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Tonics, Blood Activators, and Adaptogens

Some of the organ tonifying herbs function as blood activators, thus helping the body get rid of toxic substances. Apex Hair Tonic contains herbs that are rich in zinc and iron as well as vitamin C, which helps with the absorption of iron while benefiting the bones, joints, and accelerating wound healing.

There are three adaptogenic herbs in the formula, fo ti, wu jia pi, and wu wei zi that aid in helping us to tolerate stress, stabilize our moods, balance, restore, and protect our bodies at the same time as sedating the nervous system and energizing us at the same time. If there is any imbalance in the body, then adaptogenics work to sort out the imbalance and bring the body back to the ‘normal’ or the ‘ideal’ state.

Studies show that fo ti has almost a 90 percent success rate in reduction of grey hair and improving the quality of hair, and that's just one out of twelve herbs. Adaptogens raise resistance to various negative factors: physical, chemical, biological, and psychological. The preparations stimulate physical and mental ability, raise the organism resistance at various kinds of sicknesses, poisoning, and irradiation. They stimulate the central nervous system sex gland activities, decrease sugar and cholesterol level in blood, improve appetite, and sharpen sight and hearing. 

Experimental results show that fo ti has an analgesic effect, which is good for aches and pains. The active ingredients of the hair growth tonic’s herbs are fatty acids and esters. Its decoction can significantly reduce high-fat diet induced elevated serum total cholesterol and triglycerides. In addition, it has preventive and therapeutic effect on experimental hyperlipidemia; its alcohol extract can dilate isolated blood vessel, resist histamine, and increase coronary flow. Its alcohol extract has significant long-lasting antihypertensive effect on mice. The antihypertensive mechanism is related to muscarinic-cholinergic response; its hydroalcoholic extract can obviously inhibit the production of lipid peroxides (LPO) in liver, kidney, and spleen tissue, and its effect enhances with the increasing of extract concentration. The increasing LPO is believed as one of the underlying causes of aging and various diseases. This indicates that it has some anti-aging effect. Fo ti contains caffeic acid that has hemostatic effect, which can reduce blood clotting and bleeding time.  



Stinging nettle is a slow-acting nutritive herb that gently cleanses the body of metabolic wastes. It is one of the safest alternatives, especially in the treatment of chronic disorders that require long-term treatment.It has a gentle, stimulating effect on the lymphatic system, enhancing the excretion of wastes through the kidneys. Its iron content makes it a wonderful blood builder, and the presence of vitamin C aids in the iron absorption. As a hemetic (an herb rich in iron), this is an excellent herb for anemia and fatigue, especially in women due to its properties in that it “promotes the process of protein transanimation in the liver, effectively utilizing digested proteins, while simultaneously preventing them from being discharged through the body as waste products.”

Stinging nettle is often recommended for premenstrual syndrome because of its toxin-ridding activity. It has rich mineral value and vitamin K, which guards against excessive bleeding. When the liver is sluggish, it processes estrogen slowly, contributing to the high levels that cause or aggravate PMS. It acts as a restorative remedy during menopause, and the astringency of the herb helps in excessive menstrual flow. It increases the secretion and flow of urine, which makes it invaluable in cases of fluid retention and bladder infections. It is also anti-lithic and nephridic, breaking down stones in the kidneys and gravel in the bladder. 

It is a powerful rubefacient (removing redness on the skin) and is used to treat the following: Arthritis, bursitis, rheumatism, gout, and tendonitis. Stinging nettle contains Boron, which is a trace mineral essential for healthy bones. Boron is effective because it plays a role in helping bones retain calcium. It also has a beneficial influence on the body’s endocrine (hormonal) system, and hormones play a role in helping the body maintain healthy bones and joints. Research has shown that stinging nettle stimulates resistance to stress, and so it is now widely used as a tonic in times of stress and pressure. Regular use is said to restore vigor, improve the memory, and increase longevity. It has been used during convalescence and in the treatment of menopausal problems, geriatric debility, physical and mental stress, and a wealth of other ailments.

Eleuthero  has been used in China for 2000 years as a folk remedy for bronchitis, heart ailments, and rheumatism, and as a tonic to restore vigor, improve general health, restore memory, promote healthy appetite, and increase stamina. Referred to as ci wu ja or wu jia pi in Chinese medicine, it has been used to prevent respiratory tract infections as well as colds and the flu. It was also believed to provide energy and vitality. In Russia, eleuthero was originally used by people in the Taiga region of Siberia to increase performance and quality of life and to decrease infections.

