All of our tinctures are made in small batches using organic, local and wildcrafted herbs when possible, following guidelines of Good Manufacturing Practices. Each batch is microbiologically tested by independent labs and certified with Certificates of Authenticity to be free of heavy metals and microbes.
-DISPEL. HERBAL TINCTURE NO. 3
-CLEAR. HERBAL TINCTURE NO. 6.
-BALANCE. HERBAL TINCTURE NO. 11.
-ELEVATE. HERBAL TINCTURE NO. 8.
-DEFEND. HERBAL TINCTURE NO. 9.

DISPEL. Herbal Tincture No. 3

Calms and heals irritated skin conditions associated with eczema and psoriasis

Echinacea: Regulates the immune system for any underlying conditions that may contribute to auto-immune inflammatory responses. 

Burdock: Detoxes blood, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial. Contains phenolic acids, sesquiterpene lactones, and acetylenic compounds to help chronic skin disorders such as dermatitis, acne, psoriasis and rosacea.

Gotu Kola: Stimulates the healing process at the site of wounds. Stimulating blood flow to the cells and protects against infections. Rapidly speeds the healing process. Rich in antioxidants and contains saponins which improve the appearance of the skin. Reduces the appearance of scars, wrinkles, and blemishes. Inhibits the accumulation of scar tissue. Contains flavonoids that act as antioxidants to fight off free radical damage.  

Siler:  Relieves itch and skin irritations in psoriasis or eczema. Has anti-inflammatory properties.

Angelica: Balances hormones, regulates blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol. In studies it has also shown to reduce inflammation and are high in antioxidants. The function of this herb in DISPEL is to nourish skin and promote micro circulation. 

Puncturevine: Regulates immune disorders, such as allergic skin conditions, eczema and psoriasis. Helps in treating some cardiovascular conditions including angina, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, anemia and poor circulation. Shown to improve digestive disorders like constipation and flatulence. It is used in Chinese medicine as a liver tonic.

Rehmannia: Tonifies adrenals, immune-modulatory, and anti-inflammatory. Rehmannia also reduces allergic reactions by decreasing histamine release caused by TNF-alpha activity on mast cells. Research studies show Rehmannia balances aggressive autoimmune states. In Chinese medicine, it is used as blood and kidney (adrenal) yin tonic. This herb possesses both immune-enhancing and immune-suppressant effects. This dual activity may render Rehmannia glutinosa superior to Disease Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drugs (DMARDs), which can suppress the immune system so much so that they increase susceptibility to opportunistic infections.

White Peony: Has been used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, hepatitis, dysmenorrhea, muscle cramping and spasms, and fever for more than 1200 years. The active ingredients in glucosides of peony (TGP) ahs analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects. inhibiting the production of prostaglandin E2, leukotriene B4, and nitric oxide, and by suppressing the increase of intracellular calcium ion concentration. TGP was also reported to have protective effects of cells against oxidative stress. It has been shown in research to suppress hypersensitive immune systems. In Chinese medicine, Peony is used as a tonic for blood and as a “heat reducing” herb for the liver. It is widely used for menstrual cramps, polycystic ovary syndrome, premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

Sichuan Lovage: The pharmacological actions of Sichuan lovage rhizome include protection against coronary and cerebral ischemia, anti-platelet, anti-coagulant, anti-spastic, sedative and pain relief. It is used in DISPEL for its microcirculatory  and healing actions. 

Fleece flower:  The root of the fleece flower plant can restore fertility, help maintain hair color, boost energy, rejuvenate the nerves and brain cells, tone the kidneys and liver, fortify the bones, and purify the blood. Athletes use it to improve their performance and reduce recovery time. This adaptogenic root has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for more than 3,000 years. It has as been shown in research to have anti-inflammatory, antidiabetic, antibacterial, and antitumor effects.The biological compounds found in this herb may also positively affect blood cholesterol levels and improve conditions caused by an age-related decline of the nervous system, such as Alzheimer's.

Schizonepeta: Relieves itch and skin irritations in psoriasis or ezcema, anti inflammatory. Contains carminative, antipyretic and diaphoretic properties. In traditional Chinese medicine, this herb's functions are to clear heat and wind effectively.

