This formula is for a pattern is Rebellious Stomach Qi from Food Stagnation. Actually the words themselves clue us into the action of this herbal formula. It means that the food gets into the Middle Burner (stomach) and just sits and does not transform. People get this pattern around thanksgiving and the holidays. This pattern is common to the canine, and occasional vomiting of undigested food, and re-eating it the indication this formula is needed to harmonize the tummy!