Stomach Meridian Patterns - Disharmonies Chart

You may click on a particular pattern below for more detailed information including tongue and pulse diagnosis, related signs and symptoms and treatment points.

Excess Patterns
ST Fire Constant hunger, painful, swollen a/or bleeding gums, regurgitation a/or vomiting likely after eating, burning sensation in the epigastrium, nausea, constipation Red, dry w/thick yellow coat Full, deep, rapid
ST Excess Cold Usually an acute situation, acute pain in the epigastrium which feels better with warm foods/drinks a/or the application of heat and worse with cold Thick white coat Deep, slow, tight
ST Rebellious Qi Pattern usually appears with ST a/or other organ patterns and is related to the ST not descending the Qi, regurgitation, belching, hiccups, vomiting Normal Tight
ST Food Retention Vomiting, regurgiation, belching, epigastric pain a/or distention, lack of appetite, insomnia Thick yellow or white coat Full, slippery
Deficiency Patterns
ST Qi Deficiency Poor appetite, lack of taste, dull sensation in the epigastrium, weak limbs, loose stools Pale Empty
ST Yin Deficiency Epigastric pain, poor appetite, heat in the 5 palms, constipation, dry mouth a/or throat, thirst w/no desire to drink Red or peeled in the ST/SP area Floating, empty

Sources and More Information

The information on our site is drawn from our own lecture notes and clinical experience. The following lecture notes were used within this section:

  • Hartstein, Rachel: New England School of Acupuncture, Actions & Effects Lecture Notes
  • Valaskatgis, Peter: New England School of Acupuncture, TCM Lab II Lecture Notes

For a complete list of valuable resources, see our Acupuncture Theory Resources section. The most recommended texts are below:

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