According to Asian health philosophy, we all need Qi on a constant basis. Qi tonics provide the energy required to be adaptive and for the immune system to protect us against all onslaughts. Chinese herbalism is rich in Qi tonics and Qi Drops is the quintessential Qi tonic formulation. It contains most of the premier Qi supertonics used in Chinese tonic herbalism, including Ginseng, Gynostemma, Codonopsis, Astragalus, Tibetan Rhodiola, Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng) and others. This very powerful formula can increase Qi production in the body by helping to strengthen the functions of the lungs and digestive system.
Sung Jin Park, Ron Teeguarden's Taoist mentor, had this to say about Qi:
"Qi is the invisible life force which enables the body to think and perform voluntary movement. The power of Qi can be seen in the power that enables a person to move and live. It can be seen in the movement of energy in the cosmos and in all other movements and changes. Qi circulates through the twelve meridians, the energy circuitry of the body, to nourish and preserve the inner organs."
There are said to be three "Treasures" that form the basis of human life. These are Jing, Qi and Shen. Qi is often referred to as the "second Treasure."
What is Qi?
All that exists in the universe is, in one form or another, a manifestation of Yin and Yang. Through the interaction of Yin and Yang, energy is created. Thus, from the densest object to the subtlest vibration, all is a form of energy. Chinese philosophy is founded on the energetic nature of all things. Things are not seen materially, but as ever-changing states of energy. This is the same idea expressed by modern physicists, who now universally agree that mass and energy are one and the same. The Chinese word for energy is Qi (pronounced Chee). The Koreans call it Ki as do the Japanese (both pronounce it Kee). Qi permeates all space (and thus all "things") in the universe and is the motivating force of all activity.
A Chinese classic states that:
"There is nothing between Heaven and Earth but Qi (energy) and Tao (the Way and the laws that govern it). Tao (the Way of the Universe and of Life) itself is based on Qi. Everything in the Universe relies upon it. When the Qi is outside Heaven and Earth, it embraces them. When Qi is inside Heaven and Earth, it circulates through and sustains them. Planets depend on Qi for their brightness; weather is formed by it, and the seasons are caused by it. Man cannot stand outside of Qi. Qi supports him and permeates him as water is contained within the ocean."
Even modern astrophysicists recognize the existence of a primal energy. R. A. Muller, a noted astrophysicist points out that "a curious radiation bathes the earth almost uniformly from every direction. Most astrophysicists now believe that this microwave radiation was emitted shortly after the 'big bang,' the cataclysmic explosion in which the universe was created some 15 billion years ago. Not only is it the most ancient signal ever detected; it is also the most distant, coming from well beyond the quasars, the most remote luminous sources known." Recent research, very interestingly, has revealed that the temperature of this radiation varies by about a tenth of a percent across the sky, with the warmest region being in the direction of the constellation Leo and the coolest in the direction of Aquarius. The temperature varies smoothly between these two regions. Indeed, virtually all physical properties are governed by the laws of physics, which are in fact the laws of energy dynamics and of the various forces that can easily be translated as "Qi."
Qi is sometimes translated as vitality or life force. These are useful descriptive terms insofar as Qi influences life. It is important for the student of Oriental philosophy and especially of the Oriental healing arts to remember that Qi exists everywhere, even in a lowly rock. The atmosphere is full of Qi, and the air is a primary source of Qi for human beings. The Earth provides Qi that it has itself accumulated, in the form of food that we eat. The nature of life is to extract Qi from its environment and to transform it so as to live, adapt and to create more life. The more energy, or Qi, that a living system can accumulate and utilize, the more success it will have as a living being. A less than adequate ability to extract Qi from one's environment and/or an inability to utilize it properly will result in failure of the organism.
How Qi Is Produced In the Human Body, According to Traditional Chinese Health Theory
In life, Qi is the second Treasure, and in the Three Treasures system the Qi treasure includes both energy (the yang aspect of Qi) and blood (the yin aspect of Qi). Although Qi may be defined as "all energy," in the Three Treasures system it represents human vitality on an immediate basis. This Qi is the aspect of our life which involves action, function and thought. Qi is the source of our vitality. It nourishes and protects us. That Qi which nourishes us is known as Nutritive Qi and that Qi which protects us is known asProtective Qi. Both are produced from food and air on a day-to-day basis.
In the system of the Three Treasures, blood is considered to be a part of the Qi component of our being. Blood is said to be produced from the food ingested after the Qi has been extracted through the action of the Spleen/Pancreas. The red blood cells are said to be nutritive and are Yin, while the white blood cells are protective and aggressive and are therefore Yang.
Qi tonic herbs, composed of energy and/or blood tonics, increase our ability to function fully and adaptively as human beings. Qi is said to be produced as a result of the functions of the Lungs and Spleen/Pancreas. Therefore, Qi tonics strengthen the digestive, assimilative and respiratory functions. In addition, they have potent immune potentiating activity.
