The cause of abdominal problems can be hard to pinpoint. Sometimes minor
and serious abdominal problems start with the same symptoms. Fortunately,
most abdominal problems are minor, and home treatment is all that is
needed. Many times the exact cause of abdominal pain is hard to find. The
severity of your pain, its location , and other symptoms you have may help
determine what is causing the pain.
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.
In general, these are disorders including the esophagus, stomach and
intestines. We have a very high success rate in treating gastrointestinal
disorders. Most patients will find that their problem is greatly reduced
or eliminated. In each case, we perform an individualized evaluation of
each patient to determine the particular cause or causes of their
The areas that we pay particular attention to are:
Food sensitivities or
Stress and/or anxiety
Chronic loose stools/diarrhea
Chronic bloating or gas
Differentiation from the point of view Oriental Medicine
Differentiationwould help we to determine the choice of which
acupuncture points should be chosen and what other methods should be used
too, such as moxibustion or Chinese herbal formula etc. Below are some
typical samples for differentiation:
Invasion of pathogenic cold;
Stomach pain occurs suddenly. The patients dislike cold but warm. They
like to apply warm pad to their stomach to reduce some pain. They don't
feel thirsty but may like to drink some warm water or soup. Patients
tongue coating is white and their pulses are tight.
Retention of food; Patients feel the distending or even pain in the epigastrium,
aggravated on pressure or after meals, belching with fetid odor, anorexia.
They may vomit with undigested food. After vomiting the pain may reduce.
Patients usually have thick, sticky tongue coating and deep, forceful or
The liver Chi attacks the stomach;
Patients feel abdominal distension, pain in the epigastrium and radiating
to the hypochondriac regions. They belch frequently. Some patients may
notice that their anger or mental depression would trigger the pain.
Patient's tongue coating is usually white thin. Their pulses are
Liver and stomach heat;
Patients feel stomach pain with burning sensation. They may also have the
symptom of vexation, irascibility, and acid reflux, clamoring stomach and
thirst or bitter taste in the mouth. Patient's tongues are red with yellow
coating. Their pulses may be string-taut or fast.
Yin deficiency of stomach;
Patients feel dull pain in the stomach. They also have dry mouth and
throat. They may feel thirst but don't want to drink a lot of water. They
may also be constipated. Some of them may diarrhea. Their tongues are red
and lack of moist. Patients usually have thin and rapid pulses.
Patients feel stomach pain of fixed location. The pains may like the
stabbing of a needle or cutting of a knife. The pains occur or the pains
worsen after meal. Some patients may vomit blood or have black stool.
Their tongues may look dark purple. They usually have rough pulses.
Spleen-stomach cold deficiency; Patients of this type usually feel dull pains in their stomachs. They
may feel more pain when their stomachs are empty, after eating the pains
are probably reduced. They often have decreased appetite. They probably
have clear watery reflux. They may like warm or pressure on their
stomachs. Patients often feel tired and lack of warmth in their
extremities. Their tongues are pale and pulses are weak.
After reading above, you may
have some ideals about your pains from Oriental medical perspective, or
may still be unsure what types are your pains. Also it could be a complex
of more than one type and it may transform from one type to another.
Acupuncture and Oriental herbal medicine are complementary and alternative
choices in which many patients have found pain relief.
If you have any symptoms of Abdominal pain, Please
Contact Us. We can help you determine the best course of acupuncture
and moxa treatment.