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Holidays & Too Many Dinners!!!


Happy Post Thanksgiving!!!


Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. Wonderful dinners with friends and family. And of course lots and lots of pies and disserts. After this dinner you promise yourself that you will never eat again but in about a week or two you have office holiday parties, all the seasonal holidays, which mean more elaborate dinners. I will give you an ancient Chinese Secret formula to help. BAO HE WAN.


Bao He Wan is a herbal formula for Food Stagnation, especially after eating a large meal. It is prescribed for acute indigestion, epigastric & abdominal distension (bloating), acid regurgitation, gas, sour taste in mouth, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea with undigested food and all symptoms better after a bowl movement.


Bao He Wan has 8 herbs:

Shan Zha (Hawthorn Fruit)

- Category: Relieve Food Stagnation

- Helps digest Meat & Greasy Food

- Also used for Hypertension, Coronary Artery Disease and Elevated Serum Cholesterol

- They also make candy with Shan Zha which is sweat and sour.


Shen Qu (Medicated Leaven)

- Category: Relieve Food Stagnation

- Helps Digest Minerals, Alcohol, Starch/Grain


Lei Fu Zi (Radish Seed)

- Category: Relieve Food Stagnation

- Helps Digest Starch

- Also treat Hypertension


Chen Pi (Tangerine Peel)

- Category: Move Qi

- Directs Rebellious Qi Down, Reduce Nausea / Vomiting

- Harmonize Stomach


Zhi Ban Xia (Prepared Pinellia Root)

- Category: Warm Herb Transform Phlegm

- Directs Rebellious Qi Down, Reduce Nausea / Vomiting

- Harmonize Stomach


Fu Ling (Poria)

- Category: Drain Damp

- Harmonizes the Middle

- Promotes Urination and Dries Out Dampness


Lian Qiao (Forsythia Fruit)

- Category: Clear Heat Relieve Toxicity

- Clears Heat, Reduce Stagnation


To prepare, these 8 herbs are grounded into a powder and formed into a pill with water. It can be take before or after overeating to harmonize the stomach. Recommended dosage is 6-9g taken twice a day with warm water. There are many different companies that make this formula. Some tea pills on the market may put Hua Shi (Talcum) to keep the pills dry. And some may also add Mai Ya (Malt / Barley Sprout) which may not be suitable for patients with gluten intolerance or patients who are nursing.


With any herbal formulas, it should be prescribed by a Eastern Medicine Practitioner.


Hope this helps explain the herbal formula for food stagnation.

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