In traditional medical systems, the digestive system is often referred to as the “center.” This term refers to both its anatomical location and, most importantly, to its physiological function. Digestion is central to human physiology, and when the digestive system is in a state of disharmony, it must be addressed to allow for proper absorption and assimilation. When the functional quality of the digestive center is disrupted, there are wide-reaching effects that can disrupt other organ networks and can hinder efforts aimed at addressing other health issues.

Dyspepsia means “bad digestion.” It is the most common upper GI presentation in the modern clinic and is generally characterized by epigastric pain, fullness, discomfort, burning, early satiety, nausea, vomiting, and belching.1 If biomedical investigation does not reveal the presence of organic causes (observable ulcers, cancer, infectious agents, etc.), the patient may be diagnosed with functional dyspepsia. A systematic review found that the prevalence of functional dyspepsia was 11.5–14.7% in the general population.1 Many patients who present with dyspepsia or functional dyspepsia also have more complex underlying pathologies and can present with additional issues. These include gastritis, diarrhea or constipation, IBS, intestinal spasms, or digestive upset with nervousness and restlessness.

“Harmonizing the center” involves addressing common GI dysfunctions associated with functional dyspepsia through the combination of specific diet and lifestyle therapies, botanical medicine formulas designed to harmonize digestive function, and constitutional remedies that are specifically formulated for the individual.

In this webinar, we present a holistic, collaborative approach to effectively address common digestive complaints, and explore the modern diagnostic tools and pharmaceutical treatments commonly used to treat them.

We emphasize an exceptionally effective and historical formula from the Eclectic Medicine tradition called, “Neutralizing Cordial.” Neutralizing Cordial is an example of a functional restorative agent for addressing GI upset associated with a broad group of symptoms. Its normalizing and regulating actions make it an indispensable tool for the modern practitioner.

Key Takeaways

  • Dyspepsia, “bad digestion”, is the most common upper GI presentation in the modern clinic.
  • Digestion is central to human physiology, and when the digestive system is in a state of disharmony, it must be addressed in order to allow for proper absorption and assimilation.
  • Normalizing GI function with a functional restorative tonic is a fundamental strategy for addressing common GI dysfunction.

Key Elements to a Holistic Approach

  • Normalize hydrochloric acid production
  • Neutralize acid that may be damaging to the gastric and esophageal linings
  • Protect the gastric mucosa with demulcents
  • Harmonize digestive function with aromatic botanicals
  • Promote gastric motility with gentle stimulation
  • Modulate inflammation and microbial balance
  • Calm the central and enteric nervous systems
  • Facilitate proper nutrient absorption
  • Enhance nutrient assimilation

Key Botanical and Nutritional Agents for Harmonizing the Center:

  • Turkey Rhubarb (Rheum palmatum or officinale)
  • Cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia)
  • Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)
  • Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis)
  • Peppermint (Mentha spicata) Essential Oil
  • Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) Essential Oil
  • Ginger (Zingiber officinale) Essential Oil
  • Potassium Bicarbonate
  • Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) Root
  • Organic Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis) Root
  • Sodium Alginate (from Ocean Harvested Kelp)
  • Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis) Leaf
  • Berberine rich plants
  • Magnolia (Magnolia Officinalis)
  • Bee Propolis (Apic mellifica)
  • Zinc Carnosine
  • Glutamine

Related Webinar: 

Optimizing Digestive Health: Key Concepts and Therapeutic Approaches

Related Research Review Paper:

Demulcent Herbs and Natural Compounds to Support Digestive Health

Note: This webinar is intended for healthcare practitioners. 


1. Fujiwara Y, Arakawa T. Overlap in patients with dyspepsia/functional dyspepsia. J Neurogastroenterol Motil. 2014;20(4):447-457. doi:10.5056/jnm14080