Is Your Liver Happy?

Oakley’s tummy runs on the sensitive side. Transitioning him off of the corn-laden food that had been donated to the shelter and on to a healthier brand proved interesting, to say the least. So did figuring out what he could or would eat–or not.

He’d been having problems with acid reflux. After a particularly bad episode, I got him in to see the vet at our practice who does traditional Chinese medicine. Check pulses, gums, tongue and a few other noninvasive things. Oakley had been holding heat and phlegm in his liver.

Dr. P recommended “cool” proteins such as bison, turkey, and fish; cut way back on dairy products; and a tablespoon of pumpkin with each meal. She also prescribed an herbal formula called Liver Happy. He’d gained weight. A lot. His body wasn’t breaking stuff down properly, and not being able to absorb the nutrients made him feel hungry.

I have no idea what’s in it, but he had a peaceful night for the first time in quite a while. He’s adapted to the diet changes pretty well. Perhaps a bit of complaint issued now and then, but a firm “What did Dr. P tell us?” puts a stop to it.

In very rudimentary terms, Chinese medicine is about bringing the body, mind, and spirit into harmony with each other through the use of acupuncture, herbs, and nutrition. It’s noninvasive. It spares the inconvenience, discomfort, and pain involved with western diagnostic testing. 

Oakley had hit the wall with the acid blockers, the only thing that western medicine had to offer. He will be weaned off of them soon. His liver will be kept happy.