by Dr. Jill Blakeway, DACM, L.Ac

A Useful Herbal Formula for Over-Indulgence

dreamstime_4728495This is the season when many of us eat and drink a little too much. With that in mind I thought I’d share a useful Chinese herbal formula for a condition known in Chinese medicine as food stagnation. This is another way of describing indigestion from over-indulging in rich foods. The formula is known as Jia Wei Kang Ning Wan, or Ease Digestion Formula.

It contains the following herbs

  • Fu Ling (Poria) – Which strengthens the digestive system and relieves nausea.
  • Huo Xiang (Patchouli) – Which helps with digesting greasy foods.
  • Lai Fu Zi (Raphanus) – Which is good for abdominal distention, rumbling stomach, belching and stomach acid.
  • Gu Ya (Rice Sprout) – Which helps to alleviate indigestion.
  • Hou Po (Magnolia Bark) – Which helps to restore the normal Qi dynamic and reduce nausea.
  • Cang Zhu (Atractylodis Rhizoma) – This also helps to strengthen the digestive system.
  • Zi Su Ye (Perillae Folium) – This helps to alleviate any signs of food poisoning.
  • Bai Zhi (Purple Angelica) – Which helps to combat grogginess.
  • Chuan Mu Xiang (Costus Root) – Which helps to keep your intense moving.
  • Ban Xia (Pinellia) – Which relieves nausea and treat abdominal distention.
  • Bo He (Chinese mint) – Which helps to disperse stagnation in the stomach.
  • Ju Hong (Red Tangerine Peel) – Helps relieve stomach pain and nausea.

All in all, it is a great antidote for holiday indulgence. We have plenty of Jia Wei Kang Ning Wan in the office, so please ask if you’d like some to take home. Personally I always keep some in my medicine cabinet.

Happy Holidays!