One of the most common digestive complaints is bloating after eating or bloating which progressively worsens throughout the day. It can sometimes be physically painful to touch, or can cause no discomfort at all.
What Causes Bloating?
Bloating in Chinese Medicine is called “Qi stagnation” or “spleen/stomach Qi stagnation”. What this means is that the food which is meant to be broken down and moved through the digestion is getting stuck and not moving. This isn’t always physical, it can also mean digestion which isn’t breaking the food down properly, causing fermentation and gas to build up in the intestines. The main symptom of this other than bloating is of course flatulence. Emotional stress and dietary issues are likely causes, but it can also be caused by hormonal changes like the stage in a woman’s menstrual cycle.
Foods that Cause Bloating
Diet can always play a big factor in the health of our digestion. In Chinese Medicine, over eating of cold raw foods can block up your digestion causing bloating. Similarly do much hot spicy or pungent food can stir up the stomach and intestines causing gas to build up causing stomach cramps and a bloated stomach and intestines. If you are experiencing bad bloating, look at your diet and consider the following foods or eating habits:
- Eating cold raw salads and food straight from the fridge
- Processed prepackaged meals
- Cabbage and onion
- Garlic and Chili
- Alcohol and soft drinks
- Excessive amounts of white bread and pasta
If you are reaching a point when all foods you eat are causing bloating, then this requires investigation and treatment, as your digestion is becoming quite weak that even digesting good food is causing it to become blocked, this is where my Acupuncture treatments can help. Research has shown Acupuncture can help relieve indigestion and its associated symptoms like bloating.
What Causes Nausea?
Nausea is what the Chinese Medicine calls “Qi counter-flow”, meaning the energy is moving in the wrong direction. The Qi in your stomach is meant to go down, when it goes up we get feelings of nausea, reflux/indigestion or in extreme cases vomiting. Emotions like worry and anger can upset the stomach and cause its energy to counter-flow. Poor diets high in rich fatty foods can block up the stomach stopping the energy from going down so it rebels upwards. If this goes on for a prolonged period, it can generate heat within the stomach. This can lead to reflux and indigestion, chronic cases can turn into stomach ulcers and ulceration of the oesophagus. Acid regurgitation after eating, and pain in the stomach after eating are warning signs that the stomach is generating too much heat.
Rarely do these symptoms occur in isolation, as we discuss your medical history, we will draw links between other issues you probably thought were unrelated such as poor sleep and fatigue.
How I Treat Bloating and Nausea with Acupuncture
Using my unique Acupuncture technique, we focus on finding the root cause of your symptoms and then selecting specific Acupuncture points which will help the digestion to flow smoothly again. This will work to eliminate the bloating and nausea. Points are also selected to help settle the emotions which can prevent recurrence of the symptoms. You should also notice in time improved energy and mental awareness. When the digestion works smoothly, so does the mind and body as a whole.
Research done right here in the Northern Hospital in Melbourne in the Emergency Department showed Acupuncture a viable treatment for pain and nausea.