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This Thanksgiving - Bao He Wan to the rescue!

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory, enjoying an overabundance of food in a relatively short amount of time (read - what most of us will experience firsthand this Thursday), food stagnation can develop. 

Symptoms of food stagnation (ie, "food coma"), which you may feel as you are digesting and nodding off to the sound of the NFL in the background, include:

  • Aversion to food and the smell of food (even that piping hot, fresh from the oven apple pie)
  • Acid Reflux
  • Belching
  • Sour regurgitation
  • Nausea with or without vomiting
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Abdominal fullness, pain, and tenderness
  • Lethargy and fatigue

Acupuncture can treat bloating.
Typically, an acupuncturist or Chinese Herbalist will diagnose this condition by questioning about the diet and by feeling that the pulses are deep and rolling and observing that the tongue has a greasy coating.

But chances are, you won't have an acupuncturist or Chinese herbalist in the house.  So, what to do?  Well, I tried an experiment last Thanksgiving - I preempted food stagnation by taking a Chinese herbal supplement called "Bao He Wan" along with my Thanksgiving Day eating festivities. And, what do you know?  I didn't experience any of the usual bloating, cramping, heartburn, or other forms of indigestion I typically get with this rich and often too abundant meal.  I also gave some to friends and family members too and heard positive feedback about their reduction in food stagnation symptoms!

Sound too good to be true?  It's really not.  Here's how it works - this formula contains herbs that help the body's digestive energy break down meats, grains, and fats; it stimulates peristalsis, which is the energy that keeps food moving through the digestive tract properly. The formula also contains herbs to "transform phlegm and dampness," TCM terms that translate into that heavy and generally yucky post-meal feeling, meaning that you will feel more energetic - even enough to get out for a healthy, brisk walk Thanksgiving evening (we strongly recommend this).

Let acupuncture help you get through Thanksgiving!If Bao He Wan sounds like something you'd be interested in - for this Thanksgiving or for other events this holiday season (or anytime!) - give us a call today at 781-898-4083 or schedule online to come in for an herbal consultation!  And hey, you might as well get some acupuncture, too, while you're here ;)

In any case, Happy Thanksgiving to you all, from your friendly neighborhood acupuncturists at Stepping Stone!

5 Comments to This Thanksgiving - Bao He Wan to the rescue!:

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annie morgan on Thursday, October 13, 2011 9:10 AM
Are you both registered TCM practitioners? It's rather important to know before asking questions re required quantities of Chinese herbal remedies. I am a patient of a TCM practitioner, but sometimes one likes a second opinion about the remedies and the amounts required.
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Marcie Griffith, LicAc on Thursday, October 13, 2011 11:31 AM
Hello Annie, Yes, both of us are licensed by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine to practice acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. We also both hold a Diplomate in Oriental Medicine from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Glad to hear that you are seeing a TCM practitioner - I hope you are finding your treatments helpful! All the best, Marcie

annie on Friday, October 14, 2011 8:59 AM
Thank you for giving me that information, I appreciate it. I have been given Bao He Wan by my CMP, but I am out of touch with him until next Thursday. The directions are 8 pellets three times per day. My question is, a)does one continue this until the bloaty feeling stays away, or b) should it be the full dose for, say, 3 days, then 6 pellets x3 for three days, and so on down to zero? I would appreciate your answer. (I accidentally had margarine Monday supper, and it caused, in the past, severe bloating and gripes in the area between belly button and rib cage, so am going through that this time too - will not make that mistake again, ever)
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Marcie Griffith, LicAc on Friday, October 14, 2011 10:58 AM
Hello Annie, The dosing of Chinese herbs depends on your individual condition, so you should follow whatever instructions your Chinese Medicine practitioner gave to you. In general, we advise patients to take the recommended dose of herbal pills until symptoms completely resolve, as long as no adverse effects are experienced. Best of luck!

annie morgan on Saturday, October 15, 2011 7:06 AM
Thank you - I thought that was the way, but as it had been a long time since I last needed the herbals, I just wasn't sure. Thanks again, and I feel better in my mind as well, which is almost as important! By the way, I'm 80+, and Chinese herbals are a lot easier, in most cases, on the old system than chemicals. You help is much appreciated.
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