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If you have any questions or concerns regarding the use of our products, we recommend that you seek the advice of a licensed healthcare professional. If you cannot find a licensed practitioner in your area who is familiar with Chinese herbs, consult our Find A Practitioner page. Health Concerns cannot make recommendations regarding specific cases.
Children who can adopt dietary changes often make rapid progress. The child and family must make the choice of whether to undertake dietary changes or to stay on medications. Health Concerns was once consulted by the family of a ten-year-old boy with Crohn's disease. The proposed biomedical solution was to have the child take prednisone and other immunosuppressive drugs long-term. Andrew Gaeddert indicated that unless the boy could commit to avoiding dairy and tomato products, he would need to remain on these medications. Ongoing counseling, either family therapy or spiritual counseling, as well as extracurricular activities and exercise were also recommended to help improve the child’s overall health.
Generally congenital diseases (conditions that run families) prove harder to treat than acquired ones. Therefore, the sooner you visit a holistic practitioner after your symptoms appear, the better the prognosis.
Although you may not be intolerant to lactose, you may be intolerant to one or more of the other constituents in milk. Therefore it may be prudent to stop all dairy products. To assure adequate calcium intake, consider taking a calcium supplement, preferably in absorbable form such as citrate or aspartate. If you want to use magnesium to aid in the absorption of calcium, take half as much magnesium as calcium; if you suffer from stress, hypertension, or constipation, take equal amounts of calcium and magnesium. Start out at a reduced dosage and slowly increase. If you have problems with one brand or form of calcium, try another. Additional cofactors which may help bone density are zinc, copper, manganese, vitamin K, boron, and folic acid. Foods rich in calcium include soy products (if you can tolerate them), turnip greens, kale, black-eyed peas, sesame seeds, okra, bok choy, figs, dried apricots, almonds, broccoli, and amaranth.
Dairy products include milk, cream, cheese, butter, and ice cream. Yogurt is also a dairy product, however homemade yogurt or brands which have acidophilus and probiotics ("live cultures") are frequently the most easily tolerated.
Many types of bread contain wheat, which is a common allergen, and yeast, to which many persons are sensitive. Bread is often associated with unhealthy foods. For example, butter, mayonnaise and margarine are usually spread on bread. The first two contain excessive fat, and margarine contains trans fatty acids which should not be consumed at all. Additionally, bread is ordinarily used to make sandwiches which contain foods like cheese and luncheon meat. These are high in fat, salt, preservatives, and additives. To avoid these unhealthy foods, substitute crackers or muffins that are wheat-free for bread, and use meat that you cooked from scratch instead of luncheon meat. This is much healthier, more delicious and easier to digest than cheese and luncheon meat.
For many patients, it helps to show them a case study in my book, Chinese Herbs in the Western Clinic. I encourage many of my own clients to go online and do their own research. It would be nice if we could document everything but my experience there is little hope for someone who isn't convinced of the thousands of years of herb usage. It is important to notice that many if not most western medical procedures are used based on anecdotal findings, not actually well designed studies.
Depends upon the prescription; i.e., what product, how administered.
I have heard they will but blood pressure can depend upon many things. I would suggest that he read Chinese Herbs in the Western Clinic for a complete breakdown of blood pressure in terms of TCM.
I would consider Calm Spirit if he is more anxiety prone or Aspiration if more depression prone. The two can be combined. It may be a good idea to talk to his psychiatrist about adding the herbs. If the client is stable and wants to use herbs it's a good thing but really work with the psychiatrist about withdrawing the Wellbutrin.
Herbs are best taken in combination to boost effectiveness, and to reduce possible negative reactions.
Health Concerns does not use fillers. Every formula is carefully designed according to the traditions of Chinese medicine and modern biochemistry.
Health Concerns formulas have been developed with attention to herbal traditions and modern scientific research. It may not be possible in every case to list scientific citations. However, these sources may help you understand more about herbs and Chinese medicine. For herbs in general, a good overview is The Encyclopedia of Popular Herbs, by the Herb Research Foundation. Chinese Herbs in the Western Clinic was written by Health Concerns founder Andrew Gaeddert to provide information about using herbs for modern patients. For those wishing to know more about traditional Chinese herbs, we recommend Chinese Herbal Medicine, Materia Medica by Bensky and Gamble.
Herbs are rarely researched in the same fashion as drugs. This is due to a variety of reasons:
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Health Concerns herbs and formulas have been selected for their safety; it is extremely rare to have bad results due to taking Health Concerns formulas with drugs. However, we do recommend taking herbs and pharmaceuticals at least two hours apart. Begin taking herbs at a reduced dosage, and slowly increase over the next two to three weeks. The more medications you are on, the more we suggest seeing a health professional to monitor herb usage.
