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Page 3 - Tonic Herbs that Every Qigong Practitoners Should Know --Part 2


Polygonatum Sibericum Root

This herb is used as a Qi tonic and as a Yin Jing tonic that is said to have a specific benefit on the brain. It is believed to be restorative to mental vitality, especially when the mind has been overworked. It is often used in Shen and Jing tonics to nourish the brain and strengthen the mind. This herb has been very popular among Daoists and all Qigong practitioners because of its nourishing effect on the brain.


Polygonum RootHo Shou Wu

Constant consumption of this famous longevity herb, whose full 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 essence tonic, it is believed to be a powerful sexual tonic when consumed regularly. Polygonum is widely believed in China to increase sperm production in men and to increase 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 Daoist that has ever lived, and is fundamental to the practice of the Daoist inner arts.


Polyrachis Ant

Ant tonics are widely consumed in Asia to promote strength, sexual vigor and as a powerful anti aging agent. Research has proven that ants are highly nutritious and have powerful tonic and medicinal effects. Ant is considered a premium adaptogenic substance in the same ranks as Ginseng, Reishi and Cordyceps, the superstars of Chinese tonic herbalism. In fact, there is a saying in China that ginseng is the King of Herbs, but Ant is the Herb of Kings. Ant is widely used to boost the immune system, or to maintain already strong immune functions.

Polyrachis Ant, which is the unique variety of ant used as a tonic herb, has been established to have double-direction benefits on the immune system, so it can be used by anyone with any immune disorder to regulate immune functions. It is widely believed to prevent common symptoms associated with aging, such as lumbago (low back pain), memory loss, joint problems, fatigue, menopausal symptoms, cardiovascular disease, etc. It also strengthens the nervous system, digestive functions, detoxification functions and muscular system. Because of its long and short term energy boosting effects, Ant tonics are ideal for athletes, especially when combined with Ginseng, Cordyceps and other similar tonics. Ant strengthens the entire Kidney system, including the sexual functions, skeletal structures and renal system. Ant has a serious reputation in Asia for increasing libido and virility. Both men and women claim that after using Ant for even a short time that their interest in sex increases significantly and that their sexual performance improves in numerous ways.


Poria Mushroom

Poria is very widely used in Chinese herbalism. It is traditionally used as a Qi tonic to benefit the internal organs. It is a solid fungus that grows on the roots of old pine trees. It is mildly diuretic and sedative, and is considered to be highly nourishing. This is an herb that has been widely used by Daoists through the centuries and was often consumed as a primary food source by Daoist hermits.


Pseudo-ginseng Root

`The miracle root for the preservation of life, as this herb has traditionally been called by the Chinese, stands as one of the great health preserving herbs known to mankind. Panax Pseudoginseng is a relative of Panax Ginseng. It is a superb blood tonic and blood cleanser when cooked. It is a powerful blood vitalizing agent when consumed raw, which means that it improves circulation throughout the body. It is believed by the Chinese to protect the heart and vascular system. It can be used externally to stop bleeding. It is widely used internally in Chinese herbalism as a tonic after traumatic injury. It is one of Chinas premier longevity herbs.


Rehmannia Root

Rehmannia is said to be the Kidneys own food. It is thus believed to be a Kidney tonic and longevity herb and is found in many common anti-aging formulations for longevity, and rejuvenation. It is also considered a premium blood tonic and is said to benefit sexual functions in men and women. The steamed variety is said to be warm in nature, and it is the steamed variety that is considered tonic. Steamed Rehmannia should be combined with Qi tonics to improve its assimilation.


Reishi Mushroom

Also known Lingzhi (Chinese), Reishi is considered by many people to be the ultimate tonic herb. It is widely renowned in the Orient as the mushroom of immortality and the herb of good fortune. The best Reishi is the red variety known as Ganoderma lucidum. Reishi is now cultivated in China, and the very best Reishi is grown on Duanwood logs by organic means, and thus it is known as Duanwood Reishi. Hothouse Reishi and Reishi mycelium are of inferior quality. Wild Reishi is also available, and high quality wild red Reishi is said to be a premier Shen tonic. Reishi has been demonstrated in research done in China and Japan to be a significant immune system enhancing agent that also protects the various organs and tissues of the body. It is the supreme Shen tonic of Chinese tonic herbalism, and is also considered to be a major Qi tonic. Reishi has an immediate calming influence, and over time is believed to help enhance wisdom, which may lead to true spiritual insight. Reishi protects the liver from poisons and has a very powerful regulating effect on people who experience allergies. Again, every Daoist that has ever lived in China consumed Reishi as often as possible. Everybody should consume Duanwood or wild Reishi every day, and practitioners of Qigong or other forms of Daoist yoga should never miss a day.


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