According to Asian
health philosophy, we all need Qi on a constant basis. Qi tonics provide the
energy required to be adaptive and for the immune system to protect us against
all onslaughts. Chinese herbalism is rich in Qi tonics and Qi Drops is the
quintessential Qi tonic formulation. It contains most of the premier Qi
supertonics used in Chinese tonic herbalism, including Ginseng, Gynostemma,
Codonopsis, Astragalus, Tibetan Rhodiola, Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng) and
others. This very powerful formula can increase Qi production in the body by helping
to strengthen the functions of the lungs and digestive system.
Sung Jin Park, Ron
Teeguarden's Taoist mentor, had this to say about Qi:
"Qi is the
invisible life force which enables the body to think and perform voluntary
movement. The power of Qi can be seen in the power that enables a person to
move and live. It can be seen in the movement of energy in the cosmos and in
all other movements and changes. Qi circulates through the twelve meridians, the
energy circuitry of the body, to nourish and preserve the inner
There are said to be
three "Treasures" that form the basis of human life. These are Jing,
Qi and Shen. Qi is often referred to as the "second Treasure."
What Is Qi?
All that exists in
the universe is, in one form or another, a manifestation of Yin and Yang.
Through the interaction of Yin and Yang, energy is created. Thus, from the
densest object to the subtlest vibration, ALL is a form of energy. Chinese
philosophy is founded on the energetic nature of all things. Things are not
seen materially, but as ever-changing states of energy. This is the same idea
expressed by modern physicists, who now universally agree that mass and energy
are one and the same. The Chinese word for energy is Qi
(pronounced Chee). The Koreans call it Ki as do the Japanese
(both pronounce it Kee). Qi permeates all space (and thus all
"things") in the universe and is the
motivating force of all activity.
A Chinese classic
"There is nothing
between Heaven and Earth but Qi (energy) and Tao (the Way and the laws that
govern it). Tao (the Way of the
Universe and of Life) itself is based on Qi. Everything in the Universe relies upon
it. When the Qi is outside Heaven and Earth, it embraces them. When Qi is
inside Heaven and Earth, it circulates through and sustains them. Planets depend on Qi for their
brightness; weather is formed by it, and the seasons are caused by it. Man
cannot stand outside of Qi. Qi supports him and permeates him as water is
contained within the ocean."
astrophysicists recognize the existence of a primal energy. R. A. Muller, a
noted astrophysicist points out that "a curious radiation bathes the earth
almost uniformly from every direction. Most astrophysicists now believe that
this microwave radiation was emitted shortly after the 'big bang,' the
cataclysmic explosion in which the universe was created some 15 billion years
ago. Not only is it the most ancient signal ever detected; it is also the most
distant, coming from well beyond the quasars, the most remote luminous sources
known." Recent research, very interestingly, has revealed that the
temperature of this radiation varies by about a tenth of a percent across the
sky, with the warmest region being in the direction of the constellation Leo
and the coolest in the direction of Aquarius. The temperature varies smoothly
between these two regions. Indeed, virtually all physical properties are
governed by the laws of physics, which are in fact the laws of energy dynamics
and of the various forces that can easily be translated as "Qi."
Qi is sometimes
translated as vitality or life force. These are useful descriptive terms
insofar as Qi influences life. It is important for the student of Oriental
philosophy and especially of the Oriental healing arts to remember that Qi
exists everywhere, even in a lowly rock. The atmosphere is full of Qi, and the
air is a primary source of Qi for human beings. The Earth provides Qi that it
has itself accumulated, in the form of food that we eat. The nature of life is
to extract Qi from its environment and to transform it so as to live, adapt and
to create more life. The more energy, or Qi, that a living system can
accumulate and utilize, the more success it will have
as a living being. A less than adequate ability to extract Qi from one's
environment and/or an inability to utilize it properly will result in failure
of the organism.
How Qi Is Produced In the Human Body,
According to Traditional Chinese Health Theory
In life, Qi is the
second Treasure, and in the Three Treasures system the Qi treasure includes
both energy (the yang aspect of Qi) and blood (the yin aspect of Qi). Although
Qi may be defined as "all energy," in the Three Treasures system it
represents human vitality on an immediate basis. This Qi is the aspect of our
life which involves action, function and thought. Qi is the source of our
vitality. It nourishes and protects us. That Qi which nourishes us is known as Nutritive
Qi and that Qi which protects us is known as Protective Qi. Both are produced from food and air on a
In the system of the
Three Treasures, blood is considered to be a part of the Qi component of our
being. Blood is said to be produced from the food ingested after the Qi has
been extracted through the action of the Spleen/Pancreas. The red blood cells
are said to be nutritive and are Yin, while the white blood cells are
protective and aggressive and are therefore Yang.
