Dragon Herbs - Return to Youth 500 mg. - 100 Vegetarian Capsules
Dragon Herbs Return to Youth is the classic formulation dating to the eleventh century. Return to Youth Formula is traditionally used to help strengthen the sense organs, improve memory and the ability to concentrate, to overcome general weakness, to enhance male and female reproductive function and libido, and to support healthy aging. This superb essence (Jing) tonic is suited to men and women of all ages. It is a powerful vegan tonic formula. This is the classical Return to Youth Formula used for nine centuries in Asia. What distinguishes Dragon Herbs Return to Youth Formula from other brands is the quality of the herbs used to produce it and the production technology. All Herbs in China (and from most places) come in different grades based upon their variety, seed stock, growing source, growing conditions, care of the cultivators or collectors, and processing at various stages of the supply chain and during production. That’s a lot to consider. But Dragon Herbs does take all factors these into account in selecting their raw materials and in producing their herbal products.
- 100% Natural
- Gluten Free
- No Starch
- No Preservatives
- No Chemical Modifications
- Return to Youth is a classic formulation dating to the eleventh century.
- Traditionally it Tonifies Yin & Yang Jing, Qi, Blood, & Shen.
- It helps strengthen the sense organs, improve memory & concentration, & overcome weakness.
- It helps to enhance male & female reproductive function & libido, & to support healthy aging.
- Goji berry & Steamed Rehmannia are both superb Yin Jing tonics that tonify the Kidney Yin.
- Goji Berry restores Jing and helps build strong blood.
- Goji Berry supports the metabolic functions and supports the immune system.
- Goji berry supports vision & other senses.
- Goji Berry strengthens sexual functions in both healthy aging men & healthy aging women.
- Steamed Rehmannia is a fundamental Kidney tonic in Chinese tonic herbalism.
- Steamed Rehmannia is a fundamental Yin Jing tonic, providing Yin support to the Kidney.
- Steamed Rehmannia is said to benefit sexual functions in men and women.
- Cistanche, Eucommia, & Morinda tonify the Kidney Yang & with Achyranthes, invigorate sexual functions & strengthen the bones & ligaments, especially those of the back & knees.
- Lycium, Schizandra, Achyranthes, Broussonetia, steamed Rehmannia, & Cornus all strengthen the Liver & promote visual function.
- Schizandra, Cornus, Cistanche, & Morinda are considered "aphrodisiac" in China.
- Schizandra helps to support & regulate organ functions & supports the brain & concentration.
- Polygala, Steamed Rehmannia, & Poria support the Qi in the Heart meridian.
- Polygala opens the channel between Kidney & Heart, providing a greater ability to process the emotions of love, passion, will, courage, & fear.
- Fennel, Poria, & Dioscorea all tonify the Spleen & Stomach function.
More About the Herbs in Return to Youth Formula
Goji berry and Steamed Rehmannia are two of the primary Jing tonic herbs used in Chinese tonic herbalism. They are both superb Yin Jing tonics that tonify the Kidney Yin. Goji berry is singularly the most popular tonic herb used throughout Asia. It restores Jing and helps build strong blood. It supports the metabolic functions and supports the immune system. It supports the eyes and vision, and has been shown to support other senses as well. It is renowned for its mood supporting effects. And it is one of the primary herbs used to strengthen sexual functions in both healthy aging men and healthy aging women.
Steamed Rehmannia is said to be the “Kidney’s own food.” It is a fundamental Kidney tonic in Chinese tonic herbalism. It is found in a great many common tonic formulations for aging men and women (typically set in China at above fifty). It is considered rejuvenating. Steamed Rehmannia is a fundamental Yin Jing tonic, providing Yin support to the Kidney. It is quick and effective. Steamed Rehmannia is said to benefit sexual functions in men and women. Steamed Rehmannia is usually combined with Qi tonics to improve its assimilation. Goji, Steamed Rehmannia, and Cornus Fruit nourish the Yin of the Kidney. Goji and steamed Rehmannia strengthen the Blood.
Eucommia, Cistanche, and Morinda are three of the finest Yang Jing tonics produced by Nature. They are the three truly elite vegetable-source Yang tonic herbs in the Chinese herbal system. Cistanche, Eucommia, and Morinda tonify the Kidney Yang and with Achyranthes, invigorate sexual functions and strengthen the bones and ligaments, especially those of the back and knees. Dioscorea, Broussonetia, and Schizandra further nourish the Kidney. Lycium, Schizandra, Achyranthes, Broussonetia, steamed Rehmannia, and Cornus all strengthen the Liver and promote visual function.
