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Stomach Heat

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Pattern of Illness

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Updated September 13, 2005


Symptoms of Stomach Heat
Burning in the epigastrium
Thirst, especially for cold drinks
Frontal headaches
Crave cold drinks and food
Gum swelling, pain, or bleeding
Constant hunger
Constipation
Nausea or vomiting
Sour regurgitation
Stomach discomfort or ache
Dry mouth or lips
Food stagnation
Sour regurgitation
Loss of appetite
Fullness and distension in epigastrum relieve by vomiting
Foul breath
Insomnia

Tongue
Red tongue with dry, thick, yellow coating

Pulse
Pulse full, slippery, fast

Herbs Used For Stomach Heat
  • Deglycyrrhinated licorice root
  • Peppermint
  • Longan -- Longan berries tonify blood.
Foods Used For Stomach Heat
These are just some of the foods that are believed to help stomach heat
Bitter endive
Spinach
Strawberry
Banana
Buckwheat
Mung bean
Cucumber


References
Kaptchuk TJ. The Web That Has No Weaver: Understanding Chinese Medicine. Chicago: Contemporary (McGraw-Hill) 2000
Lu, H. Chinese Natural Cures, New York: Black Dog and Leventhal Publishers, 1994.

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