What dose of XYZ should I take? Besides HOW to take them, this is the number one question we get. This article is divided into two parts.
The first is a list of all our herbs and the recommended dose for easy access.
The second part gives you details that anyone taking herbs should know about how variable dose can be.
Glossary of Herbs with Recommended Dosage Info
|Product||Type||Brief Overview Description||Health||Recommended Dosage|
|Albizia julibrissin 100g||10:1 Bark and Flower Hot Water Extract||A powerful Shen tonic that annihilates stress, lifts anxious and depressed thinking and helps you sleep like a baby. Known in Chinese Medicine as the “Tree Of Happiness” for Its calming and mood-regulating effects, Our Albizia comes from the clean forests of Hubei, Sichuan in China and is sold in a powdered form, made from a 10:1 hot water extraction. It is manufactured from the bark and flowers of Albizia julibrissin as it has been done in Chinese medicine for millennia. In China, they say that the Albizia bark helps to anchor the spirit, while the flowers lighten it. Our extract has both! ||Sleep, Mood Support, Shen Builder, Anti- Stress, Antioxidants, Anxiety Reducing||3-12 Grams Daily or 2 Tsp – 2.5 Tbsp daily.|
|Black Ant Extract 100g||10:1 Extract||This product is made from a specific variety of ant known as the Polyrhachis Ant (Polyrhachis vicina). These ants live up high in the mountains and are often found among ginseng roots. They come from a pure and clean environment and can provide energy support, liver and kidney support, nutrition and much more.||Qi builder, sexual supporter, muscle builder, preworkout, DNA protectant, Wild Collected||1/2-1 Tsp twice daily.|
|Ashwaghanda Spagyric Tincture 2 fl oz||Spagyrically Prepared Tincture Full Spectrum Extract||For over 4,000 years Ashwagandha has been considered India’s most potent sexual herb and all around general tonic. This herb has the ability to help with stress, supports healthy blood sugar and cholesterol levels, immune system support, healthy sexual function and more... This is a special HIGH-quality product, biodynamically grown, spagyrically prepared and processed in Oregon, USA.||Immune System Support, Spagyric Tincture, Adaptogen,|
|One dropperful (about 30 drops) twice per day.|
|Athena Women's Formula 100g||Pine Pollen, Schisandra, Goji Berry, Longan Berry, Dong Quai, Sea Buckthorn, Shatavari||This formula is uniquely designed to support women of all ages. A combination of 7 herbs and berries that support energy, mental focus and clarity, mood and is calming, hormonal support, metabolic support, immune system tonic, enhances sex and beauty. Specific herbs in this formula have phytoestrogens that seem to work on estrogen support, helping with PMS and menopausal symptoms.||Formula, Hormone Support, Immune Support, Beauty Herbs||1 Tsp to 1 Tbsp daily.|
|Bacopa monnieri Organic Extract 30g||Organic, Supercritical CO2 and Hydroethanol (water/alcohol) Full-Spectrum Extract||The #1 Herbal Nootropic. Helps with concentration and memory, may temper anxiety and depression, reduces stress, increases neuroprotection and cerebral blood flow, balances neurotransmitters plus much more... Bacopa could be considered an adaptogen of the highest order. Its anti-stress effects come primarily through its ability to fortify the mind to withstand prolonged mental stress.||Nootropic, Memory, Brain Health, Organic||250mg or 1/4 Tsp twice daily.|
|Organic Beet Juice Powder 250g||Organic USA Beet Juice Powder||The King of Nitric Oxide, Blood Boosting, Detoxification and More. One of beets most popular benefits comes from the dietary nitrates it provides. Nitric Oxide is important for healthy heart function, supporting athletic function and workouts, increasing recovery, decreasing fatigue, and providing better energy. Beets are also loaded with powerful antioxidants that work to quell oxidative stress in the body and support detoxification.||Athletics, Nutrition, Detoxofication, Organic, Sex, Weightloss||10 Grams/ 1 Tbsp per day.|
|Blue Vervain Tincture 2 fl oz||Wild-Crafted Spagyric Tincture||Makes High Achievers Relax and Relieves Physical Pain and Aches Naturally.|
This 4,437 Year-Old Herbal Tincture Destroys Swelling and Wipes Out Pain, Coughs and Headaches Fast … while boosting energy.
A Potent All Natural Pain-Killer With Many Applications.
