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Page 4 - Tonic Herbs that Every Qigong Practitioner Should Know

Cornus Fruit

This sour fruit plays an important role in many tonic formulations designed to build jing. It is said to be "astringent," thereby locking energy into the system and preventing the energy from "leaking" out. This is an important function to those practicing internal forms of qigong. It is a powerful yin jing tonic. It has a warm energy and is often considered aphrodisiac when combined with the appropriate herbs.

Cuscuta Seed

Cuscuta seed is commonly used in long term tonic programs, often in combination with cnidium seed. It is a gentle tonic for the kidney yin and yang, and also helps nourish qi. It helps the kidney to consolidate the qi . It is widely used to improve vision, nourish the sperm and marrow, strengthen bones and sinews and in particular to strengthen sexual functions.

Cynomorium Root

Cynomorium is considered to be 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. It is an excellent yang tonic for women.

Dang Gui (Tang Kuei) Root

Dang Gui, or Angelica sinensis, is used by men and women alike as a superb blood tonic. It is also an important blood vitalizing herb (e.g., it improves blood circulation). Men use it as a muscle-building blood tonic. However, Dang Gui is most famous as a women's tonic, because women so often use it as a blood tonic and to regulate the female menstrual cycle. It is found in most women's tonic preparations.

Deer Antler

Deer Antler is widely believed in the Orient to strengthen all aspects of a person's life, and is considered to be an ultimate yang primal essence (jing) tonic. It is a warm tonic, although it is also known to contain yin jing. It is also a major blood tonic. Extracts of Deer Antler have been found to strengthen the central nervous system and the heart. Deer Antler is believed to strengthen the mind and to calm, yet enliven, the spirit (shen). Deer antler is universally believed throughout the Orient to invigorate sexual energy. Modern research indicates that Deer Antler stimulates the production of blood by nourishing the marrow. Deer antler contains chemicals that are very closely related to human growth hormone (hGH) and is now widely believed to promote youthfulness as a result of this chemistry. The soft antler of the deer is removed from the deer when it has grown just two or three spikes and is still covered by velvet. The deer grows new antlers. The tip of the antler is the most potent part because it contains the most active substances. It takes thirty deer antlers to make one ounce of "tips."

Dendrobium Stem

Certain varieties of Chinese orchid are an excellent yin essence (jing) tonic and longevity herb. There are several species and varieties of Dendrobium available. Dendrobium is said to quickly and effectively replace spent "adaptive energy." It is widely used in the Orient by those who engage in a lot of sexual activity to replace the spent energy and to replace fluids; and thus it is commonly called "honeymooners tea." When combined with licorice root, it is also called "healer's tea," because it is said to provide healing energy which can be transmitted to others and replace the spent healing energy. Thus body workers, other hands-on healers, and all those who give of themselves from their soul, benefit by consuming Dendrobium. It has been widely used both by Daoist masters and by the Chinese elite.

Epimedium Leaf

Epimedium is widely known as a powerful tonic and sexual stimulant. Epimedium is known as "horny goat weed" because when goats eat it, they copulate. It is considered by Oriental people to be a powerful aphrodisiac. Scientific research has confirmed that Epimedium quickly releases sex hormones in men and women. Epimedium is also said to strengthen the bones and joints. It is also known to calm and relax the heart. Recent research indicates that Epimedium is a strong immune system regulator.

Eucommia Bark

Eucommia is a superb yang 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 qigong practitioners, martial artists, and other athletes to strengthen the entire body. It has been found to help regulate blood pressure, and is believed in China to be a safe and effective sex tonic for men and women.

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