半夏泻心汤

Pinellia Decoction to Drain the Epigastrium

Problems with chronic acid reflux and heartburn? You’ve tried modifying your diet and still have problems? Cannot seem to be able to quite over the counter medications to help the problem?

The answer is in this formula: Ban Xia Xie Xin Tang! It is a classical Chinese herbal formula to help treat heartburn and acid reflux. It works so well with so many patients, that many are able to stop OTC medications all together and even add some of their favorite foods back into their diet.

Below is how it works based on Chinese Medicine. It may not make sense at all to you, but once you try the formula you will see the difference.

Actions: Harmonize the stomach to lower rising Qi, open the stagnancy & dissipate obstruction.

Indications: Disharmony of stomach Qi. *Due to cold/heat complex or improper purging of half interior, half exterior pattern with stomach deficiency. (Purging aggravates the stomach deficiency to cause pathogen to go deeper).

Herbs in Formula:

Ban Xia 9g (monarch): Pungent & bitter enter stomach channel, disperse clumps, stops nausea, vomiting or heartburn & eliminates focal distention.

Gan Jiang 6g (adjuvant): Pungent & warm expel cold.

Huang Qin 6g (adjuvant): Bitter & cold drain heat.

Huang Lian 3g (adjuvant): Bitter & cold drain heat.

Ren Shen 6g (assistant): Benefit the middle jiao & prevent the dispersing action of other herbs to injure normal Qi. Helps Ban Xia to stop vomiting.

Da Zao 4 pieces (assistant): Same as Ren Shen.

Zhi Gan Cao 6g (guiding): Help tonify middle Qi & harmonize herbs.

Manifestations:

*Focal distention: A localized sensation of discomfort, blockage & distension.

*Clumping in the epigastrium: Produce a sensation of fullness. Soft, no mass or hardness.

*Slight pain or no pain.

*Cold-heat complex:

  • Excess & deficiency brought by clumping & generate heat.
  • The heat injures stomach Qi that leads to cold.
  • Complex disrupts spleen & stomach ascending & descending function causing dry heaves or vomiting above & diarrhea below.
  • Excess & deficiency causes contention in GI tract leading to borborygmus & reduced appetite.
  • Rising of stomach’s turbid yin & clumping of pathogen in middle jiao reflects a yellow & greasy tongue coating.