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QI Blend

Description

The SuperFeast QI blend is a beautifully crafted formula that comprises the most revered Qi tonics of the Taoist tradition.

The herbs in the SuperFeast QI blend are prized for their ability to amplify the harvesting of Qi through food and breath. Through the tonification of Spleen Qi and Lung Qi, in particular, the Qi herbs work deeply on the body’s digestive and respiratory power. We cultivate Qi intending to increase the body’s capacity to improve digestion and respiration, eliminate stagnation and regulate temperature and fluid levels.

Qi herbs can especially help with bloating and other digestive problems related to dysfunctional Spleen Qi, which in turn assists in feeling more vital and energised throughout the day. SuperFeast QI blend supports Wei Qi, which contributes to enhanced immune function and protection from pathogens. These herbs have been used historically to stoke our metabolic fire so we can access greater daily energy and gain higher levels of vitality (think of adding more electrical charge to your system).

Ingredients

The herbs in the QI blend primarily help to support the Lungs and Spleen, these are the organs that allow our bodies to adequately manufacture and disperse Qi. In the Taoist system, these are the herbs that have been traditionally used to increase the body's energy and vitality. These herbs include:

Astragalus membranaceus (Astragalus root*)

Wolfiporia cocos (Poria mushroom)

Codonopsis pilosula (Codonopsis root)

Atractylodes macrocephala (White atractylodes root)

Trametes versicolor (Turkey tail mushroom)

Gynostemma pentaphyllum (Gynostemma leaf)

Ziziphus jujuba (Jujube fruit)

Sourcing

All herbs in this formula are sourced Dì Dào from herb-producing regions of China.
Sourcing herbs from their spiritual homeland is born from the Taoist philosophy Dì Dàoo.

Dì Dào poetically translates as ‘the way of the Earth’ and shows us where to harvest herbs if we wish to experience the herb’s true Spirit. From its ‘original place’ or ‘spiritual homeland’, a method that results in a product that is both full spectrum and medicinally robust.

Contraindications

We recommend avoiding using the QI blend in the acute stage of colds and flus. In these instances, the invading pathogen/s will have only penetrated at the surface level. We cease the use of the QI blend at this time to avoid pushing the pathogen deeper.


If conditions are chronic, we use the QI blend to regenerate and enliven the body in order for it to fight off deeper infection.


Constipation and stagnation; depending on the level of severity, the Qi blend can be useful to help get things moving. However, if symptoms including congestion and firmness in the abdomen prevail or worsen, there may be a hard blockage/stagnation of Qi that the QI blend is unable to move through. Physical manipulation (abdominal massage/Che Nei Tsang) and herbs that have a more aggressive draining action may be necessary. In these cases, it is best to seek the guidance of a trained practitioner.

Serving Suggestion

Time of day

Allow the QI blend to bring vibrancy and energy to your favourite hot tonic or morning coffee, or enjoy it as an afternoon pick-me-up. We love it mixed into black tea with milk and honey, in our hot chocolates or on its own with hot water, in a broth or a meal.

Frequency

Generally, we recommend taking the herbs daily in small doses, to begin with. This allows you to develop an understanding and acknowledgment of how the herbs are unfolding their medicinal magic for you. Follow the dosage instructions on the package, or start with 1/8 - 1/2 teaspoon per day, adjusting the dose if you feel it necessary within your unique body system.

Dosage

Doses can be taken as high as two teaspoons per day, however, most people find their sweet spot with 1/2 to one teaspoon per product, per day. We call this sweet spot your "lifestyle dose". We don't recommend taking more than two tablespoons of herbs a day. These extracts are potent, and you want to take care not to overload the body with too much of a good thing.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I take QI whilst pregnant?

Tonic herbs are generally warming, building, and nourishing. In the context of health optimisation and the Taoist tradition, tonic herbs are not directly used to treat individual symptoms, but instead to create harmony and strength within the system as a whole.

In this regard, we generally recommend our Reishi and Eucommia Bark during pregnancy as there is quite a lot of empirical use of these herbs in pregnancy in Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Taoist Tonic Herbalism.

To learn more about the tonic herbs best to take during pregnancy, read this article.

As pregnancy is a very individual journey, we recommend checking in with your healthcare provider when starting on any new herbs or supplements as they will have a more comprehensive scope of your medical history.

Can I take QI while breastfeeding?

Yes, our QI blend is safe to use whilst breastfeeding.
We always suggest introducing new herbs slowly and in low doses, this allows the body to adjust and benefits to unfold at a pace relevant to your individual system.

When is the best time to have QI? 

QI is fantastic in the morning, the Qi herbs set you up for the day and off to a strong start. On the other hand, it can also be a wonderful afternoon pick-me-up for when you might be reaching for something sweet. If your body is craving more QI blend, then trust it and feel free to have it both in the morning and the afternoon.