September 2, 2020
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Odor from food stagnancy in stomach
“I tend to burp after each meal, it seems to happen more frequently these days, and the burps have an odor. Do I have some kind of stomach disease?”
CheckCheckCin: From Chinese Traditional Medicine’s understanding, gas from the stomach that moves upwards in the body is belching (‘ai qi’). Stomach gas normally travels downwards, if it moves at the opposite direction, this means you are experiencing a disorder that prohibits the gas from propelling downwards. Gas that has a rancid odor is most probably caused by food stagnation.
If we consume food excessively or have irregular meals, the spleen and stomach are unable to process them on time, food particles can stagnate inside in the stomach and cause people to belch, experience tightness and discomfort in the chest, appetite loss, constipation, and produce foul-smelling stools.
When this happens, we need to clear the stagnation. Use rice sprout, malt, and dried citrus peel to make tea; drinking it can help relieve indigestion and bloating. You can also massage the ‘zhong wan’ acupoint, as it can soothe the stomach and strengthen the spleen, relieve bloating and pain in the stomach.
Millet sprout tea with malt and dried citrus peel
Effects: promotes qi and aids digestion, relieves symptoms of indigestion, bloating and discomfort due to poor eating habits
Ingredients: 6g malt, 6g millet sprout, 6g dried citrus peel
Preparation: Rinse all ingredients thoroughly and place into thermos. Rinse with hot water once. Then add in hot water again and steep for 15-20 minutes. You can re-brew until its flavour weakens. For best results, drink consecutively for 2-3 days for two weeks.
Note: This tea is not suitable for ladies who are breastfeeding as malt can decrease breastmilk supply.
Central Venter (Zhong Wan) Point
Location: located in the abdomen, below the ribs in the midpoint between rib cage and belly button, about 6 finger widths above the belly button
Effects: alleviate symptoms of abdominal pain, poor appetite and digestive system pain
Note: Suggest to press 2 hours after meal
✔Herbal Tea Recommendation: Chinese Hawthorn Tea
Ingredients: Water, Hawthorn, Rock Sugar, Oolong Tea
Effects: Aids weight loss and improves fat-burn, regulates qi to enhance blood flow. Suitable for indigestion, dull complexion, skin discoloration and chubbiness.
Note: This tea is sour in taste so it is not suitable for those with acid reflux or prone to abdominal discomfort. It should not be consumed with empty stomach. Due to its ability to activate blood and relieve stasis, it is also not suitable for pregnant ladies
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