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Food Stagnation: Is It the Cause of Your Suffering?

June 22, 2010 by  

Food Stagnation: Is It the Cause of Your Suffering?

Among the various patterns of imbalance defined in Chinese medicine, “food stagnation” is one of the most common in the United States. Food stagnation refers to the stoppage or “stagnation” of undigested food and energy in the stomach. And this, of course, is the direct result of poor dietary choices.

Signs and symptoms associated with food stagnation include epigastric pain, abdominal fullness, bloating, acid reflux, stomach cramps, poor digestion, constipation, difficulty breathing, poor distribution of nutrients and more.

Food stagnation is caused when the stomach is filled to or past its capacity. That is, when a large meal is eaten or too much cold or greasy food is ingested at once time. Think of the way you feel after eating large meals during the holidays and at parties. And while this syndrome is found among adults, it is most common in children.

Children are predisposed to food stagnation from birth. Infants, for example, have an inherently weak digestive system. And filling them with processed formula or animal milk, feeding them too much too soon or moving them on to solid foods before their system is ready leads to food stagnation. Their system is unable to cope and so the food accumulates and remains static in their stomach and intestines. Vomiting, hiccups and constipation are signs that this is happening.

As children get older their diets change to sodas and fruit juices, yogurts, processed foods and greasy foods such as pizzas, burgers and chips. This type of diet leads to stagnation of food in the body, stagnation of food leads to dampness and dampness leads to phlegm. And it is phlegm-damp accumulation that leads to chronic ear infections, colds and viruses, sinus infections, constipation, fevers, colic, asthma, hyperactivity and nightmares in children.

To avoid food stagnation in children, infants should be fed breast milk for the first six months. After that, breast milk should be combined with appropriate cereals and foods until the baby reaches 12 months of age. If breast feeding is out of the question because of time or insufficient lactation, then use sheep’s milk, which is the closest animal milk to mother’s milk.

From 1 year to 18 months, rice porridge (jook) is a good alternative. Broths made from organic vegetables and meats can also be given. Steamed or boiled vegetables are good choices thereafter.

Adults are also prone to food stagnation and it is mostly self-induced by poor dietary choices. Overeating leaves one feeling bloated until the food is able to properly digest. And eating too much fried, greasy or fatty food leads not only to stagnation but also to phlegm-damp. And this leads to interior heat, allergies, chronic diarrhea or constipation, food allergies, weight gain and obesity and the inability to think clearly and make lucid decisions.

As you can see, the problem of poor diet has wider implications than just weight and energy. If you have allergies, poor memory and concentration or any of the other signs and symptoms listed here, food stagnation just might be the cause.

If it is, the best remedy is as follows:

  • Eat food that is whole, fresh and diverse in type.
  • Eat four to six smaller meals per day to provide sustained energy while requiring less energy for digestion.
  • For at least a couple of days kick up the flavor of your food with fresh ginger, scallion, cloves, turmeric and other thermogenic spices. These help warm the body, aid digestion and normalize digestive activity.
  • Walk as much as possible between meals to begin metabolizing the food you have eaten. This is easily done by parking farther away from the door, taking the stairs or enjoying a walk after or before mealtimes.
  • Overall, limit or avoid foods that are fatty, greasy and fried while consuming more green leafy vegetables.

With these easy steps your digestion will normalize in a few days. And within a few days after that the signs and symptoms of food stagnation will fall away. It’s your body. Take care of it.

—Dr. Mark Wiley

Jeffrey R. Matthews

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  • http://msn Sandra Jefferson

    I have bad breath. I am diligent with my dental hygene and I visit my dentist regularly. I read an article about the body not being able to digest food. I also found out recently that I have gall stones. Besides getting my gall bladder removed, what else can I do?

    • Mike In MI

      If the inability to properly digest food is the problem do the things Dr. Wiley suggests and if that is insufficient also try something else. I ran into a product called “Megazymes” that provides your body with digestive enzymes that are required to breakdown food to a stage that your body can get it out of the gut. Take whatever digestive enzymes you finally purchase before the meal.

