This 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.