Stomach Food Stagnation

TCM Diagnostic Pattern

Stomach Food Stagnation TCM Pattern Connections

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

The primary diagnostic signs for stomach food stagnation involve

Tongue: Thick yellow or white coat.
Pulse: Full, slippery.

Note that in Chinese Medicine theory, treatment is generally directed towards "stomach food stagnation" 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 Food Stagnation is one of many possible underlying factors from a TCM perspective for health issues, such as abdominal pain, anorexia nervosa, diarrhea, epigastric pain, indigestion, nausea, stomach cancer, 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.

Associated Content, Writings and Products

When developing an acupuncture protocol a practitioner is very often focusing on the causal diagnoses in Chinese Medicine terms, not on the condition itself. To guide you towards treatment potentials, stomach food stagnation is referenced in the following acupuncture protocol sections:

  • acupuncture for abdominal pain - treatment protocols
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  • acupuncture for epigastric pain - treatment protocols
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  • acupuncture for trigeminal neuralgia - treatment protocols
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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:

  • KD 18 (Stone Pass)
    3 cun above CV 8, .5 cun lateral to CV 11.
    Local Point for abdominal and intestinal issues.   Pain, h…
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  • KD 21 (Dark Gate)
    6 cun above CV 8, .5 cun lateral to CV 14.
    Local point for abdominal and intestinal pain and functiona…
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  • ST 30 (Surging Qi)
    2 cun lateral to the AML level with CV 2.
    Upper Sea of Water & Grain Point - excess or deficient …
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  • ST 34 (Beam Hill)
    With knee flexed, 2 cun above the superior lateral border o…
    Lateral knee issues, swelling, pain, difficult movement. P…
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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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  • UB 21 (Stomach Shu)
    1.5 cun lateral to GV line, level with T12.
    Main point for all Stomach related issues in TCM diagnostic…
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  • UB 22 (Triple Burner Shu)
    1.5 cun lateral to GV 5, level with L1.
    As Triple Heater Shu this point effects conditions related …
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