Qi tonics increase the amount, and improve the quality, of the energy and blood flowing through our system. This increase in energy and blood results in an overall increase in physical and mental vitality.
The Chinese define many different kinds of human physiologic Qi. Qi that is more yin tends to be more concentrated and forms substantial matter while Qi that is more yang results in the functioning of the organs and tissues and in action, including movement and thought. Cosmic Qi (or Air Qi) is the energy derived from the air through our breathing. The energy derived from food is calledGrain Qi (or Food Qi) and includes all the nutrients and electromagnetic energy ingested and absorbed from foods and liquids. Other types of Qi include the Essential Qi (which includes the nutritive "Ying" Qi and the defensive "Wei" Qi), and Original Qi (orAncestral, or Pre-natal, Qi) and Post-natal Qi, both of which are known as Jing Qi, which represents our primal, genetic energy, the energy that we store and also the energy of the sperm and ova. Blood too is considered to be a form of highly concentrated Qi.
It is the purpose of the Oriental tonic herbalism to improve the absorption and utilization of Qi, according to the laws of Nature. It is possible through the consumption of certain "tonic herbs," and through the development of one's breathing, to influence the various aspects of Qi within our systems and to establish harmonious functioning as a result.
The Tonic Herbs Used in Qi Drops
Tibetan Rhodiola Root
Tibetan Rhodiola sacra supports healthy vitality. This Tibetan herb is one of the elite Qi tonics in the world. It is good for resisting temporary or minor fatigue from work or play. Tibetan Rhodiola supports healthy blood oxygenation processes. It is especially well known for supporting the full intelligence of those who consume it regularly. Rhodiola sacra has the action of "supporting the human body" and the immune supporting Effects of rhodiola sacra are, according to some researchers, stronger than those of ginseng (a very potent immune potentiator). Rhodiola sacra supports recovery from normal fatigue due to work, and not associated with any disorder. Tibetan Rhodiola sacra has double-direction adjusting effects on the nervous and endocrine systems. It is good for resisting mental fatigue, and it can support a person's memory, power of concentration and work-efficiency.
Astragalus is one of the most popular and important tonic herbs used in the Orient. It is said to strengthen the primary energy and to tonify the three burning spaces. It is famed as a specific energizer to the outside of the body and is therefore beneficial to those who tend to be physically active. Some people consider Astragalus to be a tonic superior to ginseng for younger people. Astragalus is believed to be strengthening to the legs and arms, and is traditionally used by people who work outdoors, especially in the cold, because of its strengthening and warming nature. As an energizer to the outside of the body, Astragalus is used to tonify the protective energy (Wei Qi) which circulates just under the skin. Wei Qi is the Yang counterpart of the more Yin nutritional energy (Ying Qi) which flows through the twelve meridians and supplies the organs with vital energy. Wei, like Ying, is generated in the Lungs and after the Lungs have extracted Qi from the air and the Stomach and Spleen extract Qi from food. The air and food energies are united in the Lung to generate the "essential energy." Ying and Wei are the two components of the essential energy. Wei Qi circulates in the subcutaneous tissues providing suppleness to the flesh and adaptive energy to the skin. It is the Wei Qi which provides the energy to perspire, produce goose flesh or shiver. Astragalus, in tonifying the Lung, especially its Yang component, helps the body build an abundance of free flowing Wei Qi, thus fortifying the defense function of the skin.
White Atractylodes Rhizome
White Atractylodes is an important general body tonic which acts generally upon the digestive system and helps balance the appetite. It is widely used in Chinese herbalism as a Qi tonic. White Atractylodes has warming properties and is mildly stimulating. As a tonic to the Spleen/Pancreas and Stomach, it is saidto support digestion and to support fluid metabolism. Upon continued use, White Atractylodes will help regulate the appetite, so it is widely used as an herb to strengthen healthy metabolic function in order to maintain healthy weight. White Atractylodes is also used to help strengthen the muscles in general, and the legs in particular. By supporting the Spleen/Pancreas function as described in Chinese herbalism, it helps build Qi that is distributed to the entire body. White Atractylodes is considered to be one of the best Qi tonics by Chinese herbalists.
Codonopsis is a great general tonic used to help restore bodily vigor, just like ginseng. Codonopsis has a mild energy, but it is a very powerful Qi tonic. Codonopsis is very effective as a tonic to the "middle burning space" which includes the Stomach and Spleen's unified function. It is excellent as a Qi tonic, providing energy to the Lung and Spleen/Pancreas, those organ systems that extract Qi from environmental sources, and thus helps to generate Qi for the entire body. It is said that "this herb tones up the Qi of the Spleen/Pancreas without making it too dry, and nourishes the Yin of the Stomach without making it too wet." The ability to balance the primary metabolic functions is one of this herb's great qualities. It also lubricates the Lungs and its passages, but always appropriately and not in excess. Codonopsis supports the production of blood.
