Dragon Herbs - Super Adaptogen 500 mg. - 100 Vegetarian Capsules
Dragon Herbs Super Adaptogen is a full spectrum adaptogenic formula that nurtures all Three Treasures, Jing, Qi, and Shen. If someone were to take just one formula, this could be the one. An adaptogen is a substance that helps bring the body into a state of harmony with its environment by inducing chemical, cellular, and systemic balance as a response to the changes in the environment. This harmonizing function reduces the effects of unfavorable conditions and stimulates the body's own immune and healing functions. Adaptogenic substances help the body to adapt to various stressful challenges presented by the environment and reduce the damage inflicted on the body through the normal process of adaptation. Adaptability is the measure of life for all plants and animals, and it is the measure of a human’s life as well. Adaptogens tend to support the body’s own ability to cope successfully with stress, thus promoting wellbeing.
Super Adaptogen contains many of the most potent tonic herbs in the world. Super Adaptogen nurtures all three treasures, and in particular, it tonifies the adaptive Qi. However, this is definitely a complete tonic formulation. This formula contains most of the super-adaptogens, and provides an abundance of adaptogenic phytochemicals and phytonutrients. The super-adaptogens “superior herbs” included in this powerful formula support normal healthy immune functions. They include Ginseng Root, Gynostemma leaf, Eleuthero Root, Astragalus Root, Reishi Mushroom, Goji Berry, Eucommia Bark, He Shou Wu, Schizandra Berry, Steamed Rehmannia Root, and more.
We human beings are intimately interconnected with our environment. Any change in the environment influences us both physically and psychically. How we handle such changes, how we adapt to the changes in our environment and to the stresses of life, will be the determining factor in our health and well-being. Conversely, as we change, the environment around us will be influenced and will reflect our changes. The greatness of Oriental natural philosophy lies, to a great degree, in its subtlety and breadth of vision with regard to the connection between the human being and their environment. The tonic herbalist recognizes such environmental influences as the change of seasons – the wind, heat, cold, dryness, moisture, and so on – as fundamental factors in one's health.
Adaptability requires energy. The greater the stresses of life and the more dynamic the changes in one's life, the greater the requirement for adaptive energy. The very purpose of using Chinese tonic herbs is to aid the body-mind in its adaptive needs. The greatness of the Chinese tonic herbs lies in their adaptogenic quality; that is, their ability to enhance the body-mind's capacity to adapt optimally, accurately and with endurance, to changes in the environment, and thus to overcome the stresses of life.
By replenishing the energy of the cells, tissues, and systems that regulate our adaptability, we find ourselves capable of experiencing life at its fullest. We find ourselves with increased physical, mental and emotional endurance. We find ourselves easily handling stresses that would exhaust others. We find ourselves to be resilient on every level. This adaptability allows us to lead a rich, broad, adventurous life.
When the body is working very well, we automatically adapt accurately. This is part of the miraculous self-regulatory mechanisms built into every cell of our bodies. This accurate adaptability is a key to radiant health. When you are radiantly healthy, nothing will bother you. If it’s very hot, your body adjusts and you feel just fine. If it’s cold, you adapt to that. People who adapt easily tend to be successful at life. But stress depletes this adaptive energy. Eventually, as we age or face life’s challenges, we may not have enough adaptive Qi, and we start to misadjust. In addition, as we become less capable of adapting, we become more and more aware of the stress and a vicious cycle occurs.
The Chinese tonic herbs are among the best tools on earth for combating stress. Obviously, it is better to avoid stress in the first place, or at least to submit ourselves to a minimum. Along with meditation, yoga, and deep breathing techniques, Chinese tonic herbs are the perfect natural way to help deal with stress. The herbs should not be taken like drugs to overcome stress. Tonics aren’t meant to be used like that. Adaptogenic tonic herbs are true dietary supplements that help the body to maintain balance under stressful conditions. By taking the adaptogenic herbs continuously, even when stressful factors are not strong, we can handle stress more easily and overcome our problems with less agitation.
It takes energy to handle stressful events and forces. The tonic herbs provide that energy. If you are in a weakened condition and a stressful event occurs, of course you will feel more vulnerable and more stressed than if you had plenty of energy to deal with the problem. That is natural. The point, then, is to never run out of adaptive energy – always have reserve energy so that when stress peaks you can deal with it without exhausting yourself.
The Primary Adaptogenic Herbs that Help You Fight Stress of Life
All of the herbs used in Chinese tonic herbalism contribute to our adaptability. That is the very nature of a “superior herb.” But some herbs have special reputations for helping people adapt and to handle stress in a superior way. Here are the super-adaptogens, the tonic herbs that everybody should be taking to protect themselves from stress. Furthermore, all of the herbs in this powerful formula are immune modulators, which means that these herbs can be used by anyone to support their normal healthy immune functions.
The Herbs in Super Adaptogen
Tibetan Rhodiola Root
Tibetan Rhodiola is an extraordinary herb. It is a rare herb that grows in one of the harshest environments in the world. In the Orient, it is called “Plateau Ginseng,” and the Tibetans considered Rhodiola to be a sacred herb. It has been used by the Tibetan people as a powerful adaptogenic vitalizer since the beginning of Tibetan civilization. Rhodiola has also been prized by the Chinese for over two thousand years ago. It is regarded as a life-prolonging, wisdom enhancing “superior herb.” However, the rarity of Tibetan Rhodiola has prevented it from becoming a well-known commodity outside of Asia until now. A relative known as Rhodiola rosea, from Russia, has become popular in popular herbalism because it can be cultivated and thus is much more available, but Tibetan Rhodiola is considered far superior in Asia. Tibetan Rhodiola is a superb herb for people who work very hard, either physically or mentally. Tibetan Rhodiola has been shown to improve endurance and mental capacity, including memory enhancement. It has been shown to be a superb tonic and energizer for those into physical fitness, and a superior tonic for those stuck behind a desk or at a computer terminal for long periods of time. Consumption of a small amount of Rhodiola extract significantly improves a person’s capacity to absorb and utilize oxygen. Tibetan Rhodiola is especially beneficial to those who live under stressful conditions. It has been shown that Tibetan Rhodiola reduces the body’s stress reactions, and thus relieves moderate mental stress as well. People stay focused and suffer far less from fatigue even under stress. It is the ideal herbal supplement for the modern world. It also supports immune functions.