Our bodies are constantly changing, as is our health. Our health is dependent on stages of illness, stress load, climate, and diet. Therefore, these changes can affect the efficacy of whatever therapy we are using. In addition to the fluctuations of our body and environment, our bodies become accustomed to medications and supplements, including herbs that we take. This is why traditional herbalists frequently modify the herbal formula that a patient is taking. With the help of a practitioner, you can explore ways to change your life so that you can be symptom-free.
Not necessarily. In the U.S. alone, millions have used traditional Chinese healing methods, including herbs and acupuncture, with satisfaction. Chinese herbology is more complex and difficult to learn; for practitioners to apply it successfully, they must learn an entire healing system. Therefore, it is not suitable for self-treatment. Western herbology, on the other hand, is not quite so involved, and can be used for self-treatment.
All of the formulas in the Health Concerns product lines (Chinese Energetic Formulas, and the Chinese Traditional Formulas) use concentrates.
Herbal fiber comprises no more than 5% of the tablets.
There is a whole section in Chinese Herbs in the Western Clinic. Yes, the enzymes in Chzyme are vegetarian.
I recommend Marrow Plus 3 tablets TID, and you might also consider Coriolus PS 3 tablets TID.
Mostly into intestine, some stomach. Also, you can still use herbs: 1) reduce dosage and 2) chew tabs or grind them and make as tea.
I have not seen this with the magnets we sell. It may indicate using them too long. For therapeutic purpose, usually 1 - 8 hours per day is enough. Perhaps the client is using them beyond this time. Note: some patients are sensitive and I recommend using magnets every other day.
Adrenosen can be used for a temporary lift. Schizandra Dreams can be used to induce sleep. Quiet Digestion is for poor digestion.
Resinall K, topically and internally. Use Astra Isatis long term, and Coptis Purge Fire short term.
I recommend Adrenosen, and Astra 8.
For cholesterol use Astra Garlic, for osteo use OsteoHerbal and for PSA use Essence Chamber.
It is hard to say because I don't know the patient. However, Astra Essence and Calm Spirit can safely be taken for several years.
Take herbs 2 hours apart from drugs. Start out with low dosage, 1 tablet of each TID to 2 tablets of each TID/QID for 2 to 3 weeks. This combo of herbs and drugs has been used before. The main thing to look for is excessive drowsiness.
It would be even better to massage with hot oil (4-6 parts) and 1 part Resinall K, 1-2 times a day. This is also used if numbness is present. Second, I would consider AC-Q, 2-3 tablets TID/QID. If she seems very weak, add Astra Essence. If not so weak, add Resinall K orally for one month, then Astra Essence. If signs of phlegm (drooling, mucous etc.), add low dosage of Clear Phlegm.
I would keep her on Astra Essence and add Cordyceps PS QID. For Raynaud's you should see results in 30 days, if not, and alternative formula is Flavonex.
Shen-Gem long term 3 tablets TID/QID, you can add Schizandra Dreams before bed for insomnia, add Shen Ling or Drain Dampness if a lot of dampness. The last two mentioned are for short term.
It is best to first decide if the person has sign of excess or deficiency or a combination of both. Typically older people tend to be more deficiency, whereas younger people tend to have more excess signs. Other good indicator is people with deficiency will often find movement such as getting out of chair makes the dizziness worse, whereas people that are always dizzy tend to be more excess. In general if someone has dizziness of the excess type can be satisfactorily treated with Clear Phlegm. For the deficiency individual you want to look at the following symptom patterns: blood deficiency, kidney deficiency, and internal wind. Blood deficiency types tend to be anemic have pallor and fatigue. They are best treated with Marrow Plus (or Eight Treasures especially if individual has a weak digestion). Kidney deficiency is often characterized by low back soreness or weakness. A general kidney tonic is Astra Essence, however for an individual with both blood and kidney deficiency consider Backbone with Marrow Plus. Finally, if the individual has had a stroke, (tinnitus?), high blood pressure may have internal wind pattern. In the case Gastrodia Relieve Wind is an appropriate remedy. As the etiology of internal wind is often deficiency fluid, consider adding Astra Essence to Gastrodia Relieve Wind. (Case study: Mike's patient - Source Qi, Stomach Tabs, Clear Phlegm, labyrinthitis - the formulas mentioned are not appropriate for dizziness, cold, flu or true heat pattern).
While low in price, many of the discount herbs contain only one herb. A well designed formula will work better than a single herb every time. Furthermore many of the discount herbs use incorrect parts of the plant. Finally, the potency per tablet is very low. Health Concerns relies on either time proven combinations or modern formulas created by experienced herbalists. Our herb selection team is headed by Dr. Fung Fung who has over 60 years of experience. By specializing in herbs we can make sure the correct part of the plant and species is being used. By using a well-crafted formula your patients can increase effectiveness and minimize negative effects. Maximum potency helps achieve a therapeutic as opposed to supplemental effect.
