Nobody wants to be bloated! Let’s face it, when you’re bloated, you don’t feel your best. And clothes fasteners are suddenly not your friend.
Your abdominal area houses many organs including the stomach, small and large intestines, uterus, liver and pancreas. Bloating, or a buildup of gas in the stomach and intestines that causes swelling or distension, can be caused by stress, smoking, consuming high-fat foods in excess (Hello, holiday feasting!), or food allergies, such as lactose intolerance. Pregnancy can cause bloating. More serious conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, liver disease or celiac disease can also cause chronic bloating.
Bloating can be caused by swallowing air when eating or drinking, or by the digestive process. Typically this type of bloating is temporary, as it either dissipates or leaves the body through flatulence or belching. Embarrassing sometimes, but necessary! When gas builds up in the stomach and intestines, or when the bloating is associated with a more serious condition, it can cause abdominal pain that can be either mild or serious. Seek medical attention for severe bloating.
Acupuncture can relieve bloating associated with both IBS and other digestive issues, and can help relieve the pain and discomfort of bloating. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, acupuncture helps improve the general well-being of those with IBS, in addition to reducing bloating.
In traditional Chinese medicine, disease is seen as an imbalance of qi, or vital energy, in the body. The placement of needles at different points in the body helps unblock and stimulate this flow of energy. Deficiencies of qi in the spleen and lung meridians, or energy channels in the body, are typically associated with abdominal bloating. Acupuncture can play a major role in healing the organs, such as the small and large intestine, where chronic swelling occurs frequently. I can help you determine the cause of the distension and use acupuncture to help your body heal and resolve the problem. I base treatment on each individual’s needs, which could include either an excess or deficiency of qi.
Acupuncture is particularly effective in the case of food intolerances, intestinal bacteria overgrowth and partial bowel obstruction. In these instances often the swelling will disappear literally overnight. And that’s news to toot about!
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