Unremitting belching according to Chinese Medicine

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Unremitting belching 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 unremitting belching 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 unremitting belching is often associated with regurgitation in the pattern “Stomach Qi Deficiency with Phelgm”.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of unremitting belching we’ve identified that a herbal formula called Xuan Fu Dai Zhe Tang can help treat the patterns behind the symptom.

Stomach Qi Deficiency with Phelgm, a "pattern of disharmony" that can cause unremitting belching

In Chinese Medicine unremitting belching is a symptom for the pattern "Stomach Qi Deficiency with Phelgm". Below is a small explanation for it with links for more details.

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

Stomach Qi Deficiency with Phelgm

Pulse type(s): Empty (Xu), Wiry (Xian)

Tongue coating: Thick white coating

In addition to unremitting belching, other symptoms associated with Stomach Qi Deficiency with Phelgm include regurgitation.

Stomach Qi Deficiency with Phelgm is often treated with Xuan Fu Dai Zhe Tang, a herbal formula made of 7 herbs (including Inula Flowers - Xuan Fu Hua - as a key herb). Xuan Fu Dai Zhe Tang belongs to the category of "formulas for a rebellious qi", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Regulates the downward flow of Stomach Qi".

Read more about Stomach Qi Deficiency with Phelgm here

A herbal formula that might help with unremitting belching

Xuan Fu Dai Zhe Tang

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 7 herbs

Key actions: Regulates the downward flow of Stomach Qi. Expectorant, treats hiccups.

Why might Xuan Fu Dai Zhe Tang help with unremitting belching?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Stomach Qi Deficiency with Phelgm' of which unremitting belching is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Stomach Qi Deficiency With Phelgm include regurgitation.

Read more about Xuan Fu Dai Zhe Tang here

Inula flower might help with unremitting belching

Why might Inula Flower (Xuan Fu Hua) help with unremitting belching?

Because it is a key herb in Xuan Fu Dai Zhe Tang, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Stomach Qi Deficiency with Phelgm' (a pattern with unremitting belching as a symptom)

Inula Flowers is a Warm herb that tastes Bitter and Pungent. It targets the Spleen, the Stomach, the Large intestine, the Liver and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Moves Stagnant Phlegm in the Lungs. Reverses the flow of Rebellious Qi of the Lungs and Stomach.

Read more about Inula Flowers here

Other symptoms often associated with unremitting belching

Regurgitation