Qi tonic herbs,
composed of energy and/or blood tonics, increase our ability to function fully
and adaptively as human beings. Qi is said to be produced as a result of the
functions of the Lungs and Spleen/Pancreas. Therefore, Qi tonics strengthen the
digestive, assimilative and respiratory functions. In addition, they have
potent immune potentiating activity.
Qi tonics increase
the amount, and improve the quality, of the energy and blood flowing through
our system. This increase in energy and blood results in an overall increase in
physical and mental vitality.
The Chinese define
many different kinds of human physiologic Qi. Qi that is more yin tends to be
more concentrated and forms substantial matter while Qi that is more yang
results in the functioning of the organs and tissues and in action, including
movement and thought. Cosmic Qi (or Air Qi) is the energy derived
from the air through our breathing. The energy derived from food is called Grain
Qi (or Food Qi) and includes all the nutrients and electromagnetic
energy ingested and absorbed from foods and liquids. Other types of Qi include
the Essential Qi (which includes the nutritive "Ying" Qi and the defensive "Wei" Qi),
and Original Qi (or Ancestral, or Pre-natal, Qi) and Post-natal
Qi, both of which are known as Jing Qi, which represents our primal,
genetic energy, the energy that we store and also the energy of the sperm and
ova. Blood too is considered to be a form of highly concentrated Qi.
It is the purpose of
the Oriental tonic herbalism to improve the absorption and utilization of Qi,
according to the laws of Nature. It is possible through the consumption of
certain "tonic herbs," and through the development of one's
breathing, to influence the various aspects of Qi within our systems and to
establish harmonious functioning as a result.
The Tonic Herbs Used in Qi Drops
healthy vitality. This Tibetan herb is one of the elite Qi tonics in the world.
It is good for resisting temporary or minor fatigue from work or play. Tibetan
Rhodiola supports healthy blood oxygenation processes. It is especially well
known for supporting the full intelligence of those who consume it regularly. Rhodiola
the action of “supporting the human body” and the immune supporting
effects of Rhodiola sacra are, according to some researchers,
stronger than those of Ginseng (a VERY potent immune potentiator). Rhodiola
sacra supports recovery from normal fatigue due to work, and not
associated with any disorder. Tibetan Rhodiola sacra has
double-direction adjusting effects on the nervous and endocrine systems. It is
good for resisting mental fatigue, and it can support a person’s memory,
power of concentration and work-efficiency.
Astragalus is one of
the most popular and important tonic herbs used in the Orient. It is said to
strengthen the primary energy and to tonify the three burning spaces. It is
famed as a specific energizer to the outside of the body and is therefore
beneficial to those who tend to be physically active. Some people consider
Astragalus to be a tonic superior to ginseng for younger people. Astragalus is
believed to be strengthening to the legs and arms, and is traditionally used by
people who work outdoors, especially in the cold, because of its strengthening
and warming nature. As an energizer to the outside of the body, Astragalus is
used to tonify the protective energy (Wei Qi) which circulates just under the
skin. Wei Qi is the Yang counterpart of the more Yin nutritional energy (Ying
Qi) which flows through the twelve meridians and supplies the organs with vital
energy. Wei, like Ying, is generated in the Lungs and after the Lungs have extracted Qi from the air and the Stomach and Spleen
extract Qi from food. The air and food energies are united in the Lung to generate
the "essential energy." Ying and Wei are the two components of the
essential energy. Wei Qi circulates in the subcutaneous tissues providing
suppleness to the flesh and adaptive energy to the skin. It is the Wei Qi which
provides the energy to perspire, produce goose flesh or shiver. Astragalus, in
tonifying the Lung, especially its Yang component, helps the body build an
abundance of free flowing Wei Qi, thus fortifying the defense function of the
White Atractylodes is
an important general body tonic which acts generally upon the digestive system
and helps balance the appetite. It is widely used in Chinese herbalism as a Qi
tonic. White Atractylodes has warming properties and is mildly stimulating. As
a tonic to the Spleen/Pancreas and Stomach, it is saidto
support digestion and to support fluid metabolism. Upon continued use, White
Atractylodes will help regulate the appetite, so it is widely used as an herb
to strengthen healthy metabolic function in order to maintain healthy weight.
White Atractylodes is also used to help strengthen the muscles in general, and
the legs in particular. By supporting the Spleen/Pancreas function as described
in Chinese herbalism, it helps build Qi that is distributed to the entire body.
