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Herbs for Appetite Loss

Herbs for Appetite Loss

Herbs for Poor Appetite

Herbs & Chinese Medicine for Appetite Loss

Appetite Loss According to TCM

Very rarely is a loss of appetite a sign of a serious medical problem. In most cases, appetite loss is caused by a digestive disorder known as spleen deficiency. This does not in any way indicate a problem with the organ you know as your spleen. In traditional Chinese medicine, the term ‘spleen’ refers to the intelligent part of the digestive system where decisions are made about which enzymes, acids, and digestive fluids are made, and in what quantity. The term ‘spleen deficiency’ really means poor digestion.

Injury to the spleen can, most commonly, originate with irregular or unbalanced eating habits, drug ingestion, or emotional distress.

Eating at irregular intervals is a burden to the digestion. When the body expects to be fed, it begins the process of manufacturing the chemicals needed for digestion and absorption. This takes energy. If the expected food does not arrive, the energy is wasted. When food finally does arrive, the process must be repeated. Thus irregular eating patterns consume much more energy than does habits of eating at regular intervals. This often leads to a condition known as spleen qi (energy) deficiency. Loss of appetite is just one symptom of spleen qi deficiency. Others may include bloating, loose stools, fatigue, and a weakened immune system. Herbal medicines used to treat spleen deficiency are listed below.

Drugs, both legal and illegal, can also injure the spleen causing these and other symptoms. Often, drugs will injure the digestion by attacking the liver. Once again, the term ‘liver’ in TCM, does not mean exactly the same thing as just the organ called the liver.

Emotions, such as prolonged sadness or worry, can directly effect the spleen and cause digestive problems like loss of appetite. Other emotions, such as anger or frustration, can injure the liver and thus injure the spleen as well. Besides loss of appetite, these emotions can cause acid reflux, belching, and stomach ulcers. Herbal medicines used to treat liver related digestive problems are mentioned below.

Besides injury to the spleen, appetite loss can be caused by poor movement of the digestate or stool through the digestive tract. Thus constipation or food stagnation can also cause loss of appetite. Herbal medicines used to relieve constipation are also listed on this page.

Shen Clinic TCM Advice

Herbal Medicines for Appetite Loss

The following herbal medicines are considered safe to use, but are best taken under the advisment of a trained practitioner.

Appetitie Loss Caused by Spleen Deficiency
Liu Jun Zi Wan (6 Gentleman Pill)

Low Appetite  Caused by Liver Invading Spleen
Shu Gan Wan

 Low Appetite Caused by Constipation
Rhubarb Rx Pills

Low Appetite  caused by Food Stagnation
Bao He Wan

Information on this site is provided for educational purposes and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your own physician or another medical professional. We make no claim as to efficacy or safety of herbs or herbal medicine appearing on this site. Information and statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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