10 mg. of zinc per tablet. It's a small amount of zinc citrate, which is very absorbable. If you want you could get your zinc/copper levels tested; but, it's usually not a concern.
SAMe may cause GI, i.e. diarrhea, cramping, but is not that common. Griffonex 5-HTP, if you take too much you can get too sedated. GI side effects may happen, however, this is extremely rare.
We recommend Astra Essence. Astra Essence contains He Shou Wu plus supportive herbs.
Western drugs are very important. Other than that, add Artestatin 2-3 tablets TID for detox. Add Ecliptex 2-3 tablets TID, to help the liver.
It is a tough call. If the person is ok with antibiotics, it might be the easiest thing. If they don't want you can try Coptis Purge Fire, 3 tablets, 4-6 times daily. If no results in 3 days, go for the antibiotics.
These formulas are based on same traditional formula. Wise Judge might be a tiny bit more heat clearing. For more heat clearing and lung yin deficiency use Tremella & American Ginseng.
Adrenosen and Clear Heat are good for adrenals. In terms of thyroid Adrenosen probably helps low thyroid. Rehmannia 8 is good for low thyroid. Nine Flavor Tea alone or with Clear Heat or Calm Spirit depending upon signs/symptoms.
In general store the herbs we carry in a kitchen or bathroom cabinet, i.e. preferably dark, dry, normal temperature. Do not store herbs in the refrigerator, they can attract moisture.
It is stronger, more of a proven adrenal tonic.
We do not have Xanthium Relieve Surface in a liquid but you can crush tabs (or in a coffee grinder) and add to hot water or grape juice. Or just chop into 2 - 4 pieces with a knife.
There is no gluten contained in the product you mentioned. Our factory occasionally uses malt enzymes and other malt products as they are traditionally used in herbal medicine in other products.
It would take up to 3 weeks at regular dosage (2 tablets each QID or equivalent TID). However, you can double your dosage for fast results, reduce if stomach upset or diarrhea.
Both are correct, however, the label on than Clear Heat is more thorough. When in doubt, follow the Clear Heat.
Not enough time, need to allow 3-4 weeks at full dosage. Use Aspiration if cold signs, depression. Calm Spirit use if yin deficiency/runs hot, anxiety. Combine Aspiration and Calm Spirit if mixed hot/cold signs, depression and anxiety.
No, but frozen shoulder is going to ebb and flow until it's gone. Keep taking Mobility 3 and Resinall K topically and internally).
Expiration dates are a general date. Beyond that date potency might be reduced. In general, it's safe to use herbs up to one year after expiration date but they should be consumed before expiration if possible.
1. Because it is a complete formula not just one ingredient. As far as dietary considerations are concerned, no alcohol, dairy or sweets while using Phellostatin. There is more information in Healing Digestive Disorders by Andrew Gaeddert. 2. Astra 8 is generally used longer, slightly warmer, better adrenal enhancer. Astra Isatis is more anti-viral, neutral, better to detoxify.
We test the herbs for mercury and it does not show up in terms of availability in TCM. It is the medicinal effect of the oyster shell and dragonbone (fossilized animal remains) that are used, not the calcium content per se. You don't take most herbs for their nutritional content but for their effects. It is better to take vitamins, minerals as a rule for nutritional effects.
Astra Essence regulates blood sugar for many clients. For diabetes add Nine Flavor Tea. If yin deficiency, Flavonex. For poor circulation, Astra Diet Tea with dampness/sugar cravings.
Short term I would use Astra Essence and Mobility 3. When dampness is cleared, switch to Astra Essence and Calm Spirit or Shen-Gem.
Coptis Purge Fire if a lot of heat. If a lot of heat, use Coptis Purge Fire and Flavonex long term. Consider Flavonex and Nine Flavor Tea or Flavonex and Clearing.
In general, yes, however, might need to use both SPZM and Cramp Bark Plus especially if client has blood stagnation. If heat consider Unlocking and SPZM.
It is illegal and due to the poor quality control, who knows what's in it! I would avoid this herb. We have herbal substitutes but no "cancer cures".
No, we use only cultivated species. I would recommend Nine Flavor Tea and Three Immortals as a substitute.
Go ahead with the electrolyte test but typically our products have less than 5% licorice and this is not enough to raise high blood pressure or cause electrolyte imbalance. The MD's concerns have to do with much larger dosages of licorice over time.
Consider Health Concerns' Ginseng & Gecko or Power Mushrooms long term, i.e. tabs are best to get larger dosage of herbs.
