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Diagnostic Information and Acupuncture and Herbal Treatment of Spleen and Stomach Damp Heat


Spleen and Stomach Damp Heat - Basics

Epigastric a/or abdominal oppression, lack of appetite, heavy body, thirst with little/no desire to drink, abdominal pain, loose stools with strong odor possibly w/burning anus, nausea, vomiting, fever, headache.

Yellow sticky coat.

Slippery, rapid.


Spleen and Stomach Damp Heat - Related Acupuncture Points

The following (7) acupuncture points may be useful for spleen and stomach damp heat. 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.)




Spleen and Stomach Damp Heat - Formulas From Our Store

The following herbal formulas are potentially useful in the process of treating spleen and stomach damp heat. For a complete list from our store with more details see our spleen and stomach damp heat formula section.


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Spleen and Stomach Damp Heat - Related Chinese Herbs

The following (2) chinese herbs may be useful for spleen and stomach damp heat. When available, relevant formulas will appear below and/or in the store listings above.



The following (10) TCM Herbal Formulas May Be Useful For Spleen and Stomach Damp Heat

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

Mu Xiang Shun Qi Wan

  • Saussurea Qi Promoting Pills
    • Bloating, lower abdominal pain, sluggish bowels.
    • Acid reflux/heartburn, nausea with possible vomitting after meals.
  • Expel Dampness
  • Clear Damp-Heat
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution for preganacy.

Qing Shu Yi Qi Tang Wan

  • Clear Summer Heat and Augment the Qi
    • Please note that there are two formulas with the same name but slightly different compositions.  One is from Wang's Wen Re Jing Wei and tonifies the yin more strongly, the other (which is the one discussed here) is from Li's Pi Wei Lun (Discussion of the Spleen and Stomach) and tonifies the spleen more strongly.  Both have similar usages but are not directly interchangeable.  
    • Clears summerheat and dries dampness - summer colds and flus, heatstroke - fever, fatigue, excessive sweating with loose stools and heaviness in the body.
    • Along with respiratory infections in the right cases certain types of asthma may be appropriate for this formula.
    • Dampheat related inflammatory condtions such as Colitis are approprirate with the right underlying factors.
    • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome with symptoms of spleen deficiency and heat.
    • Wtih the right underlying factors the range of perimenopausal symptoms may be appropriate - low libido, fatigue, water retention, fibroids, heavy cycles.  Where this appear with spleen qi deficiency signs and kidney weakness, this formula may be appropriate.
  • Clear Heat
  • Relieve Summerheat

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. 

Si Miao Wan

  • Four Marvels Powder
    • Damp-Heat Bi-Syndromes in Chinese Medicine terms - arthritis with hot swollen joints. With the right underlying diagnosis both osteo-arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis would respond.
    • Gout.
    • Weakness and/or atrophy in the lower body with swelling.
    • Leukorrhea and other heat related discharge.
  • Expel Dampness
  • Clear Damp-Heat
  • Cautions
  • Pregnancy
    • Avoid in pregnancy.
    • Avoid in deficiency cases.
    • Generally not suitable for arthritis with cold/deficient signs.

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

  • 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

Xiao Feng Wan

  • Clear Wind Pill
  • Itchy and red skin lesions, possibly with weeping, comprising such conditions as psoriasis, eczema, acne, dermatitis, etc.

    The Pulse will generally be forceful, floating and rapid and the Tongue will have a yellow or white tongue coating.

  • Expel Wind
  • Release Wind from the Skin and Channels

Xie Xin Wan

  • Drain the Epigastrium Formula
  • Signs of damp-heat with interior clumping which may settle into the abdominal region and/or rise upward to the head.  Fever, irritability, red eyes, constipation, dark urine, flushed face - middle warmer issues - jaundice, dysentery, tongue/mouth ulcers.

    Pulse will be be wiry and rapid and the Tongue will be red, swollen with a yellow greasy tongue coating.

