A Healthy Stomach

A Healthy Stomach

The hiatal hernia results from the upward displacement of the stomach and the resultant kinking of the esophagus. This often results in heartburn, acid reflux or the newly coined GERD (Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease). 50% of the American population over 50 have this condition in varying degrees. Accompanying symptoms include belching, hiccups, nausea, bloating, shortness of breath, difficulty swallowing capsules – or foods, chest pains, irregular or rapid heart beat, asthma – all made worse or precipitated by bending over or lying down. So one must ask: why does the stomach decide to climb through the diaphragm and move toward the throat?

The major culprit is stress. The stomach is like a balloon that is being squeezed,  pushing it up into, and sometimes through the diaphragm (which is a muscle that divides the digestion organs from the heart and lungs). This in turn causes the esophageal tube to bend or kink and put pressure on organs above the diaphragm like the heart and lungs. If the lack of nutrients in the body allows for weak connective and muscular tissue, the diaphragm opening will weaken permitting more of the stomach through the opening. The diaphragm will create a pinching force on the muscles of the stomach causing a lower blood flow and consequent cramping of the upper stomach muscle – just like any muscle cramp in your leg or arm, etc. This produces pain and all the symptoms listed above.

The following mechanical fix will bring great relief. First it may be advisable to take herbs and do the ileocecal valve massage for about a week prior to pulling down the stomach. Also it will be more effective if there is no problem with constipation – which obviously will continually act to inhibit the exit of gas producing material. If constipation is a problem, take a Tiao He Cleanse so you can get that resolved before beginning.

This technique should be done on an empty stomach – first thing in the morning is best but doing this before each meal will bring quicker results. After massaging the ileocecal valve, apply some Lobelia Essence and Lavender oil the area below the sternum or breastbone  to help and relax it. Palpate the area to find the hardened tender areas and gently try to relax them using a gentle circular massage. Now take a deep breath and exhale slowly. While exhaling and relaxing the abdomen apply a firm inward and downward (toward the feet) pressure with overlapped thumbs from the base of the sternum down toward the navel. You should move about 2 inches down as you exhale. Without relaxing the pressure exerted by the thumbs, take another deep breath and while exhaling draw down on the stomach moving down another 2 inches or so. Without relaxing the pressure take your fingers and apply pressure to the ileocecal valve area. Hold for thirty seconds. This whole process should be repeated 3 times. The whole technique should be repeated daily for at least one month and doing it before each meal will bring quicker relief. You’ll begin to notice a difference not only in the amount of tenderness in the abdomen area but in the over all quality of your life and health. Those who experience a stiff neck will find their neck has greater freedom of movement without pain. Often it is easier to get someone to do this massage for you. They will be using the pads of their fingers to do the pulling – they also may need to cut and file their fingernails. If you are uncertain that either you or your helper is doing the technique correctly, you can just do the massage. I’ll be happy to show you how to do the technique at our next appointment – just let me know ahead of time so we don’t use up our time on other topics.

To close the ileocecal valve, apply some Lavender oil from the right hip inward. Then while applying pressure, slide your thumbs down from the center of the hip bone toward the navel, while applying pressure. It is easier to get someone else to do this, as it requires a good amount of pressure. It may be quite sensitive, but this is a necessary procedure.