Chinese Medicine’s Effectiveness in Emotional Gastritis

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When we experience emotions, they can have a significant impact on our bodies, including our digestive system. The liver is the first organ that emotions affect, and it plays a crucial role in regulating Qi, or vital energy, in the body. When the liver is overworked due to emotional stress, it can lead to disharmony between the liver and stomach. This causes gastrointestinal discomfort, also known as emotional gastritis.


It's important to note that emotions themselves are not inherently good or bad. It's how we deal with them that matters. For example, anger is a natural emotion that can provide us with energy and fighting spirit when expressed properly. However, when anger is either expressed excessively or overly suppressed, it can become trapped in the body, causing adverse effects. Therefore, appropriately releasing emotions is the first step towards self-compassion.


To alleviate emotional gastritis, there are several self-help methods that individuals can practice. Moderation in diet involves regulating eating times, amounts, and types of food. Choosing foods that benefit the spleen and stomach is also essential for long-term maintenance. However, it's important to be careful with foods that can easily irritate the digestive tract. While some patients may require strict dietary restrictions, it's crucial to find a balance that doesn't deprive them of their interest in food, which is a source of pleasure.


Acupressure and abdominal massage can also help provide relief from pain and aid digestion. Acupressure involves applying gentle and deep pressure to acupoints, while abdominal massage involves gently placing palms on the belly and stroking the abdomen clockwise. These methods can be helpful, but it's important to note that they have limited efficacy for severe symptoms. Therefore, seeking medical attention is recommended in such cases.


In summary, emotional gastritis can cause discomfort in the digestive system, but there are several self-help methods that individuals can practice to alleviate symptoms. It's important to appropriately release emotions and find a balance in diet, while also practicing acupressure and abdominal massage. However, if symptoms persist, it's important to seek medical attention.

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