Liver Channel' (a pattern with testicular pain as a symptom)

Cinnamon Bark is a Hot herb that tastes Pungent and Sweet. It targets the Spleen, the Heart, the Kidney and the Liver.

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.

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Why might Bitter Orange Seed (Ju He) help with testicular pain?

Because it is a herb specifically indicated to treat testicular pain as can be seen on Bitter Orange Seed's page.

Bitter Orange Seeds is a Neutral herb that tastes Bitter. It targets the Kidney and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Regulates the flow of the Qi. Disperses nodules and relieves pain.

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Why might Sargassum (Hai Zao) help with testicular pain?

Because it is a herb specifically indicated to treat testicular pain as can be seen on Sargassum's page.

Sargassum is a Cold herb that tastes Bitter and Salty. It targets the Stomach, the Kidney and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Clears Heat and reduces hardening associated with Phlegm-Heat. Encourages urination and lessens edema. Expels phlegm from the lungs.

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Why might Lychee Seed (Li Zhi He) help with testicular pain?

Because it is a herb specifically indicated to treat testicular pain as can be seen on Lychee Seed's page.

Lychee Seeds is a Warm herb that tastes Bitter and Sweet. It targets the Kidney and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Promotes the flow of the Qi and reduces nodules. Dispels cold and relieves pain.

Read more about Lychee Seeds here