Discover the Herb that Ancient Cultures Relied On for Pain Relief, Detoxification and Eliminating Parasites and Bacteria while supporting digestion.
|Rest, Mood Support, Calming, Digestion||One dropper (approximately 30 drops) twice daily / 2 fl oz.|
|Chaga Organic Extract 30g||Organic 8:1 Hydroethanol Extract (alcohol and water)||Chaga is a curative mushroom most commonly found on birch trees. Chaga may be one of the Best Mushrooms for healthy immune function, antioxidants, reduces DNA damage, immune system enhancement, gastrointestinal support, liver protective, helps support optimal cognitive function, helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels, both a Jing and Shen Tonic Herb according to Chinese Medicine.||Mushrooms, Immunity, Cognitive Function, Organic||500-1000 mg or 1/4 to 1/2 Tsp daily.|
|Cistanche tubulosa 60g||Organic Hydroethanol Extract (water and alcohol)||Cistanche tubulosa. Cistanche benefits include anti-fatigue activity, stimulated nitric oxide production, Antioxidant and more...Cistanche’s sexual benefits can help with healthy sexual function, treat impotence, and strengthen the back and knees…It is used not only in mens' sexual formulas but also in womens', particularly in conjuction with fertility.||Blood Circulation, Sexual Health, Yang, Organic||1-2 grams or 1/2 to 1 Tsp daily.|
|Cordyceps Militarus 30g||10:1 Water Extract Powder||Cordyceps Militaris, the Mushroom Loved by Athletes. This is considered both a strong Yin Jing and Yang Jing herb.|
It is also considered a premiere Lung tonic, DNA protective, immunoregulatory, and antioxidant which may lend to its fatigue diminishing capabilities.
|Adaptogen, Yin/Yang Balancer, Kidney, Liver, Mushroom, Grown on Barley||1/4 to 1/2 tsp per day.|
|Dong Quai 100g||Semi-Wild Cultivated in Gansu, Inner Mongolia Province. 10:1 Hot Water Extract||Angelica sinensis, or Dong Quai (also spelled Dang Qui, Tang Kuei, and a variety of other ways) has long been used it Chinese medicine, particularly by women. For this reason, it has earned the nickname the “Female Ginseng.” Known as the #1 Blood Builder of Chinese Medicine, used in Menstrual Health and Fertility, Menopause, also considered a Uterine Tonic. Traditionally it has been used for stagnation in this area, which would include PCOS, endometriosis, ovarian cysts and uterine fibroids and much more.||Womens Hormone Health, Fertility, Menopause, Mood Support||1/2 Tsp twice daily.|
|Elderberry 30g||64:1 Full Spectrum Extract||Full-spectrum Elderberry (Sambucus) Extract offers astonishing benefits for immunity against common illnesses, promotes radiant skin, critically important gut health, healthy blood pressure, holistic antioxidant support and more!||Immunity, Digestion, Skin Health, Supports Blood Health, Fights Flu and Cold, Antioxidants, Cardiovascular Support||350 mg or 1/8 tsp daily.|
|Eleuthero 100g||10:1 Water Extract||Adaptogen previously known as Siberian Ginseng. The adaptogenic benefits range from improving memory, building blood, modulates stress, and immune system support. Great Herb for Athletes- improves output, improves use of oxygen, may help with endurance, breathing, strength gains and burning fat too! Eleuthero was used by the Soviet Union to produce the best athletes. They knew of the benefits of ginseng but wanted to find a cheaper method of increasing their abilities. Thus they came to use Eleuthero, and that is where its nickname comes from.||Adaptogen, Athletics, Increase Work Output, Muscle Builder, Fat Burner||1/2 – 1 Tsp twice daily.|
|Goji Berry Powder 250g||Freeze Dried Organic Concentrate (250 grams)||The King of Antioxidants also known as the ‘Happy Berry’. Goji berries have a reputation of being the “gateway herb” in that they’re an easy place to start for beginners yet they still pack a solid herbal punch, loaded with tons of nutrition. Supports anti-aging, healthy blood sugar levels, healthy liver function, healthy eye function, healthy immune system function and more. Our new version tastes even more Amazing! ||Immune System, Nutrition, Beauty Tonic||1-2 Tbsp per day.|
