Patterns of Obesity

Stomach Heat with Food Stagnation

The consumption of excessive amounts of food can lead to the buildup of food in the middle burner, resulting in food stagnation, damp-heat, or phlegm-heat. This is a classic example of an excess pattern, where the organ systems are not severely damaged. There are various forms of this pattern, but the key principles remain the same: ensure proper elimination, clear any blockages, and support optimal digestive function. Treatment must be carried out with caution, as the use of herbs to eliminate heat and stagnation can harm the Spleen yang if overused. This approach may be beneficial in the short term, as it reduces the appetite, but it must be monitored carefully to prevent the development of Spleen deficiency.