Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
I am very thin, anxious, ambitious, and I lack energy, as well as have digestion problems after eating. Could you advise me how to alleviate these symptoms?
A: These are integrally connected symptoms. You see with improper digestion, the body does not receive proper nutrition. Hence, the muscles, bones, and nerves are not nourished properly. The body then reacts by putting the mind into overdrive to solve the problem. But the mind, not knowing where the problem is, redirects the energy to external manifestations of anxiety, nervousness, and aggregate ambition.
Start with your digestion. Check to see that your GI function is not deficient through proper physiological tests that can be conducted with your physician. Then, consult a licensed acupuncturist/herbalist. There are very effective treatments for digestion problems that cause nutritional deficiencies.
I also suggest you take up tai chi or qigong, because these exercises will not only help strengthen you muscles and bones, but also your digestive, endocrine, and nervous systems.
You may find these specially formulated Traditions of Tao products helpful for improper digestion: “Abundant Energy” and “Fatigue”. Of course, discuss with your physician before beginning any new health regime.