Two formulas for gastrointestinal health based on traditional medicinal botanicals as well as modern clinical practice

Here are two formulas for gastrointestinal health derived from traditional medicinal botanicals and produced by well-regarded California-based developers of herbals, Health Concerns and Pacific BioLogic. NYBC and its predecessor DAAIR have stocked these formulas or their precursors for a number of years. Both formulas are derived from traditional schools of herbal medicine (Chinese or Tibetan), but are also informed by modern clinical practice.

Quiet Digestion from Health Concerns. Each tablet includes a formula of Poria, Coix, shen chu (a dried mass of wheat flour, fresh aerial parts of Artemisia annua, Xanthium sibiricum, Polygonum hydropiper and water), Magnolia, Angelica, Pueraria, red Atractylodes, Saussurea, Pogostemon, Oryza, Trichosanthes root, Chrysanthemum, halloysite (a mineral product that contains aluminosilicates), citrus, Mentha and malt. Used to reduce gastric distress including pain, cramping, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, regurgitation, poor appetite; addresses viral or bacterial gastroenteritis as well as motion sickness, hangover and jet lag effects.

GI Tract: Gastro Regulator (formerly Digest Ease) from Pacific BioLogic. Each tablet includes an herbal formula consisting of ginger, rhubarb (Rheum palmatum), elecampane root (Inula helenium), gentian, long pepper, tropical almond, Emblica officinalis fructus, fruit of Terminalia chebulae), Beleric myrobalan (Terminalia belerica),Glauber’s salt (Natrium sulphuricum) and kaolin (Kaolinum ponderosum). Derived from a Tibetan medicine formula, it is designed to help the function of the gastrointestinal tract, helping to optimize the course of digestion and colonic function, particularly problems arising from bad dietary habits. There may be a brief period of diarrhea or constipation at the beginning of using this product.

NYBC is always interested in having feedback from its membership about these and other products stocked by the co-op. See the website at www.newyorkbuyersclub.org for our contact information.

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