I want to discuss the left side neck stiffness and pain at this time. I hope those who suffer from neck pain can be beneficial to read it.
The digestive system is the key to left-side neck stiffness and pain!
Bad posture, herniated disk, spinal stenosis, injury, and muscle tension from stress also can be causes of neck pain.
But, these factors are not the only ways you get stiffness and pain in your neck.
What is the Autonomic Nervous System?
The autonomic nervous system is associated with two different nerves: the sympathetic and parasympathetic nerves.
When you are stressed out, the sympathetic nerves are dominant. When you are relaxed, the parasympathetic nerves are dominant.
One of the vagus nerve’s relaxed nerves is attached to internal organs like the stomach, heart, lung, and neck.
When you stimulate too much of the vagus nerve, you will get stomach upset, raise the heartbeats, sometimes have difficulty swallowing, and lead to neck stiffness.
It is the mechanism of the digestive system and neck.
Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective about the neck stiffness and pain
From a traditional Chinese medicine standpoint, the digestive system and neck are highly related to each other.
The right side of the neck is associated with the Liver organ related to stress, called Liver Qi Stagnation.
The other possible symptoms of Liver disorders are irritability, anxiety, rib pain, menstrual disorders like cramping, irregular periods, etc.
On the other hand, the left side of the neck is Spleen and Stomach, which are the digestion systems because the stomach meridian originates from the eyes and goes through the head and the digestive systems.
So when you have bloating or gas or even constipation or diarrhea, it affects your neck, especially on the left side, and tightness of the neck.
The other symptoms of Spleen and stomach disorders are bloating, gas, constipation, or diarrhea like any digestive symptoms.
Right Neck – Liver side Left Neck – Spleen / Stomach side
What can you do for left-side neck stiffness and pain?
1. Apply a heat pack to your neck
Heat makes the blood flow and releases the tension on your neck. In addition, you can also put it to your stomach.
Once the stomach relaxes, your neck tension also releases.
2. Watch out for your diet.
Any food that gives you bloating, gas, constipation, or diarrhea is unsuitable for your digestion.
Would you please eat balanced nutrition, including carbohydrates, vegetables, and protein with vitamins and minerals? Refrain from the spicy, greasy food. Avoid dairy products if it makes you bloated or gas.
3. Go to an acupuncturist near you.
Acupuncture can release muscle tension and help your digestion.
It is one of the oriental medicine treatments that has 4000 years of history in China. We use fine needles to release inflammation and reduce pain.
WHO recommends having acupuncture for Neck tension and digestive problems.
4. Take natural Chinese herbs.
Several Chinese herbs help pain and the digestive system. For example,
Chai Hu Gui Zhi Tang
Indications are Neck stiffness, Muscular tension, gastrointestinal disorders.
This formula helps to release the stress of the neck and soothe the digestive system. The primary ingredients, Bupleurum and Cinnamon combination, regulate energy and blood circulation in the upper body, especially the neck.
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In conclusion, left side stiffness and pain can be caused by digestive problems.
Firstly, please understand the mechanism of neck pain due to autonomic nervous systems and digestive problems.
Secondly, please try these four tips to see if your symptom goes away.
Finally, I hope it helps those who are suffering from these annoying symptoms.
In the previous blog, I talked about what Chinese herbs are excellent for constipation. So, in this blog, we would love to talk about how to solve stubborn constipation with some of the best Chinese herbs.
Is it true? Can Chinese herbs get rid of constipation?
“I don’t go to the bathroom every day.”
“I have bloating and gas all the time.”
I have heard these complaints from many patients who don’t have bowel movements regularly, especially women. Ultimately, getting rid of stool in your intestines every day is one of the most important aspects to become healthy.
The most common constipation treatments are a fiber-rich diet, hydration, and magnesium in the modern world.
However, even though people get these treatments, sometimes they don’t work.
One of the reasons is HEAT in the intestines.
How to check the Heat in the system?
Why don’t you look at your own tongue.
Red-tip of the tongue
Greasy yellow coating
Cracks on the tongue
If you have one of these signs, you might have heat in the intestines.
First, I want you to imagine that you are alone in the desert. Next, your body easily loses fluids and gets thirsty.
Eventually, you might not want to move anymore. As a result, heat dries out your body.
Thus, same thing happens in your intestines if you have heat.
There are two different types of Heat causing constipation in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Excess Heat in the intestines
Excess Heat is mostly associated with inflammation.
Other symptoms are red eyes, thirsty, dry mouth, bad breath, swelling, pain, burning sensation, dark-yellow urination, and irritability.
Deficient Heat in the Intestines
On the other hand, deficient Heat happens when lack of nutrients in the body, or essences. In traditional Chinese medicine, the body is balanced with Yin & Yang.
First of all, yin is like water, and Yang is like fire. When you are lack water, you get heat signs called Yin deficient heat because you have no function to cool your body.
