The stomach is called the 'Minister of the Mill' and is also known as the 'Sea of Nourishment'. Because it is responsible for providing the entire system with postnatal energy from the digestion of food and fluids, it is regarded as the 'Root of Postnatal Life'. In addition to digesting bulk foods and fluids and moving them onwards to the small intestine for extraction and assimilation of nutrients, the stomach also extracts pure postnatal energy from foods and fluids, and in coordination with spleen energy it transports this food energy through the meridian system to the lungs, where it combines with air energy from breathing. This is a function of the stomach not acknowledged in Western medicine, which focuses only on the biochemistry of digestion and does not recognize the bioenergetic aspect.
Governed by pivotal Earth energy, the stomach is responsible for extracting and balancing all five elemental energies from foods and fluids ingested through the mouth, which it shares with the spleen as its external aperture. Any dysfunction of the stomach results in an immediate deficiency or imbalance in the nourishing energy channeled from the stomach to other organs.
Passage with points
The meridian starts from the lateral side of the ala nasi, where it links with the large intestine meridian ascends to the nasal bridge, where it meets the urinary bladder meridian turns downward along the lateral side of the nose enters the gums of the upper teeth curves around the lips descends to meet the Ren meridian at the mentolabial groove runs posterolaterally across the lower portion of the cheek at ST 5 winds along the angle of the mandible ascends in front of the ear traverses GB 3 follows the anterior hairline to reach the forehead.
The branch emerging in front of ST 5 runs downward to ST 9 goes along the throat enters the supraclavicular fossa from there runs downward to pass through the nipple descends by the umbilicus enters ST 30 on the lateral side of the lower abdomen. The branch from the lower orifice of the stomach descends inside the abdomen joins the superficial meridian at ST 30 runs downward through the groin reaches the knee continues downward along the anterior border of the lateral aspect of the leg passes through the dorsum of the foot ends at the lateral side of the tip of the 2nd toe (ST 45).
Passage without points
The branch from the supraclavicular fossa goes downward passes through the diaphragm enters its pertaining organ the stomach also connects with the spleen.
The branch emerges from ST 36 runs downward to enter the lateral side of the middle toe. The branch from the dorsum of the foot arises from ST 42 goes downward to terminate at the medial side of the tip of the great toe, where it links with the spleen meridian.
The foot Yang brightness (Yangming) stomach meridian starts at the side of the nose, and then ascends to the inner canthus of the eye to intersect the foot greater Yang (Taiyang) bladder meridian at BL-1. It then descends parallel to the nose, penetrates the maxilla into the upper gum and joins the governing vessel at GV-24 (Spirit Court) in the philtrum. It skirts back along the upper and lower lips to join the conception vessel at CV-24 (Sauce Receptacle) in the mentolabial groove on the chin. Prom this point, it runs along the mandible to the point ST-5 (Great Reception) and rounds the angle of the mandible to ST-6 (Jawbone). It proceeds upward in front of the ear, intersects with the foot lesser Yang (Shaoyang) gallbladder meridian at GB-3 (Upper Gate), and continues along the hairline, intersecting the foot lesser Yang (Shaoyang) meridian again at GB-6 (Suspended Tuft), from where it crosses to the middle of the forehead to intersect with the governing vessel at GV-24 (Spirit Court). A branch separates at ST-5 (Great Reception), runs down the throat to the point ST-9 (Man’s Prognosis), and then continues down to the supraclavicular fossa. Prom here it crosses through to the back to intersect the governing vessel at GV14 (Great Hammer), and then descends internally, crossing the diaphragm and intersecting with the conception vessel internally at CV-13 (Upper Stomach Duct) and CV-12 (Central Stomach Duct) before homing to the stomach and netting the spleen. Another branch separates at ST-12 (Empty Basin), runs down the surface of the trunk along the mammillary line, and continues downward, passing beside the umbilicus to enter the Qi thoroughfare (the inguinal region) at ST-30 (Surging Qi). Yet another branch starts in the area of the pylorus, descending internally to join the branch just described at ST-30 (Surging Qi) in the inguinal region. It emerges here and runs down to ST-31 (Thigh Joint) on the anterior aspect of the thigh. It travels down the thigh to the high point above the knee at ST-32 (Crouching Rabbit), and on down to the patella, then proceeds downward along the lateral side of the tibia to ST-42 (Surging Yang) on the dorsum of the foot, finally terminating at the lateral side of the tip of the second toe. A branch separates at ST-36 (Leg Three Li), three body inches below the knee and runs down lateral and parallel to the main branch, terminating on the lateral side of the middle toe. Still another branch breaks off from the main branch on the dorsum of the foot at ST-42 (Surging Yang), terminating on the medial side of the great toe where it connects with the spleen meridian at SP-1 (Hidden White).