Schizandra Berry and Cornus Fruit are “astringents” to the Essence (Jing), locking the Kidney Qi in and preventing a leaking of essence. Schizandra, Cornus, Cistanche, and Morinda are considered "aphrodisiac" in China. Schizandra acts as tonic to all of the organs, helping to support and regulate their functions, and supports the brain and supports concentration.
Polygala, Steamed Rehmannia, and Poria support the Qi in the Heart meridian. Schizandra, Poria, Zizyphus Seed, and Polygala are all superb Shen tonics. Polygala opens the connecting channel between the Kidney and Heart, giving the organism a greater ability to process the emotions of love, passion, will, courage, and fear.
Fennel, Poria, and Dioscorea all tonify the Spleen and Stomach function. Dioscorea, Poria and Broussonetia support the circulation of fluids in the body. Jujube is a Spleen tonic which harmonizes the herbs so they function well together.
Return to Youth Formula is so widely consumed in China that many domestic herb factories produce it. Most of this production uses low grade herbs for price reasons. Many of the peasants of China take Return to Youth Formula, so many factories produce it with very cheap materials so that it costs just pennies.
Dragon Herbs does not use low grade, less effective, raw materials for Return to Youth Formula or any of its products. Dragon Herbs identifies sources of the best raw material, the kind preferred in Shanghai or Hong Kong by those who know herbs and want the best. Dragon Herbs use this premium material to produce this important formula.
Production technology also matters. Most factories just throw the herbs into a tank and cook the whole thing for a couple of hours, then they make a powdered extract of the tea using a lot of excipient (usually not natural). Dragon Herbs uses low temperature extraction using very pure water and no chemicals. They add the herbs carefully at incremental stages. Some of the herbs in Return to Youth Formula can only be cooked for a few minutes. These “short cook” herbs are cooked separately and carefully and added at the end. For example, the Schizandra in Return to Youth Formula must be cooked just for a few minutes at most because of its aromatic oil content.
One very important process that most factories skip involves the collection of aromatic oils from the tea. Real Return to Youth Formula has a sweet-earthy aroma. This is from the aromatic oils in the herbs. If the herbs are overcooked and the oils are allowed to evaporate, the true power of Return to Youth Formula cannot be achieved – even if good quality herbs are used.
Dragon Herbs always processes it herbs using an “oil trap.” An oil trap is a sophisticated device connected to the extraction system. It captures evaporating aromatic oils and collects them in crystallized form. These collected essential oils are therefore not lost. They are added back into the extract at the end of the process. And this makes all the difference!
Return to Youth Formula forms the foundation of other major Jing formulations including Imperial Garden and Supreme Creation, which are the “imperial versions.” Supreme Creation adds Deer Antler, Placenta, and premium Red Ginseng to the mix. This superb tonic is suited to men and women of all ages. Imperial Garden adds Cordyceps and Epimedium.
Traditional Function: Tonifies Yin and Yang Jing, Qi, Blood and Shen.
Remember Ron Teeguarden’s “First Rule of Tonic Herbalism,” summed up in a single word – Compliance. "If you don’t take the herbs, they won’t work.”
Radiant Health is Within Your Reach
Dragon Herbs is a provider of health promoting herbs and services, including education and educational materials. Dragon Herbs knows that radiant health is the result of good living and a healthy lifestyle. As a team, they are dedicated to aiding and guiding you on your path to radiant health, and to building a better world as a result. With their tonic bar, complimentary herbal consultations, and over 1000 herbal formulations made from the finest quality herbs in the world, Dragon Herbs are sure that they can be your principle wellness center, serving the many needs you may have in order to achieve radiant health.
The 3 Levels of Healthcare
Traditionally in the Orient, there were three levels of healthcare.
The first level is palliative medical care. It emphasizes the use of various medical approaches to treat ailments after they have occurred. Herbs used for this approach are called inferior herbs.
The next level is prevention of specific disorders. The herbs used for this approach are called general herbs.
The highest level of health care stresses the promotion of positive health as the primary goal. When sufficiently nurtured, our body is fully capable of regulating its own multitude of independent yet united functions, the way nature intended. Science has not been able to, and will never be able to, match that power of Nature. The herbs used for this approach have traditionally been called the superior herbs, but today they are called the tonic herbs. The utilization of the tonic herbs in order to achieve radiant health is called Tonic Herbalism.
These three levels were first described in the original classic of Chinese herbalism, attributed to the legendary emperor Shennong approximately twenty-five hundred years ago. The following excerpt from Shennong’s Pharmacopeia of the Divine Farmer describes the highest level of herbs, the Superior Class (Tonic Herbs).
