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Page 3 - Tonic Herbs that Every Qigong Practitioner Should Know

Astragalus Root

One of the most important herbs in the world, Astragalus is the main herb in a wide range of tonic formulations. It is said to strengthen the "upright qi" which supports our posture and the position of the organs. Astragalus has been used for over 2000 years to strengthen the body as a whole. It has been recognized as a superb and potent immune system tonic by modern researchers. Astragalus has also been found to be a tonic to bone marrow. Astragalus is believed by the Oriental people to strengthen muscle and improve metabolic functions.

Atractylodes Root

Atractylodes is an important and potent qi (energy) tonic that is famous for regulating the digestive functions and as a powerful energy booster. This tonic variety of Atractylodes is known as "White Atractylodes." It is widely used in China by athletes and martial artists, and in weight control programs. It has a mild diuretic action. Atractylodes may be used by anyone wishing to increase vitality.

Cinnamon Bark

Chinese Cinnamon bark is a strong essence (jing) tonic that promotes good circulation and powerful internal energy. It is sweet and spicy, and has a hot energy. Cinnamon bark is said to increase the yang energy and sexual vitality. The best Cinnamon bark in the world comes from Southeast Asia from trees where the bark is, at its best, over twenty years old.


This herb is used to strengthen the yang energy, and is famous in China as a sexual tonic which was used by Chinese royalty and by qigong practitioners. Cistanche builds deep strength and is quite revitalizing when used continuously for a period of time. It promotes healthy colon functioning. It is an excellent antiaging herb.

Cnidium Seed

The small fruit is a superb tonic to the primal yang essence and is thus used in many tonics for both men and women. It is widely believed in the Orient to be a superb longevity herb and an excellent sexual tonic and stimulant. It is said to strengthen the bones.

Codonopsis Root

This superb qi tonic is used in much the same manner as ginseng, and is considered to be an excellent substitute for ginseng in any formulation calling for basic ginseng, but requiring a gentler effect. It is favored over ginseng when ginseng's energy may be too strong or too warm. It is said to restore energy, balance the metabolism and stimulate the production of blood. It is also traditionally used to clear the lungs of mucous and as a tonic of special value to nursing mothers. It is said to help the skin become elastic, smooth and radiant and is thus used in many tonic formulations designed to increase both beauty and vitality. It is an excellent tonic to the immune system.


This rare and strange herb is considered to be a moderately yang primal essence (jing) tonic of the highest stature, in the same league as other major super-tonic herbs such as deer antler, reishi and ginseng. It is a mushroom that grows on the head of a particular kind of caterpillar in mountainous regions of Mongolia, Western China and Tibet. It has enormous renown as a tonic herb, and is said to build sexual and physical power, mental energy, the immune system. Cordyceps is universally believed in the Orient to prolong life and slow down aging.

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