Bao He Wan - Preserve Harmony Pills

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Bao He Wan Herbal Formula Classifications and Usages

The herbal formula "bao he wan" , 保和丸, which in english is "preserve harmony pills", is categorized within the "reduce food stagnation" functional grouping.

Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:

  • Epigastric and or abdominal fullness or painful distention after meals.
  • Acid reflux, belching, vomiting with possible aversion to food due to food stagnation.
  • This formula can also be used for acute food poisoning.

Bao He Wan has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

Use with caution with weak or qi deficient patients.

Our shop contains bao he wan from the following manufacturers:

($5.99) Add To Cart View Bao He Wan - HBW (BBD 9/30/22)
($24.00) Add To Cart View Bao He Wan - Sun Ten

For many reasons such as availability, ecological choices, and/or price, each manufacturer or herbalist may well adjust the exact composition of a specific formula. Bao He Wan is generally comprised of the following herbs:

ViewBan Xia (Pinellia Rhizome)

Dries dampness, transforms cold-phlegm, descends rebellious qi - cough with copious sputum especially due to dampness of spleen. Harmonizes stomach, stops vomiting due to lingering phlegm-dampness i…

ViewChen Pi (Tangerine Peel)

Regulates Qi, improves transportive function of the spleen, relieves diaphragm - epigastric/abdominal distention, fullness, bloating, belching, nausea, vomiting (promotes movement of qi in general; …

ViewFu Ling (Poria, China Root)

Promotes urination, drains dampness, transforms phlegm - urinary difficulty, diarrhea, edema, headache, dizziness, greasy tongue coat. Strengthens the spleen, harmonizes the middle jiao - diarrhea, …

ViewLai Fu Zi (Radish/Turnip Seeds)

Reduces food stagnation, transforms accumulations - distention, belching with a rotten smell, acid regurgitation. Descends lung qi, reduces phlegm - chronic cough or wheezing due to excess syndromes…

ViewLian Qiao (Forsythia Fruit)

Clear heat and toxins, dissipates nodules - carbuncles and hot sores, neck lumps. Expel wind-heat - fever, slight chills, sore throat, headache.

ViewShan Zha (Hawthorn Fruit)

Reduces and moves food stagnation outward - accumulation of meat and/or greasy foods with distention, pain, diarrhea. Transforms blood stasis, dissipates clumps - post-partum abdominal pain, hernial…

ViewShen Qu (Medicated Leaven)

Reduces food stagnation, strengthens stomach - stomach cold with food stagnation or accumulation, with epigastric and abdominal fullness or distention, lack of appetite, borborygmus, and diarrhea. A…

A single formula, alone, may not be sufficient to fully address a particular TCM diagnostic pattern. Formulas may be used alone, in combinations, and/or in stages. Bao He Wan is a candidate for consideration when needing to influence stomach food stagnation.

Bao He Wan may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored overall approach, to influence the following conditions: abdominal pain, acid reflux disease (gerd), digestive issues, food poisoning and/or hangover

Our clinical staff have made the following notes, regarding bao he wan.

For food stagnation/indigestion and overeating. In this context overeating does not necessarily mean eating large meals or overindulgence rather it refers to eating in excess of what your spleen and stomach systems are able to process.  Poor eating habits such as large fluctuations in meal size, inconsistent eating schedule, eating very poor quality foods, and eating too many types of foods at once can all lead to food stagnation.  Additionally food stagnation may result from a deficiency of the spleen and stomach systems due to their inability to break down and convert food.  This formula can be used both for chronic food stagnation due to deficiency and for acute stagnation due to overindulgence.

As noted above, bao he wan is within the reduce food stagnation functional group.

All formulas in the primary category of "reduce food stagnation" are listed below.

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