- Dong chong xia cao (Cordyceps)
Affects based on the TCM:
- Tonifies insufficient essence of the kidneys SHEN JING XU
- Tonifies insufficient yang of the kidneys SHEN YANG XU and yin of the lungs FEI YIN XU
- Disperses excessive phlegm TAN and stops bleeding
- Tonifies insufficient surface defensive energy WEI QI XU
- Allergic diseases (allergic rhinitis, asthma etc.)
- Reduced immunity with frequent infections or inflammations
- Autoimmune diseases
- Neoplastic diseases, conditions after chemotherapy and radiotherapy
Description according to traditional Chinese medicine: This is a modification of the original traditional Chinese herbal mixture DONG CHONG XIA CAO WAN, adjusted to meet today’s needs. Traditional Chinese medicine does not habitually use a single product to concoct herbal mixtures because it follows the principle that “one herb does not bring the spring.” Cordyceps sinensis (caterpillar fungus) is, however, a real gem, one of the jewels of the Chinese pharmacopoeia, and traditional Chinese medicine is happy to make an exception here. In fact, Cordyceps is composed of fungus (representative of the plant kingdom) and a larva (representative of the animal kingdom), i.e. translated into today’s language: 2 in 1. It can therefore efficiently strengthen YANG as well as YIN, and in particular the kidney essence JING, which is the most important part of our organism, responsible for the condition of the body, the soul and the mind. The kidney essence JING is, figuratively speaking, wax on the candle of our life which slowly but inexorably decreases and depletes. There are not too many products in traditional Chinese medicine that would top up and multiply the kidney essence JING without actually weakening other organs. Cordyceps offers these properties and thanks to its extraordinary characteristics regenerates our organism, exhausted either by diseases and medicines or by physical or mental work (recharges the batteries). It is good also for healthy people to maintain their health not only in terms of quantity (life expectancy), but in particular its quality. Many of today’s “modern” diseases, such as conditions with impaired immunity (frequent and recurring infections, asthma) or conversely elevated immunity (all allergic diseases, eczema, autoimmune diseases, cancers) are, according to traditional Chinese medicine, caused by a lack of inborn kidney essence JING and YANG (i.e. coldness in the lower burner), which slowly results in deficient YIN in the lungs (pseudo-heats in the upper burner), causing the well-known infections, inflammations, allergies and eczema. This “coldness down and heat up” is manifested e.g. as a feeling of cold feet and pink cheeks. Antibiotics, chemotherapeutics and synthetic corticosteroids “cool down” the heat in the lungs (in the upper burner), thus suppressing the inflammation, but at the same time “cool down” the already dwindling kidney essence JING (in the lower burner), putting wet wood on an almost extinguished fire and thus opening the door to the infamous vicious circle… No chemical medicine provides black-and-white effects – it is either black, or white, but Cordyceps actually offers these ideal, harmonizing, “black-and-white” properties, so needed for our organism.
In China, Cordyceps is used even where Western medicine deploys medicines of the biggest calibre, such as hormonal corticoids. These synthetic corticoids, as we know, have a number of negative side effects and do not treat the cause (only suppress the symptoms), and they are used against a number of conditions. Cordyceps also has effects similar to those of corticoids, but without any such side effects on the health of people, so it becomes a truly unique herbal product. Another huge advantage of Cordyceps is that it can be used in the long term, without any difference in sex and age and without any observed side effects.
Packaging: 30g of herbal powdered product (100% natural, without any synthetic or binding agents).
Dosage: 1 measuring cup 2 times daily (preferably in the morning and at noon, because for night it is then a plethora of unneeded energy), children from 3 to 8 years of age take 1 measuring cup daily (the levelled measuring cup is about 1.5 g).
- Dong chong xia cao (Cordyceps)
Each batch of our herbal products is tested in the accredited Phytax laboratory for medicines in Schlieren (Switzerland). This testing identifies herbs, but also heavy metals (mercury, cadmium, lead, arsenic, and copper), bacteria (E. coli, salmonella, total number of bacteria), mould, yeasts and aflatoxins. TCM Herbs is the only supplier in Europe that tests each batch of herbs for all its herbal tablets. Among other things, the herbal products are tested for 511 types of pesticides (4 groups). This is because pesticides have become a worldwide problem, especially in products from the so-called third world. Customers buy herbal products in the belief that they are completely natural, but often these products are “contaminated” with other undesirable “chemicals”.
The herbal tablets and beverages from our company (TCM Herbs) are the only ones in Europe to have been additionally tested. Among others, our products are tested for 511 pesticides — and this number is continuously increasing due to the use of new pesticides. Pesticides are now becoming a global problem! Such a range of checks on pesticides cannot even be detected in laboratories in Europe. Neither is anyone testing it, because unfortunately European legislation does not require these examinations. This comprehensive testing of each batch, and each herb beyond the normal examinations does require considerable financial costs, but the quality of herbs and safety of our products is our absolute priority.
Laboratories are different
A certified laboratory for food supplements is obliged to examine the presence of heavy metals, fungi, and bacteria. However it only determines a smaller range of pesticides and its requirements for their quality content in herbs are lower.
On the other hand, a certified laboratory for medicines also identifies individual herbs and, in particular, tests the entire range of pesticides (at least 500 types) and has higher requirements for the quality in herbs. In the EU, there are only a few laboratories like that and the prices for their services are rightly high. Today, it is therefore very important to know which laboratory tests the dietary supplement and what the tests are focused on; if each batch and each herb are tested, or just a random sample, for how many pesticides, how many added ingredients and how many additional binding agents the product contains, etc. – otherwise consumers could be easily deceived and disappointed (you can find more details at Safety and Quality of TCM Herbs Products).
All our herbal products are tested in a certified laboratory for medicines.
The above information implies that herbal tablets and drinks of TCM Herbs are, in terms of quantity (concentration of herbs in the mixture is 5 times higher, i.e. 1 g of a herbal tablet equals 5 g of raw herbs) and quality (unprecedented testing of each batch), among the best products we can imagine and enjoy in terms of today’s natural medicines.