The Stomach Meridian
What does the Stomach Do?
The stomach is attached to the end of the oesophagus. The stomach has 3 important functions.
- Food is churned, squeezed and mixed with digestive acid and enzymes. It creates a liquid mixture called chyme so the small intestine can easily absorb our nutrients
- Stores food we eat (without this we would need to eat constantly). Releases it to the intestines at a rate whereby the intestines can process it
- Secretes a mixture of acid and mucus to help kill bacteria that might be in the food (it’s why the stomach plays an important immune function)
The Kinesiology Muscles for the Stomach Meridian?
- Neck (both posterior and anterior)
- Pectoralis Major Clavicular (chest).
- Subclavius (between the clavicle and the first rib)
- Levator Scapulae (back of the neck)
- Pectoralis Minor (upper part of the chest), also linked to lymph flow which is another stomach connection with the immune system
- Supinator (forearms)
- Pronator Teres (forearms)
- Brachioradialis (forearms)
Common imbalances in the Stomach Meridian?
- Emotions – prolonged worry, shock, anxiety
- Indigestion (including acid reflux)
- Neck pain
- Arm and wrist pain including carpal tunnel
- Food intolerances
- Poor immune function
- Malfunctioning ileo-cecal valve
Balancing the Stomach Meridian using the BEES
The BEES stand for Biochemical, Emotional, Electrical, Structural. These 4 areas are the focus of a Kinesiology therapy.
We look for food intolerances with a stomach imbalance. First considerations are wheat, dairy and sugar due to their anti-nutrient effects on the body.
Lifestyle recommendations for the stomach include giving up smoking, not chewing gum and avoiding processed sugars.
Muscle Testing for Supplements
If a stomach muscle is imbalanced (often unlocking when challenged in a muscle test), we muscle test supplements to find what will strengthen the circuit.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine Theory, the stomach belongs to the ‘Earth’ element which is the emotion of sympathy/worry.
The stomach meridian is often associated with mental instability. For example, the phobias acupuncture tapping point is stomach 1.
With a stomach imbalance often experience circling thoughts and are over concerned with others and what others think. Earth imbalances are often linked to people pleasing or putting others first. Emotional work for the stomach includes building self-esteem and self-validation whilst creating healthy boundaries.
Some of the other emotional issues linked to the stomach meridian include
- Being critical or struggling with critical judgement
- Over thinking and confusion
- Issues with nurturing, feeding, nourishment, being grounded and stability
Electrical / Energetic Balancing
The stomach meridian’s time is between 7 a.m.- 9 a.m. in the morning. This is ideally when we need to eat a healthy, balanced breakfast.
The stomach is a ‘yang’ organ in Chinese Medicine and the colour is yellow (wearing yellow or avoiding yellow can support the stomach).
The taste is sweet (think those with a sweet tooth!).
The noise is singing (therefore, someone with a stomach imbalance could benefit from singing).
The season is late summer.
The stomach is connected to many muscles in the upper part of the body and through the arms, therefore it is common to see the following postural misalignments with an imbalanced stomach;
- Poor posture
- Sloped, hunched shoulders
- Tight wrists and hands
To balance the stomach structurally, it is recommended to;
- chew food carefully
- without stress
- whilst sitting up straight