Although it may be okay later I would not use Great Yin at this time. I would use Source Qi 3-5 tablets TID. This will treat diarrhea and may help sweating. After a few weeks you could add Astra Essence or Great Yin. Astra Essence tonifies yin and yang and is easier to digest.
She needs to eat protein with each meal, if absorptions problems add Colostroplex long term. Consider a tonic such as ASTRA 8 (TCM spleen tonic); Astra Essence could work as well. She will probably need at least 9 tablets per day long term.
Essentially, you don’t want the herbs to compete with meals. Herbs assimilate into the body better on an empty stomach. If you need to take herbs with a light snack, that’s okay. If you forget to take the allergy herbs, go ahead and take them with your meal. The concern is, if you take the herbs on a full stomach, they are competing with food for absorption. You might have to take more, and taking 2 tablets on a empty stomach may be the equivalent of 3 tablets on a full stomach. It is more efficient to take the herbs between meals, typically between breakfast and lunch, and lunch and dinner. If it doesn’t work for your patient’s lifestyle, it is usually okay to take with meals.
Chiroin™, (formerly Chirobalance), is a unique herbal extract providing benefits for patients with PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome), infertility, pre-diabetes, and diabetes. I frequently field questions from the Herbal Helpline® like this one that are seemingly simple inquiries. For example, with this issue the easy answer is that it is a math problem. The patient pays ½ of the price of Chiroin™ for a product that has 1/3 of the potency (90mgs compared to 300mgs). But there are so many other important differences that should be recognized: Quality of Product – Chiroin™ is a natural extract from the carob pod containing D-chiro-inositol. Many other D-chiro-inositol products, especially the less expensive ones, are chemically manufactured. This particular internet product also contained an additive that has many potential side effects. In addition, some product formulations can be obscured and difficult to identify such as myo-inositol being substituted for D-chiro-inositol. Therapeutic Dosage - Chiroin™ comes in a 300mg tablet because it requires this amount of active ingredient at the recommended dosage to be clinically effective. There is also the “loading dose” factor. That is, after taking Chiroin™ for months, the patient’s system has absorbed a sufficient amount of the D-chiro-inositol to resolve her symptoms. There would tend to be a carry-over effect of having a proper dosage even after switching to the lower dosage product. This, of course, might not last long. Professional Treatment Management – As a practitioner, you have years of experience and knowledge in assessing conditions, developing treatment protocols and recommending just the right formulas to help the patient. With every bottle of Health Concerns products, you can be confident of the results and can monitor and track your patient’s improvement. By substituting another brand, the patient has just significantly reduced your ability to treat them because you no longer can be certain of the results. Satisfaction Guarantee – Should any Health Concerns product not perform to expectations you can return the bottle for a full refund. While many internet sites advertise a refund policy, there are no guarantees that you will be able to get a timely or appropriate response because there is often no “person” available to handle your transaction. Furthermore, if a product question arises, it is unlikely that you can get any kind of substantive customer support. For example, what would happen if the patient above called the internet site and asked, “Is the D-chiro-inositol in your product a natural extract or chemically manufactured material?” In summary, treating with herbs is more complicated than is taught in schools. Health Concerns provides the finest formulas and extensive support materials. Clients should be advised to remain on Health Concerns products to achieve their desired results and that saving money by switching brands may ultimately prove to be more costly.
Yes, there are concentrated extracts. The ratio varies from 3:1 to 50:1. We do not use powdered herbs. All herbs are water decocted. Some must be cooked for short periods to preserve the constituents; others are cooked for a longer period.
First of all, if the Chinese patent formula does not have the name of a U.S. manufacturer or distributor on the label, the chances are good that it was not legally imported. Practitioners would assume liability risks if using a product that were not legal. Furthermore, as reported by the Food and Drug Branch of the California Department of Public Health, many illegally imported Chinese herbal products contain pharmaceutical drugs, artificial additives, and heavy metals such as lead or mercury. Health Concerns was the first company to formulate Chinese herbs in the U.S. for practitioners. Our products carry liability insurance and have been clinically tested for safety and purity.
The best way to take herbs is on an empty stomach, between meals, when absorption is quicker and more direct. You can take herbs with meals, but they are absorbed less efficiently. As we tell clients in our clinic, it is best to take herbs on an empty stomach – but if you forget, it's better that you take them with meals than to not take them at all.
In general it's fine to take our products with supplements. It is best not to take too many herbs at one time. Unless directed by an herbalist, it is best to take one herbal product at a time.
The Health Concerns formulas are tested for dissolution to ensure that they break down adequately in the stomach; many Chinese herbal products are not tested in this fashion. In cases of individuals with very weak digestive systems, it’s best to grind the tablets and add hot water to make tea.