      As to the bad breath problem: if your whole system has become toxic internally that is a primary cause of bad breath. You must detoxify.
      There are various ways. Do some study and get with some one locally who can assist you in the detox process. Don’t try to do it alone if you are new to health matters or information. It is unlikely a MD will be willing to assist – they just want to treat the diseases that come with years of toxicity.

      Your body is built to cleanse itself. Do not lose heart or get fearful…stay positive about finally finding what you can do and get started. If you’re a praying person, do it daily at least (concentrating on…say, turning from dark gray inside to pure and clean as a sparkling gem). Vitamins, minerals, herbs,

    • Mike In MI

      If the inability to properly digest food is the problem do the things Dr. Wiley suggests and if that is insufficient also try something else. I ran into a product called “Megazymes” that provides your body with digestive enzymes that are required to breakdown food to a stage that your body can get it out of the gut. Take whatever digestive enzymes you finally purchase before the meal.

      As to the bad breath problem: if your whole system has become toxic internally that is a primary cause of bad breath. You must detoxify.
      There are various ways. Do some study and get with some one locally who can assist you in the detox process. Don’t try to do it alone if you are new to health matters or information. It is unlikely a MD will be willing to assist – they just want to treat the diseases that come with years of toxicity.

      Your body is built to cleanse itself. Do not lose heart or get fearful…stay positive about finally finding what you can do and get started. If you’re a praying person, do it daily at least (concentrating on…say, turning from dark gray inside to pure and clean as a sparkling gem). Vitamins, minerals, herbs,(black, pinto and kidney) beans, water, dark green salads, berries, green tea and other teas, green veggies and lots of other varied foods and drinks can be enjoyable additions in the process. Check out Hallelujah Acres on the web. Their experience, info, honor, advice and products are superior I’ve found. Theymay have some people near you trained in their ways of doing things. They’re good and growing.

      You are in for some good learning and have fun.

  • s c

    Good advice, Dr. Wiley. Now, if groups like the AMA and the FDA would heed it and be forced to understand why it’s so IMMORAL to put MONEY and PROFITS before the health and lives of their patients, this would be a healthier country (and health-related topics would rarely appear on this website).
    Until then, folks, get an MD who knows what a good diet is (one who doesn’t see $ signs and a possible early retirement when patients need help). Take care of yourselves.
    When Obummercare kicks in, you can fight back and have a chance to be healthy, regardless of what wannabe dictators want to do to you, your family and your friends in the name of diabolical ‘healthcare.’

  • Terrence Snyder

    Good advice… Also, magnesium helps many systems in the body…including helping the ‘smooth muscles’ move food through the system efficiently… http://www.jigsaw.com has a great slow release type of magnesium that is outstanding… Without magnesium, there is no life…

  • TIME

    Doc Mark, Great Blog.

    I have to tell you anyone that wants to really clean out the inside tract. All one needs to do is go on an H2 O2 plan up to about 12 drops per glass of distilled water three times per day for a two week period of time and what comes out will blow your mind.

    Also before you start anything be sure you do your own research on what your doing.

    If anyone starts such a plan please be sure to use only the “35% Food grade H2 O2,” This product can not be found in your local store, you will have to find it on line.
    Also get a really good eye dropper. About ten or so gallons of distilled water.

    You start off with just 3 drops per glass three time per day and work it up to the 12 drops per glass 3 times per day – by the end of the second week, – then back it down slowly until you get to six drops per day stay at that level for a month, then drop it down to three drops x 3 times per day.

    Be sure to drink the glass of water {one full hour before} you eat anything.
    So a basic plan is you get up at 6am have glass of H2 O2 water, at 7am eat brekfast, fruits and grains.

    At 11am have the second glass with H2 O2 drops, then at 12pm have lunch, a salad with grilled chichen, no more than 5 oz – very light on dressing as in no more than a large table spoon. try and go straight to Olive Oil and Vinagar with herbs mixed in.

