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Four Gentlemen (Si Jun Zi Tang) Herbal Tincture

Four Gentlemen (Si Jun Zi Tang) Herbal Tincture

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Size: 1 oz (w/dropper included)-- approx. 10 days supply


What is it?:

Four Gentlemen Liquid Tincture (Si Jun Zi Tang) is a Chinese Medicine formula that is properly classified as a "qi tonic". This means that it contains herbs that combine to boost energy levels in the body, aid sluggish digestion, combat fatigue, and help strengthen the immune system. Its use was first recorded c. 1100 AD, and it is the base formula from which a number of more specialized formulas that deal with poor digestion, bloating, and nausea/vomiting are based.

We use Ren shen (and not Dang shen) as the chief herb in our formulation of the Four Gentlemen: It is a commonplace and acceptable practice to substitute Dang shen (Codonopsis) for Ren shen (Asian ginseng root) when commercially producing this formula (at a ratio of approx. 3:1). It's an acceptable substitution, but it means that you don't get the special deep healing qualities unique to Ren shen, For example, it tonifies Source (or yuan) qi to address the deepest of healing needs. Dang shen is a very good qi tonic, but it does not go deep like that. The use of Ren shen in China goes back 2000+ years, and there a reason they call it the "King" of the qi tonics.

If you are someone who runs hot, this formula is NOT a good choice to take long-term (i.e. more than a week or two) as it is energetically warming and will exacerbate that imbalance... you can still take it, but there are better, more balanced formulas out there for people who have heat signs.

What else you might like to know:

Also (for the TCM student): when tonifying qi, it's often a good idea to move qi as well. I like to add something like Chai hu or Xiang fu to the Four Gents (depending on where the qi flow is blocked), but there no one "right" way to do it!

It is important to understand that Chinese herbs work by restoring balance to the body. This means that you usually have to take an herb or a formula for a longer period of time than you would with pharmaceuticals in order to get results-- usually at least a month, and often times longer than that... it all depends on the individual and the nature of the ailment being addressed.

What is it good for:

  • symptoms of sluggish digestion: abdominal bloating, stomach "gurgles", undigested food in stools etc...
  • fatigue, lack of energy & motivation, unusually tired during the day, etc...
  • can help strengthen the immune system
  • shortness of breath, wheezing, "weakness" in the Lung

Traditional Chinese medicine benefits:

  • tonifies Spleen, Lung, and Source qi
  • tonifies Kidney qi and yang
  • tonifies blood
  • generates fluids
  • nourishes the Heart

Ingredients: Asian ginseng root (Ren shen), White atractylodes (Bai zhu), Poria fungus (Fu ling), Honey-fried licorice root (Zhi gan cao)

Directions for use:

Shake Well before each use.

Maintenance Serving: Dissolve 1-2 droppers (1/2 tsp.) in warm water or juice 2-3 times daily.

Augmented Serving: Take 1 full tsp. 2 to 3 times daily in warm water or juice or as directed by a qualified herbalist familiar with the use of Chinese herbs and formulas.

To evaporate alcohol place in hot water.

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