Stomach Qi deficiency is something we all get, sooner or later. It’s a frequent syndrome in Chinese medicine.
It could follow unwise eating the day before, or from too much alcohol, or while having some other problem that has affected our digestion. Whatever the cause, we’ll feel under the weather and a bit depressed.
Some will eventually feel a bit weepy; definitely sorry for ourselves!
Click here for what the Stomach is thought to do in Chinese medicine.
There’s a tight little band of symptoms that turn up frequently, and then there are other symptoms that depend more on your particular genetic makeup. So you may not get all the symptoms mentioned. Probably the most important ones are those in bold.
Qi – your energy – is stored in various ways. If you aren’t fit and able to create and store it from your diet and lifestyle, you’ll be depleting your long-term deep reserves.
Those reserves are usually needed to keep your system running smoothly in the background.
If you’ve been ill for a long time, your reserves will be low, so there won’t be enough of them to keep the Stomach Qi working properly. (Imagine the oil in a lamp running low so that the light flickers weakly, only just remaining alight.)
After serious illnesses that have drained you, it is common to have deficient Stomach Qi.
If you have had ongoing Stomach Qi deficiency for some time, then you will probably be developing other syndromes too, such as Stomach Yin deficiency, and possibly Qi Stagnation and/or Blood Stagnation.
Eventually, because the Stomach and the Spleen organs work closely together, you may also get Spleen syndromes, like Damp or Phlegm.
There is a whole lot that can be done, for example with acupuncture, moxibustion and with herbs. But although these will help you feel much better, in the long-term you have to back this up with better habits, or you’ll be wasting your money and fall back to where you began.
Here are some examples, but you or your acupuncturist will be able to think of more!
What if you don’t take the above advice? Well, you’re sabotaging any good treatment you get, and wasting your money and everyone’s time!
Here are various Stomach syndromes (which can also combine with other syndromes):
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