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Stomach bloating after eating or drinking anything. Is it IBS?


#1

Hello,

Over the past couple of months my stomach has started to bloat up after eating or drinking anything?


#2

Has your diet changed? What kinds of food are you eating together? Do you eat at regular times? What’s your stress been like? Generally speaking bloating is a sign that you’re not eating the right types of foods. In context the right type depends on your current condition and balance and the right diet for person A might be vastly different than for person B.


#3

There are far too many other potential causes of bloating to direct towards a diagnosis of IBS. From a Chinese Medicine perspective, however, the western diagnosis is somewhat (or entirely) irrelevant. The full range of digestive issues is generally well treated with Chinese Medicine - acupuncture, herbal medicine and possibly other techniques such as moxibustion. For more on how we approach the systemic root/causes of conditions rather than chasing after symptoms, read “What Does Acupuncture Treat?”.

My recommendation is to consult directly with a practitioner in your area and they will come to your diagnosis in Chinese Medicine terms, potentials would be liver qi stagnation, spleen qi deficiency, or spleen/stomach damp heat among many others. Herbal medicine, if appropriate, would be based on your diagnosis (–not-- your symptoms) and could include formulas like shen ling bai zhu wan, shu gan wan, bao he wan among many other possibilities.

With proper treatment you should do well. For more acute issues, it may only take a treatment or two and a couple weeks of proper herbal medicine, for more chronic issues potentially a few months or longer. But at the end of your course of treatment you should no longer have any issues and no longer need consistent treatment (so long as your diet is reasonable) to stay symptom free (this instead of taking medication for many years or the rest of your life).


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