Psychological Causes of Abdominal Bloating

Abdominal bloating, or flatulence, is the accumulation of gases in the intestine.

It is known that the presence of gases in the intestine is a physiological norm. The quantity and character of the gases produced during digestion depend on the microflora, as well as a person’s lifestyle, diet, age, climatic living conditions, and the presence of digestive system diseases.

Abdominal bloating as a disorder can be an independent body reaction to the consumption of certain products or a symptom of a digestive system disease.

Medical causes of flatulence not related to diseases include consumption of products that increase gas formation (carbonated drinks, cabbage, grapes, etc.); intake of some medications, hormonal disturbances, aerophagia (swallowing air when eating large pieces of food in a hurry); lactose intolerance (body’s inability to digest milk and dairy products); harmful habits, pregnancy (enlarged uterus in late terms presses on the intestine), genetic predisposition, intense physical activity, etc.

Diseases that can lead to flatulence include digestive disorders, intestinal dysbiosis, intestinal obstruction, inflammatory diseases of the digestive organs, acute intestinal infections, circulatory disorders, introduction of complementary foods or switching infants to artificial feeding, neuro-psychiatric disorders (neurosis, hysteria, etc.).

Symptoms of flatulence include:

  • A feeling of abdominal distension,
  • Increase in abdominal size,
  • Rumbling, bubbling,
  • Dull aching pains,
  • Flatulence (pathological excessive discharge of digestive gases).

If abdominal bloating is a sign of dyspepsia (digestive disorder), it is also accompanied by nausea, belching, taste in the mouth, decreased appetite, constipation or diarrhea. There may be sleep disturbances, general weakness, irritability, exhaustion.

Psychosomatics of Abdominal Bloating

Since flatulence occurs in the intestine, let’s consider its metaphysical meaning. According to Louise Hay, the intestine symbolizes the path of liberation from all that is unnecessary.

V. Sinelnikov writes that this organ symbolizes the assimilation of new ideas and thoughts, as well as the ability to get rid of all that is old and unnecessary.

If, according to psychosomatics, food symbolizes information coming from the outside world, then excessive gases appearing during its digestion are negative emotions that accompany the process of “digesting information.”

That is, instead of accepting and assimilating information, a person begins to resist and get angry, which hinders normal “digestion” and promotes the “fermentation” of negative emotions. Such a state of a person’s inner world manifests physically as flatulence.

Psychological Causes of Bloating

Louise Hay asserts that the basis of this ailment is tightness, fear, unfulfilled ideas.

According to Lise Bourbeau, gas accumulation means that a person is worried, anxious about the fear of losing something or being in a difficult situation. This anxiety gradually accumulates and begins to seek an outlet.

V. Sinelnikov believes that flatulence arises when a person “eats” too heavy “food” or a lot of various “food.” This means that when a person experiences many different events that are hard to “digest,” their abdomen swells.

B. Baginski and Sh. Shalila write that behind bloating is the problem when a person does not wish or cannot swallow something but does not want to admit it and mimics the swallowing process, swallowing air.

Another cause of this ailment, according to these authors, is that a person has swallowed too much of what they cannot digest, causing them to feel distended.

Dr. Luule Viilma sees the psychological cause of gas accumulation in the desire to change another person with one’s thoughts.

A. Astrogore in his book “Confession of an Ailment” characterizes people suffering from flatulence as negatively minded, dissatisfied, and irritable. When all this negativity accumulates, it bursts out in the form of gases. Notably, the ailment itself “says” that its “stench is the characteristic of your human qualities. Most often, my songs are your unspoken thoughts and feelings. You are constantly grumbling with your dissatisfaction, hence the rumbling in your stomach… I am the stench of your soul…”

Psychological Causes of Abdominal Bloating in Small Children

According to A. Astrogore, excessive gas release with spasmodic pain in the abdomen in children of the first year of life means that the child dislikes the methods and approaches used by the parents. Therefore, their upbringing and development will require more emotional effort from the parents.

Ways to Heal Psychosomatic Abdominal Bloating

A hint for healing from psychosomatic flatulence is given by the “ailment” itself in A. Astrogore’s book. It says that “a person who is sweet at heart, who knows how to enjoy, love, and look at life optimistically” will never suffer from flatulence.

So, it’s all simple, no need to complicate and rack your brains. Just accept what Life gives and rejoice: that we are alive, that our loved ones surround us, that every day brings new opportunities, that Life goes on, etc.

Another hint for those who “swallow everything” (referring to excessive “swallowing” of information). There is a lot of interesting things in the world, but that does not mean you have to try to “stuff” everything into yourself. “Accept” only what you can “digest.” If you can’t, then stop and give yourself time, or, if you feel it’s not for you, say “no” to information (even if it’s “fashionable” but not yours). It will be easier, inner tension will go away, and peace will come.

Learn to trust your intuition and Life (they will always timely point out the information you need).


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