Supports digestive health and comfort. ∞
Traditionally used to descend stomach fire and calm irritated digestion. ∞
In Chinese Medicine we often describe a sensation of fullness or pressure right at the diaphragm, below the heart. If you’ve ever experienced this imbalance, that is an easily recognized feeling. This can be chronic for some people, or it could come and go on occasion in relationship to stress, eating junk food, maybe even a stomach virus or food poisoning for others.
Because of this energy (qi) blockage creating pressure in the diaphragm area, often people will experience symptoms of heat in the upper body.
When heat becomes trapped above the diaphragm, causing the upper body to over-heat, one might experience this as redness in the face, thirst, sweating from the head, mental restlessness or agitation, skin eruptions, or insomnia. Another possibility is that the qi blockage at the diaphragm may cause pressure/gas to build in the abdominal cavity and stomach. The Chinese Medicine source texts describe this as feeling like pressure in the chest, possibly creating a sensation of difficulty taking in a deep breath, heart palpitations, or rising digestive symptoms like reflux, belching, nausea or hiccupping.
Because this GI imbalance is one of mixed hot and cold we need to use a combination of herbs with different temperature properties to bring balance. When the is trapped in the upper body, the digestive organs become cold, tight, and stagnant. This creates an interesting situation for the digestive system, because though it is truly cold and isn’t getting the functional warmth (yang) and blood flow it needs, it will begin to heat up due to this stagnation and can become inflamed. We call this “false heat”. Think of it like a compost effect. If you’ve ever created a compost pile for gardening, you’ll notice that as the plant matter breaks down and decomposes it gives off gas and heat. A similar effect is happening in the digestive system when it lacks enough good circulating blood flow, qi and yang. Because of this mixed temperature pattern, we use a combination of herbs and minerals that soften and move what is stuck at the diaphragm and help to descend the functional heat from the upper body and move it into the digestive system. This formula also employs specialized cooling herbs that help to soothe the GI tract while the body rebalances.
Imbalance addressed: Counterflow Qi, Glomus, Phlegm-glomus, dysregulation of Yangming and Taiyin
Formula Action: Harmonize center, descend counterflow, disperse glomus, transform phlegm, regulate Yangming heat & Taiyin cold
Base formula: Ban Xia Xie Xin Tang + Xuan Fu Dai Zhe Tang (Pinellia Drain the Epigastrium Decoction +Inula and Hematite Decoction)
Ingredients*: Ban Xia, Sheng Jiang, Huang Qin, Huang Lian, Gan Jiang, Xuan Fu Hua, Ren Shen, Dai Zhe Shi, Da Zao , Zhi Gan Cao (pinellia rhizome, fresh ginger root, Baikal skullcap root, Chinese goldenthread root, dried ginger root, Japanese elcampane flower, ginseng root, hematite clay, jujube fruit, honey stir-fried licorice root)
Additional, symptomatic herbs: Zhi Shi (immature bitter orange fruit)
Classical Source Text(s): Shang Han Lun (Treatise on Cold Damage), Jin Gui Yao Lue (Essential Prescriptions of the Golden Cabinet)
Additional ingredients: Filtered water, Non-GMO cane sugar alcohol
*Organic, Non-GMO herbs are used whenever available, all herbs used undergo laboratory testing to ensure they are free from possible impurities or contaminants.
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