By: Sherri Taylor, L.Ac.
This month we are focusing our attention on TCM for digestive conditions. Digestive conditions are vast and common and TCM offers powerful therapies to support a healthy digestive system*. Our TCMCeuticals® Digestive line consisting of three (3) formulas for the upper, middle and lower jiao are the fundamental digestive formulas for your practice. Our formulator, Dr. Haihe Tian’s comprehensive TCMCeuticals® digestive line consists of Esophageal Balance for the upper jiao, Digestive support for the middle jiao and Colon Harmony for the lower jiao*. These three (3) formulas address the most common patterns of digestive imbalance and are based on Dr. Tian’s years of clinical experience in G.I.*. Read the description below for Chinese Medicine pattern indicated for each of these formulas.
Esophageal Balance– is appropriate for the upper GI tract and upper jiao. It is indicated for an excess heat pattern with liver overacting on the stomach. The chief ingredients in this formula make up Zuo Jin Wan. The function of this formula is to clear heat and direct rebellious qi downward. The remaining ingredients assist with directing the rebellious qi downward and preventing chronic conditions*.
Chinese Medicine Pattern– Liver overacting on the stomach with heat*.
Esophageal Balance contains the following ingredients:
**Huang Lian (Chief Herb)
**Wu Zhu Yu (Chief Herb)
These 2 ingredients are the chief herbs that make up Zuo Jin Wan. Other ingredients include: Chai Hu, Huang Qin, Xiang Fu, Duan Wa Leng Zi, and San Qi.
Digestive Support– promotes the function of the stomach, and middle jiao. The Chinese Medicine pattern is mainly for Qi stagnation in the stomach. This may be due to over eating or poor dietary habits. Digestive Support is also useful for digestive problems due to emotional upset*.
Chinese Medicine Pattern: Spleen and Stomach Qi deficiency with Liver Qi stagnation*.
Digestive Support contains the following ingredients:
**Chai Hu (Chief Herb)
**Xiang Fu (Chief Herb)
**Both of these herbs work together to spread the Liver Qi, regulate the emotions, decrease pain, and balance Liver and Spleen disharmony*. Other ingredients are Zhi Ke, Da Fu Pi, Xiang Yuan, Fo Shou, Zi Su Geng, Chao Bai Shao, Zhi Gan Cao, and Yan Hu Suo.
Colon Harmony– assists with harmonizing the lower GI tract to help correct the imbalance of function and bacteria in the lower jiao. This formula raises the Spleen Qi, improves Spleen function, and soothes the liver*.
Chinese Medicine Pattern- Spleen Yang deficiency with Liver Qi stagnation*.
Colon Harmony contains the following ingredients:
**He Ye (Chief Herb)
**Ge Gen (Chief Herb)
**Xiang Fu (Chief Herb)
These three herbs are the main herbs in this formula. Primarily, these three (3) herbs raise the Spleen Qi and assist with the liver Qi stagnation*. Other ingredients to assist with this action include Chai Hu, Chao Bai Zhu, Chao Bai Shao, Shan Yao, Rou Gui, and Zhi Gan Cao.
Questions about any of these formulas? Contact TCMzone and speak to our herbal consultant, Sherri Taylor, L.Ac. Call 888-788-8086 on Mondays, 12-2pm PT or email any time firstname.lastname@example.org.