Stomach Qi Rebels? You’re in a hurry, you’re cross, no time for a proper meal, so you gulp your food and horrors! Up it all comes again, just as you get to that important interview.
Congratulations, you’ve got ‘Stomach Qi Rebels’!
So, what to do about it?
Well, in the short term, if you can, vomit it up.
It’s unpleasant and messy and makes you feel awful for a little while, but once it’s out it’s not inside making you feel terrible.
If you’ve arrived here without quite knowing why, this site tries to explain symptoms in terms of Chinese medicine, not Western medicine. You’ll find it’s all very different from what you may expect!
I hope you’ll find this other way of explaining symptoms, why you get them and what you can do about them, interesting and worth trying.
Each of the energy organs in your body (your zang-fu) has different functions and one of those functions is to encourage Qi either to ascend or to descend. When you are healthy, these energy movements up and down balance one another. In case you wonder, this is all part of Chinese medicine’s theory.
Your Stomach’s natural flow direction is downwards. That means that when you swallow something, it goes down and doesn’t come back up.
Also, after working on the food you’ve eaten your Stomach Qi sends it on down to your Spleen, which helps your intestines absorb the food into your blood-stream. That process normally stops your hunger.
When your Stomach is disturbed (and there are various ways it can be disturbed, see the list further down this page) this natural process is perturbed. One main way is from stress, which in Chinese medicine often causes you to suffer from Qi stagnation – so your system backs up!
One possible outcome is this one, that Stomach Qi rebels. That means food wants to come up again, and swallowing is difficult.
The main symptoms recognised in Chinese medicine are as follows, but further down I’ve added a few more that I’ve seen.
These additional symptoms for Stomach Qi rebels aren’t officially listed but I’ve noticed them in some people:
In Chinese medicine, the appropriate treatment for Stomach Qi Rebelling is, when using acupuncture for instance, to pacify Stomach Qi and to encourage your Stomach to start descending Qi again. Acupuncture uses points along acupuncture channels.
There are also herbal formulae but you may not be able to swallow them to start with.
For nearly everyone, calming the Mind calms the Body. Probably 3000 years before in the West we recognised ‘psychosomatic’ disease, the condition was integrated into Chinese medicine.
Unfortunately, knowing how to calm your mind and/or to meditate is something most of us see no need for – until we need it! But meditation is something to be learned beforehand.
Still, if it’s not too late, read our page on it! NB It won’t work unless you practise first: it’s a HABIT to learn and practise regularly. Meditation.
Stress is another way to make your Stomach rebel! In Chinese medicine this is often from Qi Stagnation – worth reading about!
What if your feel your life is in a loop, that you keep making the same mistakes – what then? Read how the ancient Chinese came to terms with this, via their 5 Elements.
Here are various Stomach syndromes (which can also combine with other syndromes):
Finally, if you’re hooked and want to study this wonderful system of health, have a look at the following:
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