|Gynostemma Herbal Tea||Herbal Tea||The Herb of Immortality, a Strong Adaptogen with Ginseng-like Activity. Gynostemma is widely known. Gynostemma is one of those herbs that can seemingly do-it-all. In Chinese Medicine, it is considered sweet (building) and slightly bitter (good for digestion), growing Yin and supporting the Yang. It is applied to many conditions. Here are a few uses: Neuroprotective, Helps support a healthy heart, Works as a powerful antioxidant, Immunomodulatory effects, Modulates the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine.||Heart Health, Antioxidant, Cognitive Support, Adaptogen, Herbal Tea||1/4 Tsp daily brewed in a cup of hot water.|
|He Shou Wu 100g||10:1 Full Spectrum Water Extraction of Prepared Roots Per TCM Regulations (with Black Beans)||A Premier Jing tonic and ultimate kidney Jing fortifier as well as the #1 ANTI-AGING herb. The benefits target the detoxification of liver & kidneys, fertility enhancer, strengthens adrenals, slows degeneration of glands, increased nitric oxide, may help revert gray hair to original color. It must be properly prepared to gain its tonic effects.||Adaptogen, Anti-Aging, Adrenals, Kidneys, Sexual Health,||1/2-1 Tsp twice per day.|
|Herbal Soap 4.5 oz||Natural Soap Bars with Top Chinese Herbs. 2 Herbal Soap options to choose from.||Pine Pollen Spirulina Spearmint herbal Soap & Goji Berry Sandalwood herbal soap. These soaps contain antioxidants, phytonutrients, minerals and vitamins that will protect your skin from environmental damage. Knowing what you’re putting on your skin is important and therefore we also should be caring for our skin, keep it healthy, and provide it with nutrients.||Skin care, Slows aging, Superfood, antioxidants, phytonutrients, minerals, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, vitamin C, carotenoids, and polysaccharides.||Use it all over, as often as you need to clean yourself.|
|Hercules Pre-Workout Formula 100g||Cistanche, Maral Root, Shilajit, Cordyceps, Rhodiola, Black Ant||An all natural pre-workout formula designed specifically to optimize workouts, provide quicker recovery time, provide adequate nutrition and get you away from all the NO GOOD pre workouts supplements on the market. This blend is a mix of extracted natural herbs and a mineral pitch. No fake colors, no added flavors. Nothing else. Not only will Hercules Pre-Workout Formula help your workouts but you’ll likely discover lots of side effects…beneficial ones. These herbs increase antioxidant capabilities, help with sex in many ways, modulate the immune system, and so much more.||Preworkout, Endurance, Adaptogens, Muscle Building/Strength Building,|
Increase Work Capacity
|1 Tsp up to 1 tbsp 15-30 minutes before working out.|
|Horny Goat Weed 100g||10:1 Full Spectrum Water Extract||The “active” constituent of Epimedium (Horny Goat Weed) is icariin, a unique flavonoid. What is special about this molecule is that it is a PDE5 inhibitor, thus helping the body prevent the breakdown of nitric oxide in the body. Traditional Chinese Medicinal used it for a healthy sex life, urinary frequency, forgetfulness, and lower back pain among other things.||Full Plant Extract, Boost Nitric Oxide, PDE5 Inhibitor||1/2-1 Tsp twice daily.|
|Lions Mane Mushroom 30g||8:1 dual extraction||The Mushroom for the Brain is a type of edible mushroom, this mushroom has astounding mental regenerative abilities, unlike any other mushroom. This makes it a potent nootropic for the enhancement of the mind. It possesses the ability to stimulate the growth of neurons in the astrocytes by increasing NGF mRNA expression and can help repair the brain from physical damage||Nootropic, Immune Support||8:1 Dual Extract ¼ to ½ Tsp daily.|
|Longan Berry Fruit Powder 100g||Organic, semi-wild cultivated fruit powder||The fruit called Longan Berry (Dimocarpus longan Lour.) has been consumed in many parts of Asia for a millennium. Longan Berry is a great tonic herb for the Heart, Pancreas-Spleen, Shen Support, and blood building. Longan is also very rich in antioxidants because of its large amounts of procyanide and tannins. These antioxidants are one of the primary means that it works so well as a beauty herb. Traditionally, Longan has been considered to be a primer women’s beauty herb.||Heart, Spleen, Beauty Tonic, Nutrient Dence||2 Grams/ 1 Tsp daily.|
|Maca Raw Powder 250g||Raw Black Maca Root Powder||Also called Peruvian Ginseng has been a popular herbal supplement in the West for years. The two things Maca is known for in the West is for its ability to promote healthy sexual function and as a nutritional powerhouse. Maca has been traditionally used in the following areas: increase endurance/stamina, help build muscle, adaptogenic effects, promote healthy bone density, memory stabilization, and neuroprotective effects. Great in FOOD and for cooking||Nutritional powerhouse, Adaptogenic, Healthy Sexual Function, Healthy Bone Density, Cooking||10 to 30 grams which is approximately 1 to 3 Tbsp per day.|