Astragalus: Regulates immune system, and metabolic, respiratory and eliminative functions. Its active ingredients, polysaccharides, flavonoids, and saponins, can increase telomerase activity. Telomeres play a central role in cell fate and aging by adjusting the cellular response to stress and growth stimulation on the basis of previous cell divisions and DNA damage.  They are like the end caps to our chromosomes, and when our cells age, the telomeres start unraveling, potentially leading to health issues. Has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, immunoregulatory, anticancer, hypolipidemic, antihyperglycemic, hepatoprotective, expectorant, and diuretic effects. A proprietary extract of the dried root of Astragalus membranaceus, called TA-65, was associated with a significant age-reversal effect in the immune system. 

Sophora: Widely used in traditional Chinese medicine for the treatment of viral hepatitis, cancer, viral myocarditis, gastrointestinal hemorrhage, and skin diseases. It has shown to address skin conditions characterized by purulent sores, itchy skin issues like rashes, ulcerative sores, and eczema. It is used in formulas to clear jaundice, dysentery, and cystitis.

Atractylodes: This herb is a mushroom that grows on pine roots. It is used to alleviate irritation of the gastro-intestinal system and helps transport moisture and nutrients out of the digestive system into the blood stream and out to various body tissues. Studies show that it has effects in regulating digestive functions, boosting immunity, tranquilizing, protecting liver, improving kidney functioning, lowering blood sugar, arresting vomiting, anti-bacteria, anti-inflammation, anti-tumor, anti-aging (preserving red blood cells), antioxidant (prevents deterioration of cells), anti-parasitic, anti-hemolysis, anti-radiation and promoting melanocyte cell proliferation.

Field mint: Stimulates and inhibit nerves. When acting on skin, it causes burning and cold sensation while inhibiting and benumbing the sensory nerve ending. It has antiallergic and antipruritic effects on skin itch while mitigatory and analgesic actions on neuralgia and rheumatoid arthritis. Chinese field mint diminishes inflammation and fight microbes Invigorate the stomach and dispel the wind and can excite gustatory nerves and olfactory nerve. It burns and stimulates the mouth mucosa, which promotes saliva, enhance the appetite, increase blood in gastric mucosa, and improve digestive function.

Schisandra:  A study found that pollen extracted from the Schisandra plant had a strong, antioxidant effect against toxic damage in livers.  Schisandrin C was effective against liver damage in people with both acute and chronic hepatitis. Researchers found that Schisandrin B reduced non alcoholic fatty liver disease by acting like an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. Schisandra is effective at alleviating some symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes, sweating, and heart palpitations. Schisandra is also an adaptogen which enables the body’s resistance against the effects of anxiety and stress.

Anemarrhena: Excellent at stimulating adipocyte production and reducing inflammation in the skin. Used for congestive fever, high fever, chronic bronchitis, excessive sweating, dry throat, cough, dizziness, lumbago, pneumonia and oral ulcers. In traditional Chinese medicine properties, anemarrhena purges heat, nurtures yin and relaxes tension.

Licorice: One of the superstar herbs in DISPEL Potion 3 which helps to abate skin irritations associated with atopic dermatitis and eczema is licorice. Licorice root is an herbal remedy native to  Asia and the Middle East. The sweetness of licorice comes from its chemical component, glycyrrhizin, which in research has shown to exhibit steroid-like anti-inflammatory activity, similar to the action of hydrocortisone. Glycyrrhetic acid has a similar chemical structure to the hormones mineralocorticoid and glucocorticoid, secreted by the adrenal cortex. As an herbal medicine, licorice has also proven effective in studies to treat chronic hepatitis C, peptic ulcers, viral infections, lichen planus, and psoriasis.

Gypsum: In traditional Chinese medicine, gypsum clears excess heat, particularly heat in the stomach and lungs, which guide the health of skin. In biomedicine, gypsum is used for high fevers, headaches, toothaches, eczema, burns and some skin ulcers.

Mu Tong: Good at clearing heat and draining dampness. It is used in small amounts in DISPEL for clearing heat and inflammation.

 

CLEAR. Herbal Tincture No. 6.


Diminishes breakouts, reduces cystic acne, promotes healing

Calendula*: a flower used in traditional folk medicine for it anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-microbial agents which help in the healing of scar tissue. This plant is rich in many pharmaceutical active ingredients like carotenoids, flavonoids, glycosides, steroids and sterols quinines, volatile oil, and amino acids. In research studies, the extracts of  calendula has been demonstrated to possess multiple pharmacological activities such as anti-cytotoxic, hepato-protective and spasmolytic amongst others.

