Digestion and TCM
Moderation is the key to digestive happiness.
Excesses in consumption, emotional extremes, and unpredictable eating schedules cause digestive malfunctions, and eventually result in serious breakdowns of overall health.
The health of our digestive organs depend the free circulation of energy (Qi) and fluids (Blood). Flows nourish and clean, exciting muscles, stimulating hormones, sustaining cell growth, and providing for the elimination of wastes.
When these flows are restricted, bad things happen - and pain is often the first sign. "Where there's pain, there's no flow, and where there's flow, there's no pain."
There are numerous flows within the digestive system. Obviously, there's the flow of food, but there's also the flow of fluids like blood to nourish the cells, mucus to lubricate the organs, and saliva and other digestive enzymes needed to break down and absorb nutrients. Pain is a sign that flow is being restricted.
A Few Common Stomach Pains
The following Chinese medicines are frequently used to treat various conditions.
|Symptom||TCM Condition||Common Causes||Common Remedy|
|Pain and Nausea||Indigestion||Dietary excess||Curing Pills|
|Heartburn Pain||Stomach Fire||Diet, Food Stagnation||Clear the Stomach Pill|
|Pain, Hiccups||Stomach Cold||Weak Digestive Qi, Diet||Ginger root tea|
|Acid Reflux, Pain||Liver Invades Stomach||Anger, Frustration, Weak Qi||Soothe the Liver Pill|
Nausea and Acid Reflux
“rebellious stomach qi”
Digestive energy is supposed to go down. When this flow is reversed, symptoms of nausea, vomiting, acid reflux and hiccups result. Common causes of this reversal include: weak stomach qi, emotional disturbance, and improper eating habits