Did you know that 40 percent of the worldwide population suffers from chronic digestive issues? Common digestive problems can lead to chronic inflammation and weaken your immune system because 80 percent of your immune system is in your gut. This makes your gut health extremely important. If your gut is healthy, your immune system is also healthy.

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Common digestive problems are also related to the nervous system. We have all experienced butterflies in the stomach when we are emotionally stressed. Your gut produces the majority of the neurotransmitters in your brain. Some researchers indicated that 3/4 of those neurotransmitters are produced in your gut. Many people start to experience mental health challenges such as depression or anxiety when they have chronic digestive problems. The gut-brain axis has been a popular topic these days and I have discussed it in my previous videos. A healthy diet and lifestyle is the first step when it comes to digestive health, let’s discuss some remedies in this blog.

Dragon’s Blood – A Sacred Gift from Mother Earth

Dragon’s blood is a dark red substance that is extracted from the Croton lechleri tree, which is a flowering tree prevalent in South America. Traditional medicine uses the red substance to treat diarrhea, wounds, stomach ulcers, and indigestion. Some people confuse the dragon’s blood with another natural marine product that is extracted from the sea and is mistakenly called the dragon’s blood. Dragon’s blood is also used in incense as it has a strong aroma. It has been used for thousands of years in paints and spiritual practices. This potent resin has been mentioned in history and across the earth – from the Ancient Greeks to the Ancient Romans, India, China, and the Middle East. It has been used in Wiccan for magic, protection, cleansing, and healing.Dragon's blood

You can usually find Dragon’s blood as an incense stick, incense cone, in resin forms, or as an essential oil. Dragon’s blood has a powerful energy to banish negative energy and promote healing. The sacred smoke of the Dragon’s blood can also be paired with Palo Santo for powerful cleansing and protection. It can be used during your astral travel and as part of empowerment and healing.
Dragon’s blood has been used for treating stomach ulcers and strengthening the digestive system because it contains a large amount of tannins. There is another natural substance in the Dragon’s blood – astaxanthin, which is a potent antioxidant, especially for pain relief. Dragon’s blood also provides anti-inflammatory properties to relieve dermatitis, colitis, and arthritis. Flavonoids and terpenoids found in Dragon’s blood may increase its anti-inflammatory properties. Terpenoids and alkaloids contribute to its antibacterial properties. These bioactive substances provide a wide range of health benefits including the following:
Dragon's blood benefits

    • Helps heal stomach ulcers due to its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.


  • Enhances digestive health and relieves diarrhea.
  • Provides anti-diabetic properties.
  • Sacred smoke of the Dragon’s blood provides protection, healing, and cleansing.
  • Relieves skin issues such as skin sensitivity and redness, skin burns, herpes, and fungal issues.
  • Promotes wound healing.
  • Helps increase collagen production with rich antioxidant content.

Some varieties of Dragon’s blood trees contain latex and may not be suitable for those with a latex allergy. Dragon’s blood sage is available in many forms, including tablets, capsules, teas, and tinctures. Due to differences in source, preparation, and individual needs, there is no set suggested dose for Dragon’s blood. It is often taken orally as a dietary supplement or used topically for skin wounds in a diluted form. To determine the proper dose depending on individual health needs, it is recommended to consult a health practitioner. Information regarding safety and efficacy in pregnancy and lactation is lacking.

Here are some unique ways to boost your gut health.

Lion’s Mane Mushroom -A Powerful Digestive Aid
Lion’s Mane (Hericium Erinaceus) is named after its distinct appearance, resembling the fury look of a lion’s mane. The primary claim is that it stimulates the Nerve Growth Factor (NGF), a protein that protects neurons and is essential for the growth, maintenance, proliferation, and survival of nerve cells. It has been shown to help boost both short-term and long-term memory and also help with anxiety and depression by boosting dopamine levels.
Lion's Mane mushroom

Lion’s Mane also decreases both pain and inflammation by inhibiting the Cox-II pathways. Some studies stated that Lion’s Mane mushroom provides antibiotic, anti-carcinogenic, anti-diabetic, antihypertensive, antihyperlipidemic, cardioprotective, hepatoprotective, nephroprotective, and neuroprotective properties and relieves anxiety, cognitive function, and depression. Most mushrooms enhance gut microbiota.

The bioactive compounds in Lion’s Mane and other mushrooms seem to enhance and support the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut and improve the gut microbiome. Lion’s Mane also contains Chitin-Glucan, an insoluble fiber that can improve digestion and nutrient absorption while promoting the growth of beneficial bacteria in your intestine to stimulate immune function.
Here are some amazing health benefits of Lion’s mane mushroom.

  • Protect against stomach ulcers and reduce inflammation in the digestive tract.
  • Stimulate the growth of brain cells and prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Improve mental health, boost mood, and reduce anxiety and depression.
  • Contain powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that reduce chronic inflammation and boost immune function.
  • Prevent heart disease and reduce cancer risks.
  • Improve blood sugars for diabetes.

Lion’s mane mushrooms can be enjoyed raw, cooked, dried, or as a tea, or taken as a supplement.