"The Superior Class of herbs consists of 120 herbs. They are the rulers. They control the maintenance of life and correspond to heaven. These herbs are not medicines so the taking of these herbs in larger amounts or over a long period of time is not harmful. If one wishes to take the material weight from the body, to supplement the energies and nutrients circulating in the body, and to prolong the years of life without aging, a person should base their efforts on the herbs of the Superior Class."
Dragon Herbs practices Tonic Herbalism, which is based on a 5000 year old system of health promotion, protection, and psychological transformation.
The tonic herbs are defined as “herbs that promote a long, healthy, vibrant, happy life, without side effects, even when taken over a long period of time.” Essentially, the tonic herbs are wonderful, healthful “super-foods” which benefit our well being in ways that more common foods cannot. They have a protective, balancing, vitalizing quality beyond that of any other herbs. They are generally consumed as a supplement to a well balanced healthy diet for the purpose of completing our nutritional needs and enhancing our nutritional profile.
These Superior Herbs are not considered to be "medicinal" in the usual sense of the word. They are not used to treat or even prevent specific diseases or disorders. The tonics are used to promote over-all well being, to enhance the body's energy, and to regulate the bodily and psychic functioning, to protect the body and mind so as to create what the Chinese call "radiant health."
Radiant health is defined in China as "health beyond danger." Radiant health is dependent upon one's ability to adapt appropriately and effectively to all the stresses that one encounters in the course of one's life. Tonic herbs are said to provide “adaptive energy” which helps us handle stress much more easily. It is possible to develop a very high degree of adaptability to the many challenges we face and the changes that constantly take place in our lives. By overcoming stressful circumstances successfully, we grow as human beings and we enjoy life much more fully. The superior herbs are thus a primary source of true human empowerment. Tonic herbs are widely believed in the Far East to be transformational.
Only herbs that meet specific qualifications are ranked as tonic herbs. For an herb to be recognized as a superior (tonic) herb, that herb must have been found over many centuries of human use to meet six specific qualifications:
- A tonic (superior) herb must have anti-aging characteristics and must aid in the attainment of a long life.
- A tonic herb must have broad and profound health-promoting actions that result in a radiantly healthy life.
- A tonic herb must help balance our emotional and psychic energy so as to help improve one's state of spiritual and emotional well being and happiness.
- A tonic herb must have no negative side-effects when used reasonably, and therefore may be taken continuously over a long period of time if desired, yielding cumulative, long-term benefits. This emphasis on safety is in accordance with the first law of Chinese herbalism - "Do no harm."
- A tonic herb must taste good enough to be consumed easily and must be easily digestible and assimilable. Most of the herbs in the tonic category do taste good and, and in fact, any of these tonic herbs may be used in healthy cooking. Most are used commonly in a healthy Chinese diet. The tonic herbs are considered to be a major food group in the Asian diet.
- A tonic herb must contain at least one of the three treasures in such abundance that it can contribute to the building and maintenance of that treasure in one who consumes it. Some of the tonic herbs contain just one of the treasures, some contain two and some contain all three, in varying amounts and with varying power.
The great Chinese tonic herbs can make a very major contribution toward your ultimate well being. They can be consumed on a daily basis to fortify you for the adventure of life and to help you take full advantage of life’s richness.
Balancing and Replenishing the 3 Treasures
Life is made up of 3 primary energies: Jing, Qi and Shen.
A simple analogy by which one can understand the Three Treasures Paradigm is to think of life being like a candle. Jing is the candle. It is our reserve of life force and it determines how long we live and the power of our life. Qi is the flame. It is the energy of life, acquired through breathing and eating and manifested as our day-to-day vitality and our innate ability to defend ourselves and ward off pathogens. Shen is the light given off by the candle. It is our spirit, our state of psychological well being, our wisdom, and our spiritual experience and radiance.
All disease and suffering arise out of the imbalances of the 3 Treasures, Jing, Qi and Shen.
Tonic herbalism uses tonic herbs to help replenish and re-balance the Three Treasures. By regulating and nourishing our Three Treasures, we will have a macro- control over our health without micro-managing the complex bodily functions. We cannot possibly micro-manage them, so we should not. We can nurture our body, tonify our regulatory mechanisms, and develop true adaptability so that our body can manage itself.
The world is a dangerous place, and may be becoming more dangerous. A word to the wise: protect yourself. Tonic herbalism uses tonic herbs to help regulate and boost our protective functions. These functions include those of the psyche and the immune system. The immune system can be honed in such a way as to be highly reliable, even in the face of severe challenge. Many Qi tonics have profound immune enhancing qualities in humans. Tonic herbs are well known to help in the development of a strong, clear mind and sharp intuition.
