Tuesday, 15 July 2014

trapped wind

More than a month ago my friend, Ah Ming has a brush with death. He may not realise it but by continue to  indulge in a habit we know is bad to his health. I had tried to get him break his bad habits of overeating  unhealthy foods and  excessive cigarette smoking. His way of coping with stressful work situation by huffing and puffing on tobacco cigarettes as many as he could. For him smoking is a great reliever.

He's chain smoking but not that greatly exaggerated



This can lead to the common cause of formation of blood clots that can block narrowed arteries and may be the reason behind his heart attacks. He has stopping smoking after his heart attack, I hope he remain smoke free after his discharge. He ought to abstain from smoking,  not for his own sake but for the sake of others, especially for his two-year-old daughter.

If the US President Barack Obama can quit smoking, why couldn't him?

 Everyone deals with stress in his or her own way. Some people work well under pressure and some people couldn't do the work properly even given a particularly small task to handle . Overeating, drinking, and smoking are common coping mechanisms, but not universal accepted.It's most important to learn new and better ways of coping with the pressure.

Like the release of pressure in a boiler, anger is a way to blow off steam but do it in a safe way. Find healthy and positive ways to let off steam like taking up a hobby, sport or by  deep relaxation while doing nothing.

He considered himself lucky as he wasn't driving at time of the incident. Shortly after his arrival he stopped his car at his factory and within 20 minutes he suffers from a heart attack and collapses on the floor. There are many people who has no idea that they have heart disease until they experience a heart attack. Why didn't he get a health screening? He said he thought he was in perfect health till it happens to him.  Even though you don't show any symptoms, you still have a check-up. "Screening" means having a test when you don't show any symptoms.

Recently my mom who had never been in poor health but suffered from a mysterious sudden illness. I took her to a nearby GP residential clinic for treatment. A few days I saw no improvement, I took her to the hospital for medical check up but again with no improvement. Medical report do not result in life threatening but she still is in some discomfort.
The upper abdomen bloating may feel hard or tight to the touch. Some condition can cause
discomfort and pain, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. 

Next I was recommended that I take her to see one of the traditional Chinese medicine practitioner. Tried Again, Not a Great Improvement.

Well I'm very confused now. ..... Which is likely to be causing me highly anxious and stressful on finding the perfect solution to cure.   I've been looking around searching the Internet with Google search engine to get the answers I am looking for and what is the best way to approach the treatment of her illness.

 I even took her to my Shaman friend to help me finding an answer. She told her there is no fear of it might be the sickness had been caused by an evil spirit. Okay it safe to say her illness is being caused by a physical illness not spiritual issues.

My friends, Ah Chong and Ah Liew show some concern for my mom's condition. I appreciate their guidance and advice, their support are very much appreciated. One of them recommended me to try a GP doctor  near her residence area.

I follow her advice and be there at the clinic which in the evening appointments start at 7.30pm. The waiting list number I got is 22, so how long it will take? At 10:10pm having waiting for wait so long, its my mom turns  to see the doctor. Most patients are willing to wait for his consultations service due to his careful approach to treating all clients/patients, regardless of their ethnicity, nationality and gender background.

After taking the second dose, the gas was significantly reduced. The medication has made my Mom feel so much better. What A Relief!  The wait was worth it.

All the previous doctors from Western medicine and traditional healing practises point us in the right direction to the cause of illness which is caused by excess wind trapped in the abdomen. At night, it is very uncomfortable to sleep that can keeping her up at night.

I guess even knowing the cause of illness is still not good enough, the doctor must be given the right medication to cure the patients. That's why mom was put on a long waiting list to meet her saviour, Doctor Chin. Patients do not mind the long wait as long as the doctor medication can work wonders.

Most Chinese like to say the term for 緣分; pinyin: yuánfèn. A Buddhist-related Chinese concept that means the predetermined principle that dictates a person's relationships and encounters, usually positive, such as the affinity among friends or lover are brought together. Chinese people believe in fate or destiny, that's basically like Westerner saying "perhaps fate has brought us together".


You can say that the doctor has yuanfen saviours . Yuanfen can be thought of as the mechanism by which the doctor is able to cure my mom as other doctors who treated her failed to work. After taking medication my mom regained her strength back. HALLELUJAH


She was also counselled not to consume the following foods that can cause bloating:

1) Greasy, fried foods like burger or Youtiao YauCharKwai / Chinese Fried Twisted Dough Stick / 油条 / 油炸鬼,  it takes the stomach much longer to break down the fats and properly digest them. This delayed emptying allows gas to build up inside your stomach causing bloating.

2) Salty foods

Salt is a big guilty party when it comes to bloating.  Many foods that do not taste salty may still be high in sodium which make you feel bloated.  Most experts recommend  we should drink at least 8 to 10 glasses per day will help us stay hydrated and healthy by flush sodium and excess fluid from our system. If you're drinking enough water, your body should give an indications of a hydrated light or pale yellow urine.

