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Chinese name: 胃火 or 胃热
Pinyin name: Wei Huo or Wei Re
Stomach Fire indicates a true Excess of Heat in the Stomach, creating symptoms such as mouth ulcers, bad breath, intense thirst and bleeding of the gums. Body Fluids are burned off by the excessive Heat, which creates extreme thirst and constipation. Over time the Heat can cause obstruction to Stomach Qi, resulting in vomiting, acid reflux and nausea.
Stomach Fire can be the result of excessive intake of hot, spicy, greasy, sugary and deep fried foods. Other factors such as alcohol and tobacco use may also be the reason. Stomach Fire often derives from other patterns such as Stomach Qi Stagnation. Anger, frustration and resentment can cause such stagnation, which as a result leads to Stomach Fire.
Please keep in mind that a Western Medicine condition can be caused by several Chinese Medicine patterns of disharmony and vice versa. As such a patient suffering from one of the conditions below will not necessarily be suffering from Stomach Fire or Stomach Heat, it is just one pattern that's commonly associated with the condition. Click on a condition to learn what other patterns it's associated with.
The Stomach is a so-called "Fu" Organ. Learn more about the Stomach in Chinese Medicine
Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu), slippery (Hua) or full (Shi)
Tongue coating: Yellow coating
Tongue color: Red centre
Possible symptoms: Fever Thirst Blister Red eyes Red face Dry mouth Toothache Headaches Dry stools Dry throat Breast pain Breast heat Malar flush Constipation Mouth ulcers Irritability Breast lumps Restlessness Restlnessness Bleeding gums Breast eczema Swelling gums Breast redness Breast nodules Epigastric pain Breast hardness Vomiting of food Breast distention Sour regurgitation Uneven milk supply Breast skin cracks Breast pus discharge Breast skin ichiness White spots on nipples Scanty clear urination
Diagnosing a pattern in Chinese Medicine is no easy feat and should be left to professional practitioners.
In particular one has to know how to differentiate between different types of pulses and tongue coatings, shapes and colors. Here patients with Stomach Fire or Stomach Heat will tend to exhibit rapid (Shu), slippery (Hua) or full (Shi) pulses as well as a red centre tongue with yellow coating.
Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Stomach Fire or Stomach Heat might experience symptoms like thirst, epigastric pain, dry mouth and restlnessness (full list here above).
Source date: 1174 AD
Number of ingredients: 8 herbs
Key actions: Clears Hot-Phlegm. Clears Gallbladder heat. Regulates Qi. Harmonizes the Stomach.
Wen Dan Tang is a 8-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Crow-Dipper Rhizomes (Ban Xia) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 1174 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that dry Dampness and transform Phlegm.
Source date: 1624 AD
Number of ingredients: 5 herbs
Key actions: Drains Heat from the Stomach. Nourishes Yin.
Yu Nu Jian is a 5-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Gypsum (Shi Gao) and Prepared Rehmannia (Shu Di huang) as principal ingredients. Invented in 1624 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that clear Heat from the Organs.
Besides Stomach Fire or Stomach Heat, Yu Nu Jian is also used to treat Kidney Yin Deficiency.
Source date: 1826 AD
Number of ingredients: 8 herbs
Key actions: Remove breast carbuncle (mastitis) after birth giving.
Gua Lou San is a 8-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Snake Gourds (Gua Lou) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 1826 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that clear Heat and resolve toxicity.
Besides Stomach Fire or Stomach Heat, Gua Lou San is also used to treat Liver Qi Stagnation.
Eat less hot, sweet, spicy, greasy and deep fried foods.
Typical symptoms for mastitis caused by Stomach Fire or Stomach Heat: Fever Thirst Blister Red eyes Dry mouth Breast pain Breast heat Malar flush Breast lumps Restlessness Constipation Breast redness Breast hardness Breast distention Uneven milk supply Breast skin cracks Breast pus discharge Breast skin ichiness White spots on nipples Scanty clear urination
If the nursing mother doesn't follow a suitable diet and consumes excessive amounts of hot and greasy food after birth giving, the heavy-to-digest food brews in the Stomach and it creates toxins and Heat.
The breast belongs to the Stomach channel (also called Bright Yang channel), so the toxic Heat will naturally flow from the Stomach to the breasts. It clogs milk ducts and creates heaviness, heat, hardness, boil, swelling, pain, redness and nodules or lumps in the breasts. When this situation...Read more about mastitis
Typical symptoms for breast engorgement caused by Stomach Fire or Stomach Heat: Thirst Red eyes Dry mouth Breast pain Breast heat Malar flush Breast lumps Breast eczema Breast nodules Breast hardness Breast distention Uneven milk supply
If the nursing mother consumes excessive amount of Hot food (not the actual temperature but the Chinese Medicine nature of food) and greasy food after giving birth, the heavy-to-digest food brews in her Stomach and creates toxins and Heat.
The breast belongs to the Stomach Channel (also called Bright Yang channel), through which the Heat flows to the breasts. It clogs milk ducts and creates heaviness, hardness, boils, swellings, pain, redness and nodules or lumps in the breasts. When this...Read more about breast engorgement