Formulas that Reduce Food Stagnation

Food stagnation refers to the accumulation and stagnation of food in the digestive system, primarily the middle burner.  This is characterized by epigastric and abdominal focal distention and fullness, an aversion to food, rotten-smelling belching, abdominal pain, and sometimes diarrhea.  It also refers specifically to acute disorders that result form episodes of gross overeating.  By contrast, food accumulation is a more chronic condition that results from long-term overindulgence in food and drink and causes qi,dampness, phlegm, and even blood to accumulate.  It, too, is characterized predominatly by abdominal distention and pain.