Stomach Fire or Stomach Heat

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Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Fever Thirst Blister Red eyes Red face and twenty four other symptoms

Pulse type(s): Slippery (Hua), Floating (Fu)

Tongue coating: Yellow coating

Tongue color: Red

Stomach Fire or Stomach Heat is a pattern of disharmony in Chinese Medicine.

Chinese Medicine views the human body as a complex system that tends toward harmony. A pattern of disharmony is a disorder that prevents that harmony from occurring.

Patterns give rise to symptoms that may at first glance seem unrelated from a Western standpoint but that actually make a lot of sense when one understands Chinese Medicine theory. For instance here Stomach Fire or Stomach Heat gives rise to such diverse symptoms as toothache, headaches, breast distention and breast lumps (as well as twenty five others).

To diagnose a pattern, analyzing a patient's pulse as well as their tongue is common practice. In the case of Stomach Fire or Stomach Heat patients tend to exhibit slippery (Hua) or floating (Fu) pulses as well as a red tongue with yellow coating.

Patterns aren't exactly the Chinese Medicine equivalent to Western diseases, they're rather the underlying causes behind diseases or health conditions. Here Stomach Fire or Stomach Heat is thought to sometimes induce conditions such as morning sickness, breast engorgement or mastitis (as well as six others).

Related conditions

Morning sickness Breast engorgement Mastitis Trigeminal neuralgia Stomatitis Periodontitis Glossitis Diabetes Viral myocarditis

Diagnosing Stomach Fire or Stomach Heat

The Stomach is a so-called "Fu" Organ. Learn more about the Stomach in Chinese Medicine

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 slippery (Hua) or floating (Fu) pulses as well as a red 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 toothache, headaches, breast distention and breast lumps (full list here above).

Herbal formulas used to treat Stomach Fire or Stomach Heat

Wen Dan Tang

Source date: 1174 AD

Number of ingredients: 8 herbs

Key actions: Clears Hot-Phlegm. Clears Gallbladder heat. Regulates Qi. Harmonizes the Stomach.

Formula summary

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.

Besides Stomach Fire or Stomach Heat, Wen Dan Tang is also used to treat Phlegm Misting the Heart or Gallbladder Deficiency.

Read more about Wen Dan Tang

Qing Wei San

Source date: 1336 AD

Number of ingredients: 5 herbs

Key actions: Drains Stomach Fire. Cools the Blood. Nourishes the Yin.

Formula summary

Qing Wei San is a 5-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Goldthread Rhizomes (Huang Lian) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 1336 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that clear Heat from the Organs.

Besides Stomach Fire or Stomach Heat, Qing Wei San is also used to treat Stomach Heat or Fire.

Read more about Qing Wei San

Yu Nu Jian

Source date: 1624 AD

Number of ingredients: 5 herbs

Key actions: Drains Heat from the Stomach. Nourishes Yin.

Formula summary

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.

Read more about Yu Nu Jian

Gua Lou San

Source date: 1826 AD

Number of ingredients: 8 herbs

Key actions: Remove breast carbuncle (mastitis) after birth giving.

Formula summary

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.

Read more about Gua Lou San

Special highlight: the link between mastitis and Stomach Fire or Stomach Heat

Snake Gourds (Gua Lou) is the key herb for Gua Lou San, a formula used for mastitis caused by Stomach Fire or Stomach Heat

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

Special highlight: the link between breast engorgement and Stomach Fire or Stomach Heat

Snake Gourds (Gua Lou) is the key herb for Gua Lou San, a formula used for breast engorgement caused by Stomach Fire or Stomach Heat

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

Recommended herbal formulas: Unblock Nursing Tea, Gua Lou San

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