#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 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.”
#2 will be Jia Wei Xiao Yao Wan for frustration of dealing with your family members. Snowed in in a Vermont “holiday retreat” and your _______ is driving you crazy with ________ ? Jia Wei Xiao Yao (our best seller) can take the edge off and you can just enjoy them. “One of the cardinal signs for Xiao Yao or Jia Wei Xiao Yao is when a person gets really angry, really suddenly over something that in reality is very small. In other words, we keep something bottled up until a little thing “sets us off”. Most of the time we use Jia Wei Xiao Yao because it clears more heat than Xiao Yao. And anger often translates as heat.”
#3 is Huo Xiang Zheng Qi Tang to help with nausea from too much drinking and eating or when a winter flu comes and makes you feel a bit queasy. “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 meal etc… I go for this (or some fresh ginger in water).
Also, this is a great formula to have on-hand for the cold and flu season. It excels in settling the stomach when a common cold or flu is aggravated by nausea.”
#4) If you are having anxiety because of the new year, all the holidays and the stresses of the time check out Tian Wan Bu Xin Dan. “You can think of the Heart as an engine and the Kidneys as the radiator. If the radiator fluid is low, the engine will overheat. The same thing applies to the Heart in the body. If the Kidneys are not generating enough cooling fluids, the Heart will overheat. Because the Heart “stores the spirit”, heat can cause insomnia, anxiety, restlessness and palpitations. Nourishing the body fluids via the Kidneys help to ensure internal calm and comfort.”
#5) Finally consider giving or getting a consultation with Marie for yourself or a loved one! Consultations are the way to go for those complex and long-standing problems. “It costs an extra $65 but it saves money in that you will come a lot closer to finding the right herb combination without the hassle of guess-work and the frustration of experimenting on your health.”