Case Study: Digestive Issues and Traditional Chinese Medicine

BW came to me complaining of intense pain in his stomach and also along the left underside of his ribcage (which, incidentally, is called the ‘hypochondriac region’; ‘hypochondrium’ derived from the Greek word for ‘abdomen’). He said he had lost his appetite, and he was feeling very tired – pretty close to the point of exhaustion. BW was in his early 60’s, and otherwise was in very good health. He got plenty of exercise, he ate well, and he slept a good amount for a man his age.

His tongue looked pale to me, and it was slightly swollen with some redness on the sides and on the tip. His pulse was soft, and a little slippery on the left side, but was soft and quite weak on the right side.

In addition to some acupuncture on his stomach area and his wrists, I also used a few points on his lower legs. Then each time he came to see me over the next three weeks, I prescribed 4-day prescriptions of a formula called Xiang Sha Yang Wei Tang (Nourish the Stomach Decoction with Aucklandia and Amomum). This formula is generally used to increase one’s appetite, but is specific to a reduced appetite caused by Spleen Qi deficiency with some Dampness accumulation.

He was feeling much better after these three treatments, and to this date he has not complained of the same illness.

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