Is the world economy a closed system or an open system? In other words, are the world’s financial elite conducting transactions with off-planet entities, enslaving the human race to unseen actors?
The world’s people are held in perpetual bondage to the fiat currency money masters who have saddled us with absolutely insurmountable debt obligations which are mathematically impossible to repay. At present, the CIA estimates the total global debt to be nearing $90 trillion.
“In 2013, according to the CIA’s World Factbook, the GWP totalled approximately US $87.25 trillion in terms of purchasing power parity (PPP), and around US $74.31 trillion in nominal terms.” [Source]
The gross world product, the nominal value of planetary human endeavor per year, was recentlyestimated at $78 trillion, meaning nearly an entire year of the productivity of every man, woman and child on planet earth, some 7.4 billion people, is owed to someone, but who exactly no one really knows for sure. How is this possible?
As nations like Greece are forced into austerity and unnecessary hardship by private banks, it is becoming ever more clear to the people of the world that debt-based currency is being used to conquer nations and enslave free people. The fiat money scheme is so absurd, so detrimental to human progress, that any sane person has to wonder why the global debt cannot just be written off with a few key strokes, allowing the world’s economy to again thrive.
In fact it can be written off, as was implied by former Federal Reserve Chairman, Alan Greenspan.
“The United States can pay any debt it has because we can always print money to do that. So there is zero probability of default.” ~Alan Greenspan
In other words, the money, ie., the debt, is meaningless, only having value if governments around the world use law and the violence of authority to enforce their citizens into payment of these fraudulent obligations, which is indeed happening the world over.
“I thought about the core tools we EHMs (economic hit men) used in my day: false economics that included distorted financial analyses, inflated projections, and rigged accounting books; secrecy, deception, threats, bribes, and extortion; false promises that we never intended to honor; and enslavement through debt and fear. These same tools are used today.” ~John Perkins, The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
After years of investigative research into the trillions of dollars missing from the U.S. government, former Wall Street banker and former Assistant Secretary of Housing and Federal Housing Commissioner at the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development in the first Bush Administration, Catherine Austin Fitts has come to the conclusion that global debt may very well be owned by off-planet entities who operate planet earth as a real estate investment.
“Is earth an open or closed economy? I went to business school, I worked on Wall Street for eleven years, you know I’ve been involved in the economy my whole life and the whole time I was invited to assume that earth was a closed economy. So, if we issued debt, then other humans owned that debt. If we issued stock, other humans owned that stock. But if you look at all the economic experiences I’ve had over my whole life, in government, businesses, everything else, what I will tell you is, you know, if you ask me to describe the economic model on planet earth, I would say, ‘well planet earth is a real estate investment trust because we’re paying a dividend some place every year, and I don’t know where it’s going. It’s going into that question mark, on the planetary balance sheet.” [Source]
While she admits that she herself does not have the answer to this rather serious question, the fact that each year a major portion of the world’s productivity evaporates into thin air, with no accountability whatsoever, does indeed beg this question to be asked by any serious economist. Even the government accounting agencies responsible for tracking and recording our expenditures can do nothing to answer the question. The money simply vanishes, the debt grows exponentially, and no one can explain who exactly the beneficiary is.
“Let me bring it down to some of the important questions you have to ask if you ask the question, ‘is this an open or closed economy.’ I got great statistics on who would issue debt, but for the life of me I couldn’t get great statistics on who owned it. I don’t know who owns it. I know they control. And they control through the debt because that’s how you control a company in invisible ways, by controlling through the debt. Who owns the debt? Is it humans, or is it somebody else?” ~Catherine Austin Fitts
We have a decent idea of who controls the world’s debt (the central banks, the IMF, and the private banking families), and we assume that these entities own this debt, but the cost to humanity is so great that something simply does not add up, unless the picture is broadened to include the possibility that earthlings are paying rent to other, as of yet undisclosed actors.
“Some people say that gold is the currency that will allow us to trade across planets, but for the life of me, I’ve spent many years trying to figure out what the gold inventory is on this planet, and I can’t do it. In 2011, somebody jammed the price of gold down, and then moved an unbelievable amount of inventory out of the single largest inventory in the overt economy for the GLD ETF.” ~Catherine Austin Fitts
It’s almost as if someone bought the moon, she points out, yet there is absolutely no agency on our planet that can explain astronomically huge transactions like these nor bring accountability to the billions of people who are being subjugated by a slavish debt-currency system.
So who owns our debt? It is a practical and key question, given the impact the carrying of such tremendous amounts of debt has on the human condition, and how easy it could be to free ourselves and future generations from such unreasonable, criminal bondage by simply adjusting a few digits on a computer screen. The fact that this option is not on the table in any discussion at any level is itself telling.
Watch Closely When this blows up!
Something fly's by real fast shooting a scalar bean.
- To stop the weaponization of space.
The Chimera group has used the September 1st annular solar eclipse as a trigger to reopen a negative plasma portal through the Congo energy vortex. You can see that the path of totality for the eclipse goes through Congo:
Exactly 67 minutes after the eclipse was over, the Chimera group has used a scalar beam weapon from one of their UAV craft to destroy Elon Musk’s Falcon 9 in order to create a delay in the surface space programs that attempt to break the quarantine status for planet Earth:
Since September 1st 2016, which is the 77th anniversary of the beginning of WW 2, there is an open war going on within our Solar System between the Chimera and their Draco minions, and the positive Light Forces of the Central Race, the Galactic Confederation, the Pleiadian, Sirian and Andromedan fleet and positive SSP factions. This is the last escalation of the Galactic Wars before the final liberation of our Solar System and the final removal of darkness from the Universe.
One aspect of this war is the increased attacks towards the Light-workers and Light-warriors with scalar technology.
White reveals that the Earth has been quarantined in an interview with Dr. Robert Leichtman.
Steward Edward White: Man is always going to satisfy his curiosity and this is healthy. It is meant, you know, for man to travel in the universe. This is intended.
However, at the present time, there are several influences – and it’s not just the White Brotherhood – that are keeping man earthbound. The universal community is waiting for man on earth to grow a bit more.
And, yes, there is a universal community of living beings. I don’t want the flying saucer enthusiasts to get all excited over this, but there are intelligences on other planets, and it is meant for man to travel. Man has already traveled off this planet eons ago, but you have all forgotten how to do it – intentionally.
Yes, scientific thinking is being influenced in slightly misleading directions by beings from another planet so that space flight won’t be practical at the present time. (1)
Leichtman’s colleague, Paul Winters questions White on the reasons for the quarantine.