White Atractylodes is considered to be one of the best Qi tonics by Chinese
Codonopsis is a great
general tonic used to help restore bodily vigor, just like ginseng. Codonopsis
has a mild energy, but it is a very powerful Qi tonic. Codonopsis is very
effective as a tonic to the "middle burning space" which
includes the Stomach and Spleen's unified function. It is excellent as a Qi tonic,
providing energy to the Lung and Spleen/Pancreas, those organ systems that
extract Qi from environmental sources, and thus helps to generate Qi for the
entire body. It is said that “this herb
tones up the Qi of the Spleen/Pancreas without making it too dry, and nourishes
the Yin of the Stomach without making it too wet.” The ability to balance
the primary metabolic functions is one of this herb's great qualities. It also
lubricates the Lungs and its passages, but always appropriately and not in
excess. Codonopsis supports the production of blood.
White Ginseng root is
said to help replace lost Qi to the meridians and organs. It tonifies Qi and is
adaptogenic. It is used to benefit all the Qi so that one may live a long and
happy life. It is supports the immune system. White Ginseng helps overcome
temporary or short term fatigue. White Ginseng supports the mind and focus, and
is used traditionally to stabilize the emotions, counteracts mild stress (as an
adaptogen) and enhances wisdom. Ginseng is tonic to both the Lungs and the
Spleen/Pancreas systems. White Ginseng is quicker acting than Red Ginseng.
Gynostemma is a
premier adaptogen and Qi tonic. It supports the normal healthy immune and
respiratory systems, helps maintain healthy weight in already healthy
individuals, and supports the cardiovascular system.
Polygonatum sibericum is used as a Qi and Yin tonic, and is said to have a
specific benefit to the energy of the heart and brain. It is used in Shen and
Jing tonics to help nourish the brain and strengthen the mind. It is a Qi tonic
to the brain. It can be combined with Panax Ginseng, Siberian Ginseng
(Eleuthero), Gynostemma, and various Qi tonics to add important mental Qi
Eleuthero is the
equal of Panax Ginseng in its adaptogenic capabilities. Some authorities think
it is stronger. Eleuthero contains saponins which help support the nervous
system and endocrine system. Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng) also has a huge
reputation as a helpful mental tonic and even as a mental stimulant. It is
considered to be faster acting than Ginseng. Eleuthero supports and alert mind.
Dioscorea root is
widely used as a secondary tonic. Dioscorea, a type of yam, is an important Yin
tonic that is said to benefit the spirit, support flesh, and when taken
habitually, to help brighten the intellect and prolong life. Dioscorea serves
as a Stomach-Spleen Qi tonic, as well as supporting the Lungs and supplementing
the Kidney Yin. This white, brittle herb has cooling properties. Its energy is
classified as neutral.
Licorice is the most
widely used of all Chinese herbs. It is known as the "Grandfather of
Chinese herbs," and as the "Great Adjunct." It is used as a
harmonizing ingredient in a large number of Chinese herbal recipes and is
itself an excellent tonic and longevity herb. Chinese licorice root is said to
revitalize the “Center,” referring to the “middle burning
space,” and in particular to the digestive and assimilative functions
associated with the Spleen. It strikes a balance into the internal regions of
the body. Licorice is classically said to moderate harsher properties of other
herbs and substances. The “Great Adjunct” is said to aid all other
herbs in entering their respective meridians and is thus of tremendous
importance in the Chinese tonic herbal system. It is also believed that
licorice will clean the meridians and allow Qi to flow smoothly. It is also
widely claimed that licorice root supports flesh (muscle) and helps maintain a beautiful
(Tangerine) Peel is a digestant. It falls into the classical category of
“Qi regulating” herbs --- that is, herbs that help Qi to move
smoothly and to help prevent digestive stagnation. It is not a tonic herb, but
is often used in tonic formulations to improve their function by circulating Qi.
Sometimes strong Qi herbs, such as those being used in Qi Drops, can result in
minor stagnation in the digestive tract if a Qi regulating herb is not included
in the formula. Aged Citrus (Tangerine) Peel is VERY effective at moving Qi.
Traditional Function: Qi tonic, supports the immune system*
Who can use it? Anyone
Specifications: 2 fl.
Astragalus root, Gynostemma
leaf, Chinese Ginseng root, Eleuthero root, Codonopsis root, Tibetan Rhodiola
root, Bai-zhu Atractylodes
rhizome, Chinese Yam rhizome, Polygonatum root,
Chinese Licorice root, Aged Tangerine rind.
Other Ingredients: water, alcohol.
droppers per day or as directed by your health care practitioner.
Remember Ron Teeguarden’s
“First Rule of Tonic Herbalism,” summed up in a single word –
If you don’t take the herbs, they won’t work.”
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