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Chinese Herbal and Acupuncture Treatment Protocols for Digestive Issues - Formulas, Protocols, TCM Diagnoses


Digestive Issues - Basics

Below are alternative and natural treatment options for common digestive problems such as—but not limited to—bloating, acid reflux disease (GERD), constipation and others. Within this section you will find commonly used acupuncture and acupressure points, appropriate herbal formulas and a variety of information from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) perspectives to aid in the treatment of digestive issues.



Digestive Issues - Tam Healing - Tong Ren Protocols

Tong Ren Therapy is the energy healing/medical qi gong aspect of the Tam Healing System. The areas of focus for digestive issues that we would use in Tong Ren techniques form the basis for our acupuncture treatments as well. Generally you would mix these primary points with points specific to the patients underlying TCM pattern and then our tuina (medical massage) would be largely focused on these points as well.

The following Tam Healing/Tong Ren Therapy Protocols May Be Used With Digestive Issues


Digestive Issues - Formulas From Our Store

The following herbal formulas are potentially useful in the process of treating digestive issues. For a complete list from our store with more details see our digestive issues formula section.


Digestive Issues - Questions

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Digestive Issues - Related Acupuncture Points

The following (15) acupuncture points may be useful for digestive issues. 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.)



Digestive Issues - Related Chinese Herbs

The following (1) chinese herb may be useful for digestive issues. In most cases, however, treatment with Chinese Herbal Medicine is done with herbal formulas based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting herbs by function alone. When available, relevant formulas will appear below and/or in the store listings above.



The following (10) Formulas TCM Herbal Formulas May Be Useful For Digestive Issues

Bao He Wan

  • Preserve Harmony Pills
    • Epigastric and or abdominal fullness or painful distention after meals.
    • Acid reflux, belching, vomiting with possible aversion to food due to food stagnation.
    • This formula can also be used for acute food poisoning.
  • Reduce Food Stagnation
  • Cautions
  • Use with caution with weak or qi deficient patients.

Chen Xiang Hua Qi Wan

  • Aquilaria Qi Transforming Pills
  • For spleen qi deficiency with damp heat accumulation in the lower.  The spleen system is effectively the western version of the digestive system.  The spleen is responsible for extracting the energy from the food and properly breaking the food down.  When the spleen is weak the overall energy tends to drop, the appetite may be poor, and the mood may also be on the down side.  Furthermore, the weakness of the spleen results in the accumulation of byproducts (damp) which tend to accumulate in the lower.

    Symptoms may include diarrhea, constipation, excessive gas, and abdominal distension.  This formula is used to treat belching, acid reflux, poor appetite, abdominal distension, flatulence, constipation, and abdominal cramping and discomfort.

    Tongue: puffy, sticky or greasy coat

    Pulse: slippery, weak

  • Expel Dampness
  • Clear Damp-Heat
  • Cautions
  • Contraindicated during pregnancy

Er Chen Wan

  • Two Aged Herbs
    • The primary base formula to resolve phlegm damp, particularly in the lungs and GI system - cough (with white mucus), plugged ears, sinus blockage - along with GI symptoms of nausea, vomiting.
    • Upper respiratory tract infections, bronchitis, emphysema, COPD - when arising from phlegm damp.
    • Phlegm accumulation in the head symptoms such as dizziness, insomnia, meniere's disease, alcohol hangover.
    • Cysts from phlegm accumulation - fibroids, breast cyst, ovarian cyst, thryoid cysts, goiter. 
  • Treat Phlegm
  • Dry Dampness and Expel Phlegm
  • Cautions
    • Avoid in patients with yin deficiency - i.e. cough from dryness.

Fu Zi Li Zhong Wan

  • Aconite Regulate Middle Pills
    • Spleen yang deficiency resulting in coldness of the limbs and/or interior, borborygmus, and possible loose stools or diarrhea.
    • Feeling full even with small amounts of food, bloating, epigastric/abdominal pain, possible decrease in appetite.
    • Vomitting and nausea especially if it occurs shortly after eating.
  • Warm Interior Cold
  • Warm the Middle and Dispel Cold

Jian Pi Wan

  • Strengthen Spleen Pills
    • For stomach and spleen qi deficiency with dampness that has potentially generated mild interior-heat - diarrhea, abdominal pain, poor appetite, epigastric pain.
    • May be used in early pregnancy for more deficient patients particularly with a tendency towards miscarriage.
    • May be used with pediatric patients for poor appetite and looser stools.
  • Reduce Food Stagnation

Shen Ling Bai Zhu Wan

  • Ginseng, Poria & Atractylodes Pills
    • Diarrhea, loose stools, or mucus/greasy stools from damp accumulation in the spleen/stomach.
    • Borborygmus, low appetite, fatigue, and/or pale complexion resulting from spleen qi deficiency.
    • Colitis, IBS, gastritis, and other types of gastro intenstinal disorders where the predominant TCM pattern is spleen qi deficiency and damp accumulation.
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Qi
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution during pregnancy.
    • Use with caution with patients that present with yin deficiency. 

Wu Mei Wan

  • Mume Fruit Pill
    • Generally used with roundworms - abdominal pain, irritability, stifled chest w/heat, vomiting after eating, cold hands and/or feet.  
    • Chronic diarrhea, IBS, or other digestive disorders characterized by both heat and cold.
  • Expel Parasites

Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Wan

  • Aucklandia, Amomi & Six Gentlemen Pills
    • A modified version of the base, zhi zhu wan, which is used to treat qi stagnation and food retention from qi deficiency.  This modification includes herbs which add more movement and damp drying.
    • Distention and fullness in the epigastric area - bloating, indigestion, gastritis, gastric prolapse.
    • Poor appetite (from Spleen Qi Deficiency), anorexia.
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Qi
  • Cautions
    • Avoid raw and cold food when taking this formula (and generally for Spleen Qi Deficiency).

Xiang Sha Yang Wei Wan

  • Aucklandia Amomi Nurture Stomach Pills
    • Low appetite, apathy towards eating due to spleen qi deficiency.
    • Acid reflux, indigestion, epigastric pain, tendency to feel full even with small quantities of food.
    • Food stagnation due to overeating.
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Qi
  • Cautions
    •  

Yi Guan Jian Wan

  • Linking Decoction
    • GI issues from yin deficiency (liver and kidney) with liver qi stagnation leading to stomach yin issues - gastritis, ulcers, reflux, bloating.
    • The underlying factors lead to dryness of the blood, that coupled with liver qi stagnation and yin deficiency may lead to PMS, inosmnia, etc.
    • With the right underlying factors useful for a range of liver conditions - hepatitis, fatty liver.
    • Essential hypertension, preeclampsia.
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Yin



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