White Ginseng Root
White Ginseng root is said to help replace lost Qi to the meridians and organs. It tonifies Qi and is adaptogenic. It is used to benefit all the Qi so that one may live a long and happy life. It is supports the immune system. White Ginseng helps overcome temporary or short term fatigue. White Ginseng supports the mind and focus, and is used traditionally to stabilize the emotions, counteracts mild stress (as an adaptogen) and enhances wisdom. Ginseng is tonic to both the Lungs and the Spleen/Pancreas systems. White Ginseng is quicker acting than Red Ginseng.
Gynostemma is a premier adaptogen and Qi tonic. It supports the normal healthy immune and respiratory systems, helps maintain healthy weight in already healthy individuals, and supports the cardiovascular system.
Polygonatum sibericum is used as a Qi and Yin tonic, and is said to have a specific benefit to the energy of the heart and brain. It is used in Shen and Jing tonics to help nourish the brain and strengthen the mind. It is a Qi tonic to the brain. It can be combined with Panax Ginseng, Siberian Ginseng (Eleuthero), Gynostemma, and various Qi tonics to add important mental Qi power.
Eleuthero is the equal of Panax Ginseng in its adaptogenic capabilities. Some authorities think it is stronger. Eleuthero contains saponins which help support the nervous system and endocrine system. Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng) also has a huge reputation as a helpful mental tonic and even as a mental stimulant. It is considered to be faster acting than Ginseng. Eleuthero supports an alert mind.
Dioscorea root is widely used as a secondary tonic. Dioscorea, a type of yam, is an important Yin tonic that is said to benefit the spirit, support flesh, and when taken habitually, to help brighten the intellect and prolong life. Dioscorea serves as a Stomach-Spleen Qi tonic, as well as supporting the Lungs and supplementing the Kidney Yin. This white, brittle herb has cooling properties. Its energy is classified as neutral.
Licorice is the most widely used of all Chinese herbs. It is known as the "Grandfather of Chinese herbs," and as the "Great Adjunct." It is used as a harmonizing ingredient in a large number of Chinese herbal recipes and is itself an excellent tonic and longevity herb. Chinese licorice root is said to revitalize the "Center," referring to the "middle burning space," and in particular to the digestive and assimilative functions associated with the Spleen. It strikes a balance into the internal regions of the body. Licorice is classically said to moderate harsher properties of other herbs and substances. The "Great Adjunct" is said to aid all other herbs in entering their respective meridians and is thus of tremendous importance in the Chinese tonic herbal system. It is also believed that licorice will clean the meridians and allow Qi to flow smoothly. It is also widely claimed that licorice root supports flesh (muscle) and helps maintain a beautiful countenance.
Aged Citrus Peel
Aged Citrus (Tangerine) Peel is a digestant. It falls into the classical category of "Qi regulating" herbs --- that is, herbs that help Qi to move smoothly and to help prevent digestive stagnation. It is not a tonic herb, but is often used in tonic formulations to improve their function by circulating Qi. Sometimes strong Qi herbs, such as those being used in Qi Drops, can result in minor stagnation in the digestive tract if a Qi regulating herb is not included in the formula. Aged Citrus (Tangerine) Peel is Very effective at moving qi.
Guilin Sweetfruit (Luo Han Guo) is an excellent Qi tonic that specifically supports the Lungs. Since the Lungs are central to Qi production, the condition of the Lungs is of the utmost importance to our ability to produce Qi and therefore to our overall wellbeing. Guilin Sweetfruit supports normal healthy immune functions.
Traditional Function: Qi tonic, supports the immune system
Who can use it? Anyone
Specifications: 2 fl. oz.
Ingredients:Astragalus root, Gynostemma leaf, Chinese Ginseng root, Eleuthero root, Codonopsis root, Tibetan Rhodiola root, Bai-zhuAtractylodes rhizome, Chinese Yam rhizome, Polygonatum root, Chinese Licorice root, Aged Tangerine rind.
Other Ingredients: water, alcohol.
Usage: 3-12 droppers per day or as directed by your health care practitioner.
- Astragalus root, gynostemma leaf, chinese ginseng root, eleuthero root, codonopsis root, tibetan rhodiola root, bai-zhuatractylodes rhizome, chinese yam rhizome, polygonatum root, chinese licorice root, aged tangerine rind
- Other ingredients
- Water, alcohol.
- Suggested Use
- 3-12 droppers per day as desired or as directed by your health care practitioner.
- Quantity & type
- 2 fl oz.
- Dragon Herbs
- 2 fl oz