Paul Winters: Would [the] restriction on our space travel be because of our stage of evolution?
White: Yes! The universal community has “quarantined” the earth for the time being. This is not a punishment; it is just that man on the earth is not ready to join the universal community. And the universal community does not want to be infected at this time.
And all the flying saucers floating around are not from Mars, nor are they hallucinations. There are some that are from other solar systems. …
Winters: There was a “space message” sent out recently with two pictures in the human form and various symbols. Was that an inspired thing?
White: Apparently it was. I’m having to ask for some help answering that, because the question is a little bit out of my ken. Part of that design was inspired by an extraterrestrial. That little plaque has an additional meaning to the universal community.
Winters: So mankind will see the purpose of that plaque fulfilled? White: Oh, yes. You may yet see it in your lifetime. Apparently, a lot will depend on what will happen in the scientific community in the next few years. (2)
Betty Bethards also asked her guide about the quarantine and received this answer.
Q: Are we on earth meant to establish colonies on other planets in our solar system or not to do this?
A: This will cause a great deal of consternation among scientists as well as the general public. We feel that mankind must work on himself in his own planet first rather than trying to contact or to improve relations with someone on a distant planet. It is more essential to change this world at this time than it is to go searching for the stars. Yet mankind has a history of looking everywhere but within himself. (3)
So both the space coalitions like the Galactic Federation and our own White Brotherhood, the local hierarchy, are agreed that humans will not be allowed to explore and colonize space past this solar system. We’ve heard that from our sources in the Company of Light as well, who say that humanity is too belligerent at present to be allowed to leave the local system, even though the secret space fleet, Solar Warden, travels as far as Mars and has bases there according to people like Billy Meiers, Bob Dean, Andrew Basiago, Arthur Neumann, and others.
NASA recently discovered what appears to be a ‘force field’ over Earth, fueling the fire over whether our planet has been under spiritual and physical quarantine as many have suggested.
According to Daniel Baker, director of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, the electron barrier exists in the Van Allen belts, a pair of donut-shaped belts that ring the Earth teeming with protons and electrons. The Earth’s magnetic field holds the belts in place, but the scientist says that the electrons in these belts – which travel at nearly the speed of light – are being blocked by some invisible force that reminded him of the kind of shields used in television series like Star Trek to stop alien energy weapons from vaporizing starships.
This newly found force field appears to be unrelated to the clouds of cold plasma that were discovered over earth in 2012, as mentioned by National Geographic.
Many have speculated that there have been no landings on the moon due to a combination of this quarantine along with the radiation found in the Van Allen Belt.
Numerous philosophers and spiritual teachers have spoken about the quarantine.
Michael Tsarion talks about the quarantine and its association to the moon in the Stargate and Quarantine chapter of his book, Atlantis, Alien Visitation and Genetic Manipulation :
“When the original pursuers of the “Serpent Brotherhood” destroyed the planet Tiamat, they made ready to leave this solar system and return to their own. They had to leave in a hurry, so as not to be hindered by the cosmic forces which would be unleashed throughout the solar system. Because of their haste, they did not have time to precisely scan the planet Earth, and so they did not locate their enemies hidden deep within the caverns and beneath the seas of pre-diluvian Earth. The masters of the Nephilim were relatively convinced that even if their enemies were on Earth they could not survive the paroxysms and furor that Tiamat’s obliteration would bring on. However, these unknown pursuers did not just leave our solar system without instigating precautionary measures. Before they made the journey back to their own planet, they established an etheric barrier around our planet that would be along the same orbit trajectory as the Moon’s around the Earth. This barrier still exists and is utterly impenetrable to the Atlantean progeny, because the technology by which it was erected was of an extremely advanced level. From that time onwards, the Moon would come to represent (in almost all cultures) arcane powers of protection and magic. This apotropaic barrier, often referred to as by native peoples as the “the great web in the sky,” was put there obviously to prevent the Atlanteans from ever leaving this place. The Earth was to be their tomb.”
Ashayana Deane believes the quarantine not only involves the veil of forgetfulness but also to disassociate ourselves from our divine spiritual heritage as being part of multidimensional universes of higher-conscious forms.
According to the Wes Penre papers, our planet has been under quarantine since the arrival of the Anunnaki:
“By giving himself the rank of King, and his refusal to give his obedience to the Kingdom in general, made the Nibiruan Council decide to put Marduk in the equivalent to quarantine here on Earth. What this means, exactly, is not known to me, and I haven’t yet been able to find out. Does it mean that Marduk is not allowed to leave Earth (which has been vaguely indicated to me), or is the picture bigger than that, something to the effect of what Robert Morning Sky wrote in The Terra Papers? According to Morning Sky’s research, and from what the Star Elder told him, the whole Earth was put under quarantine, and humans, too, are not allowed or able to travel very far out in space. The Pleiadians, on the other hand, just like David Icke, are talking about a frequency quarantine (as mentioned earlier), where our DNA was tampered with to the extent that we have been stuck in this 3-D frequency range for pretty much 300,000 years. A similar thing is brought up in the Ra Material, where the Ra people are telling us we are put under quarantine by the Council of Saturn, which pretty neatly corresponds to the Nibiruan Council.”
David Icke talks about the Earth being in a vibratory prison in his book, And the Truth Shall Set You Free :
“We will use the term blocking and jamming frequencies for simplicity, but our vibratory imprisonment could well have taken the form of closing down the portals and gateways (Earth-vortexes) which link the physical-plane with other space-time dimensions. Some of these gateways are still to be found, however, at certain sacred places used by the ancients, like Stonehenge, Machu Picchu in Peru, Ayers Rock in Australia, and the former lands of Babylon and Mesopotamia, now Iraq. The Bermuda triangle is another, which would explain the many strange disappearances of ships and aircraft, as the gateway opens. It may even be that these gateways were largely closed down for positive reasons, to prevent more negative ETs from entering this space-time reality. Jamming frequency, closing the dimensional gateways, probably both – the precise cause of the prison does not matter so much. All we need to understand is that an extraterrestrial force from the Fourth Dimension created an information prison by blocking off the higher levels of reality. The veil came down; a veil of tears. We were, in effect, put into spiritual and mental quarantine where we remain today.
Such a jamming vibration thrown around our planet means that mankind’s potential is limited to the levels of consciousness which are within the imprisoning frequency. Any consciousness and knowledge held on higher frequencies outside this vibratory prison has been denied to us. Having consequently become detached from the higher levels of our own being, in the words of the ancient books, we are “fallen” or “lost souls”, disconnected from “the Father”.