The ability of Siberian Ginseng/eleuthero to increase stamina and endurance led Soviet Olympic athletes to use it to enhance their training. Explorers, divers, sailors, and miners used it to prevent stress-related illness. After the Chernobyl accident, many Siberian citizens were given eleuthero to counteract the effects of radiation. Regular use of eleuthero is said to restore vigor, improve the memory, and increase longevity. It has been used during convalescence and in the treatment of menopausal problems, geriatric debility, and physical and mental stress.

Eleuthero has been shown to have neuroprotective effects against breast (mammary gland) carcinoma, stomach carcinoma, oral cavity carcinoma, skin melanoma, and ovarian carcinoma. It was found to have a pronounced effect on T lymphocytes, predominantly of the helper/inducer type, but also on cytotoxic and natural killer cells. Its active ingredients may also be of use in combating herpes simplex type II infections.

Germany's Commission E approved eleuthero as a tonic in times of fatigue and debility, declining capacity for work or concentration, and during convalescence. Other uses for eleuthero are for chronic inflammatory conditions and traditionally for functional asthenia (Bruneton, 1995). Siberian Ginseng has also been reported to increase stamina and endurance, while protecting the body systems against stress-induced illness and fatigue. Eleuthero has been shown to enhance mental acuity and physical endurance without the letdown that comes with caffeinated products. Research has shown that eleuthero improves the use of oxygen by the exercising muscle. This means that a person is able to maintain aerobic exercise longer, and recovery from workouts is much quicker.

Chemicals in Siberian Ginseng appear to produce moderate reductions in blood sugar and blood cholesterol levels and modest improvements in memory and concentration. Other findings that are more positive have resulted from animal and human studies of Siberian Ginseng, and demonstrate other potential effects. Siberian Ginseng may also have mild estrogenic effects. In laboratory studies, various chemicals found in eleuthero have also shown antiviral and anticancer properties, but these effects have not been well studied in humans. Several studies were conducted to evaluate the effects of Siberian Ginseng on eye conditions and color distinction. One study evaluated the pre- and postoperative effects of Siberian Ginseng extract, 1.5 ml twice daily, on 282 male or female patients suffering from primary glaucoma (102 cases) and eye burns (58 cases). Beneficial effects were noted in both treatments. Siberian Ginseng was also found beneficial in 122 cases of myopia treatment (Zaikova, 1968).

Evidence is also mounting that Siberian Ginseng enhances and supports the immune response. Siberian Ginseng may be useful as a preventive measure during the cold and flu season. Recent evidence also suggests that Siberian Ginseng may prove valuable in the long-term management of various diseases of the immune system, including HIV infection, chronic fatigue syndrome, and autoimmune illnesses such as lupus.

Angelica (dang gui) is particularly useful in helping to end hot flashes and menstrual cramps. It is also used as a liver tonic and in treating sciatica and shingles. It is one of the most widely consumed herbs in China, and has been used by the Chinese for more than two thousand years as a strengthener of the heart, lung, spleen, liver, and kidney meridians and as a tonic for the blood. It is traditionally characterized as a warm atmospheric energy that promotes blood circulation.The root has earned a reputation as the "ultimate herb" for women. It is widely used among Chinese women as a fortifying daily tonic, much like how Chinese men rely on ginseng. Women in other parts of the world have also discovered this 5,000 year old tradition that naturally provides balancing and normalizing support for women's unique rhythms, cycles, and body systems. It is not recommended during pregnancy, menstruation, or for people taking blood thinning agents. Reports indicate that angelica may lower blood pressure in some individuals.

Dang gui contains compounds that, in laboratory tests, have demonstrated activities that may translate into reduction of pain, dilation of blood vessels, and stimulation as well as relaxation of uterine muscles. Animal studies suggest that dang guimay treats abnormal heart rhythm, prevents accumulation of platelets in blood vessels (contributing to plaque formation or atherosclerosis), protects the liver, promotes urination, acts as a mild laxative, promotes sleep, fights infection, and soothes ulcers. It has also been indicated for constipation, migraines, pain, and liver disorders.

