Stomach fire and heat-induced ulcers
Stomach fire means excessive heat in the stomach (excess Yang, increased Pitta). Stomach fire often causes inflammations of the stomach lining or ulcers of the stomach, duodenum and mouth (canker sores).
Factors that may cause or aggravate Stomach fire:
- Fried foods
- Fried oils
- Poor quality vegetable oils
- baked fatty foods
- Red meats
- Hot spices such as cinnamon, chili peppers, black pepper, ginger
- Excessive salt
- Citrus fruit, sour fruits
- pickles or fermented foods
- Smoking, Chewing tobacco
- Exposure to fire or heat or sun
- Sexual activity
- Pain may be severe, with a burning sensation in the stomach and possibly in other parts of the body
- Bleeding gums
- Excessive appetite
- Bad breath
- The tongue is usually red and its coating thick and yellow
- The pain increases during digestion or Pain appears after digestion, when the stomach is already empty.
- If the condition is of a severe gastric ulcer or duodenal ulcer, pain is present all the time, with or without food in the stomach. Relived by vomiting, especially when vomiting gastric juices.
- Pain reduced with rest,cold, sweet food, and sweet drinks.
Other possible signs:
Stomach fire accompanied by dryness: swelling of the abdomen, intestinal noises, constipation, restlessness, great suffering. Relief is felt when eating healthy fats.
Stomach fire accompanied by phlegm: vomiting, nausea, persistent pain but less sharp, relieved by bitter things.
To heal the inflamed lining of the stomach, use soothing, mucilaginous foods and preparations:
- The diet should be well cooked, soft and pureed when necessary, so it is easy to digest and to prevent irritation of the inflamed mucus membranes or of ulcers
- Pearl barley, white rice, white semolina, thin bulgur, white bread
- Congees/porridge of the above grains, with honey
- Jaggery,cane sugar, honey, honey water, rose petal jam (GulKhand)
- Banana, avocado, pear
- Tofu, soy milk
- Milk, butter, ghee
- Spinach, cucumber, cabbage, potato, lettuce, endive, cilantro, zucchini, pumpkin, squash, sweet potato.
- Chlorophyll-rich foods such as cereal grass, micro-algae and liquid chlorophyll
- Homemade grape juice with sugar, asparagus juice with honey, wheat grass juice
- Drinking water from a copper or clay or silvercontainer.
- Cooled infusion of rose petals, licorice root (Glycyrrhizaglabra), slippery elm (Ulmusfulva), marshmallow root (Althea officinalis), red raspberry leaf (Rubusideaus), flax seed (Linumusitatissimum), chamomile (Anthemisnobilis), fennel seed (Foeniculumvulgare), and asparagus root (Asparagus racemosus).
- Apply to the painful area a silver container with cold water.
- Cold water shower or a cold bath
The following suggestions may be followed exclusively during periods of severe inflammation. A typical selection might include semolina porridge cooked in milk, with added honey and butter, vegetable soup with tofu and pearl barley, wheat chapatti with ghee and Jaggery dipped in milk, wheat grass juice, and licorice-marshmallow-fennel tea.
Treatment with herbal formulas: prescribed by a qualified practitioner
- SaptAmritLoha – take it with honey and ghee
- Yu nu jian – Jade Woman Decoction (Rehmania and Gypsum combination)