We are very excited to see an article about ginger that confirms what Chinese medicine has know for a long, long time. (We just had different terms for it.) We know that many people like to take probiotics and this is a natural way to re-build the stomach and large intestine without flooding it with bacterias that may or may not be appropriate. 

Read the article in The Scientist.com

This formula has 3 of the most common herbs we use to help the “spleen qi” or that of the digestive system. 

  • Bai Zhu Atractylodis Macrocephalae is the most common herb to build “spleen qi”. 40%
  • Mu Xiang Radix Aucklandiae helps digestion. From Americandragon.com: Strengthens the Spleen and prevents Stagnation. Intestinal Qi Stagnation with diarrhea or dysenteric disorders, abdominal pain and tenesmus. Stagnation from tonic herbs, especially when the transportive and transformative functions of the Spleen are weak. 20%
  • Sheng Jiang (Ginger) Rhizoma Zingiberis Recens  This is often added to formulas to help digest the rest of the formula… 40%

These 3 herbs then are often part of larger formulas. It is not a broad formula for a number of problems but for those who want to focus on the gut microbiome I look forward to your comments. 

The Fundamentals book (PMPH) I co-wrote says this: 

“The spleen and stomach are situated together in the middle, and are the major organs for digesting food and absorbing and transporting essence. The spleen and stomach are then called the “officials of the granary”. A granary is a storage place for grains, usually kept dry and off the ground to prevent food from rotting. The spleen and stomach are the officials, dictating when the grains should come in and leave. The pair is also called as “the foundation of acquired constitution” because the spleen and stomach function to help the production and supplementation of essence, qi, blood and fluids. Perhaps more than any two organs, the spleen and stomach are discussed together, and their actions are referred to as “middle qi”.”

The Mirriam-Webster website states: 

Definition of microbiome
  • 1a community of microorganisms (such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses) that inhabit a particular environment and especially the collection of microorganismsliving in or on the human bodyYour body is home to about 100 trillion bacteria and other microbes, collectively known as your microbiome.— Carl Zimmer… what’s arguably become the hottest area of medicine: microbiome research, an emerging field that’s investigating how the bacteria that live in and on our bodies affect our health.— Sunny Sea Gold
  • 2the collective genomes of microorganisms inhabiting a particular environment and especially the human bodyThey form one community among the many that make up the human microbiome: the full genetic complement of bacteria and other organisms at home on your skin, gums, and teeth, in your genital tract, and especially in your gut.— Nathan Wolfe
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