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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 - 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 (11) 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.

Jian Pi Wan

Shen Ling Bai Zhu Wan

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.  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.

  • Expel Parasites

Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Wan

Xiang Sha Yang Wei Wan

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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