Chinese Anti-Gas Formula

1869In Chinese medicine, the earth element is associated with the digestive system. Earth energy has traditionally been seen as nurturing, nourishing and caregiving—think “Mother Earth.” Sometimes, however, this energy is excessive and needs to be calmed down, as when we have upset stomach and acid indigestion. This often occurs because we have overloaded our digestive organs and caused them to become congested, resulting in stomach pain, bloating, gas, indigestion, sore stomach, foul belching, a heavy feeling in our stomach and loss of appetite.

The nurturing, mothering energy can also become excessive on the emotional side. Excess mothering quickly becomes smothering, plagued by constant fears, worries and a general sense of being “off balance.” Excessive study or mental activity can also weaken digestion, signally a need for the “earth-reducing” properties of this formula.

Chinese Anti-Gas Formula decongests the stomach and gastrointestinal tract, helping to relieve acute indigestion. It can ease nausea, expel excess gas, restore appetite, ease sensations of fullness after eating and ease stomach and intestinal pain. However, it can also be used when there is a general sluggish, heavy feeling in the body or a tendency to sugar cravings and weight problems.

I’ve been testing this formula on myself for SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) and it seems to be helpful, especially when used with PDA. Several of the herbs in this blend may help to hold down the bacterial overgrowth, easing the bloating and gas that accompanies this condition. It also helps to avoid simple sugars and starches in the diet in favor of lots of non-starchy vegetables and protein foods.

This combination works to eliminate stagnant and undigested food in the stomach and intestines. It also enhances digestion by increasing the production of digestive fluids and enzymes. Chinese Anti-Gas Formula detoxifies the body, soothes inflammation, and acts as a laxative. It also increases blood flow and the production of urine.

Here is a breakdown of the ingredients in this formula:

Agastache

This herb increases the production of digestive fluids. It has been used to treat dyspepsia, indigestion, nausea, bloating and flatulence.

Magnolia Bark

This herb aids in digestion, alleviates water retention and eliminates gas from the bowels. It has been used to treat bloating, diarrhea, acid stomach, appetite loss and vomiting.

Shenqu Tea

This is a combination of five herbs containing digestive enzymes and nutrients that improve digestion. It increases the production of digestive fluids and augments the nutritional value of foods. It has been used to treat dyspepsia, indigestion and poor appetite.

Crataegus

This is a relative of the Western Hawthorn berry, but the Chinese herb is used for digestive problems such as diarrhea instead of for circulatory problems.

Oryza

This is a mucilaginous, anti-inflammatory seed that absorbs toxins, adds bulk to stool, and increases the overall efficiency of the digestive system. It has been used to treat diarrhea, dyspepsia, frequent urination and indigestion.

Hoelen

This Chinese herb increases urine flow and decreases blood sugar. It has been used to treat water retention, hepatitis and heart palpitation.

Panax Ginseng

This familiar and widely popular herb improves digestion and warms the stomach. It is adaptogenic and cardiotonic. It has been used to treat cardiac arrhythmia and chronic diarrhea.

Typhonium flagelliforme

This Chinese herb is used to relieve coughing, but it also has analgesic and anti-inflammatory actions.

Saussurea

This herb increases the production of digestive fluids, increases blood circulation and relieves smooth muscle spasms. It has been used to treat gastritis, jaundice, pain and diarrhea.

Gastrodia

An herb that increases bile production, Gastrodia has been used to treat convulsions and hypertension.

Citrus Peel

The familiar citrus peel reduces muscle spasms and inflammation, increases digestive fluids and enhances blood circulation.

Atractylodes

This herb promotes the flow of urine, expels gas from the bowel and stimulates the liver. It increases the production of digestive fluids and acts as a laxative. It has been used to treat bloating, diarrhea and indigestion.

Cardamom

An herb that promotes sweating, increases the production of digestive fluids and reduces smooth muscle spasms, especially in the intestine. It has been used to treat diarrhea and dyspepsia.

Platycodon

An herb that lowers blood sugar and cholesterol. It has been used to treat poor digestion and inflammatory skin conditions.

The following herbs are catalysts for Chinese Anti-Gas Formula: Ginger increases the production of digestive fluids and enzymes. It also eliminates gas from the bowels and increases circulation. It lowers blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure. It is used for indigestion, vomiting, and nausea. Licorice is a mild laxative that is a very soothing herb for inflamed membranes. It has been used to strengthen digestion, regulate blood sugar, and provide relief from poisons.

Suggested Use

To strengthen digestion and relieve problems with gas, take 4 capsules of Chinese Anti-Gas with a meal 2 times daily. For acute indigestion, take 4 capsules at the first sign of indigestion. Anti-Gas Formula is also available in a TCM concentrate, where the dose is 1 capsule instead of four.

Selected References

Chinese Herbal Medicine: Materia Medica by Dan Bensky and Andrew Gamble 
Oriental Material Medica: A Concise Guide by Hong-Yen Hsu
The Illustrated Chinese Materia Medica by Kun-Ying Yen
Nutritional Herbology by Mark Pedersen 
The Comprehensive Guide to Nature’s Sunshine Products by Tree of Light


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