This plant is rich in many pharmaceutical active ingredients like carotenoids, flavonoids, glycosides, steroids and sterols quinines, volatile oil, and amino acids. In research studies, the extracts of  calendula has been demonstrated to possess multiple pharmacological activities such as anti-cytotoxic, hepato-protective and spasmolytic amongst others.

Schizonepeta: Schizonepeta has been used for the treatment of skin disorders, such as allergic dermatitis, eczema, and inflammatory diseases. In one study, schizonepeta inhibited inflammatory changes and markedly suppressed the secretion of immunoglobulin E. It also significantly restored the upregulation of proinflammatory factors, thus suppressing inflammatory factors.

Forsythia: Used in Chinese traditional medicine for antipyretic and anti-inflammatory activities. Forsythia is used upper respiratory tract infections, acute bronchitis, acute endometriosis, measles, acute tonsilities, encephalitis B, meningitis, boils, abscesses and parotitis – ailments that TCM characterizes as "internal heat" and "wind heat."

Siler:  Relieve itch and skin irritations in psoriasis or eczema. Has anti-inflammatory properties and calms inflammation on the skin level. 

Angelica: Regulates blood sugar, blood pressure and balances hormones. High in antioxidants and reduce inflammation. The function of this herb in CLEAR is to nourish skin and promote micro circulation. 

Sichuan Lovage: The pharmacological actions of Sichuan lovage rhizome include protection against coronary and cerebral ischemia, anti-platelet, anti-coagulant, anti-spastic, sedative and pain relief. It is used in CLEAR for its microcirculatory  and healing actions. 

Chinese Peony: Used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, hepatitis, dysmenorrhea, muscle cramping and spasms, and fever for more than 1200 years. The active ingredients in glucosides of peony (TGP) ahs analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects. inhibiting the production of prostaglandin E2, leukotriene B4, and nitric oxide, and by suppressing the increase of intracellular calcium ion concentration. TGP was also reported to have protective effects of cells against oxidative stress. It has been shown in research to suppress hypersensitive immune systems. In Chinese medicine, Peony is used as a tonic for blood and as a “heat reducing” herb for the liver. It is widely used for menstrual cramps, polycystic ovary syndrome, premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

Bupleurum*: The active ingredients in bupleurum root include saponins and plant sterols, which have been shown to lower fevers and reduce inflammation. It is used for a variety of conditions, including inflammatory conditions, angina, nausea, vomiting, and fever. It also strengthens the stomach and intestines and promotes blood circulation to the liver. It is often used in TCM for vertigo, emotional instability and menstrual issues.

Astragalus: Regulates immune system, and metabolic, respiratory and eliminative functions. Its active ingredients, polysaccharides, flavonoids, and saponins, can increase telomerase activity. Telomeres play a central role in cell fate and aging by adjusting the cellular response to stress and growth stimulation on the basis of previous cell divisions and DNA damage.  They are like the end caps to our chromosomes, and when our cells age, the telomeres start unraveling, potentially leading to health issues. Has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, immunoregulatory, anticancer, hypolipidemic, antihyperglycemic, hepatoprotective, expectorant, and diuretic effects. A proprietary extract of the dried root of Astragalus membranaceus, called TA-65, was associated with a significant age-reversal effect in the immune system. 

Bitter Orange: Citrus peel is used as an expectorant; tonic; anti-emetic; antibacterial; and anti-inflammatory. It is used in Chinese medicinal formulas to aid digestion and ease cough.

Gardenia:  Extracts from the fruit have been used to lower blood pressure, treat  insomnia, reduce inflammation systemically and specifically in the digestive tract, and combat fevers.

Platycodon:  Platycosides, saponins, from the roots of the platycodon plant include cytotoxic effects against cancer cells, neuroprotective activity, antiviral activity, and cholesterol lowering effects. Research has revealed that the root actually contains large amounts of immunostimulatory substances that can help improve the functioning of the immune system. They can activate cells in the immune system such as the B cells and the macrophages. The plant contains large amounts of saponin or glycosides that can effectively breakdown stored fat in the body and can help with insulin resistance.

Licorice*: The sweetness of licorice comes from its chemical component, glycyrrhizin, which in research has shown to exhibit steroid-like anti-inflammatory activity, similar to the action of hydrocortisone. Glycyrrhetic acid has a similar chemical structure to the hormones mineralocorticoid and glucocorticoid, secreted by the adrenal cortex. As an herbal medicine, licorice has also proven effective in studies to treat chronic hepatitis C, peptic ulcers, viral infections, lichen planus, and psoriasis. 

