Holiday Herbal Formulas

#1 on our list for Holiday Herbal Formulas is Bao He Wan. Bao He Wan is a traditional and effective formula for overeating. I often give it to people who find themselves bloated after a big meal. “This formula is called a “digestive” formula in Chinese medicine. This says that it helps the body digest. This means…

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Zhi Shi Ping Wei San

This is a very good formula for overeating or those who have trouble digesting food, feel bloated after eating and/or have trouble losing weight even when they exercise. Shan Zha Fructus Crataegi Gu Ya Fructus Setariae Germinatus Mai Ya Fructus Hordei Germinatus Cang Zhu Rhizoma Atractylodis Zhi Shi Fructus Aurantii Sheng Jiang Rhizoma Zingiberis Yi…

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Yi Guan Jian – Linking Formula

Yi Guan Jian  – Linking Formula This is one of my favorite formulas. It is usually used for heartburn symptoms but a very special kind that doesn’t respond well to antacids. There may be rather peculiar symptoms like the feeling of heat rising to the chest. In many cases there can even be the feeling of mild…

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Jian Pi Ling

Details of Jian Pi Ling Jian Pi Ling supports normal intestinal functions. Alternative Names Jianpiling   This formula is commonly used for gastric and bowel issues. Anyone with serious bowel issues should check with their physicians for a full western diagnosis. Jian Pi Ling is good if pain is involved and if it is a chronic…

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Cyperus and Peony Formula Shu Gan Wan

Details of Spread the Liver Formula Cyperus and Peony (Shu Gan Wan) is my “go-to” formula stress-induced digestive problems especially when there is pain. You know, when you have a big test or you have to visit unpleasant relatives and your stomach mysteriously starts hurting. The (Chinese) Liver is very sensitive to emotions and when…

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Agastache Formula (Huo Xiang Zheng Qi San)

Details of Agastache Formula I find this is the “go-to” formula for most forms of nausea. It is often used for pregnant women (although of course a doctor should be consulted for unremitting or serious nausea – pregnant or not). But for the run of the mill, “not feeling so great”  nausea after a greasy…

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Coptis and Magnolia Bark Drink (Lian Po Yin)

Details of Lian Po Yin Coptis and Magnolia Bark Drink This is one of those amazing Chinese herb recipes that have yet to be fully appreciated in the West. It is for damp-heat. Many people in developed nations are hot and damp. You can see it on their faces, or rather in their faces. People…

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Cyperus and Atractylodes Combination (Yue Ju Wan)

Details of Cyperus and Atractylodes Combination Alternative Names Yue Chu Wan Yue Ju Wan Stagnation-Relieving Pill Xiong Zhu Wan Cyperus and Atractylodes Pill Ligusticum Chuanxiong and Atractylodes Pill Escape Restraint Pill This is the formula for the so-called “six stagnations”. Yue Ju Wan was created for “excess” types (even though they may feel tired a…

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Saussurea and Cardamon Combination (xiang sha liu jun zi tang)

Details of Saussurea and Cardamon Combination Alternative Names xiang sha liu jun zi tang hsiang sha liu chun tzu tang Saussurea and Cardamon Combination Six-Gentleman Formula with Aucklandia and Amomum Aucklandia and Amomum Gentleman Decoction Saussurea and Six-Major-Herb Decoction Vladmimiria and Cardamon Combination Benefits regulates intestinal noise regulates digestive functions supports intestinal health supports mental…

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Scutellaria Decoction (Huang Qin Tang)

Scutellaria Decoction (Huang Qin Tang) Detoxifying since 220 AD. Huang Qin Tang (Scutellaria Decoction) is a simple modification of the #1 formula in Shang Han Lun style Chinese herbalism. The Shang Han Lun (Treatise on Cold Injury) is one of the key Chinese medicine “bibles” (or “classics” as the Chinese say). Huang Qin Tang is…

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