Morning sickness is marked by a group of symptoms including nausea, vomiting, dizziness, anorexia within the first trimester of gestation. It is a commonly seen disorder appearing in early stage of pregnancy. Sever condition may emaciate the pregnant woman very quickly and trigger off other diseases. The factors are due mostly to deficiency of stomach qi, upward flux of the fetal qi invading the stomach, and pervasive flow of stomach qi.
Pathogenesis : It is caused by constant deficiency of the stomach qi, cessation of menstruation after pregnancy and hyper-function of the Pancreas Meridian which further affect the Yangming(stomach and large intestine) Meridian, leading to pervasive flowing of the feeble stomach qi together with the qi in the Chong Meridian, hence nausea and vomiting. In some cases, when the blood flows to nurture the fetus there results in insufficient liver blood and hyperactivity of liver yang accompanied by weakened spleen and stomach, leading to nausea and vomiting.
Deficiency in the spleen and stomach ; Main manifestations: Nausea and vomiting of liquid or undigested food immediately after meals, fullness and distending feeling in the chest, lassitude and sleepiness, pale tongue with white coating, slippery and weak pulse during the first trimester of pregnancy.
Analysis : Blood centred in the lower abdomen after pregnancy, the qi of the Chong (pancreas) Meridian gushes upward and the stomach qi is unable to descend due to the weakened spleen and stomach. The stomach qi does not go downward, instead, upward with the qi of the Chong Meridian, causing nausea, anorexia and vomiting right after intake of food. Weakened spleen and stomach leads to the insufficiency of yang qi in the middle jiao, manifested by fullness and distension in the epigastrium, lassitude and sleepiness, and vomiting of liquid. Pale tongue with white coating and weak slippery pulse are signs of deficiency in the spleen and stomach after pregnancy. Acupuncture with the even moment is applied to build up the spleen, harmonize the stomach and quell the pervasive flowing of qi so as to check vomiting.
Disharmony between the liver and stomach ; Main manifestations: Vomiting of bitter or sour liquid, epigastric fullness and hypochondriac pain, frequent belching and sighing, mental depression, dizziness and eye distension, yellowish tongue coating and string taut slippery pulse in the early stage of gestation.
Analysis : The stagnated liver qi travels adversely along the Liver Meridian via the stomach to diaphragm, hypochondria and chest, which causes nausea, vomiting, epigastric fullness, distending pain in the chest and hypochondrium, frequent belching and mental depression. Dizziness and eye distension are consequence of the upward influx of the liver qi. the liver and gallbladder are interiorly exteriorly related. When there is internal liver heat fire of the gallbladder discharges, resulting in vomiting of bitter or sour liquid. Yellowish coating and string taut slippery pulse are signs of disharmony between the liver and stomach.
It is appropriate to keep the patient in bed and away from raw, cold or greasy food. In the hope of adjusting and replenishing the stomach qi, multiple meals with a little intake of food is advisable. With SuJok Acupuncture treatments one can easily improve the overall health, symptoms of morning sickness and of liver as well as treat stress, anger and frustration, which are often associated with liver qi disharmony.
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