For centuries, Traditional Chinese Medicine has been used to treat ailments ranging from serious conditions to things we encounter every day. One we’ve probably all faced at some point is bloating. Usually happening after a big feast, bloating happens regularly for some people (but that doesn’t mean you should ignore it).
What Causes Bloating?
Bloating is caused by gases and fluids that swell up in the abdomen. It’s typically tied to how and what you eat. Belly fat is also caused by what you eat and is the result of excess fat known as visceral fat that is left behind.
While bloating is typically painful and irritating, it’s non-threatening. Whereas belly fat can be dangerous to your health. Constant bloating does, however, indicate that something is wrong and should be taken seriously.
Signs that it could be something more are your diet causing inflammation, indigestion, high fever, constipation, pain around your lymph nodes, hemorrhoids and more.
You can, however, reduce bloating by doing things like not eating too fast, reducing carbonated drinks, limiting sodium, getting more fiber, and increasing your intake of probiotics to name a few.
Fear not, the Chinese have a solution that they’ve been using for ages! And it all comes from a marsh plant known as alisma orientale.
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What is Rhizome Alismatis?
This is the rhizome found within the plant alisma orientale, also known in traditional Chinese medicine as “ze xie”. Native to Europe, it’s naturalized in the Middle East, Egypt, and China. It’s sweet in taste and cold in nature. Because of its ability to drain fluids and dampness in the body, its medical uses include:
- treating bloating
- treating urinary problems
- promoting kidney health
- speeding up metabolism
A study done on rats showed that injecting the rhizome increased their lipoprotein cholesterol metabolism. A study done on rats showed that injecting the rhizome increased their lipoprotein cholesterol metabolism. Although this is only in the preliminary stages, it’s important because it could greatly improve current bloating treatments and even weight loss treatments.
The rhizome is also full of alkaloids, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and a host of other benefits. It can be toxic if it’s not heated and dried so be careful too! You should be ingesting about 5-10g after it’s decocted, but you can use up to 30g in severe cases. It’s really simple to make, let’s take a look.
How to Use Rhizome Alismatis
- Wash it clean with water
- Bake in low heat until dry
- Remove the fibrous root and rough skin by knocking lightly
- Moisten thoroughly with water
- Slice and dry in the sun
- Fry with bran or saline for use
So whether you’ve eaten a big meal recently or have noticed your stomach is bigger and more painful than usual, give this a try. If it’s been used for hundreds of years then you know it’s got to be good for something!
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