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Page 2 - Tonic Herbs that Every Qigong Practitoners Should Know --Part 2


Lycium Fruit

This delicious fruit is very widely used as an excellent Yin Jing and blood tonic. Regular consumption of Lycium is traditionally believed to lead to a long and happy life. It is said that prolonged consumption of Lycium will promote cheerfulness and vitality. Lycium is also said to brighten the eyes and improve vision. It is said that Lycium strengthens the legs and enhances sexual function. Lycium fruit contains polysaccharides that have been demonstrated to strongly fortify the immune system. Lycium is also very rich in vitamin C and in B vitamins. Furthermore, it is the richest source of carotenoids, including beta carotene, of all known plants on earth and is thus a powerful antioxidant.


Maitake Mushroom

Maitake mushroom has gained a place in tonic herbalism due to its broad spectrum tonic benefits similar to Agaricus and Reishi. Like Agaricus, it is primarily beneficial to the immune system, having double-direction activity on the entire immune system.


Morinda Root

Morinda is an excellent Yang Jing tonic. It is considered to be highly nutritious and is used in superior tonic formulas for strengthening the body. It is widely used in primal Jing formulations, often as the main ingredient. Morinda is widely believed in China to increase mental power. It is also considered to be beneficial to the heart. Morinda is excellent for martial artists because it makes you strong.


Ophiopogon Root

This herb, which is very similar both biologically and in its actions to wild Asparagus root, is primarily used as a Yin tonic, and especially as a Lung tonic. It is excellent for moistening any dryness in the body. It is considered to be a cold herb. It has special benefits for the Heart, and is said by the Daoists to be a major Shen tonic herb. Therefore, Ophiopogon has been very widely used by Daoist adepts through the centuries.


Pearl

Pearl is a very special herbal substance used since ancient times. Powdered Pearl is used as a Shen tonic to stabilize the emotions, allay fright, ease frustration and anger, brighten the eyes and help regenerate tissue. Pearl is also used as a major beauty tonic, because it is believed that oral consumption of Pearl powder results in lustrous, pure, beautiful skin. Pearl powder is also used topically in skin creams to purify the skin. The best pearls, for herbal purposes, are wild seawater pearls that come from cold northern waters. The smaller the pearls, the more powerful their effect. However, modern technology has made it possible for anyone to consume excellent pearl powder that is highly assimilable and extremely nutritious. This dissolvable Pearl powder is known as hydrolyzed Pearl.


Peony Root

Peony root is an important blood tonic used to relax muscle and cleanse the blood. It is one of the most highly prized womens herbs used traditionally to help regulate the female hormonal cycle and to tonify and purify the blood. It is also used as a pain reducing agent and as an emotional stabilizer by women. It is said to help relieve cramps and spasms anywhere in the body. In particular, it is considered to be highly effective in relieving menstrual cramps. Peony root is also believed to extend life and to promote beauty. An old Chinese saying states that a woman who consumes Peony root regularly becomes as beautiful as the Peony flower itself.


Placenta

Because of its role in nurturing new life, Placenta is considered to be the most profound substance for replenishing Yin and Yang Jing and blood. It is also considered to be a major Qi tonic. It is the dominant ingredient in many of the greatest restorative formulations, where quick and powerful replenishment is required. Sheep are the most common source of Placenta at this time.


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