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.

The primary diagnostic signs for stomach fire involve

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

Note that in Chinese Medicine theory, treatment is generally directed towards "stomach fire" and other patterns the individual may be presenting with. Issues may arise from other layered patterns and/or from other issues. Treatment approaches are 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.

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, vomiting among others, often involving layered combinations of issues.

Additionally, any of the above conditions may be involved with other patterns. Hence the web of relationships that Chinese Medicine is designed to approach.

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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:

  • 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…
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  • LI 11 (Pool at the Bend)
    At the lateral end of the transverse cubital crease midway …
    Reduction of high fevers, patients with the 4 bigs, combine…
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  • ST 37 (Upper Great Hollow)
    6 cun below ST 35, one finger width lateral from the anteri…
    Generally for excess and more acute disorders of the intest…
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  • ST 43 (Sunken Valley)
    In a depression distal to the junction of the 2nd and 3rd m…
    Similar actions to ST 44 but used less often - will clear h…
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  • ST 44 (Inner Court)
    Proximal to the web margin between the 2nd and 3rd metatars…
    Ying Spring Point - Clears heat from the channel and organ …
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