Superfeast tonic herbs, adaptogens and medicinal mushrooms are something special, with thousands of years of history behind them
An important part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), tonic herbs fall into the “superior herb” category. These are the herbs that are collectively known to be safe, gentle, well-tolerated and effective. Tonic herbs do not force the body to change, but rather work with it to adapt, allowing a measured, nourishing and normalising effect to unfold within the body and its systems. Traditionally consumed daily to promote longevity and prevent illness, these remedies offer nourishment to the vital organs, strengthen essential functions and improve quality of life – without negative side effects. Tonic herbs are further categorised as Yin, Yang, Qi and Blood tonics.
Many of the tonic herbs also fall into a category of foods called ‘adaptogens’ as they aid the body to modulate one or many of its functions.
For a herb to be classified as an adaptogen it must embody certain characteristics; Its consumption must not cause harm or place additional stress on the body. It must promote healing within the body via a non-specific action, providing support for all of the body’s vital systems, including the nervous system, endocrine system and immune system. It must be adaptive in nature, assisting the body to overcome any physical, psychological or environmental stressor.
Tonic herbs are not a trend. They are grounded in thousands of years of empirical evidence within TCM and Ayurveda. Their safety has been verified in modern times with scientific research, confirming the effects the ancient herbal scientists monitored over thousands of years of practice.
Medicinal mushrooms are unmatched in their ability to build immunity and adaptability within the body and are among some of the world’s most prized tonic herbs. In the wild, medicinal mushrooms are tree dwelling, favouring the bark of the particular trees in which to grow.
Superfeast tonic herbs first came to my attention in 2016 via my friend Lorella Doherty when I was struggling with poor health after my second baby. She taught me about the modern-day plight known as adrenal fatigue, or HPA dysfunction, and encouraged me to try out a product called Jing.
I had little disposable income but I was committed to my healing journey so I purchased a jar, taking the minimum daily dose to make it last longer, and in a month I was beginning to cultivate a new, gentle energy. I also started on (and my family still takes) ashwagandha, an Ayurvedic adaptogenic revered for it’s ability to aid sleep, stabilise mood, cultivate calmness, reduce stress, build immunity, and increase energy. It was an integral part of my healing journey.
I find myself drawn to different herbs along my journey depending on what my body requires. Our “pantry permanents” for stress management, gut health, and immune support are Mason’s Mushrooms and ashwagandha. I have used Jing, schizandra, Beauty Blend, astragalus, reishi, chaga, and Qi (chi) with incredible results. Take these herbs consistently on a long term basis and reap the rewards of vibrant health.