 

BALANCE. Herbal Tincture No. 11.


Alleviates stressful moods, promotes calm, helps with PMS, combine with CLEAR or DISPEL  for conditions exacerbated by stress or hormonal changes. 

Angelica*: Angelica balances hormones, regulates blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol. In studies it has also shown to reduce inflammation and are high in antioxidants. Dang Gui aids in reducing menopausal symptoms and balances mood. In ELEVATE, Potion 8 Angelica is employed to help deep seated fatigue and hot flashes. In BALANCE, Potion 11 Angelica helps to regulate hormonal imbalances and alleviate premenstrual symptoms.

Bupleurum*: The active ingredients in bupleurum root include saponins and plant sterols, which have been shown to lower fevers and reduce inflammation. It is used for a variety of conditions, including inflammatory conditions, angina, nausea, vomiting, and fever. It also strengthens the stomach and intestines and promotes blood circulation to the liver. It is often used in TCM for vertigo, emotional instability and menstrual issues.

Tree Peony: Used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, hepatitis, dysmenorrhea, muscle cramping and spasms, and fever for more than 1200 years. The active ingredients in glucosides of peony (TGP) ahs analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects. inhibiting the production of prostaglandin E2, leukotriene B4, and nitric oxide, and by suppressing the increase of intracellular calcium ion concentration. TGP was also reported to have protective effects of cells against oxidative stress. It has been shown in research to suppress hypersensitive immune systems. In Chinese medicine, Peony is used as a tonic for blood and as a “heat reducing” herb for the liver. It is widely used for menstrual cramps, polycystic ovary syndrome, premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

Poria* This herb is a mushroom that grows on pine roots. It is used to alleviate irritation of the gastro-intestinal system and helps transport moisture and nutrients out of the digestive system into the blood stream and out to various body tissues.

Studies show that Poria has effects in regulating digestive functions, boosting immunity, tranquilizing, protecting liver, improving kidney functioning, lowering blood sugar, arresting vomiting, anti-bacteria, anti-inflammation, anti-tumor, anti-aging (preserving red blood cells), antioxidant (prevents deterioration of cells), anti-parasitic, anti-hemolysis, anti-radiation and promoting melanocyte cell proliferation.

Atractylodes*: An East Asian root used to regulate digestion and boost energy.

Research shows that white atractylodes rhizome helps regulate the functions of gastro-intestine, strengthen the body, boost immunity, protect the liver and gallbladder functions, regulate blood sugar, promote urination, anti-oxidization,anti-blood-clotting, and has anticancer properties. It has been shown in research studies to reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation.

As part of our formulations, Atractylodes transports moisture and nutrients out of the digestive system into the blood stream to various body tissues.

Ashwagandha*: Ashwagandha has recently become popular in the west and has been labeled as an “adaptogen,” a natural substance that helps the body cope with stress and promotes homeostasis. 

Its earliest recorded benefits going back 3000 years, studies in biomedicine have shown Ashwagandha to lower cortisol levels which contributes to stress, anxiety, insomnia and depression.

We often hear about the negative aspects of cortisol, it being a hormone released when one is stressed. However, cortisol was meant to be helpful; it helps us identify stressors and turns on the sympathetic responses that helps us flee or fight in potentially harmful situations. Our bodies were not meant to endure prolonged hours of stress. Stress responses were meant to be short lived, alert us to danger and to help us get the hell out of bad situations.

Ashwagandha is one of a few adaptogenic herbs in BALANCE Potion 11. This plant medicine can help during a stressful day by creating space in your body and mind, helping with the biochemical processes that relaxes the body so that it can repair itself to homeostasis.

Lemon Balm*: Lemon balm has been used for centuries to care for wounds and quell sleeplessness. In one study, parents reported their children slept more peacefully throughout the night with lemon balm supplementation. It doesn’t only benefit restless children and their sleep-deprived parents. A placebo-controlled trial found that menopausal women suffering from interrupted sleep reported much better rest after taking a lemon balm and valerian extract. Another study reported that lemon balm helps stimulate memory and enhance mood. An Australian study reported improved alertness in participants who took the herb.  Studies on eugenol and rosmarinic acid show they support healthy brain aging. The list of powerful antioxidants includes ferulic acid, caffeic acid, and quercetin A phytochemical found in lemon balm suppresses the enzymes that break down the neurotransmitter responsible for memory and thought. It is also loaded with antioxidants that protect cells from free radicals. Lemon balm also supports the liver’s production of two important antioxidants — glutathione and superoxide dismutase.