Asian Panax Ginseng has been known for its ability to help people handle stress for thousands of years, and is now used by millions of people to help handle stress more effectively. Ginseng may be consumed on a regular basis so that when stress occurs, the body and mind are fully energized and ready. Asian Ginseng is a quintessential energizer, but also relieves common anxiety.
Gynostemma is a quintessential adaptogenic herb. Gynostemma contains over 100 saponins that contribute to the adaptability of any individual who consumes it. Gynostemma eases tension and builds energy. It has general, safe, inflammo-regulatory action throughout the body without causing any side-effects. It has no medical benefits for any medical conditions, but helps maintain and support immune balance.
Eleuthero Root (Siberian Ginseng)
Eleuthero is the equal of Ginseng in its adaptogenic capabilities. Some authorities think it is stronger. Eleuthero, which is also known as Siberian Ginseng, contains saponins which support the nervous system and endocrine system. It is an immune modulator (supports normal, balanced immune functions). It is an excellent mind tonic.
Astragalus Root is one of the most powerful natural agents in the world at regulating the functions of the body. It is a fundamental Qi tonic and should be a part of any adaptogenic, anti-stress formula. In fact it is a quintessential double-directional herb, one that helps regulate the immune system. It is a superb adaptogen.
Reishi Mushroom is the perfect herb for these times. It is strengthening, protective and calming to the nerves. It is both a potent Qi tonic and the ultimate Shen tonic. It is the perfect anti-stress herb. It helps to center you. When you’re taking Reishi you feel adaptive and you feel protected. Super Adaptogen is made with genuine “log-grown” Duanwood Reishi fruiting bodies.
Goji provides the reserve energy necessary to handle just about any difficulty. It is said traditionally that constant consumption of Goji will beget a cheerful attitude, and there’s nothing like good cheer to overcome stress. Goji, like the other super-tonic adaptogens, helps make you strong, relaxed and resilient.
Eucommia is a superb Jing tonic, used to strengthen the back (especially the lower back), skeleton, and joints (especially the knees and ankles). Eucommia is believed to confer strength and flexibility to the ligaments and tendons. It is often used by martial artists, yoga practitioners, Qigong practitioners, and other athletes to strengthen the back, knees, and the entire body. Eucommia is widely used in China as a safe and effective sex tonic for men and women. It provides powerful and safe fundamental adaptive energy to the body.
He Shou Wu (Polygonum multiflorum)
Constant consumption of this famous "longevity herb," whose full Latin name is Polygonum multiflorum, is said in the Orient to help “return an aging person to youthfulness and to keep a young person young.” It is an unsurpassed Yin Jing tonic, as well as a major blood tonic. It is said to increase energy and to clean the blood. As an Jing tonic, it is believed to be a powerful sexual tonic when consumed regularly. He Shou Wu supports sperm production in men and supports fertility in women. It is used in almost all tonics that are believed in the Orient to nurture the hair and teeth. This herb has been consumed by almost every Taoist that has lived for the past five hundred years, and is fundamental to the practice of the Taoist inner arts.
Schizandra is a major adaptogenic herb. Schizandra helps keep you relaxed and alert and supports the nervous system. Schizandra is considered to be one of the premium mind tonics of herbalism. It is used to support concentration, memory and alertness. Yet, unlike caffeine-like stimulants, Schizandra does not produce nervousness. In fact, Schizandra is mildly “calming” while producing wakefulness and mental focus.
Steamed Rehmannia Root
Steamed Rehmannia is said to be the “Kidney’s own food." It is a Kidney tonic found in many formulations for rejuvenation and longevity. It is also considered a premium blood tonic and is said to benefit sexual functions in men and women. Steamed Rehmannia is said to be warm in nature.
Polygonatum sibericum Root
Polygonatum Root is a Qi and Yin Jing tonic that is said to have a specific benefit on the brain. It is restorative to mental vitality, especially when the mind has become fatigued from work. It is often used in Shen and Jing tonics to nourish the brain and support the mind. This herb has been very popular among Taoists and all Qigong practitioners because of its supportive effect on the brain.
White Atractylodes Root
White Atractylodes is an important and potent Qi tonic that is famous for regulating the digestive functions and as a powerful energy booster.
This special tonic fruit has been used since ancient times as a tonic, a blood cleanser, and as an important adjunctive herb to other tonics. Jujube is universally believed in the Orient to build strength and increase energy. Jujube supports healthy energy flow.
Ginkgo is used to support blood circulation. The leaves of the Ginkgo tree are used in the Orient to "benefit the brain," by supporting memory and the ability to concentrate. It is now known that Ginkgo leaf extract supports oxygen supply to the brain and other organs, including the genitals and skin. It is traditionally used to support the heart and lungs.
Licorice Root is an important tonic herb that harmonizes all the ingredients in any formula. It detoxifies the body and is a powerful adaptogenic herb.
Traditional Function: Nurtures all three Treasures. A complete tonic formulation. Tonifies the adaptive Qi.
Who can use it? Anyone
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."