The tonic herbs are not used to treat or to prevent specific diseases or disorders. The tonics are used to promote over-all wellbeing, to enhance the body’s energy, and to regulate the bodily and psychic functioning so as to create what the Chinese call “glowing health.” They support and enhance the structures and functions of the body naturally and gently. The emphasis is not on “healing” but on promoting one’s health.
Glowing health is traditionally defined by the Taoist masters in China as “health beyond danger.” Glowing health is dependent upon one’s ability to adapt appropriately to all the stresses that one encounters in the course of one’s life. The tonic herbs are said to provide adaptive Qi which helps us handle stress much more easily. It is possible to develop a very high degree of adaptability to the many changes that constantly take place in our lives. And by overcoming stressful circumstances successfully, we grow as human beings.