|Mucuna 30g||Organic, Supercritical CO2 and Hydroethanol (water/alcohol) Full-Spectrum Extract||A natural source of l-dopa, an amino acid that converts into dopamine. Dopamine is an essential part of the brains working properly and can easily be depleted by stress, drug abuse, stimulants, porn or other addictions. Dopamine may assist in proper hormone levels, increase testosterone, while decreasing levels of prolactin and follicle stimulation hormone. It is considered a Jing herb.||May increase l-dopa, calming, workout, anti-oxident, jing herb, Organic, Full-Spectrum||1/2 Tsp daily.|
|Mushroom Alchemy Tincture||Dual Extracted Spagyric mushroom alchemy tincture.||American Grown and Wild crafted, 7 Mushrooms To Transfigure Your Deep Immune System Health Exclusively available at Lost Empire Herbs. Reishi, Chaga, Lion’s Mane, Shiitake, Maitake, Artist’s Conk, Turkey Tail.||Immune support, Prebiotics, Preventative measure for your continued whole body health and wellness.||15 Drops (Approx 1 Dropperful Daily)|
|Nettle Root Powder 75g||10:1 Extract||May Help Multiply the Effectiveness of Your Androgens. If you’re looking to optimize your hormones, it’s not just about increasing testosterone. In fact, you can have high testosterone and NOT see the benefits of it. Nettle Root is a Natural Aromatase Inhibitor, working to keep estrogen levels down in men. While both men and women need estrogen (in different amounts) too much is typically a bad thing, for both sexes.||Prostate Health, Aromatase inhibitor, Sexual function, Limits DHT||1/2-1 Tsp twice daily
|Nettle Root Spagyric Tincture||Wildcrafted and spagyrically prepared tincture from the USA||Wildcrafted and Spagyrically Prepared Nettle Roots main benefits include prostate health and naturally supporting FREE T by protecting against aromatization (conversion T to Estrogen).||Supports male reproductive health. Thoroughly studied for its positive effects on hormones and prostate health.||30 drops (a dropperful) twice per day|
|Pearl Powder 50g||Micronized & Fermented||Anti-Aging and Beauty Secret of Ancient Chinese Empress. Pearl powder is a complete protein. In addition to all eight essential amino acids it has nine more. Pearl powder is protective to the skin from aging. helps the skin to maintain hydration, supports bone, joint and recovery and has been shown to enhance the healing of fibroblasts, the cells in collagen that produce collagen. Collagen gives skin its elasticity and helps prevent wrinkles.||Beauty Tonic, Chinese Herb, Female, Nootropic, Sleep, Nutrition, Collagen Support||1/8-1/4 Tsp (300 to 600mg) 3X daily|
|Phoenix Formula||Shilajit, Pine Pollen, Polyrhachis Ant Extract and He Shou Wu||This formula is designed to primarily work on your Jing or primal essence. It covers both the Yin and Yang for all around power. Helps to regenerate your health and body as it works deeply to restore. Take Phoenix Formula as a daily supplement, It can give instant energy, while at the same time supporting your hormones, not over-taxing them like most energy drinks. WIll build you up while providing what your body needs in the moment!||Strength, Longevity, Preworkout, Adaptogenic, Increase Work Capacity, Supports Healthy Sexual Function, Yin and Yang,||1 Tsp to 1 Tbsp daily.|
|Pine Pollen Tincture 2 fl oz||1:1 Full Spectrum Alcohol Extract||Pine pollen tincture benefits are slightly different from the powder. In tincture form, pine pollen’s phyto-androgens like testosterone and DHEA and more bioavailable to the human body. The alcohol has drawn them out and can deliver them straight into your bloodstream, whereas with the powder, most do not make it through the digestive tract. Because this is more powerful hormonally, pine pollen tinctures are generally only recommended for men over 30 years of age. More Androgenic than the powdered form. Sublingual delivery of testosterone, DHEA and other hormones to your bloodstream. Use with the powder form for best results.||Hormone balancing, Strength/Muscle Building, contains phytoandrogens,|
|1 dropper-full twice daily cycled 5 days on 2 days off.|
