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Rebelious Stomach Qi


  • sudden and excessive emotions


Note: To understand the term "Qi", thus to get a better grasp of the following disharmony, we encourage our readers to review the short material "What is Qi" in the Vitality chapter.

In traditional Chinese medicine the Qi of the Stomach is essential for carrying out the task of digestion. A healthy Stomach Qi always flows downwards as this is the direction of the digestion.  When the Qi changes directions, i.e. ceases to flow downward but instead starts flowing upward, it becomes “rebellious Qi”.

The causes for “rebellious Qi” are most often sudden and excessive emotions, which interfere with the healthy descending of the Stomach Qi.

If you want to learn more about the stomach and its functions from the perspective of traditional Chinese medicine go to "The Stomach in Traditional Chinese Medicine" in the Physiology chapter.




  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • hiccup
  • belching


Signs of rebellious Stomach Qi are nausea and vomiting. Other signs of rebellious Qi are hiccup and belching. 



The treatment is predominantly through the vital level. The goal is to direct the Stomach Qi back to its normal downward direction. One can do that by gently caressing the Stomach area, starting with the upper part of the Stomach and moving down. Once down the hand needs to be placed back on the upper Stomach area, instead of sliding the hand back up. Doing this exercise repeatedly will redirect the Stomach Qi to its healthy flow direction.


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