Dew Drops is first and foremost a moistening Yin tonic. It improves the fluid status of the body. In particular it supports the healthy fluid status of the lungs, skin, digestive tract and eyes. It is also a very good Qi tonic. Finally, it is a lovely and effective Shen tonifying formulation.
The Herbs in Dew Drops
American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolium) is the most famous moisturizing herb in the world. It supports fluid production throughout the body and is a superb Qi tonic. American Ginseng is different than Asian Ginseng in that it is cooling.
Asparagus root tonifies the Kidney, Heart, Lungs and Stomach, but its most overt action is to help promote fluids. Consistent consumption of Asparagus root is believed to help promote lovely, smooth, radiant skin, and shiny hair. It helps moisten the lungs in a healthy way. Asparagus root is cooling in nature, as it moisturizes healthy tissue.
Prince Ginseng (Radix Pseudoginseng) is an excellent Qi tonic that can be used much as American Ginseng is used. It can tonify Qi while not creating excess heat. As a Yin tonic, it can be combined with American Ginseng to nourish the Lungs. Used with the other herbs in this formulation, it can help generate fluids and allay thirst. Prince Ginseng is not in fact a variety of Ginseng, though it was traditionally used as a substitute for Ginseng either when Ginseng was inappropriate because it was too warm, or when Ginseng was too expensive or unavailable. It is a different kind of herb – it does not contain ginsenosides, but is does tonify Qi.
Lily bulb is primarily used to help moisten the Lungs. It has mild but effective balancing influence on the emotions. It is capable of calming agitation and helping to relieve short-term anxiety, grief and despair.
Poria is very widely used in Chinese herbalism. It is traditionally used as a Qi tonic to benefit the internal organs. It is a solid fungus which grows on the roots of old pine trees. It is used in hundreds of classical formulas to improve the flow of water through the body. It is especially commonly used in Qi tonics for this purpose. Poria is also mildly calming. Poria is considered to be highly nourishing. It is one of the primary longevity herbs and is included in most longevity tonics. Poria is a powerful immune system tonic. Since Poria was a popular food among the imperial concubines for its antiaging qualities, there are still two huge Poria from the Qing Dynasty kept on display in the Forbidden City (the Imperial Palace) in Beijing.
Licorice root is used as a harmonizing ingredient in many Chinese herbal formulations. It is used in more formulations than any other herb in Chinese herbalism. Though it is considered to be the quintessential “servant” herb, it is often referred to as the King of Herbs, in spite of the fact that Ginseng also bears the title. Its sweet and pleasant flavor help make some unsavory formulations palatable, and otherwise bland tasting formulas, excellent. So it noticeably contributes to the flavor of Dew Drops. It is believed that Licorice root “harmonizes” the ingredients in an herbal formulation, eliminating harshness of action and promoting smooth activity of the herbs. It is therefore called “the Great Harmonizer.”
Who can use it? Anyone, and especially those who are dry due to temporary environmental conditions
Specifications: 2 fl. oz.
Ingredients: Chinese Asparagus root, American Ginseng root, Psuedostellaria root tuber, Poria sclerotium, Lily flower, Chinese Licorice root
Other Ingredients: water, alcohol
Usage: 3-12 droppers per day or as directed by your health care practitioner
Remember Ron Teeguarden’s “First Rule of Tonic Herbalism,” summed up in a single word – Compliance. If you don’t take the herbs, they won’t work.”