How Chinese Herbs enhance digestion
Welcome back! Last week we featured how Acupressure improves digestion during the holidays. This post features how Chinese Herbs enhance digestion so you can better enjoy dinner festivities.
Digestive Tea Recipe:
A post-meal tea of Ginger, Cinnamon and honey is delicious and soothing to an overindulged stomach. Since Ginger tea is readily found at grocery stores nowadays, you can choose to purchase pre-made Ginger Tea and simply sprinkle in some cinnamon and add a touch of honey to taste. If you’d like a recipe from scratch, we have included one below. Feel free to use it as a guideline and adjust to your own desired taste with other herbs.
– 4 cups water
– ¼ cup thinly sliced ginger (fresh or dried)
– 1 cinnamon stick
– Quality grade honey
– Lemon slices *optional
– Fennel Seeds *optional
In a saucepan, simmer water, ginger, and cinnamon stick for about 20 minutes. Let cool to desired drinking temperature then add honey to taste before drinking. Garnish with lemon if desired.
In Chinese medicine, fresh ginger counteracts nausea and eliminates food toxicity, which is why it is traditionally taken for morning sickness and taken alongside sushi. Dried ginger is more potent and strengthens the digestive system.
Cinnamon is a warming herb and according to Chinese medicine, facilitates digestion and promotes circulation to the micro blood vessels. Because it enhances circulation, cinnamon combats digestive upset, inflammation, and even arthritis. It also becomes mucilaginous once consumed which lines the stomach to ease discomfort.
Fennel seeds are optional for this recipe, but they are used in Chinese Medicine to improve digestion and eliminate symptoms of bloating, indigestion, gas, heartburn, colic, constipation, irritable bowel, and bad breath. In Indian and Nepalese culture, people often chew on a pinch of fennel seeds after a meal.
**One note of Caution is for those who have dry or hot type constipation should avoid ginger and cinnamon because the warming properties can aggravate the heat and dryness.
If you are inclined to look for something stronger, one famous Traditional Chinese Medicine Formula for overeating is Bao He Wan, commonly called Curing Pills. The Chinese has used it for centuries to treat digestive upset especially due to overconsumption. It is a balanced formula designed to facilitate the digestion of meat, fatty foods, grains, and alcohol and can be found in most places where Chinese herbs are sold. To learn more about other ways Chinese Herbs enhance digestion, schedule a visit and we can customize a formula based on your health.
**Caution for those with gluten sensitivity or Celiac’s Disease because this formula does contain wheat.
Phonexay is a life enthusiast and acupuncturist at FIT Wellness Centers. She has a B.A. in Psychology and a Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. In her professional time, Phonexay enjoys teaching and learning from her patients and she is grateful to be a part of their healing evolution. In her personal time, Phonexay enjoys teaching and learning from her toddler son Everett and her husband Dr. Andrew Simon, and she is simply grateful.