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  • Writer's pictureRichard Lai

#22: The Functions of the Stomach

Updated: Aug 25, 2023



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In this episode we dive into the Functions of the Stomach Organ according to Traditional Chinese Medicine


Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has a unique perspective on the human body and its functions, including that of the stomach organ. In TCM, the stomach is considered a key organ responsible for the rotting and ripening of food, and its health is crucial to overall well-being. In this episode, we'll talk about the functions of the stomach according to TCM and how they relate to overall health.


Function of the Stomach in TCM:

In TCM, the stomach is known as the "sea of grain and water... It receives food and drink from the esophagus and then begins to break it down into smaller particles through the process of digestion. This process is aided by digestive enzymes and stomach acid, which break down proteins, fats, and carbohydrates into their component parts. (CHYME)


The Stomach Organ's Importance in TCM:

In TCM, the stomach is considered a vital organ, and its health is closely tied to overall well-being. According to TCM theory, an unhealthy stomach can lead to a range of health problems, including digestive disorders, fatigue, and even emotional imbalances.


In TCM, certain foods and eating habits are believed to be beneficial for the stomach's health. For example, warm, cooked foods are considered easier to digest and less taxing on the stomach than raw or cold foods. Similarly, overeating, eating too quickly, or eating while stressed are all believed to be harmful to the stomach's health and can lead to digestive problems.


The stomach is a vital organ in TCM - Its health is closely tied to overall well-being, and certain foods and eating habits are believed to be beneficial for its health. By understanding the stomach's functions and caring for it properly, we can support our overall health and well-being.


For the Acupuncture Board Exam

Here are the other ones you should be familiar with and be able to perform differential diagnosis for:

  1. Yin/Yang Theory

  2. Five Elements Theory (Wu Xing)

  3. Eight Principles

  4. Qi, Blood, Body Fluids Theory

  5. Channel Theory

  6. Organ Theory

  7. Six Stages Theory

  8. Four Levels Theory

  9. Triple Burner THeory

  10. Etiology Theory like External / Internal or Miscellaneous Causes of

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