Stomach ailment: the overburdened stomach
Everything we eat and drink lands unfiltered in the stomach. It lies in the abdominal cavity at the top. It is connected to the esophagus and the small intestine. Since the stomach first comes into contact with the food and drink, he suffers most from nutritional deficiencies. There are many stomach ailments, ranging from harmless bloating on chronic inflammation and gastric ulcers to gastric cancer.
The most common stomach ailment is the irritable stomach. Typical symptoms include acid reflux, feeling of pressure in the upper abdomen after eating, and nausea. Western medicine is the irritable stomach against rather perplexed: no organic cause can be found for the discomfort. There are various reasons discussed: for example, mental overload, malnutrition, excessive stomach acid or accumulation of air in the stomach.
Stomach ailment: lack, stagnation and wealth
Just as Western medicine the TCM knows many types of stomach ailments. The view of the causes are similar. The TCM sees the cause for stomach ailment mainly in poor nutrition and emotional burdens.
To distinguish the different types of stomach ailments, in TCM the tongue and pulse diagnosis are used. A stomach qi deficiency leaves the tongue appear pale; the pulse remains weak and empty. In a "blazing fire Stomach", however, a red-coated tongue can be found and the pulse is full and runs fast. In TCM, there is a distinction of about eight stomach ailment with different causes. So the lack of stomach qi is caused by malnutrition; the "flaming fire stomach" of malnutrition and mental endurance.
The treatment of a stomach complaint follows the principle of acupuncture combined with herbal remedies. In addition for obvious malnutrition a nutritional therapy (dietetics) comes into play.