|Pine Pollen||Wild-Crafted, Cell Wall Broken Pine Pollen Powder||The Superfood of the 21st Century. Pine Pollen may be one of the most potent and powerful herbs or foods available today. It is the male spore of the pine tree and has been used for thousands of years. As a nutritional powerhouse with everything in it combined you may find some of these incredible benefits. According to Chinese medicine, pine pollen enters through the five major meridians including the lungs, kidneys, spleen, heart and liver. hormonal support, strengthens the immune system, great brain food, balances androgenic and estrogenic hormones, and supports and detoxifies the liver.||Hormone Balancing, Sexual Health, Nutrient Powerhouse, good for Skin, Hair & Nails, Wild-Crafted||Pine Pollen Powder: 1/2 to 1 Tsp daily
MEGADOSING: 1 1/2 -3 Tbsp daily (5-10 Grams) Capsules: 3 caps 2x per day (.43 Grams per Capsule)
Megadosing Capsules: 11-22 caps daily (5 – 10 grams)
|Rehmannia 100g||Full-Spectrum Water Extract 10:1||One of the most used herbs in the Orient, rehmannia has a distinct reputation for replenishing the vital force. Strengthening of the kidney and joints, Rehmannia has a long history of being used to tonify the Kidneys. This meridian contains both the western conception of the kidneys, as well as the adrenals. In Chinese Medicine, the Kidneys are considered the foundation of health. What makes Rehmannia the ultimate blood building herb has a lot to do with its hematopoiesis effects (blood cell creation in bone marrow). But it doesn’t stop there; it also has significant vascular building effects as well.||Vitality, Kidney Tonic, Rebuilding, Blood Building, Cooling Herb||3-9 Grams or 1 Tsp – 1 Tbsp daily.|
|Reishi Mushroom 30g||16:1 hydroethanol (water and alcohol) extract||Mushroom of Immortality - Many tonic herbalists agree that if everyone was taking Reishi, the world would be a better place. It increases your sense of well-being and may enhance your personal evolution. Benefits may include modulated blood pressure and cholesterol, cardiovascular protection, stress reduction, immune system modulation, supports kidneys, liver, lungs and the brain, healthy blood sugar levels, helpful with joint pain, premiere Qi and Shen tonic herb according to Chinese Medicine.||Immunity, calming, Shen, Qi, grown on Hardwoods (not grain)||1/4 to 1/2 Tsp daily.|
|Schisandra Berry 30g||Organic Fruit Powder 5:1 Extract||An All in One Tonic, The Five Flavor Berry Contains All Three Treasures, Nurtures the 5 Elements and Enters All 12 Meridians. A top anti-aging herb in Chinese medicine it is said to have antioxidant (increases SOD), supports concentration and memory, increases alertness, reduces stress and exhaustion, improves night vision, slightly calming, renown beauty herb used by many women and men, supports sexual function.||Adaptogenic, works with 5 major organs, all 12 meridians, beauty herb, Organic||1/4-1/2 Tsp twice daily.|
|Seabuckthorn Berry 250g||Organic Fruit Powder||Sea Buckthorn Berry has been used historically to promote the health of the cardiovascular system, immune system as well as for anti-senility and anti-radiation effects. Some research has shown that many of the components inside Sea Buckthorn can protect the cells, modulate stress, modulate the immune system, protect the liver, support tissue regeneration and help with joint pains. It even may help in tooth decay through compounds that keep the mouth clean. Due to its strong antioxidant capabilities and other effects some are classifying Sea Buckthorn as an adaptogen. Limited human trials have shown some benefits to cardiovascular system as well as assisting with blood sugar.||Source of Omegas, Joint health, Nutritional Powerhouse, Organic||1 to 2 Tbsp daily.|
|Shilajit Resin 10g||Concentrated Resin||Shilajit is the #1 rated herb in Ayurvedic Medicine. It is highly regarded as the most powerful anti-aging substance known to the people of India. In fact according to legends it is believed to be the nectar of the gods, to be magical or have divine powers. It is certainly a powerful adaptogen and Jing substance. It was even kept Secret by Top Yogis so they could get the benefits themselves.||immunity, modulates blood sugar levels, modulates metabolism, potentiator, longevity, adaptogenic, remineralizes the body||100 mg daily.|
