From "Zang Fu Syndromes," by McDonald and Penner
Emotions stagnate and transform into Fire (sometimes called LIV
Fire Attacks ST).
Excessive hot (spicy) food or rich food generate Heat in ST.
External Perverse Heat penetrates ST.
|Burning Heat and pain in the epigastrium
|Irritating thirst: drinks copious fluids and prefers cold
||Maybe vomiting right after eating
|Excessive appetite: hungry again quickly after eating (as
if food vanishes)
||Vomiting acid or undigested food
|Swelling, pain, ulceration and bleeding of gums
||Maybe scanty, red urine
C: Thick, yellow and dry
P: Slippery, big, Shi and rapid
ST Fire Blazing may affect HT, leading to HT Fire Flaring Up (note
that emotions, hot food and External Perverse Heat are common to
the etiology of both conditions).
ST Fire Blazing may eventually damage ST Yin causing ST Yin Xu.
ST Fire Blazing will usually penetrate the Colon, causing Shi Heat
in the Colon.
Associated Western Conditions
ST Fire Blazing may be differentiated from ST Yin Xu by the following:
ST Yin Xu:
ST Fire Blazing:
|Vague epigastric pain
||Epigastric burning, heat and pain
|Dry mouth but no thirst
||Great thirst for cold drinks
|No appetite or Famished with no desire to eat
||Hungers easily and eats a lot
||Vomiting sour fluid
||Gingivitis, bad breath
|C: Little and dry
|P: Thready and rapid
||C: Thick, yellow and dry
||P: Slippery, big, Shi and rapid
Common Acupuncture Points
ST-44 / Neiting Ying-Spring point of the ST channel: cools and
drains Heat from ST.
UB-21 / Weishu Back-Shu point for ST.
ST-36 / Zusanli He-Sea point of the ST channel.
PC-8 / Laogong Clears HT and Sedates Heat: for bad breath and mouth
PC-6 / Neiguan Regulates MJ, stops vomiting and relieves pain.
LI-4 / Hegu For facial symptoms and constipation.
LI-11 / Quchi With ST-44 / Neiting cools ST and Intestines.
ST-6 / Jiache Clears Heat from Yang Ming: for mouth ulcers, gingivitis
and other local Heat signs in the ST channel.
ST-45 / Lidui Clears Heat from Yang Ming: for gingivitis and indigestion.
ST-34 / Liangqiu Xi-Cleft point of the ST channel: for epigastric
ST-43 / Xiangu Sometimes used with ST-44 / Neiting to clear Heat
Common Herbal Formulae