Running Piglet Qi & Inguinal Mass

Third century physician and medical theorist Zhang Zhong-Jing gave a description of Running Piglet (Ben Tun) in Essentials from the Golden Cabinet, one of the most important classical treatises on the etiology and treatment of internal diseases. “Running Piglet disorder arises from the lower abdomen; it rushes up to the throat with such ferocity that the patient feels he is close to death, It attacks and then remits. It is brought about by fear and fright.” This is a description of how pent-up emotional energy is violently discharged from the groin and shoots upwards along the Chong Mai (Gushing Channel). It is a form of panic attack.

This condition is often accompanied by masses in the lower abdomen or inguinal regions. They are congregations of stuck qi that has assumed physical form.

Zhang Zhong-Jing prescribed Running Piglet Decoction (Ben Tun Tang) for this condition. The ingredients are: gan cao (licorice), chuan xiong (cnidium), dang gui, (Angelicae Sinensis), ban xia (Pinelliae), huang qin (Scute), ge gen, (Puerariae), bai shao (Peony), sheng jiang (fresh ginger), and li ge bai pi (white bark from the root of communis).

My Nine-Needle Treatment: P6, LV14, LV2 or LV3, bilateral; plus REN17, 14, & 12.

Here’s a write-up on a Running Piglet case on my website.

About Lok-Kwan

Lok-Kwan is a Licensed Acupuncturist in the state of Illinois. He is a board-certified acupuncturist and herbalist. He sees patients and teaches qigong in Chicago and Wilmette. Visit his website
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One Response to Running Piglet Qi & Inguinal Mass

  1. Claudia says:

    Hi, I was just wondering, why would you not include ST 30 in your treatment?? If running piglet syndrome is a form of stagnation in the lower abdomen, where ST connects to Chong Mai, and rushes upwards, I would have thought this would be quite a popular point to use. Have you tried using it before? And what is the thinking behind your needling choice?? I am interested to know. I have never treated this before, and appreciate your input. Thanks!

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