|Shilajit Powder 50g||Filtered Powder (Less Concentrated than resin)||Shilajit is the #1 rated herb in Ayurvedic Medicine. It is highly regarded as the most powerful anti-aging substance known to the people of India. In fact according to legends it is believed to be the nectar of the gods, to be magical or have divine powers. It is certainly a powerful adaptogen and Jing substance. It was even kept Secret by Top Yogis so they could get the benefits themselves.||Immunty, modulates blood sugar levels, modulates metabolism, potentiator, longevity, adaptogenic, remineralizes the body||1 gram per day (1/2 Tsp) daily|
|Spartan Adaptogenic Formula 100g||Schisandra, Cordyceps, Eleuthero and Rhodiola||Fight Stress, Fight Fatigue, Fight Burnout! Increase Physical and Mental Work Capacity at the same time. This formula is uniquely designed to help the everyday person fight burnout! Adaptogens can work wonders, they work within the body to help adapt to stress, and better help you get through your day.||Premiere Adaptogenic Formula, Stess Reducer, Preworkout/Post Workout, Increase Work Capacity, Mental Focus, Alertness and Health||1-2 Tbsp daily|
|Thor's Hammer Sexual Potency Formula||Tongkat Ali, Cistanche, Horny Goat Weed, Mucuna and Shilajit||For men to have top performance it comes down to a number of factors, That’s why we created this formula, to help in every area! Sadly, few people know this and thus may fail in overcoming “the scourge of men”. Basically it comes down to these physiological factors for healthy sexual function: Testosterone must be sufficiently high and freely available for sexual arousal. Blood Flow and Nitric Oxide causing vasodilation for arousal. Phosphodiesterase type 5, or PDE5 for short, an enzyme, must be low enough that the erection doesn’t go away (through its break down of cGMP, thus reducing vasodilation).||Healthy Sexual Function, Preworkout, Blood Flow, Stamina, Work Capacity, Male Hormonal Support||1 Tsp – 1 Tbsp 30-60 minutes prior to activity.
3 capsules 30-60 minutes prior to activity.
|Tongkat Ali||100:1 Water Extract||The Most Effective Male Herb on the Planet Tongkat Ali is theorized to trigger an enzyme in the testes to produce more testosterone by converting pregnenolone precursors into androgens, possibly through the effects of luteinizing hormone. It’s also been said to stop the negative feedback loop that would normally shut down this increased production. Can aide in increased lean muscle mass and weight loss.||Testosterone boosting, Muscle Building, Lowers Cortisol Levels, Energy, Male Hormonal Support||100 mg twice per day.
1 Capsule x per day.
CYCLE: 5 days on, 2 days off
|Ziziphus 100g||Full spectrum 10:1 extract||The Top Chinese Herb for Sleep. It is believed that its sedative effects extend primarily from the high concentration of jujubesides. Ziziphus has been shown to increase the amount of REM sleep in individuals. This herb has also been used for a very long time with insomniacs because of its ability to keep an individual in a state of deeper sleep. This may have to do with its effects on the neurotransmitter GABA. GABA is essential for sleep because it basically turns everything ‘OFF.’ As an inhibitory neurotransmitter, the more of this in the brain compared to acetylcholine, another neurotransmitter, the more likely you will be asleep. It is considered Shen.||Healthy, Restful, Deep Sleep, Shen Builder, Sedative, Calming||Best for sleep at 1-2 Tbsp. Otherwise 1-2 Tsp per day.|
Discussion of Dose with Herbs
I was reading through Stephen Harrod Buhner’s Healing Lyme, to learn more about the disease specifically for a coaching client of mine, and came across one of the best discussion of dosing with herbs I’ve ever seen. And so, I am sharing parts of that with you here, followed by more of my own thoughts. Hopefully, this will give you insight into how dosing with herbs really works.
Dosages are made up, created out of the blue, generally based on typical dosages used in clinical practice in various cultures around the world, usually over millennia, and an intuitive sense of the herb and its proper dose for specific conditions. There is generally a range of dosing for most herbs; there is no one dose that is ‘the right one’ for any of them.
He then goes onto to discuss three categories of herbs: food, medicinal, and toxic grades. Food grade herbs you can have a lot of. Medicinal grade herbs you can have a fair amount of, because they still cause few side effects. Toxic grade herbs are those that need to be used in very small dosages.
(Note that we only sell food and medicinal grade herbs here at Lost Empire.)
