Chinese medicine believes that stomach pain is most often due to obstruction and stagnation of the stomach’s energy. When there is no more circulation or movement, pain appears, usually with these symptoms :
The stomach is invaded by the liver’s stagnating energy:
This is caused by emotional disorders (sadness, anxiety, fear, excessive anger etc.). Each of these emotions affects the livers flow of energy. What’s important to note is that anger is the emotion that disturbs the liver the most. The stomach is not the direct cause of pain, but rather the effect of the cause. An example of this stagnant energy is gastric reflux.
Cold emptiness of the spleen and stomach:
The emptiness is caused by excessive work or studies, which depletes the energy, along with cold or raw foods (ice cream, raw vegetables, salad, etc.) and even by external aggressions like repetitive cold temperatures. According to Chinese medicine, the external cold can actually invade us from the inside and cause damage. Symptoms noticed in people are a loss of appetite and fatigue.
The heat is caused by:
- an excessive or unbalanced diet
- too much alcohol
- too many spicy foods
- too much fat or fried food
- too many sweet foods
- the transmission of the livers fire to the stomach and even external aggressions like repetitive hot temperatures.
External heat can invade the body and create stomach stagnation. Side effects of the increased heat will results in bad breath and heartburn.
In short, let’s just say that the pathological mechanism is always the stomachs aggressor weather it be external or internal pathogenic factors. Of course, the goal of the treatments is to identify the cause and notify the client, because future actions of the client will have a major impact on the success of the treatments.
“THE ORGAN CRIES OUT IN PAIN TO INFORM US THAT A PART OF US IS IN DIFFICULTY AND NEEDS HELP. AS A THERAPIST, IT IS OUR DUTY TO SEE THROUGH THIS AND TO BRING THE RELIEF THAT THE BODY NEEDS.”