Health Concerns - Astra 8 - 270 Tablet(s)
Health Concerns Astra 8, also known Si Jun Zi Tang is a herbal supplement. Health Concerns combines modern research and ancient wisdom. Astra 8 is a Chinese Traditional Formula. Astra 8 is highly effective for toning the body's defense system and helping the body to adapt to stress, and to boost energy. A precise blend of astragalus, eleuthero, ginseng and ligustrum is balanced with additional herbs for ease of digestion and assimilation. According to the tenets of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Astra 8 helps to tonify lung, spleen and kidney qi and strengthen wei qi.
- Made in the USA
- Increased focus
- Energize and relax
- Fewer colds/seasonal illnesses
- Helps with allergies
- Reduces stress - an adaptogen
Frequently Asked Questions
Why are there so many herbs in Health Concerns products?
Herbs are best taken in combination to boost effectiveness, and to reduce possible negative reactions.
Which herb is the active one and which one is the filler?
Health Concerns does not use fillers. Every formula is carefully designed according to the traditions of Chinese medicine and modern biochemistry.
What studies of Health Concerns supplements and ingredients have been done to provide the consumer with evidence of their safety and effectiveness?
Health Concerns formulas have been developed with attention to herbal traditions and modern scientific research. It may not be possible in every case to list scientific citations. However, these sources may help you understand more about herbs and Chinese medicine. For herbs in general, a good overview is The Encyclopedia of Popular Herbs, by the Herb Research Foundation. Chinese Herbs in the Western Clinic was written by Health Concerns founder Andrew Gaeddert to provide information about using herbs for modern patients.
Does the vegetable-based tablet coating that Health Concerns uses contain either glycerin or silica?
The coating contains neither glycerin or silica.
Are there any corn ingredients in the Health Concerns products?
There are no corn ingredients.
Which Health Concerns formulas use concentrates?
All of the formulas in the Health Concerns product lines (Chinese Energetic Formulas, and the Chinese Traditional Formulas) use concentrates.
What percentage of the tablets is fiber from herbs?
Herbal fiber comprises no more than 5% of the tablets.
About Health Concerns
The First and Still the Best
Health Concerns is at the leading edge of research in herbal medicine and is known for bringing the centuries of knowledge amassed in the Chinese herbal tradition to the West. Health Concerns was the first company to manufacture Chinese herbal products in the United States for practitioners. Today Health Concerns continues to research, test, and adapt traditional formulas by applying the science of modern biochemistry. As a result, Health Concerns can offer a variety of formulas for a full range of TCM treatment protocols as well as many products that address the specific conditions of Western patients.
Health Concerns Commitment to Quality
Health Concerns' commitment to herbal medicine and modern science provides you with the best formulas available. The quality of their products have been remarkably consistent and dependable over the years. Since Health Concerns inception, they have been committed to taking whatever measures are necessary to guarantee safe herbs, free of contaminants or harmful ingredients.
Health Concerns provide a reliable, worry-free source of effective, quality Chinese herbs to the practitioner. Their stringent herb sourcing, quality controls, and testing for maximum potency and purity result in Chinese herbal formulas offering you and your patients the benefits of both ancient wisdom and modern science.
Mission & Values
Since Health Concerns opened their doors, Health Concerns commitment to provide access to the purest, highest quality herbs possible has been their driving force. By combining modern scientific research with the rich base of Eastern knowledge, Health Concerns has developed uniquely effective formulas that they never stop trying to improve. Health Concerns criteria for uniformity and consistent potency are high above industry standards enabling them to ensure the optimum effectiveness of their formulas.
Health Concerns are dedicated to providing a wealth of expert and educational resources to their clients, building on the knowledge of the past, to be sure each of their practitioners has access to the information needed to be successful and effective in their practices. Health Concerns value building meaningful and supportive relationships with their clients in order to best serve them. They are socially and environmentally conscious and actively strive to make their community and the world around them a better place.
Health Concerns is a leader in the herbal formula industry, providing superior products, access to educational and expert resources, and world-class customer service for their clients.
Product Quality Assurance
Health Concerns quality control program begins with the herbs themselves. They hand select the finest wild picked or organically grown herbs whenever possible, paying close attention to species, region of cultivation, time of harvest, and the spirit in which plants are grown and collected. Health Concerns use only the most potent part of the plant. They do not use herbs that are endangered, sprayed or fumigated.
Trained herbalists evaluate their herbs for quality on the basis of smell, taste and appearance, as has been done for thousands of years. The amount of active components, strength, and efficacy are then verified by analysis. To screen for pesticides, heavy metals, sulfites, and bacterial contamination, samples are sent to independent labs, which use the latest technology. Capillary electrophoresis, high-pressure liquid chromatography, gas chromatography, and thin-layer chromatography provide detailed compositional analysis at the molecular level.
Processing and Potency
Once the herbs have passed inspection, they are processed according to tradition to maximize potency and eliminate undesired effects. Raw herbs may be steamed, baked, alcohol-soaked or ginger-processed. The selection of each herb is double-checked and quantities are weighed twice so that formulas are uniform from batch to batch. Herbs are granulated and cooked as a decoction to improve bio availability.
Health Concerns devote meticulous attention to each individual component of a formula and then, of course, to how components work together. Roots are cooked over low temperature overnight. Flowers are prepared by infusion. Alkaloid-containing herbs are soaked in alcohol, and aromatic extracts are added last to preserve their volatile components. A small amount of acacia gum and cellulose are used to bind the ingredients together, while magnesium aids the tableting process.
Tableting and Packaging
Once the herbs are compressed into tablets, they are coated to ease swallowing and preserve freshness. To make sure they can be absorbed, their disintegration is timed. During the final stage of manufacturing, they are packaged into bottles, inner and outer safety seals are applied, and each bottle is stamped with a lot number and manufacture date. A sample of each batch is sent to an outside lab to ensure the accuracy, purity and potency.
Fully Tested & Guaranteed
At Health Concerns, traditional and scientific assessment combined with time-honored methods of processing result in the most effective and reliable herbs available anywhere. Their testing criteria, known as SIDI (Standardized Information on Dietary Ingredients), is endorsed by the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA), the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), and the Natural Products Association. Health Concerns herbalists bring decades of training, experience, and care to the task of evaluation. They guarantee their products without reservation. Health Concerns invite you to open a bottle of Health Concerns' formulas to taste and smell the difference.