Stomach Fire

TCM Diagnostic Pattern

Stomach Fire TCM Pattern Connections

Below you will find various relationships to the concept of and potential approaches for stomach fire.

Stomach Fire is one of many possible underlying factors from a TCM perspective for health issues such as abdominal pain, acid reflux disease (gerd), diabetes type ii, diarrhea, epigastric pain, esophageal cancer, fever, gingivitis, halitosis (bad breath), hiccups, hyperlipidemia, nausea, obesity (weight loss), peptic ulcer, stomach cancer, toothache, trigeminal neuralgia, and/or vomiting.

The above issues are common examples. In clinical situations, however, there are any number of other possibilities. Many times there will be a layered combination of issues intermixed from a variety of causal patterns in TCM terms. While initially complex, this is illustrative of the the web of relationships that Chinese Medicine is designed to approach.

General TCM Diagnostic Signs

Tongue: Red, dry w/thick yellow coat.
Pulse: Full, deep, rapid.

Treatment approaches are often akin to unravelling an onion, with the goal of resolving the root factor involved in the constellation of resulting issues. The current and historical array of issues and signs must be taken into consideration as well as the timing of the onset of each individual aspect.

Related Acupuncture Points

Some acupuncture points are considered "empirically" related to a specific diagnostic patter or condition. While this would rarely, if ever, dictate the entire composition of a treatment, the following points should be considered, possibly even more so within the context of acupressure:

  • View LI 8 (Lower Ridge)

        4 cun below LI 11 on the LI 5 to LI 11 line.

        The following relationships exist between the ST and the LI and can be used to treat ST, LI and SI organ problems: SI: LI 8 & ST 39 LI: LI 9 & ST 37 ST: LI 10 & ST 36 Blood in the urine arising from heat in the SI - use wit…
  • View LI 11 (Pool at the Bend)

        At the lateral end of the transverse cubital crease midway between LU 5 and the lateral epicondyle of the humerus.

        Reduction of high fevers, patients with the 4 bigs, combine with LI 1, LI 2 or LI 4. Damp Heat skin diseases, red, itchy, oozing & inflamed (hives, herpes zoster, acne), may be used with UB 40 for any skin disease. ST Excess Issues, …
  • View ST 37 (Upper Great Hollow)

        6 cun below ST 35, one finger width lateral from the anterior border of the tibia.

        Generally for excess and more acute disorders of the intestines and digestive system involving dampness and/or heat - diarrhea, dysentary, boborygmus, abdominal pain, bloating, distention, constipation. Sea of Blood Point - if excess the …
  • View ST 43 (Sunken Valley)

        In a depression distal to the junction of the 2nd and 3rd metatarsal bones.

        Similar actions to ST 44 but used less often - will clear heat from the channel and organ. Classically noted for clearing facial pain and/or edema / swelling.  May be used for general edema. Abdominal pain, bloating, borborygmus, frequen…
  • View ST 44 (Inner Court)

        Proximal to the web margin between the 2nd and 3rd metatarsal bones, in a depression distal and lateral to the 2nd meta…

        Ying Spring Point - Clears heat from the channel and organ - febrile disease with absence of sweating.  Useful for issues of the Face & Jaw along with LI 4 - toothache, facial pain, bell's palsy, stroke, sore throat, eye pain. Damp H…

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