The term “bloating” refers to any abdominal swelling. If you feel bloated, you may be receiving a signal that the body is not digesting food properly. Sometimes poor digestion results from intolerance to a specific food, such as gluten or lactose. Other causes include irritable bowel syndrome, not drinking enough water, eating high-fat foods and stress.
When a patient experiences bloating, I take a health history to determine the cause, then use acupuncture on intestine-specific points that will quickly restore the natural energy flow and address the cause, often causing the bloating to vanish immediately. If the cause is intolerance to a certain food, acupuncture can increase the body’s tolerance. If the stress causes the bloating, acupuncture can help relieve that stress.