Natural Holiday Remedies

Bradly Jacobs MD MPH By Dr. Bradly Jacobs

Natural Holiday Remedies


With the holidays coming, there’s one thing you can count on – eating so much festive food that your stomach aches.


Did you know the average American consumes 3,000 calories during Thanksgiving dinner alone?


So it’s no surprise that many people experience indigestion and/or heartburn


Make your holiday guests (and their tummies) more comfortable – plan ahead and have some simple home remedies on hand. They’ll feel better and you’ll get bonus points for being a terrific Thanksgiving host! Here are a few suggestions:




Serve dinner in courses. It takes the stomach 20-30 minutes to signal the brain that it’s had enough food. This will help avoid over-eating.


Take a 20-minute stroll after your meal to help with digestion.


Serve peppermint tea after a meal. It reduces cramping and discomfort by relaxing smooth muscles that line the intestine.


For those with stomach indigestion and bloating, try STW 5 herbal formula. This remedy contains a mix of herbs that include bitter candy tuft, matricaria flower, peppermint leaves, caraway, licorice root and lemon balm.


Try Artichoke leaf extract. Take 320 mg of a standardized artichoke extract three times daily.


Read After Dinner Peppermint — The Benefits of Peppermint




If anxiety is disrupting your sleep, you’d be surprised how effective relaxation techniques can be. I suggest doing one of the following techniques for 10-30 minutes daily or whenever you are feeling particularly anxious:



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Breathing exercises


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If you have problems sleeping after eating a large meal, consider taking herbal remedies such as Valerian, milky oats, and/or Hops one hour before bedtime.


Learn more in Sleep Like a Lion – 10 Tips For Better Sleep


Bradly Jacobs MD, MPH is recognized as a leader in Integrative Medicine, Health and Wellness. 


Dr. Jacobs is a graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine and earned his master’s degree in public health from the University of California, Berkeley. He served as Founding Medical Director for the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine Clinical Programs at the University of California-San Francisco where he also taught as Assistant Professor.  Dr. Jacobs is the author of peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and was Co-Editor of the textbook: ACP Evidence-Based Guide to Complementary and Alternative Medicine.


Dr. Jacobs is board-certified in internal medicine and has studied acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition, and yoga. He has a private medical practice focused on integrative medicine and primary care in San Francisco and Sausalito, California. He was Senior Medical Director at Revolution Health. Dr Jacobs is Medical Director at Cavallo Point Healing Arts Center & Spa.


ACP Evidence-Based Guide to Complementary and Alternative Medicine


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