Chinese Herbal and Acupuncture Treatment Protocols for Abdominal Pain - Formulas, Protocols, TCM Diagnoses

The Chinese Medicine treatment of abdominal pain generally involves arriving at the appropriate TCM diagnosis or pattern. This pattern within the individual is what treatment is based on not the general condition (see treating the cause and not the symptoms).

Abdominal pain indicates pain in the abdominal area which extends from your rib line down to your groin. Pain within this area can arise by stomach issues as well as problems within any of the other organs in the abdominal cavity. People may experience mild or severe pain and this can indicate any number of health issues.

The following Acupuncture Treatment Protocols May Be Used With Abdominal Pain


There are no tongren treatment protocols associated at this time.


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The following herbal formulas from our store are potentially useful for abdominal pain:

Ban Xia Bai Zhu Tian Ma Wan
Ban Xia Xie Xin Wan
Bao He Wan
Chen Xiang Hua Qi Wan
Fu Zi Li Zhong Wan
Gan Bing Zhi Ben Wan
Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan
Huo Luo Xiao Ling Wan
Loong-Tsab Menja – Gynecological Disorders Tea
Mu Xiang Shun Qi Wan

The following (35) acupuncture points may be useful for abdominal pain. A subset of these could potentially be useful with acupressure stimulation and/or tongren therapy methods as well.

Generally treatment would be based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting points by function alone, (see general points selection rules.)



There are (29) Chinese herbs currently associated with abdominal pain. Generally speaking you will not choose herbs this way, but this serves as a clinical reminder of some of the empirical herbs for abdominal pain. For the most part treatment would be decided by the presenting TCM patterns and with formulas such as those listed in the next section.

TCM Herbal Formulas That May Be Useful For Abdominal Pain

TCM FormulaClinical Functions
Ban Xia Bai Zhu Tian Ma Wan

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Ban Xia Xie Xin Wan

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Bao He Wan

Useful for overeating, over drinking and/or eating contaminated food.  Symptoms include abdominal pain, bloating, belching, reflux, nausea, vomiting, aversion to food, possibly diarrhea.

The Pulse will be slippery and the Tongue will often have yellow, greasy tongue coating.

Chen Xiang Hua Qi Wan

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Fu Zi Li Zhong Wan

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Gan Bing Zhi Ben Wan

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Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan

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Huo Xiang Zheng Qi Wan

Fever w/chills, chest oppression, abdominal pain, nausea, possibly vomiting and/or diarrhea, loss of taste, headache.

The Pulse will be soggy and moderate and the Tongue will have a white greasy coating.

Mu Xiang Shun Qi Wan

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Shao Fu Zhu Yu Wan

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Shao Yao Gan Cao Wan

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Shu Gan Wan

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Si Jun Zi Tang Wan

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Tong Xie Yao Fang Wan

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Wu Mei Wan

Generally used with roundworms - abdominal pain, irritability, stifled chest w/heat, vomiting after eating, cold hands and/or feet.  Roundworms may be observed in vomit.

Also has a broader application in chronic diarrhea, IBS, or other digestive disorders characterized by both heat and cold.  Symptoms may be chronic diarrhea, abdominal pain (often that is better w/heat).

With parasites the tongue and pulse are less critical, with chronic conditions the Tongue may be red with a white coating.

Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Wan

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Yi Guan Jian Wan

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