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Stomach Cold Invasion is what happens when you let your body be 'invaded' by severe Cold.
The kind of pain you get with this occurs in the upper abdomen, in your epigastrium, even a bit under your ribs. It comes on suddenly (seldom gradually).
The pain is severe. It can be cramping or like a heavy weight and is often stabbing. Although caused by cold, some people describe it as burning. You probably stoop forwards and want to hold it. You'll want warmth on the area and you'll probably prefer a hot drink if you want anything - but you may feel too sick to face it.
In Chinese medicine, the Cold stops things moving properly. A healthy Stomach should 'descend' what you put in it. So when Cold blocks this movement, the contents of your stomach remain there - not a pleasant feeling - or rebel, causing nausea and vomiting.
Because the Cold blocks the action of your Stomach, the energy the food provides doesn't get to where it is needed, so you feel cold.
Not surprisingly, if you have Stomach Cold Invasion, you prefer:
Why did you get this? Well, as explained, you put too much cold stuff inside you. Also, you may be yang deficient, which equates in some ways to have a poor metabolism but goes rather beyond that.
Does this only happen on cold days?
NO! ... it does NOT have to be a cold day for you to suffer from Cold Invading the Stomach. Eating too many ice-creams and drinking too much cold beer or coke, even on a hot day, might bring on the symptoms, especially if you tend to be yang deficient.
So, on very hot days, when you are very thirsty, take care not to drink too much iced or chilled fluid. Preferably sip it so that your mouth warms it up a bit before it reaches your stomach. Better still, have a warm tea first - to warm your tubes!
For several days afterwards, eat or drink only warm, cooked food. Warming soups may be a good idea.
If it's food, chew it well, and take your time over it! Your Stomach energy has taken a hit, and since you rely on your Stomach for most of your energy, you'll be feeling a bit low.
Take time to make friends with your Stomach again by doing the right things for it! - Good, warm, food and drink.
See an acupuncturist/Chinese herbalist: they know exactly the right ways to sort this out for you. See below.
Here are various Stomach syndromes (which can also combine with other syndromes):
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('Western Astrology and Chinese Medicine' published 1986, was never available in a Kindle version.)
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Published 1986 and, amazingly, still selling. Was apparently used back then by at least one acupuncture college to help students understand Chinese medicine!
Four Reviews so far. (Despite the lurid cover, it explains the five main types of phlegm and what works best for each type. I hope it's easy to read and will be much more useful than all the websites on the subject.)
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