When the blocking, imprisoning frequency was thrown around this planet, we lost touch with our higher consciousness and, crucially, with our eternal memory. We forgot who we were and where we came from. Or, at least, the overwhelming majority did. Those who succeeded in raising their vibratory rate of consciousness on Earth could regain contact with their higher mind, their greater self, and these individuals were sometimes said to have become “enlightened”, although the blocking frequency often made such enlightenment a less than perfect connection, even for these accomplished individuals.
Progressively more people are today successfully penetrating the vibratory prison, however, and they are therefore reconnecting with their greater self outside of the frequency net. This accomplishment is being facilitated as the blocking frequency is being dispersed in line with Divine Order, which is, in turn, responsible for the spiritual and psychic awakenings now evidenced all around the world. Yet only very few have been able to do this until recently, while the majority of human-beings have witnessed their vibratory rate fall and remain in check under the influence of events, religions, wars and general programming/conditioning which has encouraged, if not coerced, the race to close down its mind, thereby reducing the vibratory rate of consciousness of the masses. This has produced a vibratory gap – for some a chasm – between their lower levels of self inside the blocking frequency and their infinite potential (their greater self) which lies outside that frequency.”
CSETI founder, Dr. Steven Greer, believes there’s a quarantine over the planet because the Earth’s inhabitants are a threat to other forms of life outside of our planet, due to our military aggression all throughout the world:
There have been other people such as Andrew Basiago, who claimed to have teleported to Mars via a “Jump Room,” thus effectively bypassing the force field over planet earth.
If you were an extraterrestrial visiting our planet, what would you think when you see us killing ourselves over money and oil? Would you wonder why the inhabitants air, food and water supplies are all being poisoned, yet no one really stands up against it?
I’ve said this many times and it’s worth repeating. If a UFO were to land in your backyard, there are two things the ET would NOT have: a bible and money.
In order for us to move forward as a global community, we need to come together as one. Once the bottom of the pyramid unites, the rest will collapse. In order for that to happen, we must all unite and not necessarily put aside any differences, but to honor and respct those difference in one another because that’s what makes us “hue-man”.
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We regret to tell everyone that uses Kratom to improve their life whether it be mental or physical, that one of the most corrupt actions we have ever witnessed has occurred and the result will be this amazing plant being added to the list of Schedule I drugs in the USA. In advance I would like to apologize for any spelling or grammar errors in this email but due to the time-sensitive situation here, we're not going to spend a bunch of time editing as we want to get the facts out there ASAP! I am going to lay out the facts of what has happened to lead to this terrible event and the majority of it is based on complete government corruption under the spell of the pharmaceutical industry. Quickly, for those of you who do not know Kratom has been praised for its incredible pain relieving abilities as well as helping people with mental issues, anxiety, depression etc. It also is very well-known for its ability to assist in getting people off hard drugs as well as addiction to pharmaceutical drugs (which right away we all can see the first problem for Big Pharma with this plant).
So without fear of their intimidation tactics we are going to step up and tell you all exactly what has happened. A group of companies have now gotten together with their lawyers to assist in exposing these criminals, and we are all going to work together, because this is about far morethan money - its about the right to use nature to heal ourselves and not be forced on to dangerous pharmaceutical drugs. I will break it down as best I can to make it easy to take in the whole scope, it has been a two year battle against the FDA, Customs and now DEA is involved all on behalf of the greed-driven pharmaceutical industry that has somehow managed to get a stranglehold on the US Government.
CORRUPT ACTIONS OF GOVERNMENT AGENCIES:
We have witnessed many actions all documented by our lawyers. It all started with the Import Alert that was put on importation of Kratom whereby any entity importing kratom as a dietary supplement or bulk dietary ingredient is subject to detention of their shipment without notice. Meaning, in simple terms that the FDA does not want this brought in as a consumable. They state it is unsafe, many side effects etc. (with all sarcasm intended; we all know that the drugs they deal do not have side effects right?). What is so disturbing about this is that they have absolutely no statistics of abuse, dangers or anything, so who is telling them to say it is dangerous? hmm. There has never been a single death or accident resulting in injury or death due to Kratom use, while their drugs kill millions of people.
The FDA and Customs have violated several laws in their efforts to stop the import of Kratom. When importers brought the material in for other uses that were not for consumption, everything was done properly within all FDA regulations, the FDA began stealing shipments. We have evidence of over 80 metric tons of material that was confiscated illegally. Also, there are clear laws that they should abide by such as providing a formal legal letter tothe importer informing them about the shipment being detained so that they can provide any assistance to the FDA/Customs to assist in the release of the material, but instead the FDA took it on themselves to not provide this letter and simply steal the materials. We are quite confident that material was likely offered to pharmaceutical companies for free research of development (this will be followed up with as we go along). Their were also several instances where they had a time limit that they legally needed to release, destroy or return the shipments and they violated the law. As it is very important for importers to abide by the laws of the country, I think it is just as important for them to do likewise, no?
FDA entered into the warehouse of one or more companies without a warrant. With very unethical behavior of one agent especially, obviously the person put in place to throw her "power" around- Melanie Small in her efforts to prove she was right stated several times unprofessionally to the owner that Kratom was illegal, and he is not allowed to sell it. As the owner rebutted with the truth about the law, she continued to demand he stop selling it. Which of course, all this was intimidation only, but to those who know the laws and abide by them, she wasn't really all that scary, sorry Melanie, that kind of behavior is not appropriate.
The FDA intercepted a shipment going from one warehouse to a client that was in the hands of FedEx. They did not have a warrant to search the shipment but along with local law enforcement (so was told to us by an FedEx worker), they sat and discussed how they could get into the boxes. The sender was not informed of any stoppage of the shipment, and lets not forget, why is it being stopped when its not even an illegal material? Something not right about that...
Using DHL, the FDA attempted to have a box delivered to one recipient when it should have gone to a completely different State, they misdelivered a package to prove that these two individuals were linked somehow, since one had been added to the import alert without any cause. The manipulation of couriers without any court order is completely immoral and illegal.
With the FDA clearly failing at stopping the import and sale of this plant material, and probably getting in major sh*t from whichever pharmaceutical company was paying them to interfere with free trade between Indonesia and USA, which again is a serious international criminal offense, they brought in the DEA to take over and introduce the "Intent" document to add Kratom to the list of Schedule I drugs in the USA. Now, interesting how this formal intent document was created in mid May 2016 but somehow remained hidden from the public until two days ago where we and other companies were bombarded with warnings from lawyers letting us know they delayed the publicity of this so that there was no time to fight back against such corruption. Literally 36 hours before the law would be introduced they knew this wouldn't be much time for people like us to raise hell over it. As they say the substance is so dangerous, why would they hide such a document from the public, all those people could be getting hurt, or killed or whatever crap they are feeding the public... its because they know this is not a dangerous substance!
