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Fu Zheng Tonic

Immuno-depression is a common problem in clients suffering from chronic disease or debility states. Whether this is due to the disease/debility state itself, drug treatments used to treat symptoms and/or a general decline in health, it is of great benefit to support the immune system with herbal remedies.
When rebuilding general health and immunity, we tend to use a combination of Chinese tonic herbs which have been used for centuries to help balance and tone the body, and to protect it from external diseases. Although these herbs can be used singularly they are of most benefit when in balanced combinations addressing the needs of the different systems of the body. When seeing individuals, we tailor our herbal suggestions to their particular symptoms but also add Fu Zheng Therapy in their treatment plan.

Fu Zheng Therapy is a form of traditional Chinese herbalism that literally means ďto restore normalcy and balance to the body.Ē It does not specifically treat any infection or disease state but helps rebuilt the bodyís resistance and innate strength so that it may more effectively contend with the manifestations of the disease. The following formula is based on herbs traditionally used in Fu Zheng Therapy.

Astragalus membranaceus (Astragalus)- The polysaccharides in this plant are thought to be responsible for itís deep immune building effects which include increasing the number of macrophages, enhancing T-cell transformation and increasing phagocytosis. Chinese medicine classifies it as a warm, sweet tonic which enhances the functions of the spleen and lung.

Schizandra sinensis (Schizandra)- Studies have shown this plant to be a stimulant herb affecting the central nervous system thus enhancing energy levels and mental acuity. It also protects liver cells from fatty degeneration and enhances lymphocyte transformation. The Chinese regard it as a warm, astringent tonic affecting the kidneys and lungs.

Ganoderma lucidium (Reishi) - This fungus, also known as the Reishi mushroom, has been long used as a immuno-supportive herb. Studies show itís mechanism of action to involve an increase in T-cell and macrophage activity.

Atractylodes macrocephala (Bai Zhu)- This herb has been shown to have a protective effect on the liver as well as enhancing phagocytic function of the white blood cells. The Chinese see it as a bitter warming tonic acting on the stomach and spleen.

Codonopsis pilosula (Dang Shen)- The roots of this plant have been used as a substitute for the more expensive Ginseng but the two may be interchanged as their effects are very similar. They are both used to treat dampness and heat. Clinically they enhance the growth of red blood cells, T-cell formation and increase the level of IgG antibodies in the bloodstream.

Glycyrrhiza uralensis (Licorice)- Licorice is a known anti-viral as well as an anti-bacterial agent. It is classified as a sweet chi (energy) tonic by the Chinese.

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Blue Mountain Apothecary
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9145 Guilford Rd. #160

Columbia, MD  21046
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