Stomach Fire Wei Re

This repletion heat syndrome dries out body fluids, causing intense thirst, constipation, and a dry tongue. Subsequent "upbearing" heat in the stomach channel causes swollen and bleeding gums. The repletion condition also prevents stomach qi from downbearing, resulting in esophageal (sour) reflux. In extreme cases, stomach fire combined with phlegm can impair the spirit (shen). This can lead to disturbed sleep and psychological symptoms. Protracted exposure to extreme heat (fire) can damage stomach substance (yin damage, frustration).

Western diagnosis:

Gastritis, ventricular and duodenal ulcers, stomatitis, nosebleeds.

Symptoms

Burning and pain in solar plexus (epigastrium), thirst, craving cold beverages, excessive appetite, food cravings, bleeding gums, sour reflux, vomiting after eating, nausea, bad breath, constipation.

Recommended:

Tongue:

Pulse:

Causes

Diet:

General:

Therapy

Reddish, enlarged; yellow, sometimes dry tongue fur. For heat phlegm: Thick, yellow, sticky tongue fur. Replete, deep, rapid. For heat phlegm: Slippery, rapid, replete.

Excess hot foods and warming cooking methods, especially acrid spices or coffee; smoking. For heat phlegm: Too much hot and fatty food, for example deep-fried foods.

Too many heated emotions, anger, too much brooding.

Therapy

^^^^ Avoid:

Thermal nature

Hot and warm foods

Cooking method

Warming

Flavor

Bitter-hot, bitter-warm, acrid-hot, acrid-warm, sweet-hot, sweet-warm

Meat

Lamb

Beverages

High-proof alcohol, coffee, red wine

Spices

Chili, curry, ginger, garlic, pepper

Other

Smoked, fatty foods, strongly seasoned foods

Recommended:

Reddish, enlarged; yellow, sometimes dry tongue fur. For heat phlegm: Thick, yellow, sticky tongue fur. Replete, deep, rapid. For heat phlegm: Slippery, rapid, replete.

Thermal nature

Cool, cold foods

Flavor

Sweet-cold, sweet-cool, bitter-cold, bitter-cool, sour-cold, sour-cool

Cooking method

Cooling

For stomach fire:

Fruit

Pears, rhubarb, watermelons, bananas, honeydew melons, kiwis

Vegetables

Cucumber, mung beans, sprouts, tomatoes, peas, spinach, bamboo sprouts, Chinese (napa) cabbage

Beverages

Chamomile tea, green tea, black tea, wheat beer

Dairy products

Yogurt

Other

Tofu, wheat, dandelion

Since chamomile tea is cooling, it is recommended only for stomach fire and is contraindi-cated for cold stomach syndromes.

For phlegm symptoms: Avoid muciferous foods

Comment/Prognosis

This syndrome can be successfully treated in a few days or weeks by changing eating habits and making the right food choices. It responds very well to a combination of dietary measures and acupuncture. Treatment needs to address the emotional factors leading to stomach heat. Heated discussions, arguments, and relationship or work problems can be even more detrimental than the effects of coffee or other foods with yang characteristics. In TCM, emotional strain and burdens play a far bigger role than they do in Western medicine!

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  • Atte
    What food avoid Stomach Heat?
    7 years ago

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