Let me set the scene of this one. An innocent employee of a large Kratom supplier is opening the door to the warehouse when several FDA and Police cars come skreetching in, jumping out and pointing guns at the scared employee. Forcing him to open the door at gunpoint he couldn't get the key to work, whether it was because something was wrong with the key or he was just to nervous and not used to having guns shoved in his face. He requested they lower the guns since he's not armed and all do except one hero who keeps aiming the gun at him. They finally get into the warehouse and walk in and take the material they came for, walking out without arresting anyone. A simple theft, Gestapo style. What is so pathetic about this is if the agents told him the material was under bond and they were confiscating it, he would have simply handed it over to them without problems, but to make themselves feel like heroes and tough guys, they used this intimidation tactic. It was soon discovered why they did this, it made the media about what they did, making the supplier look like a criminal, but again let me remind everyone KRATOM IS NOT ILLEGAL. How disgusting is that? Torment and intimidate innocent people to swindle the perspective of the public.
NOW THE MEAT AND POTATOES
"Schedule I" means that the substance has absolutely no medicinal value, is addictive and a major threat to the public. Strangely though, the FDA along with Universities are doing studies on the benefits of this plant. They have been synthesizing the alkaloids and there has even been a Drug released containing the actives of Kratom. This drug is called "PZM21". So, what the DEA is now stating will be in place is Kratom shall be listed as Schedule I, but what is super important for everyone to understand is they are setting it up so that this scheduling has a two year length, meaning, anyone who imports, possess, sells or distributes this plant material will suffer the same penalties as if it were heroin, crack cocaine or meth. So, lets look at it from the DEA, FDA and most importantly Pharmaceutical industries perspective and its very simple... bye bye Kratom. Bye bye competition and hello opportunities! You may ask, how is this an opportunity if its Schedule I and even the drug companies aren't allowed to handle the alkaloids or their analogues, well, remember the two year expiry on that ban, so its simple once all the competition (Kratom suppliers) are out of the picture, the drug companies pay the DEA to change the Kratom Schedule to lower schedule where the plant is still illegal, but they can now use the alkaloids and their analogues under prescription and BOOM market takeover and they get all the profits from the now outlawed Kratom, but in this movement they have also turned the natural safe chemicals in the plant into synthetic, addictive, dangerous ones and what does that mean for them, big surprise, even more profits! Ah yes, Fascism at its worst... we often end our emails with "The true meaning of Fascism is not being able to see a clear line between Government and Corporate interest" and once again this stands true. And how many people are going to suffer from having this plant taken away from them? How many people is their new dangerous version of Kratom going to kill or addict, only time can tell.
We are asking now that everyone spreads the word, get on facebook, twitter, or just email this story to as many people as you can. Write in to your congress members, or even better go to the link below, in the dropdown choose message Attorney General and state your content on there. Let's bombard these guys, lets not go down without swinging. If they can steal this plant from us in the name of corporate interest what is coming next?
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Italy Threatens Jail Time For Parents Raising Vegan Children; But Toxic Vaccines And Cancer-Causing Junk Food Are Still Legal
Italian parents who force a vegan or vegetarian diet on to their children under 16 could face up to four years in jail if the Italian parliament passes the new controversial bill. The proposal comes from Elvira Savino, from the conservative Forza Italia party, who claims that these restrictive diets jeopardize the health of young children and leave them malnourished.
According to Savino and some health experts, a vegetarian or vegan diet may lack sufficient amounts of zinc, iron, vitamin D, vitamin B12, omega-3, and protein which are all essential nutrients for growth and overall health.
If her bill is successful, imposing a vegan or vegetarian diet on a child under 16 would become a criminal offense in Italy. Offenders will face a jail sentence of a year for raising a child on such a diet, up to four years if the child suffers illness or permanent injury, and up to six or seven years if the child dies as a result.
As reported by the BBC, opinions about the validity of the bill are divided. According to some experts, punitive measures are not the answer. After all, aren’t parents of junk-food-fed obese or vaccinated children also jeopardizing the health of their child?
Should they then be imprisoned too or would it be more efficient to provide better public health education on how to improve nutrition and raise a healthy vegan kid?
Tyson: Wow! let me just say these claims about nutritional deficiencies are false.
First off Vitamin D is not a result of diet but is a hormonal reaction in the body, from sun light. Vitamin D is absorbed from sunlight.
Second Protein deficient!
I have never seen a single person in the history of the human race become protein deficient. And dude lets face facts, you can get protein from all food.
Infact Broccoli has more protein than steak . Per calorie, broccoli has more protein than beef, which is about 4.5 grams per 30 calories. Broccoli is also packed with amino acids, fiber, Vitamin B6 to improve your mood and is one of the best vegetables linked to fighting cancer. While meat is link to a wide array of disease and illness, including cancer.
Next we come to Iron, which is just absurd - Beans (vegan) have huge copious amounts of iron.
These statements put forth as an argument as to why vegans should be criminalize is false and absurd threw and threw.
Zinc - Lets see what the tops foods are for zinc - nuts and seeds - pumpkin seeds are very high in zinc
Now the big controversal vitamin B12 - fun fact : meat eaters and vegans alike can be deficient in B12.
B12 takes many many years before any deficiencies occur. Vegan or not B12 deficiencies can occur.
Simply incorporate some Maca Root (Vegan) into your diet which has B12 and you are fine.
Calcium - The dairy industry has brain washed the public into thinking that a rich source of calcium comes from milk - truth is milk is not that rich in calcium and infact causes osteoporosis because it acidifies the body thus putting a demand on the body to use more calcium to alkalize. Dairy will drain calcium from the body, and is a weak source of Calcium.
Calcium rich foods - Green leafy vegetables.
Omega 3 rich food - flax seeds. Hempseeds have the perfect ratio of omega 3 and 6 for a human's dietary needs.
Now I just showed real easily how animal product do not contain some magical elixir that one needs to thrive. Infact they are the root cause of disease and illness.
This whole thing is absurd. Which was probably put forth by the meat and dairy industry.
But what is worse is that the people who are truly poisoning they're kids with vaccines, junk food, and poison in the so called cleaning supplies, are not even considered. They are the norm.
Proper Education is the fix - not kidnapping people and putting them in jail.
