Image credit: A Manuel of Acupuncture- Peter Deadman, Mazin Al-Khafaji, Kevin Baker

Image credit: A Manuel of Acupuncture- Peter Deadman, Mazin Al-Khafaji, Kevin Baker


So the stomach. This Meridian, as you can see, travels from the face all the way down to the feet.  The main job of this system is to process everything that comes into your body and into your life. Everything that you take in, the stomach and its energetic system process.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory - we are born with a certain type of energy, called ‘source qi’. I’ll talk more about this when we get to the Kidney Channel/Meridian. But simplified - this is the energy given to you from your parents, at birth. This is your potential. Undifferentiated chaos. And through the course of a life - we start to differentiate, as we learn our strengths, weaknesses and limitations. We walk through our lives and hopefully become - the truest version of our potential. This is your kidney energy, your source qi, the backbone of your destiny. A lot of texts refer to this as “Pre-Heaven Qi”.

Now, the stomach works with the spleen to transform and transport everything that you put into your body and into your awareness. This is one of the main systems we use, in our bodies, to CREATE energy from the world around us. This is commonly referred to, in texts, as Post-Heaven Qi. It is of the Earth. This is created daily, from the world around us. We take in the world in the form of food, or in the form of life experiences, etc... then we turn it into energy and nourishment for ourselves. This is a big center for us in terms of RECEIVING.

So for people experiencing problems with this system - a good base question could be: What is your relationship to self care? Self love? How do you feel about your life?

Some common physiological symptoms that often manifest when this system isn’t running properly are:

Acid reflux, nausea, vomiting-  So here- the energy/Qi is rising up, when it should be descending. A good starting question for this presentation is: Is there something in your life you cannot or do not want to process? Can it be broken down into more ‘digestible’ pieces? Is there something you are putting off working through? Is there something you are not willing to receive? Why?

HUGE appetite/overeating - What are you really trying to fill? What have you allowed to empty you?

Poor appetite/aversion to food - Why do you not want to take in the world around you?


Ok. So this is an important system. Because if this system is not running smoothly, if your body is not properly able to tap into the energy all around us and use it - we start to burn through our kidney reserve, begin aging sooner, and start to crash.

If you are experiencing a problem in this network, here are some things you can do:

  1. Look inward - ask yourself the tough questions. But in the loving way you would ask a child.

  2. Look at the relationship you have with yourself. How loving is it? How loving could it be?

  3. Come in - get some acupuncture and have a conversation with your acupuncturist about herbs.

  4. Start prioritizing yourself and what you need.

  5. Life. Are you really taking it in? Are you really absorbing it? If you are not - what is in your way?


Anna Tron LAc is a licensed acupuncturist at the Alaska Center for Natural Medicine. To learn more about Anna Tron, click here. If you would like to schedule and appointment call 907.452.3600.