    At 5pm your next glass or water with H2 O2 drops, dinner at 6PM steamed veggies and light white meat like chicken or fish, with the meats broiled – boiled or lightly saute’ only with olive oil and fresh herbs.

    In two weeks you will loose no less that 10 pounds of extra gunk thats been in your intestines for years, and you will feel great!

    I lost about 15 pounds in the first two weeks, overall I lost 20 pounds, and now I am so regular that its like clock work.

    Oh and the side effects, my RA is 100% gone, I do have flare ups now and then but its only when I play guitar for over a two hour period of time, otherwise no issues at all.
    Just for the record I have had over 200 stiches on my left leg, my right knee was shatered and I have 100 plus stiched there.
    My Left arm I have many areas of damage such as two knife wounds a bullet wound, my righ shoulder has a bullet wound as well as damage from a fall when using a parachute.
    I also don’t have a knuckel thats rouned anylonger they are all like razors, and have been chipped and or broken countless times, that happens after 45 years of Karate, along with my elbows etc..

    ** BUT – I have no pains from any of these any longer, and have been 100% pain free for well over a year now, even when there is a pressure change, I feel nothing anylonger.
    I also have not had a cold, nor even felt slightly rotten at all during that period of time.

    • Mike In MI

      Time – The more I learn about you, the more amazed I am. Do you have a big, red “S” on your chest? Or, do you go out occaisionally protecting the citizen’s of Gotham?

      • TIME

        Hi Mike,
        No, I just am a normal guy who loves my freedom, and have fought hard for it, not just for myself but everyone.

        I admit at this point in time after fighting now for over 25 years to try and keep our government in check I am bone dead tired, and now is not the time for this.
        The fight has come to a head now and I fear that we all will loose as the American public is so deluded from idle political rhetoric.

        I went to a Fathers Day Party on Sunday and afterwards I felt sick, most of the folks know me quite well so they all wanted to know what I see coming and how this will impact their lifes. Yet some still seem to think its not as bad as it is.

        I told them the story of being in Brazil last month where I have clients who have had to get armered cars to move about in as the crime has just gone crazy there. They are ready to leave – but now see the only place that they could go turning into what they would be leaving. As in the RICH are getting much richer, and the poor are getting much poorer there is NO middle class of any kind, your either Rich or your dirt poor. Strange that Hillery wants us to be like them.

        Or friends who are in Law Enforcment out in AZ have been telling me about for the last few weeks, as in their cars are being shot at with high power rifles from long distances and its all coming from the illegals.
        Yet not word one in the news about any of it.

    • http://www.hsu.edu Millie Bowden

      When you are talking about H2 02 drops are you talking about regular hydrogen peroxide you buy in the grocery store? Thanks!

  • s c

    As I recall, John Wayne’s death was caused by an accumulation of unprocessed food in his stomach. If that’s true, I have to wonder how Wayne’s MD got through medical school. Do American healthcare professionals really understand the importance of being ‘cleaned out’ on a daily basis?
    John Wayne seems to have paid a high price for a healthcare ‘pro’ who skated through school. Can I assume that that health wizard no longer practices medicine in any civilized country?

    • Mike In MI

      No, s c, you can’t assume that. He’s not practicing in a civilized country. He probably likes it right here in Barakland.

      As for how he got through school – he probably memorized the Physician’s Desk Reference for 1980 and that was all they wanted him to know.

    • libertytrain

      re John Wayne – I recall it being lung cancer – I see now that stomach cancer was also involved – along with complications of his lung cancer -

  • Penni Eads

    This is so important! Fasting once a month is paramount! Even fasting with water or water with lemons is excellent! Make sure the water is pure! Eating whole foods is the best! Growing it yourself is ideal, but going to farmer’s markets is wonderful! We always feel better when we eat natural, unprocessed foods, and digestion will be better with plenty of fiber! Walking barefoot in nature is healing as well, and it makes sure we get some sun everyday!

