The Chinese Health System has a history of over 5000 years. A tremendous body of empirical science has been established over several dynasties. It has stood the test of time over the course of thousands of years and has benefited billions of people.

This Introduction to Tonic Herbalism O-5 provides a glimpse of the foundational concepts of this unique system that is completely different from the Western model. We hope that it helps you see holistic health through a different lens. We have included illustrations, charts, and tables in the hope that this ancient and sometimes esoteric system can be demystified in a simple and intuitive format. Though you do not need to read this section before you start an herbal program, understanding these basic concepts will streamline your communication with your herbalists and afford them a sharper focus on YOU. You and your herbalists can spend more time discussing your custom herbal strategy based on your unique needs and less time going over the basics of Tonic Herbalism.

These concepts are presented in a numeric order - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 0. (0 actually refers to the “O” in Chinese Organ System.☺☻)

1Oneness: The Unity of Everything

2Yin and Yang: Two Opposing Forces Within an Integrated Whole

3Three Treasures: Jing, Qi, and Shen

4Four Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter

5Five Elements and Their Correspondences

OChinese Organ System


The Unity of Everything

Chinese philosophy emphasizes the oneness of everything.

  • Humankind and nature are one.
  • All the Organs function as one.
  • Mind and body are one.

Yin and Yang

The Basis of Your Life and Health

Chinese health practice, at every level, is based on the Principle of Yin and Yang, also known as the Great Principle. This principle asserts that everything and every function in the universe has two poles, just as a coin has two sides, a full day has night and day, and a year has summer and winter. There are no exceptions.

Three Treasures

The Taoist sages who developed Chinese tonic herbalism discovered that a human being is composed of three “Treasures.” The “Three Treasures” are called Jing, Qi and Shen. These energies are called “treasures” by sages such as Laozi (founder of Taoism) and Confucius because they are the very basis of our life.

Four Seasons

We are a product of nature. The four seasons’ yinyang transformation has profound impact on our health. We should take measures proactively to adapt to the seasonal changes rather being impacted or overwhelmed by them. Our Yin-Yang should synchronize with nature’s Yin-Yang.

Five Elements Theory

The Theory of the Five Elements is a Taoist theory. According to this theory, the world is made up of five fundamental elements: metal, wood, water, fire, and earth. The rise and fall of these Five Elements create cyclical changes in the world. These changes impact all existences on Earth, including mankind.

Chinese Organ System

Though the Chinese health system uses the same names for their Organs, their Organ system has gone beyond the boundary of anatomy. It describes the body as an integrated, functional unit based on the production, circulation, and utilization of Qi, in all its manifestations.

Catalog 5.1

We are extremely pleased to present to you our Dragon Herbs Catalog 5.1 for 2020-2021. This catalog was a full year in the making and presents a great deal of new information to assist you on your path of glowing health. Not only are our products described with increased detail, but we also provide a concise and deep review of the principles of Chinese health practice, tonic herbalism, life cultivation and our consultation service.


Free Consultations

Have questions? Herbal consultations are complimentary and are available in person and over the phone to qualified accounts.¹

DH Senior Herbalists

1 Complimentary consultations are available only to qualified accounts with current contact information (email, phones, mail address). Complicated cases may be subject to fees at Dragon Herbs herbalists’ discretion, with prior approval from the client.

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