Poor Eating Habits Lead to Abdominal Pain
TCM Sedates Emotional Stress & Regulate Gastric Acid Levels
Upper abdominal pain, abdominal distention, frequent belching, and acid regurgitation – these were the symptoms of a middle-aged woman whose illness continually torments her for 10 years. It wasn't until her recent treatment to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), did her stomach problems slowly subdue. According to TCM Dr. Jian-hong Chen of Taipei City Hospital Lin-Shen Branch, the patient had been diagnosed with duodenal ulcer with Helicobacter pylori (bacterial) infection prior to seeking TCM treatment. Unlike western methodologies, TCM treatment not only places emphasis in sedating the patient's emotional stress and stomach acidity levels, but also provides gentle reminders to patients on adjusting their lifestyles.
Dr. Chen points out that when a patient's eating habits are poor, even if they regularly take prescribed medicine, the recurrence rate is still high. Likewise, patients should maintain a neutral stress level, as this can prevent increased severity of symptoms and improve the rate of recovery. However, the patient is the caretaker of her family; her life filled with stress, emotional swings, and often with poor quality sleep. 7~8 years ago, her condition improved as she tried anti-bacterial and anti-ulcer prescription drugs, but only temporarily. The abdominal cramps relapsed, and eventually she was admitted to a medical center for treatment. Unfortunately, her abdominal pain and distention continually recurred from time to time even after treatment; therefore, she decided to seek therapy from TCM.
Based on the patient's current health, conditions, and emotional status, Dr. Chen prescribed the following formula: Pinellia Combination (Ban Xia Xie Xin Tang), Vladimiriae & Cardamom Combination (Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Tang), Citrus Peel & Bamboo Combination (Ju Pi Zhu Ru Tang) for vomiting relief and stomach acidity reduction. Add Dragon Bone (Long Gu), Oyster Shell (Mu Li) and other Spirit Calming herbs to relieve emotional stress. After taking this medication, the patient's symptoms drastically improved.
Although the Helicobacter pylori bacteria's ability to cause peptic ulcers is well-known in the medical field, Dr. Chen points out that TCM catches the details of the patient's daily life that western medicine misses. Frustrated emotions, spiritual and physical fatigue, and poor sleep quality can weaken the immune system, causing relapses of the illness, which with frequent usage of antibiotics, the Helicobacter pylori bacteria will have developed resistance to drug remedies.
Doctors note that patients with peptic ulcer should not do the following things: ingesting food 2 hours prior to sleeping, laying down after a meal, sleeping in a posture where your head is at level or below your stomach, use non-steroid pain killers, or use any kind of medication with pain killing or anti-inflammatory ingredients without a doctor's consultation. In addition, smoking and drinking can both exacerbate the development of peptic ulcer. Patients should notice this and quit for the sake of health.
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