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Is possible to answer which herbal, plants substances are in PhytoChi herbs the most important?

 Answer: PhytoChi contains roughly 10%-15% aloe vera (the dehydrated gel powder we use is a 150-200 times concentrate that when reconstituted in water is equivalent to 10%-15% fresh single-strength aloe vera in our PhytoChi).  The important components in this aloe vera (e.g., polysaccharides) do not show up in PhytoChi’s HPTLC fingerprint.  But they would show up in analyses by mass spectrometry and other more expensive and complicated techniques.

PhytoChi is not a good source of vitamins and minerals, though it could contain some essential trace elements from astragalus, reishi, fo-ti, schisandra, Cherokee rosehip, etc.  However, I wouldn’t recommend PhytoChi as a major source of these nutrients because it is much easier and more reliable to simply obtain these nutrients from a daily multivitamin and mineral tablet.

The most important nutrients and bioactive components we can obtain from PhytoChi include polysaccharides (e.g., astragalus, lycium, cured fo-ti, aloe vera), flavonoids and other polyphenols (e.g., LiFE, astragalus), stilbenes, lignans, etc. (e.g., fo-ti, schisandra), triterpenes (American ginseng, reishi, etc.), and glycosides of sterols, triterpenes, lignans, and polyphenols (e.g., eleuthero, reishi), etc.  These phytochemicals (also called phytonutrients) each has one or more of the following biological effects in the body – tonic, anti-inflammatory, immunomodulating, stimulant, calming, antioxidant, antitoxic, antiviral, anti-atherosclerotic, hypolipemic, hypotensive, hypoglycemic, improving memory, and numerus others).  Many of these effects we don’t normally get from known vitamins
and minerals products. They only come from herbs, especially Chinese tonic herbs; or from eating many times more of the usual fruits and vegetables that are normally found in American and European supermarkets.  Dr.Leung

Has PhytoChi some contraindications except situation before transplantation?

 

Answer: PhytoChi was formulated for its slow balancing effects, so that one can safely take it daily for extended periods of time.  I purposely formulated it this way so that none of the ingredients in PhytoChi is high enough to cause fast-acting drug-like effects but, instead, supply missing nutrients in the body which are needed to balance and maintain a person’s
health.  So, there are no more contraindications using PhytoChi than rating fruits and vegetables.  Regarding contraindication after an organ transplant, I am not sure this is actually the case.  My recommendation might be just an extreme caution on my part, because I am not sure if PhytoChi would only act as an immunostimulant rather than as an immunosuppressant when the body needs the latter effect after organ transplant.

Chinese tonic herbs often typically act in opposite directions, depending on the state of yin/yang balance in the person.  For example, schisandra has both stimulant and sedative effects, depending on the person’s health condition; and astragalus, lycium, cured fo-ti, reishi, etc. Have immunoregulatory effects (meaning: stimulating or suppressing, depending on the person’s immune status).  Since all the herbal ingredients are tonic herbs that have been used safely and beneficially for centuries in China both as food and medicine, it is best for us to remind ourselves to think of PhytoChi as a mixture of fruits and vegetables, not as drugs/medicines.  Do people stop eating their fruits and vegetables when they are ill or under
medication?  Most of the time, the answer is no.  For people who have little contact with exotic fruits and vegetables, it would take time for them to get used to eating things like durian fruit (smells like cat urine but tastes delicious) or tonghao vegetable (chrysanthemum leaf) that has a distinct odor of chrysanthemum.  To some westerners not used to taking
Chinese herbs, PhytoChi may be like exotic fruits and vegetables to them. Is so, they may have to be more adventurous, otherwise they’d be stuck with drugs and poor health.

Incidentally, some people may be allergic to any one of the numerus phytonutrients (or even the preservative) in PhytoChi or undergo detoxification taking it.  The reactions can be anything (headache, rash, gastrointestinal, etc.) but never serious, as far as I know.  When that
happens, stop taking it or reducing the dosage and then slowly increasing it again, depending on the situation.  Dr. Leung

Herbs included in PhytoChi
  • Aloe vera (aloe vera)

    Aloe vera (Aloe vera)

    Positively influences detoxification of the body. Has a positive effect on blood sugar and skin. Gel (dried juice) from leaves is used.

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  • Eleuterokok 150x150Eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus)

    Provides a positive effect on blood pressure and blood sugar. The root and rhizome are used.

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  • Notoginseng (Panax notoginseng)

    Tienchi ginseng (Panax notoginseng)

    Positively influences normal cardiovascular system function and natural defensive capacity – the immune system. The root is used.

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  • American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius)

    American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius)

    The root is used.

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  • Schisandra (Schisandra chinensis)

    Schisandra (Schisandra chinensis)

    Has a positive effect on the liver function. The fruit is used.

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  • Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus)

    Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus)

    Provides a positive effect on blood pressure and blood sugar. Positively influences normal cardiovascular system function – circulation (keeping of normal blood pressure) and function of the joints. Has a positive effect on natural defensive capacity – immune system and on normal vascular system activity. It is an antioxidant. Exerts an influence on normal kidney function, on elimination and on the urinary bladder. Has a positive effect on premenstrual and menopausal comfort, and on sperm motility. The root is used.

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  • Cherokee Rose (Rosa laevigata)

    Cherokee Rose (Rosa laevigata)

    The fruit is used. 

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  • Lingzhi Mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum)

    Reishi Mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum)

    Positively influences normal blood cholesterol levels. Has a positive effect on natural defence capacity – immune system, and on normal functions of the circulatory system. The fruit body of the mushroom is used.

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  • Chinese Liquorice (Glycyrrhiza uralensis)

    Licorice (Glycyrrhiza uralensis)

    Positively influences the joints, digestion, and the skin. Flavonoid extract of liquorice LIFE® is used, which does not contain glycyrrhizin, but instead a concentrated flavonoid extract.

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  • Fo-ti (Polygonum multiflorum)

    Cured fo-ti (Polygonum multiflorum)

    Positively influences normal cardiovascular system function – blood cholesterol levels. Treated root is used.

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  • Chinese Cinnamon (Cinnamonum aromaticum)

    Cassia (Cinnamonum aromaticum)

    Positively influences cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Has a positive effect on digestion and on the stomach. The peel is used.

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  • Job’s Tears (Coix lacryma-jobi)

    Job’s Tears (Coix lacryma-jobi)

    The seed is used.

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  • Purple Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata)

    Passion flower (Passiflora incarnata)

    Has a positive impact on relaxation and sleep. The tops are used.

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  • Goji (Lycium chinense)Lycium (Lycium spp.)

    The fruit is used.

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  • Turmeric (Curcuma longa)

    Turmeric (Curcuma longa)

    Has a positive effect on cholesterol, on the function of the joints and on the liver function. Provides a positive effect on the skin. The rhizome is used.

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  • Mandarin Orange (Citrus reticulata)

    Tangerine (Citrus reticulata)

    The peel is used.

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  • Aloe vera
  • Eleuthero
  • Tienchi ginseng
  • American Ginseng
  • Schisandra
  • Astragalus
  • Cherokee Rose
  • Reishi Mushroom
  • Licorice
  • Cured fo-ti
  • Cassia
  • Job’s Tears
  • Passion flower
  • Lycium
  • Turmeric
  • Tangerine
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