Vomiting of fluids soon after drinking according to Chinese Medicine

Vomiting of fluids soon after drinking 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 vomiting of fluids soon after drinking 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 vomiting of fluids soon after drinking is often associated with aversion to cold, fever and urinary retention in the pattern “/tcm-education-center/patterns/greater-yang-accumulation-of-water”. As you will see below, we have in record two patterns that can cause vomiting of fluids soon after drinking.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of vomiting of fluids soon after drinking we’ve identified four 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 vomiting of fluids soon after drinking.

The two "patterns of disharmony" that can cause vomiting of fluids soon after drinking

In Chinese Medicine vomiting of fluids soon after drinking 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.

Water Plantain (Ze Xie) is the king ingredient for Wu Ling San, a formula used for /tcm-education-center/patterns/greater-yang-accumulation-of-water

Greater Yang Accumulation of Water

Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu), Floating (Fu)

In addition to vomiting of fluids soon after drinking, other symptoms associated with /tcm-education-center/patterns/greater-yang-accumulation-of-water include aversion to cold, fever and urinary retention.

/tcm-education-center/patterns/greater-yang-accumulation-of-water is often treated with Wu Ling San, a herbal formula made of 5 herbs (including Water Plantain - Ze Xie - as a key herb). Wu Ling San belongs to the category of "formulas that promote urination and leach out dampness", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Promotes urination,".

Read more about Greater Yang Accumulation of Water here

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

Stomach Heat or Fire

Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu), Slippery (Hua), Full (Shi)

Tongue coating: Yellow coating

Tongue color: Red centre

Stomach Fire indicates a true Excess of Heat in the Stomach, creating symptoms such as mouth ulcers, bad breath, intense thirst and gum bleeding. Stomach Fire can be the result of excessive intake of hot, spicy, greasy and deep fried foods or other factors such as alcohol, tobacco and sugar.

In addition to vomiting of fluids soon after drinking, other symptoms associated with /tcm-education-center/patterns/stomach-heat-or-fire include dry stools, bleeding gums and constipation.

/tcm-education-center/patterns/stomach-heat-or-fire is often treated with Tiao Wei Cheng Qi Tang, a herbal formula made of 3 herbs (including Rhubarb - Da Huang - as a key herb). Tiao Wei Cheng Qi Tang belongs to the category of "formulas that purge heat accumulation", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Removes Heat and Dryness in the Lower Burner".

Read more about Stomach Heat or Fire here

Four herbal formulas that might help with vomiting of fluids soon after drinking

Wu Ling San

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 5 herbs

Key actions: Promotes urination,. Warms the Yang. Strengthens the Spleen. Promotes Qi transformation function. Drains Dampness. Clears edema.

Why might Wu Ling San help with vomiting of fluids soon after drinking?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern '/tcm-education-center/patterns/greater-yang-accumulation-of-water' of which vomiting of fluids soon after drinking is a symptom.

Read more about Wu Ling San here

Tiao Wei Cheng Qi Tang

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 3 herbs

Key actions: Removes Heat and Dryness in the Lower Burner. Removes constipation.

Why might Tiao Wei Cheng Qi Tang help with vomiting of fluids soon after drinking?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern '/tcm-education-center/patterns/stomach-heat-or-fire' of which vomiting of fluids soon after drinking is a symptom.

Read more about Tiao Wei Cheng Qi Tang here

Qing Wei San

Source date: 1336 AD

Number of ingredients: 5 herbs

Key actions: Drains Stomach Fire. Cools the Blood. Nourishes the Yin.

Why might Qing Wei San help with vomiting of fluids soon after drinking?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern '/tcm-education-center/patterns/stomach-heat-or-fire' of which vomiting of fluids soon after drinking is a symptom.

Read more about Qing Wei San here

Xie Huang San

Source date: 1119 AD

Number of ingredients: 5 herbs

Key actions: Clears Stagnant Fire from the Spleen and Stomach.

Why might Xie Huang San help with vomiting of fluids soon after drinking?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern '/tcm-education-center/patterns/stomach-heat-or-fire' of which vomiting of fluids soon after drinking is a symptom.

Read more about Xie Huang San here

The five Chinese Medicinal herbs most likely to help treat vomiting of fluids soon after drinking

Why might Liquorice (Gan Cao) help with vomiting of fluids soon after drinking?

Because Liquorice is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat vomiting of fluids soon after drinking as a symptom, like Tiao Wei Cheng Qi Tang or Xie Huang San for instance.

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

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 Goldthread Rhizome (Huang Lian) help with vomiting of fluids soon after drinking?

Because it is a key herb in Qing Wei San, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Stomach Heat or Fire' (a pattern with vomiting of fluids soon after drinking as a symptom)

Goldthread Rhizomes is a Cold herb that tastes Bitter. It targets the Gallbladder, the Heart, the Large intestine, the Liver, the Spleen and the Stomach.

Its main actions are: Expels Damp-Heat especially in the Lower Burner. Eliminates Fire toxicity especially when there is associated Dampness. Acts as a sedative by eliminating Heart Fire. Eliminates Stomach Fire. Expel parasites

Read more about Goldthread Rhizomes here

Why might Rhubarb (Da Huang) help with vomiting of fluids soon after drinking?

Because it is a key herb in Tiao Wei Cheng Qi Tang, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Stomach Heat or Fire' (a pattern with vomiting of fluids soon after drinking 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 Bright Yang stage according to the Six Stages Theory. 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

Why might Gypsum (Shi Gao) help with vomiting of fluids soon after drinking?

Because it is a key herb in Xie Huang San, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Stomach Heat or Fire' (a pattern with vomiting of fluids soon after drinking as a symptom)

Gypsum is a Cold herb that tastes Pungent and Sweet. It targets the Lung and the Stomach.

Its main actions are: Clears Heat and drains Fire. Clears Lung Heat. Relieves thirst and restlessness. Clears Stomach Heat.

Read more about Gypsum here

Why might Water Plantain (Ze Xie) help with vomiting of fluids soon after drinking?

Because it is a key herb in Wu Ling San, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Greater Yang Accumulation of Water' (a pattern with vomiting of fluids soon after drinking as a symptom)

Water Plantain is a Cold herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Bladder and the Kidney.

Its main actions are: Causes urination and removes Damp-Heat

Read more about Water Plantain here

Other symptoms often associated with vomiting of fluids soon after drinking

Dry stools Aversion to cold Fever Urinary retention Bleeding gums Constipation Irritability Frontal headache Swelling gums Painful gums