Stomach pain is also called epigastralgia. Almost everyone has had stomach pains.
It is the heartburn pain and acid reflux pain caused by the gastric mucosa stimulated by a high concentration of gastric acid or caused by stomach diseases.
Stomach pain may cause nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, indigestion, decreased resistance, and a haggard face.
It can also affect the urinary system, leading to oliguria, frequent urination, urgency, hematuria, pyuria, ureteral stones, and bladder stones. In severe cases, stomach pain can cause stomach bleeding.
If it is stomach pain caused by stomach disease, you should seek medical advice promptly. Gastric diseases may cause gastric perforation and stomach cancer.
In traditional Chinese medicine, the invasion of cold, heat and dampness in the human body will lead to abnormal gastric function and stomach pain.
Also, irregular eating habits, excessive pressure, spleen and stomach deficiency caused by diseases will also cause gastric dysfunction, insufficient gastric power, dyspepsia, and stomach pain.
Traditional Chinese medicine has a history of thousands of years in the treatment of stomach pain. There are different treatments for stomach pain caused by different causes.
1. Guang Huo Xiang (Herba Pogostemonis)
Guang Huo Xiang is the above-ground part of the removal of the roots of Pogostemon cablin and Agastache rugosa, with a medicinal history of more than 1,000 years.
People has found that its volatile oil can promote gastric secretion, enhance gastric motility, and relieve gastrointestinal smooth muscle spasm.Also, its decoction can treat colds, headaches, vomiting, diarrhea, dysentery, bad breath, boosting immunity and inhibiting bacteria.
2. Zi Su Ye (Perilla Leaf)
More than 2,000 years ago, people began to use Zi Su Ye. It has antipyretic and antibacterial effects and can promote the secretion of digestive juice, increase gastrointestinal motility, treat spleen and stomach deficiency, and enhance human immunity.
Also, it is a natural cold medicine that can treat colds, headaches, stuffy noses, coughs, and chest tightness. It can be used as food, tea, and decoction.
3. Chen Pi (Dried Tangerine Peel)
Chen Pi (Dried Tangerine Peel) is a kind of precious Chinese herb. <Compendium of Materia Medica> records that it can treat chest and abdomen pain, inappetence, dyspepsia, nausea and vomiting caused by weak of spleen and stomach.
Also, it can eliminate asthma, phlegm, inflammation and increase blood pressure. It can be used as food and decoction.
4. Ban Xia (Pinellia Rhizome)
Ban Xia (Pinellia Rhizome) with a clinical history of more than 1,000 years is the stem of Pinellia ternata, an Araceae plant.
In traditional Chinese medicine, its decoction can treat vomiting and stomach pain caused by stomach cold and stomach heat. It is also effective in the treatment of pregnant vomiting.
It can nourish the spleen and stomach, treat asthma and cough, eliminate phlegm and dampness. Incorrect use of it may cause poisoning. When taking it, you should choose the products of Pinellia (Ginger Pinellia).
When applied externally, it can treat sores, snake bites, sore throat, mouth sores, tongue sores, traumatic bleeding, and purulent otitis media. It can be used as a decoction or ground into powder for external use.
5. Bai Zhu (Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae)
Bai Zhu (Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae) is the rhizome of atractylodes macrocephala koidz. It is an important component of whitening skincare products.
It can treat the stomach dysfunction caused by the weak of spleen and stomach. Its volatile oil has a good analgesic effect.
Also, it can lower blood sugar, enhance hematopoietic function, delay cell aging, prevent abortion, and promote urination. It can be used as tea and decoction.
6. Fu Ling (Poria Cocos)
Fu Ling (Poria Cocos) is a famous Chinese herbal medicine and is an important component of some diuretics.
In traditional Chinese medicine, it is often used in combination with Gui Zhi, such as Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan. It can inhibit the secretion of gastric juice and relieve gastric ulcers. Poria cocos polysaccharide can enhance immunity.
Clinically, it is often used to treat esophageal cancer, gastric cancer, liver cancer, breast cancer, bladder cancer, lung cancer.
7. Da Fu Pi (Pericarpium Arecae)
Da Fu Pi (Pericarpium Arecae) is the peel of the Areca cathecu. It contains ingredients such as arecoline and catechin.
It stimulates the smooth muscles of the gastrointestinal tract, enhances gastrointestinal motility, promotes fibrinolysis, fights fungi, and prevents gastric ulcers.
Clinically, it is often used to treat acute gastroenteritis, gastrointestinal colds, simple dyspepsia in children, chronic hepatitis, inflammatory edema, and urinary tract infections. Pregnant women should not take it. It can be used as a decoction.
8. Hou Po (Magnolia Bark)
Hou Po (Magnolia Bark) is the skin of Magnolia Officinalis. Its earliest written record is in <Shennong Ben Cao Jing>.
Clinically proven, it can treat acute or chronic gastritis, enteritis, bacterial dysentery, amoebic dysentery, gastrointestinal neurosis, dyspepsia, emphysema, bronchial asthma.
Also, it can treat vomiting and constipation. Pregnant women should not use it. It can be used as a decoction.
9.Bian Dou (White Hyacinth Bean)
Bian Dou (White Hyacinth Bean) contain a lot of protein, polysaccharides, vitamins, and trace elements, which are a kind of crop growing in Asia. It is often used by Chinese people as a health food to cook soup and porridge.
It can nourish the spleen, treat gastrointestinal cold, gastroenteritis, dyspepsia, and vaginitis. Also, it enhances T-lymphocyte activity and boosts immunity.
Its decoction can inhibit dysentery bacilli and treat acute gastroenteritis caused by food poisoning. White lentils have been proved that it can inhibit tumor growth.