I learned an important principle from my great Taoist Master Sun Hak. He taught me that all people "leak" Jing, and that we can mitigate or stop this leaking, and as a result strengthen our life force, develop enhanced adaptability and lengthen our life.
He taught me that, from a Taoist point of view, the first things you do with a new student (or "client" or "patient") are to replenish their Jingand establish "protection."
Jing is the primal life force in living beings. It is our genetic stock and it determines the power of our life. Jing is a fundamental determinant of our potential for a long life. A person with an abundance of Jing will most likely be healthy, strong and resilient, and can achieve great longevity. Unfortunately, for those who would like to live forever, Jing is depleted by life itself, moment by moment and day by day. All disease, minor or major, diminishes Jing; and in turn, in a vicious cycle, reduced Jing makes us more susceptible to disease, degeneration and general aging. As Jing slowly or quickly runs out, we age, degenerate and then die. All death is ultimately associated with the loss of Jing.
Jing "leaks" away as we age or during disease. Master Sun Hak therefore emphasized that it is essential that a person discover where, how, when and why they "leak" Jing. And then they must change their lifestyle and habits so as stop the leaking. From a Taoist point of view, meditation, focused contemplation, the inner and outer exercises (neigong and qigong), diet and herbs can all play key roles in eliminating "leaking." Although acupuncture does not directly boost Jing in the body, it can harmonize the body in dramatic ways so as to prevent leaking and to allow the body to restore Jing with tonic food and herbs.
From the Lingshu section of the Yellow Emperor's Classic:
"Xue and Mai, Ying and Qi, Jing and Shen are stored by the Five Zang. If a situation becomes such that by a succession of overflowings (leaking) and invasion they leave the Zang, then Jing is lost, and Hun and Po are carried away in an uncontrollable agitation."
Almost all stress diminishes Jing. If a person is highly adaptive, and possesses an abundance of free flowing qi, one may be able to overcome a great deal of minor daily stress for a long time. However, stress draws on our Jing and unless the Jing is replenished, we will lose a little bit every day of our lives. Jing is NOT automatically replenished as qi is. It simply goes away unless we know how to supplement it. A heavy or acute stress can drain a large amount of Jing quickly, resulting in overnight aging. This loss is known as "leaking."
The five primary organs (Zang) are all considered to be Yin because they all store Jing. However, the Kidney is the central and most powerful reservoir of Jing for the entire body/mind. When we speak of the Kidney from a traditional Asian point of view, of course, we are including the structures and functions of the renal kidneys; the adrenal glands, both cortex and medulla, and their secretions and hormones; the reproductive glands, tissues and associated hormones, in both males and females; the skeletal structures, critically, from the point of view of longevity, the inner bone structure that houses, protects, nurtures and modulates bone marrow; the bone marrow itself, the source of stem and progenitor cells for the whole body throughout our lifetime; major aspects of the brain and mind; all the sense organs, and especially the sense of hearing and the tissues and organs that support these functions; and much of the functionality of the autonomic nervous system that controls fight and flight, courage and fear. When Asian health care focuses its attention on the Kidney, it is a priori focusing on maintaining, increasing and regulating Jing – and on stopping the leaking of Jing.
All of the Yin organs become more stable when they have an abundance of Jing stored within their tissues – especially when the Kidney function is strong. When functioning optimally, these Yin organs conserve Jing. They do not "leak." This goes double for the Kidney.
Jing is one of the three "Treasures" and according to Taoist and traditional Chinese health principles, Jing must be protected and conserved. However, Yin organs can "leak," and generally do. "Leaking" in this case is defined as any loss of energy which should be stored. There are many causes for leaking.
An inflammation, for example, causes a leak of energy and resources from the body. It requires enormous energy on the part of the body to maintain an inflammatory response. Even a small inflammation like a hangnail, pimple or eye inflammation can drain Jing. Chronic inflammatory conditions like chronic gum inflammation are silent Jing leaks with a high bill. A huge inflammation as might occur with an organ disease, traumatic injury or autoimmune condition is a grave drain onJing. Those with chronic inflammations die earlier than they would if they were inflammation-free, often by decades.
More than 50 percent of all heart attacks are the result of chronic inflammatory conditions in the major arteries near the heart. Alzheimer's Disease, Cancer, Diabetes and COPD, among thousands of other disorders, all have an inflammatory component that drains Jing and in and of itself shortens life. Some of the famous anti-aging, tonic, longevity herbs of Asia are famous for their ability to constrain and eliminate inflammation. For example, Gynostemma leaf, an herb that is consumed by the longest lived group of people on earth, is known to counteract dozens of inflammatory conditions, as well as chronic low grade inflammation. This general inflammation is now well established to be a cause of aging and premature death. Gynostemma fights this "inflammaging" and thus prolongs youthfulness, prevents degenerative disorders and extends life. It does this by repressing the activity of the universal inflammatory molecule in every cell of our body, known as nuclear factor kappa B (NFkB). Gynostemma may be consumed as a dietary supplement, in tonic formulations or as a tea to reduce false fire and thus diminish leaking. Trans-Resveratrol operates in a similar manner and has been shown to extend the life of all animals so far tested.
This makes perfect sense to all of us who have been involved in Chinese health care. Inflammation and its symptoms are called "false fire" in Chinese medicine. The Taoists have been teaching for over three thousand years that chronic false fire in and around the heart will ultimately result in heart failure, kidney failure, or both. Sun Hak (Sung Jin Park), my Taoist teacher, explained that as we become older, the Yin Jing becomes weaker. This allows Heart Yang to expand uncontrollably and attack the heart. This shortens life. To the Taoists, both Kidney Yin (Yin Jing) and Heart Yin must be maintained in order to control Heart Yang. Yang also diminishes as we grow older and eventually must be supplemented in everyone, but Yin deficiency goes to the root of false fire. Yang deficiency goes to the root of advancing impotence, feebleness, sluggishness and physical decline.
Where You Come In
As a practitioner of the Asian health and healing arts, you encounter leaking every day, all day long. A person with a chronic cough, pain, an injury or menstrual irregularity, are all are leakingJing. A person engaged in a bad relationship or playing a rough sport is leaking. You yourself are leaking as a caregiver.
It is a primary job of the professional herbal practitioner to discover where and how energy is being leaked, determine why it is being leaked, to plug the leak and to re-establish energy and functional balance in that leaking organ. This is one of the primary secrets to becoming a master practitioner of the Chinese healing arts. He or she who can discover such leaks and who knows what to do about it can be my herbalist.
The great Taoist sage Ancestor Lu said "Jing is controlled by Qi. Once Qi runs outside (leaks), Jingeventually leaks out as well. Therefore, to stabilize Jing one should guard the Qi."
