Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
I have consulted doctors that prescribe medication that suppresses, but does not cure, my flatulence problem. What can I do to alleviate flatulence?
A: Intestinal gas is primarily made up of the friendly bacteria in your intestine as it digests food. Here is what I suggest:
1. Consider taking acidophilus or other probiotics to replenish the intestinal bacteria. Pancreatin (3-4 grams daily) is a digestive enzyme that, when taken with meals, can help reduce gas.
2. Stop smoking. When you smoke, you swallow more air that ends up in the intestine and has to come out eventually as gas.
3. Do not eat gas-producing foods such as raw greens and beans. If you have to eat beans, soak them overnight in water and then rinse them with fresh water before cooking.
4. There are acupuncture and herbal remedies that can also help. Consult a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner to receive a specific formula for your condition. Also, the Chinese formula “Preserve Harmony Pill” is often used to treat digestive disturbances.
You may also find these specially formulated Traditions of Tao products helpful for flatulence: “Indigestion”, “Abundant Energy”, “B-Slim”, and the “Five Elements of Health”. Of course, discuss with your physician before beginning any new health regime.