Eating and the 75% Rule

A couple of days ago I had dinner at a new hotel in town. It was a Western-Chinese buffet dinner. The food was great but I ate about 2 plates too much.

That night in bed I started to feel uncomfortable and bloated. So what did I do? I lifted up my shirt, rubbed my hands together to warm them up and started doing abdominal massage in circles around my belly button.

Ten minutes of this and I felt much better and was able to comfortably fall asleep. If the abdominal massage had not worked I would have taken some Chinese herbal medicine called Po Chai Pills - a famous remedy from Hong Kong for digestive upset due to overeating, over drinking and other causes.

Of course prevention is the best remedy and the rule of thumb in traditional Chinese medicine is you should stop eating at about 75% full. Eating till overly full makes your stomach and intestines work overtime, and done regularly can lead to a number of digestive and intestinal disorders.

Next time you are tempted to eat too much do your stomach and intestines a favor and remember the 75% rule, particularly at night before bed when overeating is more likely to cause problems.

For more on abdominal massage see here.

As always, any questions let me know.


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Matthew Scott is a professionally trained Chinese medicine practitioner from Australia. In 2000, after ten years in professional 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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