Vomiting is a common symptom that can be caused by various factors, including indigestion, infection, or an underlying medical condition. Chinese medicine offers several treatments to address the root cause of vomiting and alleviate its symptoms. This article will explore various Chinese medicine approaches to treat vomiting caused by cold-dampness, indigestion, dampness-sputum, stomach energy upsurging, Yang deficiency, and Yin deficiency.

  1. Cold-dampness

Symptoms: Absence of perspiration in hot weather, cold sensations in the lower abdomen-genitals region, cough, diarrhea, edema in the four limbs, headache, movement difficulty, nausea, and more.

Treatment: To disperse cold, dry up dampness, harmonize the stomach, and stop vomiting, Huo-Xiang-Zheng-Qi-San is a traditional formula containing cayenne pepper, dill seed, fennel, fresh ginger, mustard seed, and more.

  1. Indigestion

Symptoms: Abdominal pain, belching of bad breath after meals, chest and diaphragm congestion and discomfort, diarrhea and constipation, hot sensations in the middle of palms, indigestion, lack of appetite, and more.

Treatment: Bao-He-Wan is a popular formula to promote digestion, harmonize the stomach, and stop vomiting. Ingredients include asafoetida, buckwheat, castor bean, jellyfish, peach, radish, water chestnut, and more.

  1. Dampness-sputum

Symptoms: Cough, discharge of sputum that can be coughed out easily, discharge of white-watery sputum, dizziness, headache, hiccups, pain in the chest, panting, sleeplessness, vomiting of watery sputum, and more.

Treatment: Xiao-Ban-Xia-Tang is a traditional formula to warm and transform sputum and harmonize the stomach to stop vomiting. Ingredients include adzuki bean, ambergris, barley, common carp, cucumber, mung bean, seaweed, shepherd's purse, and more.

  1. Stomach energy upsurging

Symptoms: Dysphagia, dry vomiting, eating in the evening and vomiting in the morning, hiccups in short sounds, nausea, upset stomach, vomiting of foods, watery sputum, or acidic and bitter water, and more.

Treatment: Xuan-Fu-Dai-Zhe-Tang is used to harmonize the stomach, regulate stomach energy, and stop vomiting. Ingredients include almond, areca nut, sugar beet, brake, buckwheat, common carp, cashew nut, coriander, loquat, and more.

  1. Yang deficiency

Symptoms: Clear and long streams of urine, cold hands and feet, constipation, diarrhea, diminished urination, discharge of watery, thin stools, edema, fatigue with lack of power, fear of cold, frequent illness, and more.

Treatment: Li-Zhong-Tang or Wu-Zhu-Yu-Tang is recommended to warm the middle region, strengthen the spleen, and strengthen the stomach to stop vomiting. Key ingredients include kidneys, lobster, sardine, shrimp, star anise, and red and black date.

  1. Yin deficiency

Symptoms: Bleeding from gums, constipation, dizziness, dry sensations in the mouth, dry throat, dry vomiting, fatigue, headache in the afternoon, nosebleed, pain in the throat, short and reddish streams of urine, sleeplessness, and more.

Treatment: For Yin deficiency, Chinese medicine practitioners typically prescribe nourishing herbs and foods that replenish the body's fluids and support the Yin. Commonly used ingredients include Rehmannia root, Ophiopogon root, Schisandra fruit, and Anemarrhena rhizome, among others. These herbs can be combined in various formulas tailored to the individual's specific needs and symptoms.


Chinese medicine offers a range of natural treatments for vomiting based on the underlying cause and the individual's unique symptoms. By addressing the root of the problem, these remedies not only alleviate the discomfort associated with vomiting but also help restore balance within the body. If you're experiencing persistent vomiting, it's essential to consult with a qualified Chinese medicine practitioner or healthcare professional to determine the most appropriate treatment for your specific situation.