Ju Zong Lu (saw palmetto) is a remarkable herb for both men and women, and is used by natural health practitioners to treat a variety of ailments such as testicular inflammation, urinary tract inflammation, coughs, and respiratory congestion. It is also used to strengthen the thyroid gland, balance the metabolism, stimulate appetite, and aid with digestion. This wonderful herb is becoming famous for its uses in hair growth and restoration, prostate health, sexual vitality, breast enhancement, and as a nutritive tonic. In the United States, its medicinal uses were first documented in 1879 by Dr. J.B. Read, a physician in Savannah, Georgia, who published a paper on the medicinal benefits of the herb in the April 1879 issue of American Journal of Pharmacy. He found the herb useful in treating a wide range of conditions. He wrote,"By its peculiar soothing power on the mucous membrane it induces sleep, relieves the most troublesome coughs, promotes expectoration, improves digestion, and increases fat, flesh, and strength. Its sedative and diuretic properties are remarkable."

Fu Ling is used for pain due to blood stasis and qi stagnation. Being pungent and warm with the actions of dispersing and smoothing, it can move qi and be widely indicated for various pain syndrome caused by blood stasis and qi stagnation. Because it can unblock blood vessels, regulate menstruation, and relieve pain, it is commonly used for various gynecological diseases to move blood and regulate menstruation, treating irregular menstruation, amenorrhea, postpartum abdominal pain due to blood stasis. It is also a gentle chi tonic that is used for digestive issues, calming the mind, and strengthening the spleen (and pancreatic) function.

Mu Zei (horse tail) is known for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antioxidant, coagulant, demulcent, diuretic, and astringent activity. Reportedly, it has been used in the treatment of a number of health conditions which include brittle bones, hair, teeth, and nails, white spots on nails, gingivitis, tonsillitis, inflammation of the mucous membranes of the mouth, rheumatic disorders, edema, osteoarthritis, diabetes, acne, wounds, itchiness, rashes, burns, frostbite, chilblains, athlete’s foot, cracked and tired feet, drawing out pus from boils and carbuncles, ulcers, fistulas, herpes simplex, dyspepsia (impaired digestion), gastrointestinal conditions, cardiovascular diseases, respiratory tract infections, bronchitis, fever, malaria, bladder problems, urinary tract infection, bed-wetting in children, kidney stones, prostate problems, hemorrhoids, muscle cramps, tumors, broken bones, fractures, sprains, nose bleed, and other heavy bleeding. Horsetail is also known to strengthen the body’s immune system.

Bai Guo has a long history of being used in traditional medicine to treat blood disorders and improve memory, and it’s best known today as way to potentially keep your memory sharp. There is some scientific evidence to back that up. Laboratory studies have shown that it improves blood circulation by opening up blood vessels and making blood less sticky. It’s also an antioxidant. For those reasons, bad guo may improve vein and eye health. Although not all studies agree, it may help treat dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, and intermittent claudication, or poor circulation in the legs. It may also protect memory in older adults.The leaves have two types of chemicals — flavonoids and terpenoids — that are antioxidants. In your body, harmful particles called free radicals build up as you age, and may contribute to heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease. Antioxidants like those found in ginkgo fight off free radicals and stop them from damaging DNA and other cells.

Wu Wei Zi (schisandra) generates sexual fluids in both men and women. It creates more sensitivity and sensation for women and more endurance for men. This super herb improves circulation and has the ability to dilate blood vessels, helping men achieve great stamina. The liver is a vital organ that helps the body with over 500 processes, including filtering the blood and detoxification. Wu wei zi protects the liver and helps it maintain its many functions. This super herb can raise the body’s levels of a powerful enzyme, glutathione, which is known for detoxification.

For thousands of years, schisandra has been adored by women for its ability to make the skin smooth, soft, beautiful, and moisturized. By balancing the fluids of the skin, it helps lock in hydration and protects against damage from the sun and wind. Historically, it was only available to the one-percenters in the Royal Courts of China, but now everyone can experience its beauty benefits.It also contains many important constituents for better health. It is a potent antioxidant and also has important phytochemicals, essential oils, vitamins, minerals, and beneficial fats, which is why it makes it such a powerful element in our hair growth tonic. Many people take this super herb to increase energy at the cellular level.

Wu wei zi is a powerful adaptogens that fight fatigue and increase endurance. It helps your body adjust to the environment, enabling you to handle stress and any kind of physical or mental challenge. These small berries can help stimulate the central nervous system without making you nervous like caffeine would, and therefore is very popular with those who have great physical and mental demands placed on them daily.Finally, this superfood herb quiets the spirit and calms the heart: it's good for balancing moods, so in times of high stress and not enough sleep, it helps to make you happy as well.