Thursday, October 4, 2007

Stomach shiatsu treatment


nausea overweight
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.

Special Foods

For nausea, lack of appetite, indiges­tion, and ulcer—prepare Kuzu-Umeboshi drink.