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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).
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)
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.
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.
What is Qi Essence?
Qi is the invisible yet palpable force that animates our body, mind, cells, and organs; the ‘energy’ that drives the plethora of their functions. Qi is derived from the air we breathe, the sunlight, and the food we consume.
Through the lens of Taoist philosophy, Qi is one of the three primary Treasures, along with Jing (Essence) and Shen (Spirit). A foundational and ultimate goal of Taoist practices is to cultivate these Three Treasures, which in turn manifests as vitality and longevity of the body, mind and Spirit.
As the second Treasure, Qi is most simply summed up and perceived as our vitality. Our Qi energy is responsible for the animation of our physical body (Jing), it is the force that governs all bodily functions and thought. Qi energy provides nourishment and protection to the body, cells and primary organs.
The QI blend may be right for you if you experience:
- Tired limbs
- Shortness of breath - this can be a sign of Qi deficiency
- Weak digestion, bloating etc.
- Low immunity, frequent illness such as colds/flu etc.
- Frequent diarrhoea and loose stools
- Prolapse of vital organs, especially in the uterus, stomach and rectum
- Slow wound healing
- Low energy and vitality
The QI Blend as an Energy Tonic
From the SuperFeast range, the QI blend is our energy tonic. Those who wish to support the creation of energy directly through the use of herbal medicine will benefit greatly from this formula.
It is important to note that these herbs are not stimulants, and their effect will not be experienced in the same instant and forceful manner as coffee or caffeine. It may take some time for you to cultivate vitality as the herbs assist your body to recalibrate and restore Spleen and Lung Qi.
Tonic herbalism places a strong focus on longevity and the QI blend is not intended to be a quick fix. The cultivation of Qi through both herbal and physical practices allows you to learn how to sustainably energise and revitalise your body from the inside out. To understand how it feels to be energised naturally, not from external sources such as caffeine or stress, but from the optimal function of your Organs and body as a whole.
The QI Blend Pairs Well With
In the context of health optimisation and the Taoist tradition, tonic herbs are not directly used to treat or clear individual symptoms, but rather to create harmony within the system as a whole.
To further utilise the medicinal magic of the herbs in the QI blend, pair its use with the actions below:
- Chewing well
- Eating a nourishing diet that is easy to digest, focusing on foods that charge your constitution and allow your body to build Blood and Qi
- Living or at least eating in a parasympathetic state of rest and digestion. Drawing deep calm breaths into the belly will help to create this parasympathetic environment within the body. As well as a gratitude/appreciation practice of choice. Any practice that helps you stay in a calm and grounded space will assist your Spleen to extract life-giving Qi from the food you eat.
- Raw/cold foods. If your diet contains a lot of cold, raw foods the QI Blend will help you to maintain your digestive fire and digestive capacity so that your body is able to utilise and draw nourishment from your diet. If you’re a smoothie bowl person, then the Qi blend is perfect for this.
- Pranayama/breath-work, practices that enhance the depth of the Lungs.
- Immune enhancing protocols
- Fascial stretching/Yin Yoga/Taoist Yoga.
- Joint mobility exercises.
- Qigong and inner alchemy practices.
- Cold plunging - to protect the body from cold invasion.
- Warming herbs like cinnamon and ginger.
In ancient Taoist medicine, tonic herbs and medicinal mushrooms were used to nourish and tonify specific systems within the body. These systems correlate with the natural elements, and their direct effect can be classified as either Major or Minor.
Major - Lung Metal
Minor - Spleen Earth
When there is harmony between the body systems and elements, we cultivate the expression of health known as our Treasures.
Major - Qi
Minor - Blood
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.
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.
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.
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