3) Spicy foods

 The use of spices as food additives has been known to stimulate the release of stomach acid, which can cause irritation. Used with care and restraint when apply the use of black pepper, nutmeg, cloves, chili powder, curry, onions, garlic, mustard, BBQ sauce, horseradish, tomato sauce and vinegar.

4) Gassy vegetables

 Certain vegetables can cause more gas than others do, and everyone varies in their ability to absorb and tolerate gas-producing foods.  Individual that sensitive to tolerate air in the stomach and intestines may want to limit the amount of gas-producing vegetables such as the following:  baked beans, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, lentils, Lima beans, onions and peppers.

5) Carbonated beverages

All carbonated drinks - from sodas to fizzy mineral water - can cause bloating because the carbon dioxide trapped in the bubbles creates gas, which slows down stomach emptying. Other beverages (such as alcohol, caffeinated drinks, coffee, tea, hot chocolate).

6) Dairy products

People of Asian, African, Native American, and Hispanic backgrounds are more likely to unable to digest lactose, or milk sugar, the consumption of dairy products can make you feel bloated.

When lactose can't be digested well, it will pass to the colon where gas is produced by the bacteria trying to break it down. Other calcium rich foods alternative can replace milk are tofu, soybeans and soynuts, bok choy, broccoli, collards, Chinese cabbage, kale,orange,etc.


7) Excessive eating too much fruit

Just as some people are lactose-intolerant, others are fructose-intolerant, and their bodies cannot digest the sugar properly. Consuming high-fructose fruits can trigger annoying excessive gas causing bloating and gas pains. Fruits, such as apricots, bananas, melons, peaches, pears, prunes, and raw apples.

Too much of a good thing can make you sick,  always consume fruit in moderation.

Some  citrus fruits juices (like orange juice, pineapple juice and tomato juice) have an acid high acid pH content which can irritate your gastrointestinal tract, resulting in swelling and bloating.

They are the reasons behind my mom sickness of trapped wind, gas from the digestive tract get stuck it causes abdominal pain. All because of she has the fond of overeating apples and grapes which make her stomach GO CRAZY.

9) Starches

Most starches, including potatoes, maize, pasta, and wheat produce gas as they are broken down in the large intestine. Those sensitive to starch can substituted with rice, the only starch that does not cause gas.
Also, be cautious of refined grains like white flour and white bread that are bad. In addition of not only do they offer little or no nutritional value, they can also cause water retention, with bloating as a result.

All human beings have to pass wind, nobody is excluded; whether they're young or old, male or female.

It’s just the way body's natural way nature of how our bodies work.When we chew or eat, we also  swallowed air and the food we eat.
 Your Gastrointestinal System also contains gut flora that helps to assists with digestion and produces gas as a byproduct. Only so much of this gas can be absorbed by the body, the remain has to come out through the mouth or anus.

 What Goes in Must Come Out but swallowed air rarely is the cause of excessive flatulence.

Babies have a lot of wind and need burping after every feed. Moms need to simply pat their back gently,
burp their baby.


Mom like to joke when she farted or let go wind loudly you don't have to worry, its not foul smelling odour. How true it that?

Do you know why are stinky farts generally warmer and less noise than regular noticeable farts?When you pass wind which huge ripping farts, the general contents are mostly carbon dioxide, since the powerful ones are from some sugar (or carbohydrates) fermenting in your intestines producing a lot of carbon dioxide. The byproduct of this gas release system is a combination of gasses, including carbon dioxide, methane, and hydrogen sulfide.

 Carbon dioxide is odourless. When you are having tiny farts, mostly those are from anaerobic fermentation, which produces a lot of methane and sulfides. The methane isn't a problem in terms of smell (although you can light it), but the small amounts of hydrogen sulfide gas stink.

Fart are flammable. A fart has methane gas which will start on fire. If you want proof, light a candle, get your butt close to it, and fart.
This works best without pants but you don't have to take my word for it.

 Holding in a fart is bad for your health. Sorry, When you gotta go, you gotta go
Most popular method is drink hot ginger tea (by mixing ginger juice, hot water and raw honey) to let off the wind trapped in the intestinal tract. Mix lemon juice with warm water and a teaspoon honey also may help to get rid of wind.



This ordeal of my mother's illness has made me a different person – I'm more compassionate towards my mom. Not that I take care of her badly but God has given me a second chance to redeem myself. I must constantly remind myself to try harder to treat her even better.

I need to behave even better like not to argue with her or make her upset, even if she's wrong . I should be happy if she start to nag again constantly which is a sign of good health. Nagging I need to accept as music to my ear and not an irritation. I'll try not to get irritated if she continues be extreme (ie half a dozen or more times a day) I'll make a deal with myself, every time Mom nag, I'll show no anger.. I'm just going to cross my fingers and hope it works .

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