Bloated Abdomen

Last week I had a bloated abdomen for 4 days. I wasn't sure why but I felt it was from eating the wrong foods, particularly chocolate and pizza. I was recently back home in Australia and brought back to China 2 family-size blocks of chocolate of a favorite brand I can't buy here.

I don't have a big sweet tooth but when I do crave something sweet it's usually chocolate. Over a week or so, while watching movies at night, I ate all the chocolate and several pizzas too. One night I had icecream instead of chocolate.

These foods, according to traditional Chinese dietary therapy, are phlegm-forming. Eat too much of them and they clog and impair your digestive organs and bowels.

At one stage my abdomen was so uncomfortable I went to hospital, fearing it was appendicitis coming on. The doctor examined me then ordered an abdominal ultrasound and blood and urine tests. Luckily it wasn't appendicitis, but because the tests showed nothing the doctor could not offer a diagnosis or treatment.

However, the negative test results was my go-ahead to try something more gentle and harmonious than what Western medicine generally offers. I was pretty sure my abdominal bloating was diet-related, so if wrong food was the cause then the right food would be the solution. If that didn't work I would see a herbalist.

I immediately began eating light, bland foods such as rice congee, soup, steamed vegetables, steamed fish and apples. A day later I was much better and by the third day virtually back to normal.

This problem happened because I broke 3 golden rules of traditional Chinese dietary therapy by eating too much of one flavor (sweet), eating too much phlegm-forming food and eating too much late at night, all of which overburdened my digestive system and bowels.

Hopefully, I have learned my lesson.

You can read more about traditional Chinese dietary therapy and how it can improve your health in my Chinese diet report.

Any questions, as always, let me know.


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Matthew Scott is a professionally trained Chinese medicine practitioner from Australia. In 2000, after ten years in private practice, Matthew went to China to further his studies for a few months. He’s been there ever since, immersed in the culture, raising a family and showing people worldwide the Chinese way of health.


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