Q:I suffer from major stomach and digestive problems; my symptoms
include bloating, gas, nausea, as well as pain in the intestinal area. I have been to several doctors
and they have reached different conclusions, from irritable bowel (IB) syndrome to diverticulitis.
What is the best thing for me, and what type of diet should I follow?
A: The symptoms you have described are inclusive of both
IB and diverticulitis. I would recommend you schedule a colonoscopy to identify the correct
problem. From a traditional Chinese medicine perspective, digestive disorders such as these
are a combination of "damp heat in the intestines" and Qi stagnation. The advice below will
help reduce the dampness and heat in the intestines, and eliminate Qi stagnation.
Do not consume onions, soda, beans, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts. Dairy products should be kept to an
absolute minimum. Foods that are spicy, greasy, acidic, and fried should be eliminated. Smoking and coffee
should also be discontinued.
Stress plays a major role in IB. A relaxed, positive outlook on life is essential. Moderate to light
exercise will help move the Qi and dislodge stagnation. A good example of light exercise is tai chi,
qigong, walking, or swimming. Daily self-administered abdominal massage in circular motion beginning at
the lower right quadrant and rotating clockwise for five minutes will alleviate your pain and bloating
Salvia (dan shen), Atractylodes (bai zhu), Glycyrrhizin (licorice root), and
(che qian zi) have all shown efficacy against GI tract disturbances. I recommend you consult a local
acupuncturist who can assist with a specific formulation for you.
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