In this issue, I would like to talk about Hochuekkito, one of the most commonly used
It is mainly used to replenish and lift up the Qi of the abdomen. Chu means stomach. The three main symptoms it is used for are as follows.
The first is diarrhea
There are several patterns of diarrhea, but the diarrhea that fits Hochuekkito is more like chronic diarrhea.
Other characteristics include a physical discomfort like after a marathon, shortness of breath easily, and a weak voice. Preference for hot food and drink over cold food. White tongue moss.
Next is a fever that develops when tired, such as in the afternoon or at night
This is also not a sudden high fever, but a low-grade fever that occurs every time the patient is tired. These people sweat nonstop, are often thirsty, and crave hot food rather than cold food.
This also has symptoms of shortness of breath, fatigue, and a feeling of being too tired to speak, like after a marathon.
The third is a symptom of the lowering of internal organs
Examples are gastroptosis and uterine prolapse.
These are the main symptoms for which Hochuekkito can be used.
As I mentioned, this herbal medicine supplements and lifts the Qi of the abdomen. Qi has the function of holding things in place or lifting them up.
So if there is not enough Qi, the warming effect is insufficient to stop sweating and the lifting effect is also insufficient to lift the internal organs, so the image is that the internal organs cannot be lifted or diarrhea occurs.
One other note
If you have a severe cough, you should avoid this medicine. In herbal medicines, coughing is considered to be caused by a decrease in the effect of lowering Qi and an increase in Qi. Therefore, this herbal remedy that raises Qi may worsen the symptoms.
Before using this medicine, you should pay attention to these points.
The way you eat is fundamental to avoid depleting your stomach Qi. Chew your food slowly and thoroughly. The reason for the tea moderation during meals is that if you eat rice as if you are pouring it down with water, you will not chew well and will eat too fast.
Avoid eating cold food or food that is cold by nature, as the stomach works poorly when it is cold.