    • Mike In MI

      Penni – That’s great advice, especially about walking barefoot. It sucks the free radical electrons right out of you and leaves you in a more alkaline condition . The effect is especially strong along rushing water or waves on sand.

      • TIME

        Mike & Penni, I agree with you both I walk as much as I can bare foot, now and then I surf when I have the time, you can’t beat the feeling of the sand on your feet.

        I am a Fresh food nut, I have to tell you that I only wish I could grow them as well I as most can. I am still learning this art form.

  • Fed Up Gal in NM

    Great info Dr Wiley…..and to all the posters….great comments and thanks for sharing!

  • jopa

    It was the big C that took John Wayne. I also remember him doing cigarette commercials and the comments made about it, me being a smoker at the time.

  • Tom

    No discussion of diet or intestinal health is complete without mentioning the upmost importance of including fermented foods.

  • Jo Smith

    I recently had a terrible time with acid reflux. Also, my cholesterol was very high and my blood pressure was around 130 to 140. At times it was very high. I recently read a book called “Great Taste No Pain”. I could not believe how important it is to “eat the right food combination”. In two days I had absolutely no acid reflux. For the last two months, all the above problems have disappeared and also I have lost 10 lbs. without dieting. The nice thing is that you can eat any thing you want….but you must eat them in the right combination. One example: never eat fruit with anything else. (It takes only 30 minutes for fruit to digest). Then you can eat a regular meal, but ONLY according to the food combinations in the book. Please give it a try.

    • Joanne

      What book are you talking about?

  • ROSE

    THIS IS SC, YOU SAID WHEN OBAMA CARE GETS IN PEOPLE CAN FIGHT BACK,

    “When Obummercare kicks in, you can fight back and have a chance to be healthy, regardless of what wannabe dictators want to do to you, your family and your friends in the name of diabolical ‘healthcare.’

    WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN, OBAMA CARE IS A SOCIALIZED PROGRAM, THERE ARE GOING TO BE PANELS THAT TELL YOU WHAT YOU CAN EAT, WHAT MED YOU CAN TAKE AND EVEN THE HERBS AND VITAMINS ARE GOING TO REQUIRE A PRESCRIPTION AND THIS PANEL MUST APPROVE THEM.

    YOU DOCTOR WILL HAVE NO SAY OVER YOUR CARE IN THIS HEALTH CARE AND NINE OUT OF TIMES YOU WILL SEE A RN., LPN, PA,OR A NON LICENSED PERSON.

    OBAMA HAS LIED AND EVEN COMPANY HEALTH CARE PLANS WILL BE GOVERNED BY HIS SOCIALIZE OUT LINE. HE ALSO LIED AND TOLD PEOPLE THEY COULD KEEP THEIR HEALTH CARE IF THEY WANTED TO. THIS I8S NOT TRUE. IN A COUPLE OF YEARS THE INSURANCE COMPANIES WILL NOT OFFER SOCIAL SECURITY ADVANTAGE POLICIES. THE FIGURES FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR WILL BE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF $1200.00 – $1400.00 A MONTH FOR THIS FAMILY. OBAMA IS YELLING HE WILL NOT TOLERATE SCALPING FROM THE INSURANCE COMPANIES THAT IS BALONEY, HE HAS ALREADY CUT DEALS WITH THEM. RETIRED PEOPLE WILL BE FORCED TO TAKE THE GOVERNMENT HEALTH CARE BECAUSE THEY WILL NOT BE ABLE TO AFFORD ANY OTHER COVERAGE. BY THE WAY HAVE YOU NOTICE AARP ADVERTISEMENT IN THE MAIL WELL THEY SOLD OUT TO OBAMA CARE AND THEY WILL BE ONE OF THE INSURANCE CO. I THINK.

