Stomach Heat

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Pattern of Illness

Symptoms of Stomach Heat

Burning in the epigastrium
Thirst, especially for cold drinks
Frontal headaches
Crave cold drinks and food
Gum swelling, pain, or bleeding
Constant hunger
Nausea or vomiting
Sour regurgitation
Stomach discomfort or ache
Dry mouth or lips
Food stagnation
Sour regurgitation
Loss of appetite
Fullness and distension in epigastrum relieve by vomiting
Foul breath


Red tongue with dry, thick, yellow coating


Pulse full, slippery, fast

Herbs Used For Stomach Heat

  • Deglycyrrhinated licorice root
  • Peppermint
  • Longan berries

Foods Used For Stomach Heat

These are just some of the foods that are believed to help stomach heat
Bitter endive
Mung bean
Since symptoms of imbalances in alternative medicine may be linked to a number of medical conditions, it's important to consult your physician if you have any health concerns. Self-treating a health condition and avoiding or delaying standard care may have serious consequences.

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