Liver Qi Constraint: Abdominal Distention

Liver qi constraint can cause a blockage in the flow of qi, leading to distention in the upper abdomen. This is because the Liver is unable to regulate the flow of qi, resulting in a disruption in its movement. This can also lead to slowed and congealed fluids in the gastrointestinal system, as well as constipation and possibly fluid retention and/or phlegm-dampness. The Spleen may also be affected by this type of distention.

Signs and symptoms

  • Intermittent or persistent abdominal distention, fullness, and discomfort that is worse during times of stress or negative emotion
  • Belching, sighing, and flatulence that provide some relief from abdominal discomfort
  • Moodiness, irritability, quick temper, or depression
  • Hypochondriac discomfort, aches, or tightness on palpation, often worse on the right side
  • Rumbling noises in the stomach (borborygmus), loss of appetite, indigestion, acid reflux, heartburn
  • Tendency to have sluggish or alternating constipated and diarrhea stools
  • Thin or thick white coat on the tongue
  • Wiry pulse

Healing approach

Dredge the Liver and regulate qi. Harmonize the Liver and Spleen/Stomach. Restore the qi dynamic and ease distention.