Rhodiola*: Increases energy, stamina, and strength, to improve attention and memory, and to enhance the ability to cope with stress. Two review articles—published in 2011 and 2012—looked at 15 studies that tested rhodiola on physical and mental performance in 575 people. Both reviews found evidence that rhodiola may enhance physical performance and ease mental fatigue, but emphasized that the limited quantity and quality of available evidence did not allow firm conclusions to be made. A small, NCCIH-supported study tested rhodiola against the drug sertraline and a placebo in people with mild-to-moderate major depressive disorder. The 2015 study results showed all were similarly effective in reducing depressive symptoms, but people who took rhodiola had fewer side effects than those who took sertraline. 

Ziziphus*: Benefits the brain by calming down the mind and improving quality of sleep. Ziziphus, or jujube fruit,  possesses neuroprotective activities, including protecting neuronal cells against neurotoxin stress, stimulating neuronal differentiation, increasing expression of neurotrophic factors, and promoting memory and learning. Research showed this fruit contains extracts that protects cells against oxidative stress. 

Ginger*: Ginger has been shown to inhibit cyclooxygenase (COX) and lipoxygenase pathways. Ginger’s high concentration of proteolytic enzymes (zingibain) are partially responsible for its ability to subdue pain and inflammation. Proteolytic enzymes block the action of several inflammatory substances, including prostaglandins and leukotrienes. Ginger has been shown to decrease pain in arthritis.

Tree Peony: Used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, hepatitis, dysmenorrhea, muscle cramping and spasms, and fever for more than 1200 years. The active ingredients in glucosides of peony (TGP) ahs analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects. inhibiting the production of prostaglandin E2, leukotriene B4, and nitric oxide, and by suppressing the increase of intracellular calcium ion concentration. TGP was also reported to have protective effects of cells against oxidative stress. It has been shown in research to suppress hypersensitive immune systems. In Chinese medicine, Peony is used as a tonic for blood and as a “heat reducing” herb for the liver. It is widely used for menstrual cramps, polycystic ovary syndrome, premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

Gardenia Fruit:  Extracts from the fruit have been used to lower blood pressure, treat  insomnia, reduce inflammation systemically and specifically in the digestive tract, and combat fevers.

Licorice*: The sweetness of licorice comes from its chemical component, glycyrrhizin, which in research has shown to exhibit steroidlike anti-inflammatory activity, similar to the action of hydrocortisone.Glycyrrhetic acid has a similar chemical structure to the hormones mineralocorticoid and glucocorticoid, secreted by the adrenal cortex. As an herbal medicine, licorice has also proven effective in studies to treat chronic hepatitis C, peptic ulcers, viral infections, lichen planus, and psoriasis. 

Field mint: Stimulates and inhibit nerves. When acting on skin, it causes burning and cold sensation while inhibiting and benumbing the sensory nerve ending. It has antiallergic and antipruritic effects on skin itch while mitigatory and analgesic actions on neuralgia and rheumatoid arthritis. Chinese field mint diminishes inflammation and fight microbes Invigorate the stomach and dispel the wind and can excite gustatory nerves and olfactory nerve. It burns and stimulates the mouth mucosa, which promotes saliva, enhance the appetite, increase blood in gastric mucosa, and improve digestive function.

 

ELEVATE. Herbal Tincture No. 8.


Revive and restore skin and body, enhances focus and memory, alleviates mild hot flashes, nourishes from deep source 

 

Rehmannia: Tonifies adrenals, immune-modulatory, and anti-inflammatory. Rehmannia also reduces allergic reactions by decreasing histamine release caused by TNF-alpha activity on mast cells.Rehmannia.Research studies show Rehmannia balances aggressive autoimmune states. It is referred to in Chinese medical literature as Shen or Shu Di Huang, which is used as blood and kidney (adrenal) yin tonic. Studies have shown that this herb possesses both immune-enhancing and immune-suppressant effects. This dual activity may render Rehmannia glutinosa superior to Disease Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drugs (DMARDs), which can suppress the immune system so much so that they increase susceptibility to opportunistic infections.

Dogwood: Has been used for over 2000 years in Chinese medicine. Based on modern pharmacological studies, about 90 compounds have been isolated and identified from CF. In vivo and in vitro experimental studies indicate that CF exhibits extensive pharmacological activities including hypoglycemic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticancer, neuroprotective, hepatoprotective, and nephroprotective activities.

