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I’m excited to offer RAKTA (Sanskrit for “blood”) to help us nourish Chi: the vital energy of life and to fortify our blood.
In today’s world, many of us are choosing to adopt vegetarian or vegan diets for health and environmental reasons, and because it is a more humane diet. But one primary issue needs to be addressed, possible anemia, particularly among women during reproductive years.
Over time, humans have genetically acclimated to eating some red meat in order to attain bio-available ferris iron, also referred to as heme iron. This easily assimilated iron is very important in the health of our blood – making it red. Red meat is the best source of heme iron.
As a vegetarian, I have been concerned when encountering anemia in many vegan and vegetarian women and some men. I sought to provide a solution, and while writing my book, Raw Chi, I found it.
In Chinese herbology, certain special herbs are classified to “build blood”. This classification happened because the Chinese civilization, until recently, did not eat red meat and they needed to keep their population healthy.
Dang Gui is the most renowned blood-building herb. Its exact therapeutic mechanisms on blood fortification are not yet known but, Dang Gui has been used successfully for millennia and is a primary herb in formulas for women as well as for general blood building.
Ligusticum is another herb for building and fortifying the blood, as is prepared Rehmannia (glutinosa). White peony root “moves blood and Chi” and is an indispensable herb for vital energy-flow throughout the body. White peony root is included in formulas to support healthy female fertility cycles (mense) and is said to “break up Chi stagnation” therefore helping alleviate discomfort during the menstrual cycle.
But that’s not all. I add herbs for “warming the middle jiao.” These herbs, including White Atractylodes and codonopsis, assist the metabolic functions in helping remove unwanted accumulations of fat and moisture (edema) which cause unwanted bloating. Then I add herbs for assisting the general circulation and heart health: Salvia (milthorriza) and Gynostemma.
Altogether, RAKTA is a wonderful “warm Chi” formula, helping distribute vital essences throughout the body to help alleviate cold hands and feet, loose stool or constipation, lethargy by assisting the body in energy production, and fortifying and moving the blood.
I’m proud of this one! An indispensable formula for men and women who choose non-meat or low-meat diets, for those who need more energy, and for helping regulate healthy female menstrual cycles.
Rehmannia, White Peony root, Ligusticum, Codonopsis, White Atracylodes, Jujube Date, Raspberry, Lohan Quo, Dang Gui, Salvia milt., Goji, Gynostemma, Schizandra, Bamboo, ORMUS.
I am a tonic herbalist in the 5000 year old Gate of Life lineage (est. 2975 BC) of Chinese Tonic Herbalism. After completing an eight-year traditional apprenticeship, my
teacher entitled me Superior Herbalist. He and I are theonly persons in the western world to hold such titles. Because of this, I feel entrusted and duty-bound to uphold the wise traditions and integrity of these ancient herbal teachings. Now 22 years after going out on my own, and writing 4 books on Tonic herbalism, I am ready to release the most sophisticated super-formulas of my career. My deep understanding of TCM alchemy is evident in these formulations, and their efficacy.
As we move into a new age, I have created many innovations including introducing pure, excipient-free, 10:1 powdered herbal extracts (zero fillers or bulking agents). I also innovated the straight-sided jar with bulk powdered herb extracts to drink as elixirs. I pioneered the use of bamboo (high in silica) to prevent caking (hardening) of the powders, and I introduced adding Shilajit and ORMUS into the formulas. Shilajit is the top Rasayan in Ayurvedic medicine, and is undoubtedly the most health-bestowing substance on Earth. Shilajit is composed of concentrated mineral and humic remains of primeval forests ~ entire eco-systems ~ and is said to contain all 125 elements. My Shijalit is sourced in the high Himalayas, and is in the traditional triphala blend, as used by Sufis. ORMUS
was taken by Egyptian Pharaohs as a longevity tonic; urns containing ORMUS have been found in Egyptian tombs. ORMUS is thought to be a “dedication device” existing at the threshold between energy and matter. These ingredients act as amplifiers of the beneficial effects.
Having formulated many sophisticated herb products for Shaman Shack Herbs, Moon Juice, CAP Beauty and more, I feel it is time to invest my full knowledge and spirit into a unique herb product line. Surely, these are among the top-most sophisticated formulas in the powdered herb extract market.
Click here to play the newest interview with Rehmannia Dean Thomas, about his history as a tonic herbalist, and his new line of formulas, SuperTonic Herbs. Rehmannia is one of only a handful of Westeners to hold the title of Superior Herbalist, and this is reflected in the quality of his formulas, and the extent of his communication with the plants. He shares with us the properties of Ormus and Shilajit, as well as on the top five tonic herbs, including Astragalus, Schizandra and Rehmannia.
Add 1 level teaspoon to a mug of hot water. Add creamer (suggested milks of almond,
cashew, oat, flax,) and sweetener to taste.