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Even among top sellers, the difference in power between herbal extract concentrate brands is immense. Licensed TCM practitioners can verify this with a simple 5-minute test. The results speak for themselves: No practitioner should be prescribing the brand pictured here.
Pictured above is a commonly used herbal extract concentrate formula. But imagine if it was your seafood paella. Some of the ingredients were overcooked, it was oxidized while dehydrating, it hasn’t been refrigerated, and 4 months later it’s in front of you on the dinner table. Whether dinner or prescription, one taste reveals the problem: Faulty preparation and preservation methods resulting in a decline in power.
When consumed in pill form, weakness is hidden.
The power level of prescriptions can make or break a practice. As practitioners, how do we know which brand has the most power in a marketplace where even some highly advertised brands are powerless? Either we perform a simple test or it’s a game of chance.
Sometimes there are no signs and so we have to guess.
When choosing the brand of herbal medicine to prescribe to our patients,
we don’t need to guess; we need to look at the Vital Signs
It’s your future; don’t leave it to chance.
A simple 5-minute test. We’ll show you how to do it. A stellar investment, it should have been part of our training. It’s taking charge and looking out for one’s own best interest. It will help elevate a good practice to a great one. First, 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 offer 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. Here, we are focusing on herbal extract concentrates in the pill or powder form (dehydrated tea).
Mass-produced TCM has numerous 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. TCM herbs containing a far higher oil content are already months old when practitioners get them. Storing dry herbs at room temperature, in non-photoprotective packaging (clear or white bottles), and exposing them to humidity by repeated opening, all accelerate deterioration.
-How rancid is too rancid?
Just one stale herb can throw a whole formula off balance. 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 is highly therapeutic and fast acting. While spray-drying is efficient for mass production, it’s a potency killer. It not only results in oxidation, but also nearly eliminates fragrance. Pills are commonly made from spray-dried powders.
Solution: A liquid herbal pharmacy simply makes more sense.
Unlike dried concentrates, our cooked liquid tea concentrates (not tinctures) will not go rancid. They’re preserved with 20% alcohol while fresh and at the height 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’re always ready at 100% high potency. Dried products have their place, but there are caveats…
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