lack of appetite (anorexia)
The stomach is the principle organ of digestion. It is the largest and most expansive part of the digestive tract. Located in the upper abdominal cavity, the stomach receives and digests food. It is lined with mucous membranes which protect the stomach itself from the strong digestive acids like hydrochloric acid which it secretes. Stomachache, which usually is pain in the abdomen not the stomach, can have a variety of sources (see illustration). Nausea is the feeling which usually comes before vomiting, and is often
described as "feeling queasy." The sensation of nausea may be accompanied by a sinking feeling in the stomach, by a feeling of weakness, by dizziness, by perspiration, and by excessive salivation. The person will often look pale and sweaty. Nausea may also be part of motion sickness. Modern medicine says that nausea can arise from a disorder in the vagus nerve, which runs from the head down the side of the neck to the front of the chest. Traditional Chinese medicine recognizes the relationship between the pancreas and the stomach. Pancreas disorders can affect the stomach, causing problems with that organ
With the receiver lying on the back, manipulate the neck muscles from below the skull to the shoulder with the thumb. Do each side of the neck holding each point several seconds. The abdomen, both above and below the belly button, should be pressed. First, with the heel of the hand, massage in a circular direction, giving as much pressure as the receiver can comfortably take. Then, with the thumbs, press along the edge of the ribs and from the pit of the stomach to the belly button. Hold each point for 3-5 seconds; repeat several times. Then place one palm of the hand directly on the belly and the other hand on top of the firsthand. Breathing in and out at the same time as the receiver, press down on an exhalation.
Repeat at least 10 times. (See full abdominal massage section for details.)
On the leg, press acupoints ST 36 and on the inside of the forearm press acupoint HG 6. Both these points are extremely effective for stomach and nausea complaints.
Have the receiver turn over. On the back, press the back acupoints from T9 to T12
Moxibustion is very effective for most stomach troubles. Raw or cold foods and beverages will aggravate nausea and stomachache. The warmth of moxa burning brings immediate relief.
Warm each point for 2-5 minutes. ST 36,HG6,CV12,UB21.
For nausea, lack of appetite, indigestion, and ulcer—prepare Kuzu-Umeboshi drink.