Memorial Day ~ That great American Holiday when we honor our war Veterans. Yet the ritual always seems to end with overindulging ourselves with our favorite food and drink ~ to diet at this time would seem positively un-American. Although I primarily believe in Preventative Medicine ~ in this case I have a few tricks in my bag to get us through.
Fructus Crataegi, also known as Hawthorn Berry, is the best herb for food stagnation due to overindulgence in meat or greasy foods with symptoms of abdominal distention. Recently this berry has also been used for hypertension, coronary artery disease, and elevated serum cholesterol. It’s always fascinating how much those Chinese Doctors understood over two thousand years ago.
Hawthorn Berry is used dry fried for food stagnation. This is such a fascinating herb. It has also been used in research at a 20 percent solution of Fructus Crataegi and Sugar to treat bacillary dysentery.
So after hot dogs, hamburgers and of course ribs, drink a cup of Hawthorn Tea. Hawthorne Berry is also available in a tincture or capsules. In Chinatown, in New York City, they sell a Hawthorn Berry chewing gum that is regularly chewed after meals.
But if pasta and breads are your downfall ~
I have other herbs to help you.