Chinese Yam*: Research have shown that Chinese yam can benefit sugar metabolism, regulate immune function, is anti-aging, and promotes digestive functions.

Peony: Used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, hepatitis, dysmenorrhea, muscle cramping and spasms, and fever for more than 1200 years. The active ingredients in glucosides of peony (TGP) ahs analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects. inhibiting the production of prostaglandin E2, leukotriene B4, and nitric oxide, and by suppressing the increase of intracellular calcium ion concentration. TGP was also reported to have protective effects of cells against oxidative stress. It has been shown in research to suppress hypersensitive immune systems. In Chinese medicine, Peony is used as a tonic for blood and as a “heat reducing” herb for the liver. It is widely used for menstrual cramps, polycystic ovary syndrome, premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

Poria*: Poria has effects in regulating digestive functions, boosting immunity, tranquilizing, protecting liver, improving kidney functioning, lowering blood sugar, arresting vomiting, anti-bacteria, anti-inflammation, anti-tumor, anti-aging (preserving red blood cells), antioxidant (prevents deterioration of cells), anti-parasitic, anti-hemolysis, anti-radiation and promoting melanocyte cell proliferation.

Water Plantain: Water plantain has several physiological effects including diuretic, antihyperlipidemic, and antihypertensive. Clinical trials have shown this herb to be effective at lowering cholesterol  and treating dizziness and vertigo. In this formula ELEVATE, its function is to “drain kidney fire,” which can manifest as hot flashes from menopause or overexhaustion.

Astragalus*: Its function in our formula ELEVATE Potion 8 is wondrous and many. It is valued for its ability to strengthen the primordial energy in the body, promote the immune system, and metabolic, respiratory and eliminative functions.

The major components of Astragalus membranaceus are polysaccharides, flavonoids, and saponins. Pharmacological research indicates that the extract component of Astragalus membranaceus can increase telomerase activity, one of the reason ELEVATE tincture reduces symptoms of aging in body, mind and skin. 

Astragalus has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, immunoregulatory, anticancer, hypolipidemic, antihyperglycemic, hepatoprotective, expectorant, and diuretic effects. A proprietary extract of the dried root of Astragalus membranaceus, called TA-65, was associated with a significant age-reversal effect in the immune system.

Telomeres play a central role in cell fate and aging by adjusting the cellular response to stress and growth stimulation on the basis of previous cell divisions and DNA damage.  They are like the end caps to our chromosomes, and when our cells age, the telomeres start unraveling, potentially leading to health issues. 

Astragalus membranaceus can inhibit the oxidant stress by up-regulating the antioxidant factors. Aqueous extract of Astragali radix decreased the myocardial infarction size and improved the cardiac function in a myocardial ischemic rat model, which is related to the antioxidant effects via maintaining the activity of superoxide dismutase (SOD), decreasing the production of malondialdehyde (MDA) and free radical levels, and reducing cell apoptosis [27]. Besides, Astragalus injection can decrease the reactive oxygen species (ROS) and MDA levels in a rat model of cerebral ischemia through up-regulating the expression of nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf-2), SOD, catalase and glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px) [28].

Ginseng*: Ginseng is a medicinal tonic from the East Asian pharmacopoeia that contains chemical compounds ginsenosides and gintonin which studies have found to inhibit inflammation and increase antioxidant capacity in cells. Ginseng decreases inflammation markers in both athletic performance and in skin cells in subjects with eczema. It’s shown to protect the brain against damage caused by free radicals and improves memory and mood. In cancer research Ginseng demonstrates a boost to immune function and resistance to infections. This remarkable root treats both on the deep and superficial levels to enrich fluids and and regenerate cellular function. 

Ginseng is a shade-loving, deciduous perennial with five pronged leaves, small white flowers, red berries, and a dusty colored root that is used as herbal medicine throughout the East and Eurasia.

Ginseng is often referred to as an adaptogen, which means it helps the body cope with various physical and emotional stressors. Various parts of this plant improve vitality and longevity, and enhance mental capacity. Studies show that it has abilities to regulate hormones by affecting the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and increase immune cell activities by enhancing natural killer cells.  

Its active compounds including in the root and all parts of the plant are present in all other parts of the plant, include triterpene glycosides, or saponins, (commonly referred to as ginsenosides) amino acids, alkaloids, phenols, proteins, polypeptides, and vitamins B1 and B2.

