Tea, the great connector
Shen Nong, the father of all Chinese Medicine called Tea, “the King of All Medicinal Herbs”. It is adaptagenic and brings health and harmony to the mind, body and spirit. In the Native American sense, Tea is truly “medicine” in that it aligns and reconnects us to the Earth and all life on it. As holy plant medicine, Tea has the ability to give its powerful Qi (life force energy) and open the chi meridian channels (nadis) which may be blocked. Tea ceremony participants can literally feel higher levels of Qi course through their bodies bringing balance, healing, and consciousness awakening.
The Superior Herbalism
Asian Tonic herbalism is the most sophisticated and effective herbal system in the world. It differs from the Western herbal systems in that it emphasizes the promotion of health rather than the elimination of disease. Of the several thousands herbs used in the Asian herbal system, there is an elite group of about a hundred herbs known as the "Superior Herbs." These very special herbs have become known as the "tonic" herbs of Asian herbalism.
The tonic herbs have traditionally been used by the people of Asia to enhance vitality and lengthen life. The most extraordinary of the tonic herbs were used by the wisest and wealthiest people because they were believed to possess profound health and performance-enhancing benefits. These Superior Herbs are not considered to be "medicinal" in the usual sense of the word.
Only herbs that meet a specific qualifications are considered "tonic" in nature. For an herb to be recognized as a tonic, it must have been found over many centuries to have profound general health-promoting actions that result in a long and healthy life.
Secondly, the tonics must have no negative side-effects when used reasonably, so they may be taken continuously over a long period of time if desired, yielding cumulative, long-term benefits. This emphasis on safety is in accordance with the first law of Asian herbalism - "Do no harm."
Thirdly, a tonic must be believed to affect the psyche so as to help improve one's state of spiritual and emotional wellbeing and happiness.
Fourthly, most of the herbs in this category taste just fine. In fact, many of these tonic herbs are routinely used in healthy cooking. The tonic herbs are considered to be the fifth food group in the Asian diet. They are the "superfoods." The fact that they are broadly used in Chinese cuisine is testimony to their safety.
It is important to note that tonic herbalism actually includes tonic herbs from all around the world. In order to achieve superior health and wellbeing, one must work on all aspects of one's life. However, it has become clear over many centuries that the great tonic herbs can play a key role in achieving and maintaining glowing health, and can make a very large contribution toward our ultimate wellbeing, happiness and longevity.