What Are the Tonic Herbs?
The tonic herbs are the elite herbs of the Chinese herbal system, the most fully developed herbal system in the world. The Chinese tonic herbs have always held a very special place in Asian culture. These very special natural substances have been associated with the highest qualities of living, and thus are associated with the ideals of long life, slow aging, glowing health, happiness, wisdom, physical vitality, adaptability, sexual vigor and response, mental acuity and clear intuition, love and compassion, and harmonious relations with nature and with one's fellow human beings. The tonic herbs are not harsh and are not specifically medicinal in the conventional sense. Tonic herbs help to regulate our myriad functions so that we can re-establish and maintain our balance, our adaptability, our vigor and our youthfulness. By achieving these goals, one can be said to have attained true "radiant health.
Why Consume Tonic Herbs?
Tonic herbs are not medicinal. They nurture life, nurture the human spirit, slow down the aging process, and they protect us on every level - physically, immunologically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. What distinguishes Chinese tonic herbalism from other systems has been the attitude the Chinese and other Asian societies have taken toward health. Putting the emphasis on promoting health, they have created a body of knowledge concerning the health-promoting tonic herbs that no other society or system has matched. Other systems have generally emphasized the remedial over the preventive.
Tonic Herbs Are Transformative
Almost every person who uses the Chinese tonic herbs for any extended period of time will experience benefits. In some cases the benefits may be almost instantaneous and profound, while for others the influence may be subtle at first, with cumulative effects developing over time.
Indeed, one of the profound benefits of the Chinese tonic herbs abides in their ability to change "vicious cycles" into "benevolent cycles." The tonics help reverse the process of one problem leading to more problems. Something good happens when you start taking these herbs. You start to feel balanced and strong inside. You start having abundant energy when you need it and yet you feel relaxed and at peace. Incredibly, you become more and more adaptive so that you can do a lot of things that you couldn't do before. You find yourself taking on challenges you couldn't have handled before, doing things that you used to avoid or that you thought you were incapable of doing.
Where Do Tonic Herbs Come From?
Tonic herbs come from China. They also come from North and South America, Europe, Indonesia, Tibet, Bhutan, Africa, New Zealand, Korea, Japan, Mongolia, Russia, and almost every region of the world. Tonic herbs are by their very nature safe and may be used for a lifetime to reinforce our health.
Who Is Ron Teeguarden?
Ron Teeguarden is the cofounder, with his wife Yanlin, and leader of Dragon herbs. He is widely recognized as one of the foremost herbalists in America. Ron has been a professional practitioner and teacher of the holistic Asian health arts since 1971. he has been a powerful translator of Eastern philosophy and health care techniques to ten's of thousands of Americans for nearly four decades. he is recognized as the premier spokesperson for Chinese tonic herbalism in America, having spent decades teaching the concept that it is better to promote our health and well being than to become sick and then have to take remedial measures.
Ron has written two major books on Chinese tonic herbalism. he specializes in the Chinese tonic herbs which have been used for centuries to promote longevity and radiant health. Ron has taken special interest in the adaptogenic herbs and in the art of Life Cultivation by which one can develop radiant health ("health beyond danger").
Ron frequently travels to some of the world's most exotic locations seeking the highest quality, most extraordinary anti-aging, immuniprotective, cardioprotective, life-enhancing, empowering herbs in the world. For the past two decades, he has spent extended time in many regions of China, Japan, Central Asia, the Himalayas, and Southeast Asia. These adventures result in the ever-growing repertoire of thousands of tonic herbal enthusiasts in this country. Ron has proven to have a knack for finding miraculous herbs. As a result of his research and exploration, Dragon herbs offers the largest and most extraordinary range of tonic formulations in the world. And Ron is incredibly dedicated to finding the best tonic herbs and superfoods available anywhere on earth. Dragon Herb customers can count on the fact that they are getting the best herbs and herbal products that nature and mankind can provide.
Ron has very close ties to a number of very senior phyto-pharmaceutical scientists throughout the world, and particularly in mainland China. They provide him with inside tips on where to find the most extraordinary herbs available. Ron is directly involved in the manufacture of hundreds of herbal formulations.
Ron could not do what he is doing without his wife and partner, Yanlin Teeguarden. She is the maestro who runs the operation, including the overseas procurement and production of the hundreds of formulas made by Dragon Herbs. She is also the person responsible for the beautiful look associated with the Dragon Herbs stores, literature, and packaging.
"More and more, you see people in Western cultures embracing what's actually very commonplace in the East," says Ron. "We don't compete with conventional Western medicine, we compliment it. It is our intention to provide the knowledge and materials that can improve the lives of millions of Americans."