Stimulate digestion. Practitioners of Chinese medicine attribute indigestion to stagnation of qi in the Intestine caused by eating too much or too fast, says Efrem Korngold, O.M.D., L.Ac. To treat the condition, Dr. Korngold prescribes fragrant, spicy herbs to stimulate digestion. They include pepper, cardamom, radish, citrus peel, and hawthorn root. “I also recommend licorice root,” he says. “Licorice is the great harmonizer. It normalizes digestive function.”
Another digestive normalizer that Dr. Korngold prescribes is a Chinese medicine called Curing Pills. The pills contain a combination of 15 herbs, including atractylodes, poria fungus, and medicated leven.
Point the way to relief. As a treatment for indigestion, acupuncture has received the endorsement of the United Nations World Health Organization. Of course, acupuncture should be administered only by a trained acupuncturist.
If you prefer a do-it-yourself approach, Michael Reed Gach, founder and director of the Acupressure Institute, recommends acupressure. Apply steady, penetrating finger pressure to each of the following points for 3 minutes.
Conception Vessel 12, located halfway between the end of your breastbone and your navel on the midline of your abdomen (do not press this point if you’ve just eaten or if you’re a woman who’s pregnant)
- Conception Vessel 6, located three finger-widths directly below your navel
- Stomach 36, located four finger-widths below your kneecap and one fingerwidth toward the outside of your shinbone
- Pericardium 6, located in the middle of your inner wrist, 2 1/2 finger widths above the wrist crease
- Spleen 4, located on the arch of your foot, one thumb-width behind the ball of your foot