Kale smoothies. Hot yoga. Kombucha. Eating several small meals a day. Thirty-day detox diets … For some people nothing, not even a very healthy lifestyle, seems to flatten a bloated stomach.
According to TCM theory, a smooth flow of Qi is critical for strong digestion. When Qi is stagnant, especially in the primary digestive organs such as the Stomach, Spleen, and intestines, distention and bloating may occur. When bloating occurs, it’s indicative that the food and fluids are stagnant in the digestive system and remain in there longer than necessary. The Spleen is responsible for transforming food into Qi and Blood, which provide energy for our bodies. If the Spleen is not functioning properly, excess fluid or phlegm accumulates in the body and food is not properly digested.
The 11 all-natural herbs in BloatEase corrects digestive imbalances by promoting the flow of Qi to the digestive organs.
Mu Xiang (Aucklandia Root), the herb which this classic formula’s name is based on, promotes the movement of Qi, especially in the Spleen and Stomach and the intestines. It’s been used for centuries for Spleen Qi deficiency symptoms including abdominal fullness and bloating. It also relaxes smooth muscle in the intestinal walls. It works synergistically with other herbs.
The next herb in the formula, Sha Ren (Cardamom Seed), which is related to ginger (see below), removes dampness and warms the Spleen and Stomach.
Xiang Fu (Cyperi rhizome) also promotes Qi movement and soothes the Liver. The next herb, Chen Pi (Dried Tangerine Peel), is a Spleen tonic and helps promote the movement of Qi in the Stomach and Spleen.
Lai Fu Zi (Radish Seed) helps move stagnant food out of the stomach. Historically, Lai Fu Zi has been used in TCM as a digestive aid.
There are two other herbs that resolve distention and strengthen stomach function: Hou Po (Magnolia Bark) and Zhi Qiao (Bitter Orange Peel).
Cang Zhu (Atractylodes Rhizome) dries dampness in the Spleen and Stomach, while also strengthening the Spleen, as does Gan Cao(Licorice Root), which also resolves toxicity.
And finally, Sheng Jiang (Fresh Ginger) warms the middle.