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  • Writer's pictureJackie Koenig, L.Ac.

Chinese Herbs for The Holidays

Beat the holiday bloat, hangovers, and heart burn with these time-tested Chinese Herbal formulas.

Drawing of festive holiday turkey on a platter

Ate Too Much? 'Tis the Season!

'Tis the season when many of us eat and drink a little too much. Overindulging at mealtime can often lead to bloating, indigestion, belching, gas and borborygmus (a fancy word for tummy rumbling), nausea, and even vomiting. This condition is known in Traditional Chinese Medicine as food stagnation and can happen not only when eating or drinking in excess, but also when indulging in rich or greasy food, meals that are cold in temperature, drinking too much liquid at a meal (diluting stomach acid), or when eating too close to bedtime.


Fortunately, there are many herbs in Chinese Medicine that can improve this stagnation by stimulating intestinal movement, reducing nausea, and helping to process greasy food. They can also alleviate symptoms of food poisoning which can be a life-saver during travel.


In addition to supporting smoother digestion with our tips for eating well according to TCM, we invite you to experience these game-changing Chinese herbs for the holidays yourself.

At Hidden Root Acupuncture, we offer formulas that have been used for thousands of years and have stood the test of time in effectiveness and safety. Let's help you feel your best when celebrating with loved ones this season!


"Eating is a natural way to feel happy. Overeating isn't."

- Deepak Chopra (2014). “What Are You Hungry For?"


What Herbal Formulas do you recommend?


Chinese herbal formula bottle by Golden Flower Herbs

Ease Digestion Formula

Golden Flower Herbs makes our go-to formula when it comes to easing bloat, indigestion, and hangover symptoms. It has saved us countless times during the holidays and when adventurous, foreign eating turns sour. Available in pill form in clinic! Email us to purchase your own holiday bottle.



Chinese Herbal formula in blue tincture bottle made by Sarah

Digest Tincture, Made by Hidden Root Acupuncturist, Sarah

Another formula for easing digestion, but in tincture form! Purchase in clinic or have it shipped. More info at Sarah's herbal website here!







Can Acupuncture help my digestive issues, too?

It can! Just like herbs, acupuncture can help relieve digestive upset by stimulating intestinal movement, reducing nausea, and helping the body process greasy food. See some of our favorite points below!




Which Acupressure Points Might Help Me?


Hold each point for several minutes at a time daily. This is best done in a quiet, private place where you can breathe deeply to settle the nervous system.



anatomy drawing of arm from elbow to hand showing location of PC6 acupoint

This point is great for settling "rebellious stomach qi" which translates to nausea or even vomiting after overeating or ingesting contaminated food.









anatomy drawing of torso from shoulder to lower abdomen showing location of Ren12 acupoint

This point sits right above the stomach and can move qi, helping to relieve stomach pain. Other symptoms it may help with include general poor digestion, nausea, sour regurgitation, vomiting, and bloat.






Make an appointment today to learn more about how we might be able to help in clinic and let us know if you have any questions!



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