Q: I am a woman, and I have been experiencing abdominal bloating and swelling. I have ruled out any medical problems, and I take care of my body. What can I do?
A: Do these symptoms exacerbate during or just prior to the monthly cycle? Or do they react to certain dietary changes? These are important questions that can help you clarify the specific root cause of these symptoms. It is difficult to make specific recommendations. I suggest you consult a licensed acupuncturist/herbalist who can prescribe the proper treatment.
In the meantime, try this:
1. Avoid dairy products, sweets, fried foods, greasy foods, and high-fat-content foods. Also avoid raw, cold foods, including salads. Fruits and vegetables should be steamed or lightly broiled.
2. Do not eat in front of the television or engage in any other mental activity while eating.
3. Take a half-teaspoon of cinnamon powder with lukewarm water twice a day if you experience pain or gas with the bloating.
4. Make a tea from hawthorn berry and dried mandarin peel. Drink a cup after each meal.
You may also try the specially formulated herbal formulas “Internal Cleanse”, “Bloat”, and “Abundant Energy” from the Traditions of Tao to help reduce your menstrual pain. Of course, discuss with your physician before beginning any new health regime.