Celiac disease has been steadily on the rise in the last several years and has gained a lot of attention and marketing towards it. According to Western practices, celiac disease is being allergic to gluten, which is the protein part of wheat, rye, barley, and other related grains. Gluten is also found in dressings, soy sauce, packaged foods etc. For those people who are diagnosed with celiac disease and for many others who are not, gluten can be very hard to digest.
When gluten goes through the Small Intestine, it can injure the lining and cause inflammation, triggering symptoms like diarrhea, gas, weight loss or weight gain, abdominal cramps, bloating, abdominal distention and vitamin/ mineral deficiencies. Another related condition linked to gluten intolerance is called dermatitis herpetiformis, an extremely itchy rash of bumps and blisters that can be found on the arms, back, knees and elbows.
In TICM, we know when the Stomach function is impaired, the whole body suffers. In TICM we don't view celiac disease or gluten sensitivity as a life long disorder or as a disease, but as an imbalance of Spleen and Stomach function. The original cause of energy deficiency in the Spleen can be an inherited disposition, unhealthy diet, imbalanced diet, stress, lifestyle or the repeated use of antibiotics, jabbed toxins and hormones like birth control, which weaken the digestive system, exhaust warm (Yang) energy and worsen the distribution of nutrients from food by damaging the relationship between the Spleen and the Stomach. With those digestive problems in place, digesting gluten can be difficult and therein lies the sensitivity and correlating symptoms when consuming it.
TICM can be greatly beneficial in helping those with gluten sensitivity, celiac disease and most importantly the underlying problem of Spleen/Stomach imbalance. By following the traditional protocol of restoring balance to the organs first and foremost, harmony can result and painful symptoms can lessen and disappear.