by Dr. Amanda (Mandie) Gillette, RAc, DTCM
As a TCM practitioner and Acupuncturist, we would look at bloating as a stagnation of Qi in the abdomen. Qi is not flowing smoothly so it becomes stuck.
Think of it like a flowing river that is slowly dammed up with twigs and leaves and mud, eventually there is more water in one area and not enough water flowing through to rest of the river. One area is all bogged up, and one area becomes dried out, it is an unbalanced state.
We can look at bloating in a similar way and in Chinese Medicine we would look to the Liver Meridian or Channel as a major contributor to this unbalanced condition. The Liver is in charge of the “Free Flow” of qi in the body. During a woman’s cycle if there is an adverse flow of qi, we will feel symptoms like breast tenderness, bloating, cravings, diarrhea, constipation, and a heavy and painful flow.
Results will always vary depending on the patients diet, lifestyle, physical and emotional wellbeing. Bloating is typically seen as a symptom of something bigger, so things like worry, fear, and physical or emotional stress, eating contrary to your constitutional needs or a cold, raw diet, all factor into how you are treated and the results you will see.
But this is where Acupuncture is a beautiful health option and contrary to what is commonly thought, it is not just for pain. It will help resolve a myriad of issues that all come together to create a system of dis-ease, and help the body to find balance and wellbeing.
Dr. Amanda Gillette studied Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture in Calgary, Canada, and graduated with a Doctorate in Traditional Chinese Medicine. She is a Registered Acupuncturist.
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