Master Herbalist Ron Teeguarden has been in the Herb Industry for a long while and wrote one of his first books, Chinese Tonic Herbs, in 1984. At the time, this book was a very up to the minute modern description of Major Chinese Tonic Herbs and designed for the practitioner. He has been a practitioner of the Holistic Health Arts since 1971. His follow up book, Radiant Health, was copyrighted in 1998 and further expanded the reasons for the use of Tonic Herbs and was written for all to read ( Some covers of this book were called, The Ancient Wisdom of the Chinese Tonic Herbs.) This book contained an explanation of the three treasures http://www.dragonherbs.com/the-three-treasures and the reasons why all of us may benefit from the use of Tonic Herbs to attain Radiant Health. The book soon became a classic as it was written for all to understand and went into the root concepts of what Radiant Health was all about and why Ancient Masters revered Herbs as longevity foods. At the time of printing, the book was a treasure trove of up to date information on the Tonic herbs and the latest scientific discoveries. Most of the data is still current, and of course, there have been updates to herbal science, and Ron has kindly put this into his newsletters and Digital Catalog manuals that can be downloaded from his website http://www.dragonherbs.com. These Catalogs are updated yearly, and just as well as every year, there is more scientific evidence for the use of herbs for correcting various Health Disorders. This blog, however, is not a promotional blog for Dragon Herbs but to let you know that the book is still available and very much worth the price if you are interested in longevity and health. The online catalogues are a minefield of information on Superfoods and Tonic Herbs and will certainly give you good information on what is available.
As Ron mentions in his book – in the Orient, there were two primary schools of thought concerning Health Care: The Medical Treatment School and the Health Promoting School. One school treats ailments after they have occurred, the other develops Health-promoting approaches to prevent illnesses from occurring. Tonic Herbs were the original Superfoods in Chinese Culture. Today in China towns the world over, there are supermarket shelves full of Chinese Patent medicines, usually in Pill form, and packets of Herbs for use in soups, mushrooms to use as teas or food, and Herbal teas as beverages.
Now there is another central thought in Asian Culture – ” BALANCE”. The concept of balance centres is the interplay of Yin and Yang forces within the Universe. Yang is outgoing and forceful, and yin is inward and passive. Balance, therefore, is perceived as neither too yin nor too yang. The schools of thought can be divided into yang – aggressively treating ill health with medicine. The other is yin – gently nourishing our bodies with tonic herbs and superfoods, and longevity practices. Practices such as Qigong, Tai Chi, and Yoga are examples of nourishing and building School practices. Yin practices are not weak, just that they nurture or gently promote health. Balance can be relative. For instance, daily walking could be perceived as a gentle yin exercise, whereas two hours of power walking would be a very yang activity!
” Radiant Health” is not just about taking tonic herbs but is achieved by a balanced lifestyle with good nourishment, a tranquil mind, and health-promoting exercise and guarding the three treasures.
Both Dragon Herbs and Jing Herbs have sections detailing the three treasures. Everyone is born with the three treasures, which are based on Daoist philosophy. The three treasures manifest slightly differently in males and females and for each person. It is worth visiting both sites and having a look at what your three treasures mean to you?
One of the best sites besides Dragon Herbs is Jing Herbs. Jing has been promoting traditional Tonics for many years, and their quality is second to none. For your free Health Assessment online, go to www.jingherbsanalysis.com. The analysis is in-depth and will reveal a lot about you and your strengths and possible weaknesses regarding your body according to the three principles – Jing, Qi and Shen. After the analysis, I would encourage you to purchase from Jing Herbs based on their recommendations.
If you wish a second opinion, please bring the results to me, and I will give you a free pulse diagnosis reading to give more depth to the analysis. This service is free, but you must book on www.adelaidenaturopath.net.au
Peter Farnsworth N.D