In TCM the main organ dealing with the digestion is said to be the spleen, whose principal job is to process food taken by the stomach (its paired organ) and transform it into energy and transport it around the body. When we overwhelm the spleen with too much food or too much of the wrong kind of food or at irregular times, we damage its ability to process food well. This incomplete processing results in a condition known as ‘dampness’ in TCM. The body becomes bogged down and stagnant with residue which can then stagnate and – like a compost heap – become hot, causing pain and distention.
It is better for your body to eat warm, cooked food, not fried, sugar laden or iced. The reason for this is that in order to assimilate food, the body has to first warm it to body temperature. If the qi/energy in the GI (gastro-intestinal) organs is weak, this process requires extra work that further weakens it. Properly cooked food is already partially broken down, making it easier to digest.
So, as we know it can be hard to resist those extra treats during the festive season. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs – in pill or capsule form – can prevent digestive discomfort from ruining your fun. Plus there are no side effects, which there may be from frequent ingestion of over the counter anti acid medications.
Give Clare a call on 0404 059 747 to discuss making an appointment to get your digestive system strong for the holidays.