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 Bao He Wan or Preserve Harmony Pills. It contains the following herbs
  • Shan Zha (Crataegus) – Which is especially good for treating indigestion from meat and high fat foods
  • Fu Ling (Poria) – Which strengthens the digestive system and relieves nausea
  • Mai Ya (Barley Sprouts) – Which is helpful for indigestion from grains
  • Ban Xia (Pinellia) – Which relieves nausea and treat abdominal distention
  • Shen Qu (Massa Medicata Fermentata) – Helps to move stagnant food and counteracts the effects of too much alcohol
  • Ju Hong (Red Tangerine Peel) – Helps relieve stomach pain and nausea
  • Lai Fu Zi (Raphanus) – Which is good for abdominal distention, rumbling stomach, belching and stomach acid
  • Lian Qiao (Forsythia) – Which clears heat from the digestive system
All in all a great antidote for holiday indulgence. We have plenty of Bao He 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. © Monika3stepsahead | Dreamstime.com
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