Epigastric pain can be sudden and with an obvious cause such as overeating (think xmas lunch) which causes liver chi stagnation, or it can be chronic. In the latter, epigastric pain is usually affiliated with a yin deficiency which is a condition that builds slowly over time as a result of lifestyle factors. I’ve treated lots of clients with upper abdominal pain who can’t understand why they can’t ever get rid of it. They think it is IBS, lactose intolerance or ulcers, and they have often had various medical tests, tried changing their diet and so on but nothing works. In these cases, if it is stomach yin deficiency, the solution is straightforward.
The lifestyle factors that deplete stomach yin are what, how and when you eat. Irregular meals, eating while rushing around or working and, most significantly, eating late at night (this is yin time and eating now will harm stomach yin) set the scene. If these are combined with factors such as too much hot food (this refers to an energetic quality not temperature), smoking, overwork, juggling too many things at once, sleep deprivation, lack of rest; and anger, frustration, jealousy and worry, ‘heat’ is generated in the stomach. This consumes the fluids even further leading to a stabbing or burning pain. Knowing what, when, and most importantly how to eat is the way forward to stomach health. For more info on the lifestyle that delivers this, read my book Clock On To Health. For the most effective solution specifically adapted to your lifestyle and circumstances, book a phone or skype consult with me. There are Chinese herbal formulas that can target epigastric pain and consign it, and ulcers, acid reflux or heartburn, and so many other symptoms, to the past.