Details of Citrus and Crataegus Formula
Shan Zha or Hawthorn Fruit helps digest meat and lower cholesterol.
Shan Zha or Hawthorn Fruit helps digest meat and lower cholesterol.

Our favorite formula for digestion. We always have some handy.

This formula is called a “digestive” formula in Chinese medicine. This says that it helps the body digest. This means the formula is for sluggish movement from the stomach down through the intestines. Take this just after a meal if you are continually having that stuck feeling.

Often also eating too close to bed-time (even several hours for some people) can disrupt the sleep mechanism. (The body is doing too much processing and won’t go into sleep mode.)

Bao He Wan helps you digest foods that are difficult to digest. You may feel bloated or “stuck feeling” in the stomach even several hours after a meal. You can use it just once or as many times as you need it.

i have put this under the tiredness category because food stagnation can often slow the body and mind down. All of which of course can make you tired.

Now, this formula helps a lot of different things and you can take it in conjunction with other herbs. However and obviously, you’ll want to pay attention to what you’re eating and look into finding out what is not easily digested and of course eating less of that.

Often the “Bao He Wan” tongue has a thick and greasy coat.

Alternative Names

  • Bao He Wan
  • Preserve Harmony Pills
  • Harmony Preserving Pills
  • Citrus and Crataegus Formula


Shan Zha 山楂 crataegus fruit, hawthorn fruit Crataegi Fructus

  • Helps one digest greasy heavy high-fat meaty foods.

Shen Qu 神麴 medicated leaven Massa medicata fermentata [use caution if pregnant]

  • This herb is especially effective on fermented foods.

Lai Fu Zi 萊菔子 radish seed, raphanus Raphani Semen

  • This herb is especially effective when eating a large meal causes you to cough up a lot of phlegm. Unfortunately, it also tastes like soured milk.

Chen Pi 陳皮 aged tangerine peel, citrus Citri reticulatae Pericarpium

  • This herb addresses bloating and gurgling. Gets things moving in the intestines again.

Lian Qiao 連翹 forsythia fruit Forsythiae Fructus

  • When food is stagnated in the Stomach and Intestines, it generates heat. This is a Chinese medicine thing, not so much something you’ll find with a thermometer. Still, this heat can rise up to the (Chinese) Heart and causes restlessness, irritability, and generally adds to the sense of discomfort on an emotional level.
  • When you eat too close to bed time, the Stomach’s activity can generate heat and cause nightmares or dream disturbed sleep.
  • This herb removes heat from the Stomach and Heart to address these emotional/mental issues associated with food stagnation.

Fu Ling 茯苓 sclerotium of tuckahoe, China root, hoelen, Indian bread Poria Cocos

  • One of the outcomes of food stagnation is the production of “dampness” which is basically excessive fluids in the Stomach and Intestines, or fluids elsewhere that show up as edema. This herb is a mild diuretic that helps get the fluids out of the intestines through the urine.

Ban Xia 半夏 pinellia rhizome, pinellia tuber Rhizoma Pinelliae Ternatae [supports pregnancy]

  • This is another herb that address dampness in the Stomach, but in this formula it is also quells nausea which often arises when the Stomach contents are not descending correctly. This herb helps descend the Stomach contents.
Adult Dosage

This formula can be used to support health with or without symptoms. If symptoms are present, take 1 level teaspoon of the powder (8 capsules) three times daily. When symptoms are not present, take 1/2 level teaspoon (4 capsules), two times daily. Empty stomach is best for efficient absorption, but not essential. [More…]

At this dosage, your order will last approximately this long (?):

  • 50 grams powder (capsules only): 4 to 14 days.
  • 100 grams powder (capsules or powder): 8 to 25 days
  • 200 grams powder (powder only): 19 to 56 days
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