Here is one of the greatest teachings of the Orient: Jing can be replenished and restored. It can even be increased on a constitutional level by those who know the secrets and try very hard! This is the basis of Taoist life cultivation.
First, we should attempt to stop the leaking. Second, we should provide protection from that which is causing leaking. Third, we restore Jing to fullness. Fourth, we establish a full state of radiant health ("health beyond danger") through the art of life cultivation.
We should stop the leaking by whatever means we have at our disposal. As acupuncturists and herbalists, you have a wealth of skills to stop leaking. Of course, you must focus on it in order to achieve it. It is very important that you do not just treat symptoms, though symptoms must be addressed. Remember always that most conditions have deep roots, usually reaching down to the Three Treasures themselves (Jing, Qi/Blood and Shen). Never-ever forget that emotions usually play a key role in leaking. Habits must be ascertained and looked at (openly or discretely) and changed where necessary to stop the leaking.
Modulating one's stress level is a primary key to mitigate "leaking." Chronic and/or acute stress promotes inflammation, adrenal hyperactivity, hormone imbalance, sleep disturbance, emotional upheaval and much more. Either stopping the source of the excessive stress or taking measures to deflect and mitigate the effects of the stress are critical. Meditation, exercise, recreation, hobbies, giving and serving all tend to reduce stress. Adaptogenic herbs are among the most important health substances on earth. They promote adaptability. Schizandra, Astragalus, Rhodiola, Ginseng, Gynostemma, Goji, Eleuthero and Polyrhachis Ant are profound adaptogens that can fundamentally improve our stress response, preventing the loss of Jing to stress.
Herbs can play a profound role in stopping leaking and replenishing Jing. Both tonic and medicinal herbs are used to stop the leaking. The restoration process, however, is all about tonification.
The reason tonic herbs are central to Taoist life cultivation is because the tonic herbs restore the Three Treasures (Jing, Qi and Shen). Sun Simiao (581-682 A.D.) a prominent physician of the Tang Dynasty, consumed tonic herbs every day of his life until he died. Master Sun wrote Important Prescriptions Worth a Thousand Pieces of Gold, a conglomeration of the medical achievements before the 7th century and is considered a Chinese medical classic. Sun Simiao insisted on drinking Goji wine in the morning and at night, and he lived to be 101 years old. Li Shizhen, arguably the greatest herbalist in the history of China and author of the "Compendium of Medical Herbs," consumed tonic herbs every day until they died. Sun Simiao lived to be over 100 years old and remained more than lucid until the end. Xiao Peigen, the greatest herbologist of our modern era and semi-retired director of the Institute of Materia Plant Medica in Beijing is an avid user of anti-aging tonic herbs.
Should a weak person with false fire take tonic herbs? Resoundingly YES. They may simply need to restore Jing to restore much of their health. Of course, as their guide, you will be careful to provide them with the guidance they need to restore Jing, Qi and Shen safely and efficiently. The person with false fire condition would need Yin tonifying herbs and herbs that quell fire. American Ginseng, Gynostemma, Tortoise Shell and Dendrobium come to mind.
Jing deficiency is essentially a "weak (or nearly dead) battery." One could compare Jing to the battery in a car, where Qi is like the gasoline. Most people need Yin Jing tonics first: herbs like Heshouwu, Goji, Dendrobium, Ligustrum, Steamed Rehmannia, Asparagus root, Tortoise Shell and Schizandra. These Yin Jing tonics will quickly re-establish a baseline of Jing. It is like recharging their battery. If done correctly, with high quality tonic herbs from Di Tao sources, a person can be out of Jing deficiency danger in one hundred days. If the leak is resolved, Jing replenishment is generally fool-proof.
Qi tonics are necessary for both vitality and protection. Any person can start taking qi tonics at the same time they start taking Yin Jing tonics. Especially profound at restoring qi, strengthening metabolism and respiration, and boosting the immune system on all levels, are the major qi tonics: high quality Asian Ginseng, American ginseng, Reishi mushroom, Astragalus root, Atractylodes, Rhodiola (Himalayan or Russian), Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng), Schizandra, Licorice root, Chinese Mountain Ant (Polyrhachis), Codonopsis, Dioscorea (Mountain Yam), Siberian Chaga and Ashwaganda.
Blood tonics may be very useful for those who have been leaking blood or not producing it. Of course the cause of the blood-leaking must be addressed. Great blood tonics include Dang Gui, He Shou Wu, Goji, Steamed Rehmannia, Deer Antler and Longan fruit. There's no question that green vegetables play a key role in blood building as well.
Since most "leaking" has an emotional and/or spiritual context, the great Shen tonics of Chinese herbalism play a key role. Reishi mushroom is king in this regard. I believe that most Asian Taoists throughout history would agree that Reishi stops leaking at the level of qi and Shen, and allowsJing to grow. Reishi mushroom should be part of every program to stop leaking and restore the Three Treasures. Once Yin Jing is partially restored, the moderate (gentle) Yang Jing tonics can be added to the restorative program. These would include Eucommia bark, the remarkably effective Yang tonic that is also a profound Yin Jing tonic herb. Eucommia bark is safe for almost anyone right from the beginning, but it is for sure safe after an initial blast of Yin tonic herbs. Deer Antler and Deer Placenta are the most powerful Jing tonics of them all. These two "herbs" are both Yin and Yang, and they restore Jing better and faster than anything else on Earth.
Last, but not least in this discussion of leaking and restoration, are the astringent "locking" herbs, adored by the Taoists for stopping and preventing leaking of Jing. King of the locking herbs is the Schizandra berry from Manchuria (not the southern variety of Schizandra commonly marketed to unknowledgeable Americans). Schizandra stops leaking throughout the body and helps all the organs to store Jing more effectively. It is particularly powerful at storing and protecting the Jing of the Kidney. Schizandra is the quintessence of Chinese herbs. It enters all 12 meridians, nurtures all five elements (thus the name "Five Flavor Fruit") and tonifies all Three Treasures. Other locking herbs may (should) be used and these include Cornus fruit, Ligustrum fruit and Astragalus seed. Great locking formulations are available that are gentle, powerful and directly stop leaking of Jing.
The Bottom Line
There are some who believe that Jing cannot be restored. This is a terrible fallacy. A serious student of the Asian health arts can find hundreds of references to the art of growing Jing in the classical literature. The greatest herbal masters in history personally and professionally practiced the art of Jing tonification for themselves and their clients. All emperors of China and Korea have consumed Jing tonics to fortify their Jing, and anti-leaking herbs are always included.