Research show Ginseng can help improve brain functions like memory, behavior and mood. Studies have found positive effects on brain function and behavior in people with Alzheimer's . One study followed 30 healthy people who consumed Panax ginseng daily for four weeks. At the end of the study, they showed improvement in mental health, social functioning and mood.

Ginseng is one of the key components in ELEVATE, Arcana’s formulation for vitality. In holistic medicine, skin health is a reflection of internal health. If your physical and mental being is vital, then so is your skin. 

Ginger*: Ginger has been shown to inhibit cyclooxygenase (COX) and lipoxygenase pathways. Ginger’s high concentration of proteolytic enzymes (zingibain) are partially responsible for its ability to subdue pain and inflammation. Proteolytic enzymes block the action of several inflammatory substances, including prostaglandins and leukotrienes. Ginger has been shown to decrease pain in arthritis.

Angelica*:  Angelica balances hormones, regulates blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol. In studies it has also shown to reduce inflammation and are high in antioxidants. Dang Gui aids in reducing menopausal symptoms and balances mood. In ELEVATE, Potion 8 Angelica is employed to help deep seated fatigue and hot flashes. 

Tangerine Rind: Citrus peel is used as an expectorant; tonic; anti-emetic; antibacterial; and anti-inflammatory. It is used in Chinese medicinal formulas to aid digestion and ease cough.

Jujube: Benefits the brain by calming down the mind and improving quality of sleep. Jujube fruit possesses neuroprotective activities, including protecting neuronal cells against neurotoxin stress, stimulating neuronal differentiation, increasing expression of neurotrophic factors, and promoting memory and learning. Research showed this fruit contains extracts that protects cells against oxidative stress. 

Atractylodes*: Atractylodis is an East Asian root used to regulate digestion and boost energy.Research shows that white atractylodes rhizome helps regulate the functions of gastro-intestine, strengthen the body, boost immunity, protect the liver and gallbladder functions, regulate blood sugar, promote urination, anti-oxidization,anti-blood-clotting, and has anticancer properties. It has been shown in research studies to reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation.

As part of our formulations, Atractylodes transports moisture and nutrients out of the digestive system into the blood stream to various body tissues. 

Cimicifuga*: Used for the treatment of postpartum urinary retention, hemorrhoids, purulent infection, neurodermatitis, hot flashes. It has antibacterial antipyretic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and anticonvulsant effects. Can elevate white blood cell count and inhibit platelet aggregation and release. Lowers blood pressure, and inhibits intestine and uterus spasms. In TCM, cimicifuga clears heat and raises Yang Qi. 

Bupleurum*: The active ingredients in bupleurum root include saponins and plant sterols, which have been shown to lower fevers and reduce inflammation. It is used for a variety of conditions, including inflammatory conditions, angina, nausea, vomiting, and fever. It also strengthens the stomach and intestines and promotes blood circulation to the liver. It is often used in TCM for vertigo, emotional instability and menstrual issues. 

 

DEFEND. Herbal Tincture No. 9.

Supports the immune system, alleviates the severity and duration of acute upper respiratory discomfort

*The first three ingredients of DEFEND make up a 600 year old Chinese medicine formula called Jade Windscreen, or Yu Ping Feng San. In a 2013 clinical study, Yu Ping Feng San was found to modulate immune function by regulating the macrophage and cytokine release during inflammatory conditions. The name of the formula and its function is to literally form a protective screen around the body, shielding it from pathogens.

Astragalus root*: The major components of Astragalus membranaceus are polysaccharides, flavonoids, and saponins. Astragalus root has been well studied to have immunomodulating, anti-oxidant, and anti-inflammatory, as well as anticancer effects. It has demonstrated significant amelioration of the toxicity induced by other concurrently administered orthodox drugs (e.g., immunosuppressants and cancer chemotherapeutics). Extracts from Astragalus root shorten the duration and severity of colds and other upper respiratory infections. One clinical study found that 160 mg of astragalus twice daily may reduce sneezing and runny nose in individuals with seasonal allergies.

Atractylodes rhizome*: Atractylodes root strengthens the digestion and promotes the function of transportation and transformation of the Spleen in Chinese medicine. Its main chemical components, atractylenolide II and III, showed positive modulation to GABA-induced chloride currents suggesting that it is an effective herb for clinical use as a sedative. In this formula, this herb is used to treat or prevent spontaneous sweating in persons with weak digestive or Spleen function and debilitated weiqi (defensive qi). 

