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Prepare Your Digestive System for Christmas with TCM

Prepare Your Digestive System for Christmas with TCM (1)

We usually aim not to overindulge, but it can be hard not to give in to temptation! For some, the result of doing so is worse than for others. If you tend to have a weak digestive system with symptoms of bloating, abdominal cramping, and diarrhea, a few sessions of acupuncture and herbs can begin to strengthen this area.

In TCM, the main organ dealing with digestion is the spleen. Its principal job is to process food taken by the stomach (its paired organ) and transform it into energy and transport it around the body. When we overwhelm the spleen with too much food or too much of the wrong kind of food or at irregular times, we damage its ability to process food well.

This incomplete processing results in a condition known as ‘dampness’ in TCM. The body becomes bogged down and stagnant with a residue which can then stagnate and — like a compost heap — become hot, causing pain and distention. It is preferable to eat warm, cooked food, not fried, sugar laden, or iced. The reason for this is that in order to assimilate food, the body has to first warm it to body temperature. If the qi/energy in the GI (gastro intestinal) organs is weak, this process requires extra work that further weakens it. Properly cooked food is already partially broken down, making it easier to digest.

Another source of unpleasant GI symptoms is from the stomach organ system wherein the qi/energy (which when healthy, moves downwards) rebels and moves upwards. This results in burping or vomiting.

So, as we know it can be hard to resist those extra treats during the festive season. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs — in pill or capsule form — can prevent digestive discomfort from ruining your fun. Plus there are no side effects, which there may be from frequent ingestion of over the counter anti acid medications.

Clare Donnelly is an Acupuncturist at Health Space Lane Cove. Give Clare a call to discuss making an appointment to strengthening your digestive system.

Author: Clare Donnelley

Clare Donnelly is a Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner, Herbalist and Acupuncturist who practices out of the Lane Cove clinic. If you have any questions or wish to book in with her, reach out to her on 02) 9418 9555

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