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Traditional Chinese Medicine for the Digestive System

Traditional Chinese Qi-Regulating Pills

According to Chinese medicine, a smooth flow of qi is needed for the digestive organs to function normally. Chinese Qi-Regulating Pills are designed to eliminate stagnation in the digestive tract.

Chinese name: Mu Xiang Shun Qi Wan (moo shahng shuhn chee wahn)


Also known as: Saussurea Qi-Regulating Pills


Food stagnation, indigestion, diarrhea, and flatulence


Regulates stagnant qi in the digestive organs, relieves pain in the stomach and intestines, disperses food stagnation


This formula is especially effective for traveler's diarrhea and gastrointestinal discomfort when used along with Huang Lian Su. The two formulas have a powerful synergistic effect (they enhance the action of the other): The berberine in Huang Lian Su kills the pathogens that cause the digestive problem, while the carminative herbs (which relieve gas and bowel pain) in Mu Xiang Shun Qi Wan restore normal digestive function. Even in simple cases of gas or fullness, such as after eating too much or too fast, Mu Xiang Shun Qi Wan can be quite effective.

The chief ingredient in Mu Xiang Shun Qi Wan is Saussurea lappa, also known as Aucklandia lappa. This herb is very aromatic due to its high content of volatile oils, giving rise to its name, mu xiang, meaning fragrant wood. Normal function of the digestive organs requires a smooth flow of qi; stagnation of qi results in pain, distention, and abnormal activity in the organ.

Saussurea helps promote the flow of vital energy both in the stomach and the intestines, thereby relieving pain and distention and stopping diarrhea. It acts as an antispasmodic to smooth muscle, thereby relaxing the intestines, and it inhibits the bacteria that cause dysentery.

This preparation has other positive effects in the stomach as well: It contains ginger to relieve nausea and vomiting, radish seed and hawthorn berry to move stagnant food out of the stomach, and citrus peel and barley sprouts to strengthen stomach function. Manufacturer: Lanzhou Foci

Dosage: 8 pills, three times a day

The next section of this article has detailed information on a traditional Chinese laxative that contains rhubarb. Read on to learn about this natural remedy.

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