    AND THE BEAT GOES ON. A SHORTAGE OF DOCTORS AND NURSES AT PRESIDENT TIME, AND IF HE ALLOWS MEXICANS TO HAVE THE HEALTH CARE AND IF HE USES HIS POWER AND GRANTS THEM A FREE RIDE AS HE SAYS HE WILL ALL THE AMERICANS SHOULD CONSIDERING A MOVE TO MEXICO OR CANADA, WE WOULD GET BETTER CARE. THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM WILL COLLAPSE BECAUSE EACH STATE IS THE ONE PICKING UP THE TAB ON OBANA CARE. OF COURSE THIS IS OBAMA’S PLAN

    YOU WOULD BE DOING THESE PEOPLE A FAVOR TO KNOW WHAT YOUR TALKING ABOUT S.C. AND ENCOURAGE THEM TO GET A FEW VITAMINS, NATURAL HERBAL EXTRACT, LEAVES, SYRUPS AND WHAT EVER THEY MIGHT NEED.

    THAT WILL BE A 6-12 MONTHS PERIOD TO EVEN SEE A DOCTOR. THE EMERGENCY ROOMS WILL BE FULL AND A LONG WAIT ALSO, LOTS OF DOCTORS ARE RETIRING NOW AND SOME WILL RETIRE WHEN THE SEE ALL THE RESTRICTIONS THAT ARE ON THEM. IT’S HARD FOR DOCTORS TO SEE THEIR SICK PATIENTS DIE PREMATURELY WHEN IF THEY HAD THE RIGHT MED THEY MAY LIVE 2-3-4- YEARS LONGER.

    OH BY THE WAY, THERE WILL BE GROUPS TO TAKE YOU INTO DIEING IF YOU START COSTING THE GOV. TO MUCH MONEY OR IF YOUR ILLNESS IS A LIFE TIME THING. THIS IS REALLY CALLED DEATH SQUADS.

  • JANE

    ROSE, YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY CORRECT….The Noose is around our necks.
    Now think about …what comes next…When are troops come home and if they do by 2011 you will see utter chaios in the streets; as the markets fall and the commodities spiral in value as folks try to buy food and their money is worthless. Most of our food is now produced in central America or China…does this make sense to you?
    And China and Russia and Japan and UK hold most of our Treasury notes..did you wonder who controls us…and you think its just the UNIONS…! People with no jobs will suffer and those who have jobs will be lucky to find some unemployment compensation…Every time after War’s end.. In history, there is a GREAT Depression…as the deflation of the dollar growns; and the inflation spirals..THIS IS MAN MADE.. the RICH control you…and the Federal Reserve; which is holding the Strings created by the “Puppet Master,,,,
    CFR, Council of Rome,,,Trilateral Council Bilderberg Illumaniti …Puppet Master David Rockerfeller.”
    The illusion is to let you believe you are in control of your money and lives but credit cards and fake money dollars no longer allow you that luxuary…the only thing thats worth material value is diamonds, platnium, tungsten, real gems, gold, silver and precious Ore…YOUR paper money is simply the printed “credit slips” provided to you by the Feds, Federal Reserve; government that is also controlled. Makes no matter which party is in office…they run the same ship and it is sinking…Sounds gloomy huh! Well, its because of greed at the top….your Labor should be your own and your money should have some value behind it….but when they keep printing it
    the flood gates open and its worthless….Maxism is not made up just as the Russian people what it was like when their money was over inflated and fell…they had to beg the world and USA to help them start over again….What was it Bush Jr. said….OIL is the Gold of today….and OPEC knows it…Buy energy stocks if you want value.
    Cause winter comes around for six months of the year and baby its’ cold and can be inside if you don’t have heating fuel.

  • Misty

    Although, I agree that in many cases of food stagnation, poor diet can be the cause, it is not always the reason. I have dealt with food stagnation for many years and eat a very healthy diet. Mostly organic food, unprocessed and even avoid dairy, wheat and cold foods. But, continue to struggle with this.

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