  • Clear Heat
  • Clear Heat and Relieve Toxicity

Spleen and Stomach Damp Heat - Conditions and Possibilities

The Chinese Medicine treatment of spleen and stomach damp heat generally involves being certain that this pattern is the proper diagnosis. Each pattern may have multiple conditions and each condition may arise from one or more patterns (see treating the cause and not the symptoms).

The following 24 conditions may arise from spleen and stomach damp heat . Each condition is listed with other possible patterns to expand diagnostic possibilities.

ConditionsOther Possible Patterns
Acne¤ Liver Fire ¤ Heat in the Blood 
Aldosteronism (Primary)¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yin Deficiency ¤ Stomach Qi Deficiency 
Anorexia Nervosa¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency ¤ Stomach Food Stagnation ¤ Spleen Blood Deficiency ¤ Stomach Qi Deficiency 
Appendicitis¤ Large Intestine Damp Heat ¤ Large Intestine Blood Stagnation 
Arthritis (Bi Syndromes)
Behcet's Disease¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency ¤ Spleen Yang Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yang Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yin Deficiency 
Crohn's Disease¤ Large Intestine Damp Heat ¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency ¤ Spleen Invasion - Cold Damp ¤ Large Intestine Blood Stagnation ¤ Spleen Qi Sinking 
Dysentary¤ Large Intestine Damp Heat ¤ Spleen Invasion - Cold Damp ¤ Stomach Dampness ¤ Large Intestine Cold ¤ Stomach Cold ¤ Stomach Qi Deficiency 
Dysuria (Painful Urination)¤ Liver Fire ¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yang Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yin Deficiency ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency 
Epigastric Pain¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency ¤ Stomach Food Stagnation ¤ Stomach Fire ¤ Stomach Cold ¤ Stomach Qi Deficiency ¤ Blood Stagnation ¤ Liver Attacking the Spleen 
Gingivitis¤ Liver and Gallbladder Damp Heat ¤ Stomach Fire ¤ Stomach Yin Deficiency 
Glomerulonephritis¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency ¤ Stomach Dampness ¤ Kidney Qi Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yin Deficiency ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency 
Jaundice¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency ¤ Spleen Yang Deficiency ¤ Spleen Invasion - Cold Damp ¤ Stomach Dampness ¤ Stomach Cold ¤ Stomach Qi Deficiency 
Leukemia¤ Liver Blood Deficiency ¤ Liver and Gallbladder Damp Heat ¤ Lung Dampness - Phlegm Heat ¤ Large Intestine Damp Heat ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency 
Nausea¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency ¤ Stomach Food Stagnation ¤ Stomach Fire ¤ Stomach Yin Deficiency ¤ Stomach Cold ¤ Phlegm Stagnation ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Obesity (Weight Loss)¤ Heart Yang Deficiency ¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency ¤ Spleen Yang Deficiency ¤ Stomach Fire ¤ Stomach Dampness ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Pancreatic Cancer¤ Liver and Gallbladder Damp Heat ¤ Stomach Qi Deficiency ¤ Phlegm Stagnation ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Pancreatitis¤ Liver Qi Stagnation ¤ Liver and Gallbladder Damp Heat ¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Pyelonephritis¤ Liver and Gallbladder Damp Heat ¤ Lung Dampness - Phlegm Heat ¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yin Deficiency 
Sinusitis¤ Lung Wind Invasion - Wind Heat ¤ Lung Wind Invasion - Wind Cold ¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency 
Toothache¤ Liver and Gallbladder Damp Heat ¤ Stomach Fire ¤ Shen Disturbance ¤ Heat in the Blood 
Ulcerative Colitis¤ Liver Qi Stagnation ¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency ¤ Spleen Yang Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yang Deficiency ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Uroschesis¤ Lung Dampness - Phlegm Heat ¤ Spleen Qi Deficiency ¤ Kidney Qi Deficiency ¤ Bladder Damp Heat 
Vomiting¤ Stomach Food Stagnation ¤ Stomach Fire ¤ Stomach Yin Deficiency ¤ Stomach Cold ¤ Phlegm Stagnation ¤ Blood Stagnation ¤ Liver Attacking the Spleen 



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