Tonic herbalism is the practice of consuming herbs for non-medicinal purposes to help the body adapt to the stressors of modern-day life, promote healthy aging and support the immune system. Calling something a tonic often means it’s “good” for a person or a specific tissue or organ.
Tonic herbs include botanicals, minerals (from earth and sea), and some animal products with known functions, such as deer antler velvet. They come from all over the world and from an amazing range of environments:
- the highest mountains in the world
- the harshest deserts
- beautiful mountain forests
- tropical rainforests
- wetlands, lakes, seas and oceans
From Where Are Dragon Herbs Ingredients Sourced?
The source of an herb is of the utmost importance to Dragon Herbs. This company understands a poor source will provide poor material. What distinguishes poor quality from amazing quality, and the cost that goes with it? The purity, the chemistry, the phyto-nutritional balance, and the energetics of the plant’s root all play a role in their effect on the human body. Just because a product says “ginseng” doesn’t mean you’re getting a high-quality herbal substance. If you want results, always go for superior quality.
The majority of Dragon Herbs ingredients are botanical, a few are natural minerals, and a few are derived from animals. They use vegan capsules and shun all GMOs and adulterated or contaminated ingredients.
What Quality Can You Expect From Dragon Herbs?
Ron Teeguarden, the creator of Dragon Herbs, proclaims he’s “obsessed by the issue of quality,” and has spent many years developing his sources and production methods. His company always use the best herbs they can get their hands on. Forget the brokers – in many cases, Dragon Herbs buys directly from the herb collectors and farmers themselves.
Since herbs are typically difficult to consume raw, they are best extracted in some fashion. Raw herbs contain a large variety of complex chemicals, which can be carefully extracted without being destroyed, altered or lost in the process. These are known as the active constituents and include saponins, flavonoids, essential oils, polysaccharides, terpenes, alkaloids and many more.
To extract these active constituents most effectively, Dragon Herbs uses state of the art herbal manufacturing technologies to produce their concentrated, superior herbal products, preserving the original tonic effect of the herbs. All their premium herbs are meticulously selected based on traditional source, appearance, taste, freshness and laboratory testing.
Dragon Herbs Ingredient Testing Practices
Herbs and botanicals used by Dragon Herbs are laboratory tested for quality at major scientific institutions, such as the Shanghai Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Their herbs never contain pesticides, fungicides, chemical solvents or other such contaminants, and are very low in heavy metals. They meet all FDA and WHO health safety levels and believe their products only contain naturally occurring amounts of metals inherent in very minute amounts in the soil of the earth.
Our Favorite Dragon Herbs Products
#1: I love Tonic Alchemy, which is 91 ingredients in one fantastic blend! What’s in the name? Tonic = giving the feeling of vigor or well-being; invigorating. Alchemy = a seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination. These two worlds colliding produced an elixir that nourishes the whole body.
Here’s a snapshot of what’s in Dragon Herbs Tonic Alchemy:
- Organically grown green superfoods, grasses & grass juices, vegetable juices and super-sprouts
- Major tonic herbs, including premium reishi mushroom, chaga mushroom, goji, schisandra, rhodiola and he shou wu
- Predigested (fermented) herbs and superfoods
- Antioxidant superfruits
- Wild sea vegetables
- Fiberous superfoods
- Probiotic strains
Tonic Alchemy is also really easy to incorporate into your daily routine.
#2: Adaptogens are my jam! I love what they do for me, especially when I’m feeling stressed. When it comes to adaptogens, it’s certainly allowed to blend different adaptogens to take at the same time. The herbs in Dragon Herbs Super Adaptogen Energizer support the body’s ability to adapt to and manage normal stress levels and support immune system function. Adaptogens in this blend include: Reishi mushroom, Schisandra Berry, Licorice Root, Siberian Ginseng, Ginseng Root, Ant, Astragalus Root, Gynostemma Leaf and Lycium Berry.
#3: Ant has been widely used and highly regarded in China as a tonic for over 3,000 years as an adaptogenic energy tonic. It’s the perfect Qi tonic for active individuals and athletes, and is rich in zinc. Dragon Herbs Super Ant is a combination of raw Changbai Mountain Ant – 50% raw micropowder and 50% 10:1 powder extract. Ant is considered the King of Herbs!
What are your favorite Dragon Herbs products? Please let us know which products you love and how you use them.
Kelly Harrington, MS, RDN
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for Healthy Goods