The fact is, Jing is very easy to restore. Acupuncture, Taoist yoga cannot directly restore Jing, but they can make restoration much more efficient. It is perhaps the greatest secret of the Orient that one's life force, Jing, can be maintained, stored and even increased. Some practitioners have heard that constitutional (prenatal) Jing cannot be replaced or restored, but there are certainly methods in the Taoist yogic system that purport to accomplish just that.
That issue notwithstanding, anyone and everyone can dramatically reduce or stop leaking theirJing through conscious behavior, thought, meditation and lifestyle adjustments. Herbs and tonic foods supplement Jing. With some focus, one can restore Jing and regain their life.
-Three Vital Energy Containers
We have three major cauldrons in the body where energy resides: the lower, middle and upper dantiens. These cauldrons must be constantly activated and replenished so as to generate vibrant health and clarity of perception.
Dragon coiling acts as a catalyst to activate and open these cauldrons to prepare them for absorption of Jing, Chi and Shen within each energy center. They become stabilized through the creation of a symbiotic connection between one’s awareness and the voluminous potential of these activated vortexes.
Jing: Essential Energy
The Jing essence is stored in the lower cauldron, which is located slightly below the navel region within the center of the body. This is the essential essence that we are born with. In order to sustain health Jing must be constantly nourished by Shen and Chi.
Chi: Body Consciousness
The second cauldron is located in the area of the heart chakra and is the place where the Chi gathers. The essence of Jing and Shen are mixed in this central vortex to be transformed and redistributed throughout the other centers. In turn this strengthens the whole body consciousness.
Shen: Interdimensional Awareness
When the heart center is activated the upper cauldron of the third eye – where the Shen essence resides – becomes activated, connecting the practitioner to multidimensional aspects of their perception.
By Ron Teeguarden:
Why the Three Treasures Are So Important to YOU
It is highly probable that every Daoist practitioner that ever lived in Asia (China, Korea, Japan, etc.) consumed certain tonic herbs, either regularly or from time to time. Many abstained from most food, as we know it, but none that I have ever heard of abstained from tonic herbs.
I have been involved with Daoism for over thirty five years, have lived in Japan and China, have spent significant time in Bhutan, Thailand and Mongolia, and have studied with dozens of real Daoists, some of whom were genuine enlightened masters. I have yet to encounter one who did not use tonic herbs themselves. All were in fact masters of tonic herbalism.
Why? Did these adepts take herbs just so they could have more energy so they could accomplish their daily tasks? Did they take tonic herbs to handle the stress encountered in life? Did they take them to overcome health challenges? No. They took (take) tonic herbs to nurture the fundamental “energies” of life. Daoists are interested in “cultivating” their life by nurturing their body, mind and spirit. Daoism is a “fast” technique of achieving immortality (enlightenment). By attuning oneself to Dao, and by following this “path,” it is possible to attain supreme consciousness in one lifetime, not many. The tonic herbs are an integral, essential component of a spiritual path. The tonic herbs are not medicinal herbs, though they certainly can be healing. They are profound health promoting substances.
It is possible to build and protect our health so that we can live life optimally. Radiant health is attainable, and we can maintain it once we have it. Radiant health is attainable if we learn the secrets of living in accord with Nature’s laws and take advantage of a few of Nature’s tools.
Among the great “tools” discovered by humankind to aid in the attainment of radiant health are the Chinese tonic herbs, also known in Asia the “Superior Herbs”. The tonic herbs are the elite herbs of the Chinese herbal system, the most fully developed herbal system in the world. The Chinese tonic herbs have always held a very special place in Asian culture. These very special natural substances have been associated with the highest qualities of living, and thus are associated with the ideals of long life, slow aging, glowing health, happiness, wisdom, physical vitality, adaptability, sexual vigor and response, mental acuity and clear intuition, love and compassion, and harmonious relations with Nature and with one’s fellow human beings. By achieving these goals, one can be said to have attained true “radiant health.”
What distinguishes Chinese herbalism from other systems has been the attitude the Chinese and other Asian societies have taken toward health. Putting the emphasis on promoting health, they have created a body of knowledge concerning the health-promoting tonic herbs that no other society or system has matched. Other systems have emphasized the remedial over the preventive.
The Traditional Three Treasures System of Healthcare
Jing, the First Treasure
The first “treasure” is known as Jing, which may be translated as regenerative essence, or simply asessence. Jing is fundamental to life. It is the deepest source of energy in the body and is associated with our genetics. Jing is also our long term energy and may be thought of as our reserves of life force. In Asia,Jing is associated with regeneration, longevity, youthfulness, deep long-term vitality, mental energy, the source of power for the reproductive system and for optimal functioning of the immune system. Jing energy also supports our skeletal system, renal functions and our ability to hear. Jing is believed to govern our courage and is the power behind our will.
Jing energy is depleted by living itself, but most especially by stress, excessive behavior, and overwork.Jing energy can be re-acquired and replenished through the consumption of certain rare herbs which contain this treasure.
Jing herbs are divided into two categories: Yin and Yang tonics. Sophisticated formulations have been developed over the centuries that build Yin and Yang energy and these are created by blending Yin herbs and Yang herbs in one’s diet. The secret of rejuvenation and in maintaining our health lies in rebuilding the right balance of Yin and Yang
Yin herbs are deeply nourishing. They replenish spent Jing and build reserves that are stored in the body for future use. They are famed for their long term regenerative qualities. They are generally moistening and are believed to be youth preserving. Yin herbs should be consumed by people who have depleted their yinreserves. Life itself depletes yin, and yin is constantly consumed as we grow older, until by middle age many people experience yin depletion. Besides aging, yin is also specifically depleted by stress, overwork, exhaustion, childbearing, excessive or chronic drug or medicine use, disease, excessive emotionalism and sexual excess. Those who are deficient in yin Jing tend to be chronically exhausted, and they tend to have dark rings under their eyes, backaches, weak kidney and reproductive functions, low resistance to infection, weak digestion and show signs of rapid aging, including dryness and wrinkling of the skin. YinJing herbs are capable of replenishing the treasure and building reserves for the future. Thus Yin Jing herbs are considered in Asia to be the cornerstone of rejuvenation and the foundation of longevity.
