Acupuncture is used to commonly treat digestive complaints including abdominal bloating, indigestion, constipation and cramps. In Chinese Medicine, abdominal bloating or distention is a result of the Spleen and Stomach energy or qi being stuck. There is no smooth flow or energy and as a result we feel bloated.
How acupuncture reduces bloating
Acupuncture works for abdominal bloating and distention because it helps to regulate the digestive system, aid metabolism and the stomach function to move the stuck energy or qi. After the energy flow is better, the abdomen does not feel as distended. We also combine acupuncture with Chinese herbs to regulate the Stomach and Spleen function, which moves the energy downwards instead of it staying in the abdomen. We also teach patient’s to massage the stomach centre meridian in a downward motion after eating to aid digestion and reduce distention.
Another tip is to avoid is cold icy water or drinks (read more about the benefits of drinking warm water here). The nature of cold is to contract, it does not allow for easy absorption in the body and cold drinks solidify the oily foods we eat, it also slows down digestion and can lead to a feeling of distention in the abdomen. By drinking warm drinks like tea, warm water and soups, fats are melted digestion improves. In most cases, this reduces the feeling of abdominal bloating. Also we should avoid eating raw or uncooked foods for the same reason.
Another treatment I used in my clinic for abdominal bloating that is extremely effective is sound therapy with tuning forks. This is using a form of vibrational energetic and harmonic healing to regulate imbalances through cell biology and quantum physics. These tuning forks are placed on specific acupuncture points and chakras (vortices of energy through which the universal Life Force is channeled and transmitted) to rebalance and move energy blockages. It also has a deep inner balance by sonically resetting our negative cellular patterns in the body. With a sound healing treatment we are able to release tension and disharmony in the solar plexus chakra, which relates to the digestive system and any related dysfunctions and aims to bring the body back into harmony for better health and well-being.
Crystals are compatible tools with which to harmonise and balance the chakras. A yellow citrine crystal is used together with the tuning forks to further enhance the treatment. Yellow citrine on a physical level is a great benefit for all digestive problems. It unlocks stagnant energy causing bloating, irritable bowel syndrome, cramps, high blood sugar level and other digestive symptoms.