My patient came to me with her 14-year old daughter. The girl had been suffering from epigastric pain for a year. (“Epigastric pain” means pain in the stomach area.) During the epigastric pain sometimes there was a headache. At age of 12 the girl had the Gall Bladder removal operation. Her mom recalls that in her early childhood the girl often expressed anger and used to be very irritable. The girl was very worried before the first treatment and refused to do acupuncture. Her mom thought that some of the medicine her daughter took could have been the cause of the pain, but she couldn’t figure which one if any was at fault.
of the girl. Emotion problems have a profound influence on stomach disorders. Emotion of anger in the TCM is connected with the meridians of the Gall Bladder and the Liver. Emotional states such as anger and resentment lead to situation described in 5-Element terms as Wood overacting on Earth. If the predominant emotion is outright and expressed anger leading to Liver-Yang rising, it prevents the Stomach-Qi from descending, which results in epigastric pain.