Bao He Wan is also known as "Curing Pills" (and "Preserve Harmony Pills") for a very good reason. Whether you've overeaten or have a hangover, everyone should have Bao He Wan in their medicine cabinet. Even if you haven't overly enjoyed yourself, Bao He Wan is still a great supplement for poor digestion. I find it's perfect for a feeling of fullness after a meal, and the heavy damp feeling after an evening of drinking alcohol.
Bao He Wan is an incredibly effective Chinese medicine for dispelling food stagnation, especially with indigestion, distention, and bloating. It's excellent for hiccups, burping, gas, acid reflux, and the nausea and vomiting from food stagnation. It can also be very useful for morning sickness, motion sickness, and colic.
In Chinese Medicine, when food stagnates in the stomach, it prevents the Stomach Qi from descending and Qi accumulates in the middle burner. This can give rise to symptoms like fullness, distention, vomiting, nausea, and acid regurgitation. In TCM, this is known as Rebellious Stomach Qi. Over eating and poor diet also damage the Spleen Qi and the Spleen's ability to transport and transform, leading to the accumulation of damp and phlegm.
Bao He Wan contains well known Chinese herb digestives such as Hawthorn (Shan Zha), Radish Seed (Lai Fu Zi), and Medicated Leaven (Shen Qu). Combining these herbs aids in the digestion of meats, fatty foods, alcohol, and carbohydrates. Zhi Ban Xia (Processed Pinellia) and Chen Pi (Tangerine peel) dispel damp and phlegm from food stagnation (Spleen Qi Deficiency). Fu Ling (Poria) not only transforms phlegm, but tonifies the Spleen as well. Forsythia (Lian Qiao) clears the heat/burning symptoms that may be associated with food stagnation.
NOTE: Medicated Leaven (Shen Qu) contains (is processed with) wheat. If you have wheat allergies, a gluten sensitivity, or celiac disease, please use Bao He Wan with caution.