Licorice Root – A Natural Antibiotic
If you suffer from digestive issues due to the change of your daily routine from the holiday season, or a cough or a cold due to the cold weather, licorice root can help. Licorice root is an ancient herb in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It has been used in many herbal blends to treat various health issues in TCM. Licorice root is inexpensive but has amazing healing powers. It has anti-viral, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties. The active ingredient glycyrrhizic acid in licorice root helps treat a cough, sore throat, asthma, etc. Licorice root is also a great herbal remedy to treat digestive disorders, such as stomach ulcers, gastritis, and other digestive-related issues due to its anti-inflammatory properties. One of the great aspects of licorice root that most people are not aware of is its detox power, it helps detoxify the liver and other organs and protects the liver from toxins and viruses overload.

Many people who experience chronic bronchitis also suffer from excessive phlegm in the throat, licorice root comes in handy, it helps reduce excessive phlegm, soothes coughs, and puts your lungs back on track fast. Dried licorice roots can work with dried tangerine peels as an herbal tea blend that works wonders as a cough remedy and aids digestion as well, which has been used commonly in TCM. You can take licorice roots in a tea, capsule, or extract form. If you have high blood pressure, you have to consult a professional to use licorice root because it can potentially raise your blood pressure. You could take it as a supplement form in a cycle of two weeks on and two weeks off to prevent rising blood pressure.

The benefits of licorice root include the following.

  • Protects against stomach disorders including gastric ulcers due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Relieves respiratory issues including cough, sore throat, asthma, and bronchitis.
  • The anti-inflammatory properties are proven to be effective in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Contains glycyrrhizic acid that protects and detoxifies the liver.
  • The antibacterial and antimicrobial properties of licorice help prevent gum diseases and canker sores.
  • Helps the body more efficiently regulate the stress hormone cortisol.
  • Fights against various infections such as herpes, hepatitis, and shingles.
  • The antioxidants in licorice help boost your immunity.

Lion’s mane mushrooms can be enjoyed raw, cooked, dried, or as a tea, or taken as a supplement.

Fennel Seeds – A Treasure in Your Kitchen
Fennel is a perennial, pleasant-smelling herb with yellow flowers. It is native to the Mediterranean but is now found throughout the world. Fennel seeds are harvested from the plant’s flowers and then dried. Like the fennel bulb, they have a sweet, licorice-like flavor that can add unique and sweet tastes to dishes. Fennel seeds are packed with nutrients, including Vitamin A, E, C, B-complex, and a variety of minerals and antioxidants. They contain many minerals such as iron, zinc, copper, manganese, magnesium, calcium, and potassium. Copper stimulates red blood production and iron stimulates red blood formation. Zinc helps red blood growth and development. Potassium plays an important role in controlling blood pressure. Manganese is a powerful antioxidant that is essential for thyroxine production and proper thyroid health and functioning. The active ingredient in fennel seeds is shikimic acid, which makes fennel seeds stand out in fighting against spike protein shedding. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, fennel seeds have been long used for relieving digestive issues, such as indigestion, heartburn, flatulence and bloating, and even irritable bowel syndromes (IBS). This herb soothes and repairs the digestive tract and reduces gas formation. When you suffer from digestive issues, you can drink fennel tea or add fennel seeds to your soups and dishes. Fennel seed is also rich in dietary fiber that helps reduce constipation. Fennel seed also promotes weight loss by boosting the metabolism and breaking down fats. It helps relieve water retention because it is a diuretic. The dietary fiber in the fennel seeds promotes satiety and reduces hunger, which also helps weight management. Fennel seeds contain emmenagogue chemicals that promote menstrual flow. The phytoestrogens in fennel seeds can help relieve maturation-related issues for women, such as premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and menopausal symptoms. Fennel seeds have been traditionally used to promote lactation in mothers and reduce menstruation-related cramps.
Here are some amazing health benefits of fennel seeds.
  • Rich in powerful anti-inflammatory antioxidants such as chlorogenic acid, limonene, and quercetin.
  • Relieves digestive issues including indigestion and heartburn.
  • Reduces appetite and promotes weight loss.
  • Helps regular blood pressure and purify the blood.
  • Reduces asthma symptoms.
  • Helps regulate menstruation and relieve menstruation-related cramps.
  • Reduces acne on the face.
  • Prevents cancers and boosts immunity.

A Magical Spot for Digestive Issues
Four Cracks Acupoints are located at the midpoint of
the crease of each proximal interphalangeal joint of the
Four crackers acupoint
index, middle, ring, and little fingers, there is a total of 8 points.

The health benefits of massaging these points include:

  • Enhance digestion and relieve heartburn and indigestion.
  • Balance the Yin and Yang energy and boost immunity.
  • Relieve abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting.
  • Help regulate bowel function.
  • Relieve cough and asthma, especially for children.

In summary, a healthy diet is the first step to preventing nasal congestion and excess phlegm because your health starts from your gut and you are what you eat. The second step is to limit mold and toxin exposure as much as you can. Last but not least, cleanse your nasal passages regularly to improve your overall health.

I hope you enjoy the information, I offer a variety of healing modalities to improve your health holistically and naturally, please check my services here.


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About the author: Lucy Liu
Lucy Liu

As a Holistic Health Practitioner, Registered Dietitian, TCM Practitioner, Energy Healer, Master Hypnotist, Reiki Master, Advanced Theta Healing Practitioner, Author and Speaker, Lucy Liu, the founder of optimalhealthsolutions.ca, has gained a good reputation in holistic health after many years of serving patients and clients as a holistic health practitioner. Lucy has developed a unique and comprehensive approach, which combines Western Medicine, Chinese Medicine, Energy Medicine, and Alternative Medicine together, to help others achieve optimal health by creating harmony between the body, mind, and spirit, and maintain long-term success for healthy lifestyle changes.
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