Siler root: Known in the Chinese materia medica as Fang Feng, which means “wind prevention” . In this case, “wind” refers to the “pathogenic” wind (colds, viruses, flu) that can disturb the body’s natural harmony. This aromatic perennial plant is a part of the Umbelliferae family (carrot, celery, parsley) and is used to support immune function and balance. In TCM philosophy, siler root is often combined with astragalus root for the purpose of immune support.

Siler root has also been shown to support a healthy inflammatory response.* In vitro research demonstrates that the bioactive constituents of Siler Root also have powerful antioxidant activity. According to a 2016 review published in the journal Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, in vivo research demonstrates that Siler Root can help support healthy production of nitric oxide, prostaglandin E2, tumor necrosis factor-α, and interleukin-6.*

Japanese honeysuckle flower: Many pharmacologic studies have clearly confirmed the bacteriostatic and antibacterial effects of Lonicerae japonicae flos.Compared with other commonly seen antibacterial drugs, Lonicerae japonicae flos exhibits a broader antimicrobial spectrum, more powerful antibacterial activity, and inhibition of drug-resistant bacteria. Studies suggest that Lonicerae japonicae flos extracts not only potently inhibit common pathogens such as  but also significantly suppress drug-resistant bacteria. Components of Lonicerae japonicae flos inhibit Gram-negative bacteria and Gram-positive bacteria including Streptococcus haemolyticus, Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella Typhi, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Salmonella paratyphi, Vibrio cholerae, oral pathogens, Diplococcus intracellularis, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus.

Forsythia fruit: Forsythiae Fructus has been widely used for its heat-clearing and detoxifying effects. Modern pharmacology showed that it has a variety of bioactivities, including anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, antioxidant, antitumor, antidiabetic, antihyperlipidemic, antiandrogenic alopecia, antivomiting, antiaging and anti-obesity activities, as well as neuroprotective, hepatoprotective and vasorelaxant effects.

Balloon-flower root: Primary balloon flower root include cough with excessive phlegm, sore throat, vomiting pus due to pulmonary abscess, hypochondriac pain, abdominal pain in dysentery. It opens the inhibited lung-energy, making expectoration easy, relieving sore throat, and expelling pus. It contains platycodin, whose direct stimulation on the mouth, throat, and gastric mucosa can reflexively increase the hypersecretion of bronchial mucosa and thus dilute the mucus and make it easy to discharge. It prevents cough, increases anti-inflammatory action and enhances immune function. As for anti-inflammatory effects, it works like aspirin. The extract of balloon-flower root can enhance the phagocytosis of macrophage, increase the bactericidal power of neutrophil, improve lysozyme activity, and prevent stress ulcer.

Burdock fruit: Burdock root contains multiple types of powerful antioxidants, including quercetin, luteolin, and phenolic acids. In traditional Chinese medicine it is used in remedies to relieve  measles, arthritis, tonsillitis, throat pain, and viruses like the common cold. Burdock root can also be used to treat gout, rheumatism, ulcers, acne, eczema, and psoriasis. It is a diuretic, diaphoretic, and a blood purifying agent. 

Chinese mint aerial parts: Chinese mint, Bo He, is used to treat the common cold by expelling pathogens. Mint can clear congestion of the nose, throat, bronchi, and lungs and possess anti-inflammatory properties.

Licorice root*:  Also known as glycyrrhiza or Chinese licorice, Clinical trials supports the immunomodulatory activity of this herb. The polysaccharides to up-regulate anticancer cytokine IL-7, which is important in proliferation and maturation of immune cells and it is associated with better prognosis in cancer. Licorice root has long been used in folk medicine to aid immunity, soothe cough and soothe the digestive system.

Fermented soybean: In Chinese medicine, called Dan Dou Chi, used in this formula to support the expelling of external pathogens and relieve heat.

Lophatherum stem and leaves: Pharmacology components of Lophatherum include flavonoids, phenolic acids, amino acids, manganese, zinc. It has antioxidant enzymes that enhance the body’s resistance to stress and fatigue, improves memory, and delays senescence. In Chinese medicine it is used to mildly clear excess heat in the Lungs.

Schizonepeta stemSchizonepeta extracts in high doses exhibit immunomodulation of the inflammatory response by regulating cytokine release, specifically the release of Th1 and Th2 cytokines from T cells as well as the unprimed CD4 T cells from differentiating into Th1 and Th2 cells. Schizonepeta also interrupts histamine release from mast cells to inhibit allergic reactions.

 * (organic)