Digestive problems: treat the cause, not just the symptoms

Unfortunately too many products on the market these days only deliver temporary relief from digestive symptoms, rather than real and lasting solutions. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) addresses the underlying organ systems to help restore digestive health naturally and longer term. And the good news is that traditional Chinese herbs are readily accessible and combined in simple tablet form, manufactured in Australia to strict standards.

Restoring internal balance is a constant goal in TCM. Qi (pronounced “chee”) is a form of energy or life force that flows through the body along channels called meridians. Imbalances or disruptions to this flow of Qi are believed to be responsible for many conditions or diseases.

TCM also looks at the organs and their functions in energetic terms, rather than in the purely physical way that Western medicine does. For example, the Stomach organ-meridian (with a capital ‘S’ to denote the organ-meridian system) governs digestive Qi, which stimulates the digestive process. The Spleen and Liver organ-meridian systems are also involved in healthy digestion.

These organ-meridian systems function when there are no imbalances or disruptions to the flow of Qi. But if you’re suffering with indigestion and reflux, constipation, bloating, flatulence, poor appetite or belching, the underlying issue is the same – you need to restore correct function to your Stomach, Spleen and Liver.

The most effective way to overcome digestive weakness is with a comprehensive digestive tonic formula using tried and tested TCM herbs. Some of the most important herbs to look for include Dioscorea opposite, Atractylodes macrocephala, Codonopsis pilosula, Poria cocos, Crataegus pinnatifida, Raphanus sativa, Citrus reticulata, Amomum villosum and Zizyphus jujube.

Depending on the nature and severity of the problem, a digestive tonic formula can be enhanced with additional herbal combinations, and the qualified staff at Go Vita Woden can help you to select the most appropriate combinations. For example, a good liver tonic with herbs such as Silybum marianum, Taraxacum mongolicum, Rehmannia glutinosa, Bupleurum falcatum, Scutellaira baicalensis, Lycium barbarum, Schizandra chinensis and Citrus reticulata will help normalise the liver and gallbladder’s influence on healthy Stomach-Spleen function and improve fat digestion.

Or perhaps a herbal constipation formula containing Rheum officinale, Trichosanthes kirilowii, Rehmannia glutinosa, Citrus aurantium, Angelica polymorpha and Glycyrrhiza uralensis may be needed to relieve constipation associated with chronic digestive weakness, especially when experiencing dry stools.

Consider too the addition of an advanced multi vitamin and mineral formula to your digestive health regime. No doubt we are all aware of the nutritional limitations associated with modern day eating – even if we avoid processed foods and stick with a fresh and wholegrain diet, our soils are often so depleted of nutrients and our produce stored for so long that the amount of nutrition, or Qi, left in what we do eat is questionable. It makes sense to combine better digestion with better nutrition.

One more example of how you can nurture your body back to optimal health would be to include immune tonic herbs to your wellness regime. Herbs such as Astragalus membranaceus, Codonopsis pilosula, Ganoderma lucidum, Eleutherococcus senticosus, Atractylodes macrocephala, Ligustrum lucidum, Schizandra chinensis and Glycyrrhiza uralensis are excellent for aiding recovery during convalescence, which is often a time when digestion becomes compromised.

These are but a few examples of the many combinations of herbal formulas readily available. By combining natural medicines like this you can create a tailor made solution specific to your own good health needs.