Most likely, it’s a chronic stage when you have deficient heat. Other symptoms are night sweats, thirsty, fatigue, low appetite, and scanty urination.
Where is the Heat coming from?
I would assume you briefly understand how we diagnose the constipation.
You might wonder where is the heat coming from.
Several reasons why you get heat in the systems such as stress, diet, age, side effects from the medication, and lifestyle.
Stress (Liver Qi Stagnation)
Stress is always one of the main reasons why you get constipation. In traditional Chinese medicine, we diagnose Liver Qi Stagnation. As you know, Qi is the energy. Yet, what is the liver?
In TCM, It’s not the same as the liver in Western Medicine.
The liver controls the functions of the body like muscles and tendons, regulates energy (Qi). It is also associated with the autonomic nervous system (emotion). In addition to these, this organ also stores blood.
Why don’t you imagine that you have a soccer ball?
And, I want you to pump the air in it as much as you can until the air won’t go anymore. Because of the pressure inside the ball, it creates heat, then eventually it will be burst. the same thing happens in your body.
Once this phenomenon happens in your body, most likely you get irritability or anger as well.
Diet (Food Stagnation)
Of course, when you eat too much, food stagnated because you can’t digest food properly.
In addition, you might get other symptoms like burping, heartburn, bloating, and gas.
Age (Yin Deficient Heat)
Yin is like water. Water is the vital essence. As you age, you lose the essence.
Therefore, this is mother nature and you can’t avoid it.
How to solve the heat with Chinese Herbs?
Now, I would like to explain how to treat Excess Heat and Deficient heat with Chinese herbs.
Constipation from stress
Chai Hu Jia Long Gu Mu Li Tang
Chai Hu Jia Long Gu Mu Li Tang is a classical Chinese herbal formula used to clear heat and as a sedative.
It treats a variety of internal and emotional patterns, especially those whose symptoms are fullness in the chest, irritability, and palpitations.
This formula contains Huang Qin, a Chinese skullcap, which clears heat from the lower body. And, Da Huang is one of the major herbs for purgative.
Constipation from food stagnation
Bao He Wan
Bao He Wan is intended to treat acute upset of the digestive tract with belching, acid reflux, a full feeling in the stomach, bloating, nausea, abdominal cramping, and constipation from overeating, poor food, or hangover.
One of the chief herbs is Shan Zha which is Chinese Hawthorn fruit, and it has the function of dispersing and moving the stagnation of food, and clear heat.
Constipation from Age
Ba Xian Chang Shou Wan
Ba Xian Chang Shou Wan is for chronic disorders and aging marked by significant yin deficiency in the lungs and kidneys.
This formula nourishes Yin and the essence to lubricate the dryness in the intestines.
Its primary pattern signs and symptoms are accompanied by typical yin deficiency heat patterns such as weakness in the lower body, tidal fever, dry mouth, dry skin, dizziness, night sweats, hot palms, and soles, tinnitus, and constipation from dryness.
In conclusion, two kinds of heat can cause stubborn constipation that you might be suffering from a Chinese medicine perspective.
Firstly, Check your tongue and notice other symptoms associated with your constipation.
Secondly, please open your mind to utilize one of the best remedies from over 1,000 years of medicine from China.
Finally, I hope it helps those who are suffering from stubborn constipation.
The bloated stomach makes you uncomfortable and causes burping and farting that make people around you uncomfortable unless they are friendly people.
If you feel a bloated stomach all the time, this blog post is for you, and you may be able to learn the cause and home remedies of it.
From the perspective of Oriental Medicine, two main reasons can trigger a bloated stomach: Diet and stress.
If your diet always consists of fried, spicy, cold, raw, processed, and dairy food, you need to consider changing because your digestion system gets weak from it.
Once you have a dysfunctional digestive system, you are more likely to get a bloated stomach.
In addition, stress and anxiety also can be a factor in the bloated stomach.
If you are not good at dealing with stress, take extra care of your mental health.
Here’re some home remedies that you can try to strengthen your stomach, handle your stress and overcome your bloated belly.
・Consume less fried, spicy, cold, raw, processed, and dairy food.
・Avoid cold beverages and drink room temperature or hot beverages.
・Eat fiber-rich food like oatmeal, yam, and miso-soup.
・Drink orange peel tea and jujube tea.
・Meditate 10 minutes a day. Using the Calm app is suitable for meditation.
・Exercise and stretch regularly.
If you try those home remedies but do not see any improvements, you may want to try Chinese herbs. Visit YourKampo to answer a 3 mins questionnaire about your symptom and get the right natural Chinese herb delivered to your home.
Sayonara till next post.
About Author: Satoru Ozawa – Doctor of Oriental Medicine, an acupuncturist, a Chinese herb specialist.