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Digestion Issues? TCM and Natural Remedies for Relief

Digestion issues such as constipation, indigestion, and bloating can really make us feel awful. There are many natural ways to help relieve these when they happen or even before they happen. Maintaining good digestion is important for overall health, however stress and diet can strain our digestive systems. 

If you are having three or less bowel movements a week, you are constipated. This can result in bad breath, body odor, and a lowered immune response. Constipation can be caused by limited fluid, lack of physical activity, lack of bulk, and many other reasons. For deficient constipation (not enough water) we recommend Plum Flower Peach Kernel Teapills. For excess constipation (not enough bulk) we recommend Ma Zi Ren. 

Weak digestion is usually due to deficiency of qi or yang in the spleen, which is the main organ of digestion in TCM. In addition, weak digestion can also be due to dampness caused from over consumption of sweets. It is recommended to eat warm food which is the perfect temperature for our digestion system, in addition eating in moderation is helpful for avoiding food stagnation. Avoid eating too much fried food, spicy food, dairy, and alcohol as this will just aggravate digestive function and cause discomfort. 

Natural ways to help digestion include reducing foods that can cause gas, such as beans, cabbage, and broccoli. Increasing fiber intake can help avoid bloating, high fiber foods like berries, prunes, and dried apricots can help. Drinking lots of water can help flush out toxins and aid in digestion. 

Some natural herbal remedies include aloe vera juice, peppermint, licorice, slippery elm, chamomile, and fennel seeds. Triphala is an ayurvedic remedy which can be used for diarrhea, constipation, and indigestion. For bloating, gas, and feeling of heaviness after meals; we suggest Gaia Herbs Gas and Bloating to relieve symptoms with fennel seed and other natural herbs.