Traditional Oriental Medicine not only looks at what we eat, but how we eat and the environment in which we eat. Here are some things to observe in your eating patterns.
Do you eat under stress?Watching the stock market while eating lunch could be very unsettling to the digestive system. What are you digesting your food or your finances?
Do you return to work immediately after eating? OR do you eat on the job?Digesting your work along with your food could lead to a very disturbed digestive system.
Do you eat alone?Socializing while eating promotes a sense of well being and soothes the digestive system as well as the soul.
Do you eat quickly?If you can't remember what you ate or how it tasted, chances are you need to slow down and allow yourself the pleasure of a leisurely meal. Your body will thank you.
Do you consume digestive aids?Many people who consume antacids and laxatives in large quantities do not even consider themselves to be suffering from digestive disorders. People don't take the time to think about the negative effects of taking over- the- counter substances to avoid the nasty side effects from eating foods that are not tolerated. They are not thinking about the message that the body is trying to tell them. They take those digestive aids because their one thought is to consume that glass of milk even though they are lactose intolerant. OR they want to devour that piece of pizza even though heartburn generally follows. Why eat something that the body is telling you it can't handle? If your car runs better on high- octane gas verses low, which do you feed it?
How do you know if you have a digestive disorder?Chronically occurring tiredness after or before eating, heartburn, fullness of the stomach, abdominal bloating, abdominal pain, flatulence, diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, nausea, ravenous appetite, lack of appetite, food cravings are all common side effects digestive disorders. If you have any of these symptoms, there is a good possibility that there is an imbalance in your digestive system.
Which Complimentary Medicine treats digestive disorders?Traditional Oriental medicine is a wholistic medicine that can help create balance to your life while effectively eliminating symptoms associated with patterns of digestive distress. Traditional Oriental medicine treats digestive disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcers, and acid reflux. Naturally, it is also important that you consult with your allopathic physician in order to get a diagnosis based on western medicine.
Though Traditional Oriental medicine has a definite view about what to eat and what not to eat, based on a diagnosis of symptomatic patterns, there is also a certain forgiving element to it. There is a belief that a person can eat anything in moderation. Therefore an occasional piece of chocolate to satisfy that sweet tooth would be fine. Or that occasional glass of wine during that social event could actually smooth out that stressful day that you left behind. Even that occasional steak could be beneficial in building blood. So we are not on a quest for perfection here. We are simply hoping for more awareness that ìyou are what you eatî. In this practice we view food as medicine. Therefore it is important to take responsibility for what is consumed. And if the body says, ìdon't feed me that piece of lemon pieî, it is honored and obeyed. There is a reason why it cannot handle that piece of pie, at least for now.
How can Complimentary Medicine treat digestive disorders?Through the Oriental Medical diagnosis, the Licensed Acupuncturist will assist you in evaluating your life style, eating patterns and review changes that could improve your health and well being. You will also receive herbal recommendations and a plan for acupuncture treatments, as appropriate.
Published in a Wholistic Magazine, 1999.