Acupuncture for Bloating
Bloating is an uncomfortable condition where the abdomen becomes distended and swollen. It is often associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and premenstrual symptoms, amongst others. From a Chinese medicine perspective, bloating can come from different internal causes. Sometimes it can indicate an imbalance of the Liver, which is said to facilitate the smooth flow of energy and blood throughout the body, ensuring bodily functions work freely and efficiently. The Liver easily becomes imbalanced through consumption of toxins (such as alcohol) and the stress and strain of modern living. This causes energy and blood to stagnate in the digestive tract, resulting in bloating, pain and digestive disturbance.
Another type of bloating originates in the digestive system itself (the Spleen-pancreas in Chinese medical terminology). Symptoms of bloating after eating and feeling swollen, puffy and sluggish during the menstrual cycle indicate poor function of the digestive system. This is usually caused by irregular eating patterns and eating too much cold, raw food, too much sugar and dairy, as well as excessive worrying.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine work effectively by clearing stagnation and strengthening the digestive process to resolve bloating. To help create lasting change, eating an appropriate diet and learning ways to prevent and manage stress is often recommended alongside acupuncture treatment.