And how different countries, the USA, versus the UK, versus China tend to use differing amounts of herbs, due to the culture. This goes from small amounts, to larger amounts, to very big amounts, respectively. He continues…
The lack of understanding of the variability of dosing ranges in the United States is fostered by the (highly inaccurate) paradigm of pharmaceutical dispensing that American physicians use. There is a common belief that there is a single accurate dose (discovered through reductive, analytical science) for every pharmaceutical. It isn’t true; it never has been. Drug doses need to be adjusted for age, weight, height, sex, and side-effect emergence. That few physicians do so is one of the reasons that properly prescribed pharmaceuticals (that is, according to the drug guidebooks given out by pharmaceutical companies) are, at minimum, the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and why some three million people a year are hospitalized (or permanently disabled) from using them. Herbs, in contrast, are very safe; they do not produce those kinds of outcomes. So, please understand that dosages listed are, again, just a starting place. You may not need very high doses or you may.
When all you know of ‘medicine’ is from an authoritative doctor saying, “Take two and call me in the morning,” it is understandable that dosing may be a foreign thing to you.
When we deal in powders and tinctures, rather than pills, it is even further from the average Western mind even having a mental concept for what to do with this stuff.
Furthermore, when you add in that some herbs are essentially raw (Pine Pollen Powder, Seabuckthorn, Beet, etc.) versus other ones that can be very potent extracts (like Tongkat or Reishi) it can cause further confusion. Why do I take a tablespoon of this one and just 100mg of that one? The answer is different extract strength drastically changes dose.
So please look at all of our recommended dosages as just that, recommendations. They’re a good starting point. We are not doctors. They are not prescriptions.
In general, it is good to start on the smaller side. Start with the minimum dose recommended. Notice the effects.
If you haven’t already, please read this article about noticing the effects and the five categories of time things may fall into. This is also important to know if you’re working with trying to find the best dose of herbs for you.
If you’re not noticing anything, or you’re starting to get good effects but want more, increase your dosage. Move towards the upper end of the recommended dose. If the effects get better keep taking this dose.
And you certainly can go above our recommended dosages too. There is a time and a place to take a lot of an herb. I’ve taken three tablespoons of he shou wu to see what happens. I know people that have done six to eight dropperfuls of pine pollen tincture per day.
You can also do less than the recommended dose. I feel like our rhodiola is very potent, so I often only take 100 to 200mg in a dose when I take it. I can feel the effects at this smaller dose. (Our recommended dose is 300 to 500 mg.)
Feel free to experiment in this way. We highly encourage it.
But first, realize that dosing does not always respond in a linear manner. We expect things to go like this:
In reality, more is NOT always better. Many times, dosage with herbs actually work like this.
Too much can even cause the opposite effect of what you’re going for!
That means there is an optimal dose. We *think* the optimal dose will be somewhere in the recommended dose range. That’s why we recommend it. But, as Buhner said, this depends on age, weight, height, and sex. In short, it depends on you.
When some people are taking herbs for sexual improvements they tell us they were worse off than before! Obviously, that’s not what any of us want. And it may be that you overshoot the optimal amount. Try less and see what happens. OR maybe you’re just not taking enough. Who knows!
Again, this is why we recommend you experiment. We can give you a place to start, but only YOU can find the optimal dose for you.
(And, of course, even that will change over time. The optimal dose today is not the same as a year from now, and not even necessarily tomorrow!)
Complicated, I know. Welcome to the world of health and biology.
I wish I could give you the exact dose that is going to work for you. But I can’t. Even if I was working with you one on one, I couldn’t do this. After an intensive intake I could point you to the right herbs and may be able to better narrow down the optimal range…perhaps. But even then, part of figuring out dosage is in the taking of it then altering it up or down based on effects.
I know this isn’t the authority figure telling you exactly what to do, that you may want. I am not a doctor. I am not god. In my mind, part of being healthy is accepting self-responsibility for it. Ultimately, the herbs you take and how much of them is up to you.
Hopefully, this article has enlightened you as to understanding dosage with herbs better. And if you have any questions please post them in the comments below.
Plus, here are a few links to related articles that will further clarify the issue (or raise even more questions):
- Extract Strength and Type
- How to Cycle Herbs and Which Herbs to Cycle
- How Long Does It Take For Herbs To Work?
- How to Take Herbs
- What Stops Herbs from Working?
- How Long Should You Take Herbs?
- Megadosing Herbs
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