10. Mu Xiang (Radix Aucklandiae)
Mu Xiang (Radix Aucklandiae) is the root of Vladimiria Souliei. <Compendium of Materia Medica> records that it can regulate gastrointestinal function, treat digestive ulcers, and promote gallbladder contraction.
Chinese medicine doctors often use it to treat acute gastroenteritis, bacterial dysentery, chronic superficial gastritis, flatulence, biliary colic, and ulcer disease.
Also, it can treat skin ulcers and urinary system diseases. Pregnant women or people with Yin deficiency should not use it. It can be used as a decoction.
11. Shen Qu (Medicated Leaven)
Shen Qu (Medicated Leaven) has a medical history of more than 2000 years.
<Materia medica Jing Shu> records that it can nourish the spleen and stomach, and treat anorexia, flatulence, stomachache, vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea.
It contains yeast, vitamin B, ergosterol, which can promote the digestion and absorption of food by the human body. It can be used as a decoction for drinking.
12. Sheng Jiang (Ginger Rhizome)
Sheng Jiang is a common flavoring in the kitchen. Gingerols contained in ginger can enhance the secretion of digestive juice, promote digestion, and protect the gastric mucosa.
Its volatile oil can inhibit the growth and reproduction of gastrointestinal bacteria and has a good therapeutic effect on stomach pain and vomiting caused by stomach cold.
Also, it can treat colds, fever, headaches and stuffy noses. It can be used as food, tea, and decoction.
13. Xiang Fu (Rhizoma Cyperi)
Xiang Fu (Rhizoma Cyperi) is the rhizome of Cyperus rotundus L and has been used for more than 800 years. Chinese medicine doctors often use it to treat chest pain, ribs, abdominal pain, and indigestion.
Modern medicine has confirmed that it can treat chronic cholecystitis, chronic gastritis, gastric ulcer, duodenal ulcer, gastric neurosis, sciatica, filariasis, and flat warts.
Also, it can inhibit bacteria and fungi, lower blood pressure, and treat menstrual disorders and dysmenorrhea. It can be used as Decoction for drinking.
14. Bai Zhi (Radix Angelicae Dahuricae)
Bai Zhi (Radix Angelicae Dahuricae) is the root of Angelica dahurica of family Umbelliferae and was first used more than 2,400 years ago. It is a common additive for Chinese braised dish.
Chinese medicine doctors often use it to treat headaches, stomach pain, and toothache caused by wind-cold. It has a good analgesic effect. Also, it can treat vitiligo and psoriasis, and lower blood pressure.
People with blood deficiency and qi deficiency should not use it. It can be used as a decoction to drink or grind into powder for external application.
15. Ji Nei Jin (Endothelium Corneum Gigeriae Galli)
Ji Nei Jin (Endothelium Corneum Gigeriae Galli) is the inner wall of the chicken’s gizzard and has a history of more than 800 years of use. It is an important component of more than 100 traditional Chinese medicine formulas.
It contains stomach hormone, keratin, amino acid, micro pepsin and amylase, which can promote the secretion of gastric juice, and treat stomach distention and stomachache caused by dyspepsia.
Also, it can nourish the spleen and stomach, and treat enuresis and spermatorrhea caused by kidney deficiency. It can be used as Decoction for drinking.
16. Wu Yao (Radix Linderae)
Wu Yao (Radix Linderae) is a valuable Chinese herbal medicine, whose medicinal property is warm, with a pungent taste.
Clinically, its decoction can promote digestion, inhibit Helicobacter pylori, and treat chronic superficial gastritis. Also, it can accelerate blood circulation, increase blood pressure, and relieve muscle spasms. It can be used as Decoction for drinking.
17. Hai Piao Xiao (Os Sepiae)
Hai Piao Xiao (Os Sepiae) is the inner shell of needleless squid and golden squid. This medicine is produced in coastal cities in Asia.
It can treat gastrointestinal bleeding, nosebleeds, gastric mucosal prolapse, and pyloric spasm. It contains calcium carbonate that neutralizes excess stomach acid and boosts immunity.
Also, it can treat the spermatorrhea caused by kidney deficiency and skin ulcers. Pregnant women and children should not use it. It can be used as a decoction to drink or grind into powder for external application.
18. Zhi Qiao (Fructus Aurantii)
Zhi Qiao (Fructus Aurantii) is the mature peel of Citrus aurantium, which belongs to Family Rutaceae. According to records, people started to use it in 500 BC.
Its decoction can regulate gastrointestinal smooth muscle in both directions. Its low concentration decoction can stimulate smooth muscle, enhance gastrointestinal peristalsis and promote digestion. Its high concentration decoction can reduce the tension of smooth muscle and relieve stomach spasm.
Also, it can treat gastroptosis, anorectal prolapse, uterine detachment, and increase blood pressure. Pregnant women or people with weak spleen and stomach should not use it. It can be used as a decoction.
19. Sha Ren (Fructus Amomi)
Sha Ren (Fructus Amomi) is the mature fruit of Amomum villosum. In 640 AD, Chinese doctors began to use it to treat deficiency-cold of spleen and stomach.
Clinically, it can treat chronic gastritis, dyspepsia, acute enteritis, and chronic bacillary dysentery. Also, it can eliminate dampness, treat pregnant vomiting, and miscarriage prevention.
People with Yin deficiency and Qi deficiency should not use it. It can be used as decoction for drinking.
Other ways to relieve stomach pain
- A reasonable diet and maintain optimism.
- When you have stomach pain, try to drink warm water and apply it to your abdomen with a warm water bag.
- Massage the calf, the inner side of the calf has a foot yin spleen (spleen), foot yin and liver (hepatic meridian) foot Shaoyin kidney (kidney) points, stimulate these points can relieve stomach pain.
- Massage the upper abdomen clockwise or counterclockwise to relieve stomach pain.