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:
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).
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!