A big air-filled bloated tummy can be quite uncomfortable and often leads to belching, flatulence and abdominal pain. Bloating can happen randomly for some, while for others it is consistent, and others still experience it only after eating.

If bloating is listed on the initial consultation form as a main complaint, then I look at what the person is eating first. Sometimes a regularly consumed food can cause bloating and when it is avoided the bloating will reduce or resolve quickly. Most often there is an imbalance of temperatures in the digestive tract, or a buildup of pressure due to a variety of mechanisms that can be at play. For example, impacted faecal matter may cause a buildup of gases. In this case the bowels might need some help to empty better. Other times the peristalsis may be too weak and needs to be addressed. When the Large Intestine System heats up (due to inflammation for example), but there is too much cold in the Small Intestine System, these systems will need cooling and warming respectively, which will reduce the bloating and wind being produced.

Bloating is one of the most common complaints I see and one of the easiest things to treat. Do not feel like you need to “just put up with it”, and get rid of this issue with help from Chinese medicine.

Written by Hamish Brown
The Way of Water Chinese Herbs and Acupuncture
Hamish works with Chinese Herbs for complex health conditions, and with acupuncture for pain relief.