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For Practitioners Of Traditional Chinese Medicine Who
Prescribe Herbal Extract Concentrates
Understand the Problem, Know the Solution,
Enhance Your Practice Dramatically.
Pictured above is a commonly used herbal extract concentrate formula. But imagine if this was your seafood/veggie paella: Some of the ingredients were overcooked, it was sprayed through the air to dehydrate it, it hasn’t been refrigerated, and 4 months later it’s in front of you on the dinner table . . .
How to improve patient outcomes.
It’s simple: better outcomes follow when clinicians choose better herbal medicines – and to find them (easy), we’ll stimulate your critical thinking skills. Let’s start by acknowledging the elephant in the room: the problem with dried herbal extract concentrates. Because they are so lucrative for mass-manufacturers, so accessible for practitioners, and so easy for patients, few educators stray from the path to mention the significant drawbacks. We delve into this critical issue below.
Then, on the VITAL SIGNS page: forget the brand name, the endorsements, the popularity; we’ll show you how you can tell which products are likely to pay the highest dividends in patient satisfaction, and which have nothing beyond good looks on the shelf.
Problem: The industrialization of TCM results in pharmacies stocked with over-processed, dried extract concentrates that are stale and losing potency every day. “USE BY DATE” is unrealistic and misleading. Stale prescriptions are a prime reason for an inability to achieve peak clinical results.
Mass-produced TCM has its problems. Aside from the issue of fragile herbs being overcooked, there’s this: Many herbs we use in TCM contain a high volume of potent medicinal oils. Consider Persica seed/Tao Ren, Armeniacae seed/Xing Ren, 20-30 other commonly used seed varieties, and many other herbs. The changes that happen to the oils after an herb tea is dehydrated is basic science . . .
Cause: The combination of a substance with oxygen.
The oxidation (staling or going rancid) of powdered foods can happen fast. With dried herbal extract concentrates, a liquid tea is processed into a powder (or granular or pre-pill) resulting in ultra-fine particles saturated with atmospheric oxygen. Under those conditions, oils begin to degrade much faster.
-How fast does rancidity creep in?
Freshly ground whole wheat flour lasts one month at room temperature. So, consider that TCM herbs containing a far higher oil content are already months old when practitioners get them. Deterioration accelerates when: stored at room temperature, exposed to humidity (opened repeatedly), in a clear or white bottle exposed to daylight.
-How rancid is too rancid?
Just one stale herb in a formula throws the whole formula off. A little rancidity won’t kill you; but along the way it’s losing nutritional and medicinal value. -And gaining free radicals, which can cause harm through the effect on inflammation.
-Spray-drying: Visualize the absurdity of such an inappropriate and damaging process…
Fragrance is an obvious statement of power. In the bloodstream, the aromatic property (fragrance) is highly therapeutic and fast acting. While spray-drying is mass-manufacturing-efficient in regards to production speed, its side-effect is not only saturation with oxygen, but also the near elimination of fragrance. It’s a potency killer. Pills are commonly made from spray-dried powders.
Solution: A liquid herbal pharmacy simply makes more sense.
Unlike dried concentrates, our cooked liquid concentrates (not tinctures) will not go rancid. They are preserved with 20% alcohol while fresh and at the hight of their potency. They don’t need refrigeration and will remain highly potent for years even if they’re opened 50 times a day. When the window of opportunity to intervene is open, they are always ready at 100% high potency.
For your evaluation: 290 Classic Formulas / 314 Singles / Custom Formulas Infinitum
How effective are the concentrated herbal extract pills, powders, and liquids you use? Check here: VITAL SIGNS