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


Epigastric Pain - Basics

Epigastric pain occurs in the area of the abdomen located between the bottom of the ribcage and the navel. It can be associated with several different medical issues, ranging from indigestion to the gastrointestinal manifestation of lupus.

Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for epigastric pain.


Epigastric Pain - Diagnostic Patterns

The Chinese Medicine treatment of epigastric 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).

The following patterns may represent the underlying contributing factors for the development of epigastric pain:



Epigastric Pain - Acupuncture Protocols

The treatment of conditions with acupuncture can be a complicated endeavor that should only be undertaken by individuals with a deep understanding of the underlying Chinese Medicine theory (and/or whatever system being used for treatment). There are many approaches, but generally speaking few viable approaches are involved on a point to condition basis. Rather using proper diagnostic procedures the patients diagnostic pattern is ascertained and that is what is treated. The protocols listed here exemplify some of these clinical approaches.

The following Acupuncture Treatment Protocols May Be Used With Epigastric Pain


Epigastric Pain - Formulas From Our Store

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


Epigastric Pain - Questions

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Epigastric Pain - Related Acupuncture Points

The following (7) acupuncture points may be useful for epigastric 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.)



Epigastric Pain - Related Chinese Herbs

The following (7) chinese herbs may be useful for epigastric pain. 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 (3) Formulas TCM Herbal Formulas May Be Useful For Epigastric Pain

Ban Xia Xie Xin Wan

  • Pinellia Drain Epigastrium Pills
    • Distension and fullness of the epigastrium usually without pain.
    • Borborygmus (gurgling sounds), and diarrhea if spleen qi is affected.
    • Vomiting with possible dry heaves due to rebellious stomach qi.
  • Harmonize
  • Harmonize the Stomach and Intestines
  • Cautions
  • Do not use for epigastric distention due to food stagnation.  Use with caution if patient has yin deficiency.

Sha Shen Mai Dong Wan

  • Glehnia and Ophiopogonis Decoction
    • Important formula for stomach yin deficiency - benefits the stomach and the lungs - a range of digestive issues (gastritis, epigastric pain), possibly with dry throat, thirst and/or cough.
    • Diabetes - particularly with signs of dryness.
    • A range of lung related issues - lung cancer, pneumonia, cough/wheezing.
  • Treat Dryness
  • Gently Disperse and Moisten Dryness

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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