Digestive bitters are herbs that prime the digestive tract by stimulating the production of stomach acid and pancreatic enzymes. They also prime the gallbladder to release bile. The choice of which bitter herb to use can be customized based on the individual’s presentation. Three digestive bitters that I frequently recommend are hops, Oregon grape root and chamomile -- botanicals that offer a host of additional benefits beyond the digestive tract.
Sometimes the body just doesn't have the ability to break down and digest specific foods. A person who does not produce lactase, for example, will never be able to properly digest dairy. Digestive enzymes will essentially accomplish this for your patient, and enzymes such as amylase, protease and lipase can be beneficial for certain individuals.