Yang herbs are deeply empowering. They rekindle the fire of life where it has been spent and invigorate vitality at the deepest levels. They are famed for their rejuvenating and deeply invigorating qualities. Yangherbs are used to build creative power, will power, sexual energy and athletic vigor. The result of consumingYangJing herbs is a renewed and sustainable youthfulness. However, Yang energy tends to be warm and invigoration and therefore requires Yin to maintain coolness and balance. Yang herbs should never be taken by a person suffering from Yin deficiency because the Yang herbs can further aggravate the situation by consuming the already deficient Yin Jing. If you wish to utilize Yang herbs, build up the Yin Jing first until all signs of Yin deficiency are eliminated. This may take some time, but regular consumption of powerful YinJing herbs will surely nurture the deep yin. Eventually Yang herbs can be consumed – and that’s when the real fun begins.
Some people may experience hot symptoms and dryness, and still be Yang deficient. It is possible to be both Yin and Yang deficient but to be more Yin deficient. This will result in what is known as “false fire,” where the person will experience heat, inflammation, low grade fevers, hot flashes, etc. These people will certainly need to consume a lot of Yin Jing herbs, but they may also need to consume a small amount ofYang Jing herbs if they also lack any power.
QI, the Second Treasure
The second treasure is known as Qi. Qi may be translated as vitality, though that term is an over-simplification. Qi is the energy of life that we acquire through breathing and eating and manifests as our day to day vitality. Qi tonics are also divided into two categories: Qi (Energy) tonics and Blood tonics. These Qiand Blood tonics are important in the maintenance of day-to-day health and vitality, our resistance to disease and our ability to cope with stress.
Qi tonics fortify the digestive, respiratory and immune functions and are necessary for true health. Qi tonics also help build muscle and develop muscular strength. Blood tonics help build blood and nourish all the tissues of the body.
It is said that “men are governed by Qi and women are governed by Blood. This means that men generally benefit by consuming more Qi tonics while women generally benefit by consuming more Xue tonics. This does not mean that men do not need Blood and women do not need Qi. It is simply a matter of natural balance. Everybody should consume some amount of Qi and Blood tonics regularly according to need.
SHEN, the Third Treasure
The third treasure is called Shen. Shen is the energy of consciousness and awareness. Though there is no precise translation for Shen, it is often translated as Spirit. Shen is the vitality and stability of the mind and of the human spirit. A person with strong Shen is one who is calm and at peace, strong minded, aware, clear, centered, deeply intelligent and profoundly happy.
A person who is kind, generous and giving and who has a big heart is said to have a lot of Shen. Certain herbs have been found through the centuries to enhance this Shen energy. Shen tonics generally have a mild calming quality. When combined into an herbal program that is taken daily, Shen tonic formulation will have profound effects on our state of mind and body.
Tonic herbs can be categorized as Jing (Yin and/or Yang), Qi (Qi and/or Blood) and Shen (opening and/or stabilizing) by virtue of which treasure(s) they tend to nourish and develop.
Your Life is Like a Candle
A simple, traditional analogy by which one can understand the Three Treasures concept is to think of life being like a candle.
The material of the candle itself, the wax and the wick form the innate substance, or essence, of the candle. Depending on the quality of the wax and the size of the candle, the candle can be expected to have a certain life expectancy. Thus the candle itself is analogous to Jing.
The flame is the actual activity of the candle. The flame is energy manifested. It provides the source of light. However, it eventually consumes the candle. The flame is analogous to Qi.
The light given off by the flame is the ultimate purpose of the candle. A larger candle, and thus a larger flame, will give off greater light. The light given off by the candle is analogous to Shen, which is the spirit of the candle.
Our lives are like that of a candle. Genetically we are given certain regenerative power, but when our Jing is used up we die. The purpose of taking Chinese tonic herbs is to replenish the Jing and Qi and to stabilize our emotional body so that Shen may fully develop.
The Importance of the Three Treasures
The reason tonic herbs are so important is because they protect, supply and replenish the Three Treasures,Jing, Qi and Shen. The Three Treasures are the three fundamental “energy states” inherent in all life (and arguably in all that exists). These energies are called “treasures” because they are the very basis of our life.
Tonic herbs are mentioned or alluded to in virtually every ancient Asian spiritual and health-related text passed down through the ages. For example, Lao Zi, the founder of Daoism, composed the book known as the Dao De Jing. Dao can be roughly translated as “the Way of the Universe.” De is very close to Dao. ButDe is the way that Dao works within a human being. De may be translated as “the Inner Way” or “Inner Power.” The Three Treasures are the component energies of De, the inner power that animates human life.
Here’s what a few other great, illuminated Daoist sages have said regarding the Three Treasures:
Qi Bo (the sage of The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine – the seminal text of the Chinese health arts) said:
“Heaven within me is De (Inner Power).
Earth within me is Qi (vitality)
De flows down, Qi expands, and there is life.
The coming forth of living beings indicates Jing (Essence).
When a pair of Jing embrace, Shen manifests.”
Lu Zi said:
“The human body is only Jing, Qi and Shen. Jing, Qi and Shen are called the Three Treasures.
Jing. In people it is primal energy, the root of essence and life, the body of flesh and blood.
Qi. In people it is energy, physical movement, activity, speech, and perception. It is the use of the body and the gateway of life and death.
Shen. In people, it is the spirit, the light in the eyes, thought in the mind. It is the wisdom and intelligence, innate knowledge and capacity. It is the lord-ruler of Jing and Qi, awareness and understanding. It is the basis of the physical shell, and the foundation of the life span.
If you want to learn the Great Way, you must value the Three Treasures. Without the Three Treasures you cannot live long, and deep attainment cannot be reached in a limited time: so you will not learn the Great Way. The Three Treasures must not be wasted. They must be nourished and protected as one’s life.”
The Three Treasures are difficult to obtain. Since they are not easily obtained, how can we not take care of them? They are to be taken care of, and this is accomplished by purity and tranquility, not agitating theJing, not letting it leak, so that it abides peacefully in its original home, true to reality as it is, circulating three hundred and sixty-one times in a day and night, returning to its original home, true to its own nature, immutable, forming the stabilizing ingredient in the elixir of immortality.
Jing is always controlled by Qi. Once Qi runs outside, Jing eventually leaks out. Therefore, to stabilize Jing one should guard the Qi.
Without spirit (Shen) there is no substance, without substance there is no spirit (Shen). Spirit is active, substance receptive; substance acts through the spirit. Emptiness and substantiality interact and balance each other, subtly combining into one whole. Those who master understanding of this principle combine the qualities of firmness and flexibility; as emptiness and substantiality produce one another, they penetrate the mystery of earth. Also, by understanding the basis of this, creativity and receptivity are established in their proper places, and the great elixir of life is made.
Human life in the world is no more than that of a dayfly. This is true not only of ordinary people but also of the great sages and Buddhas of all times as well. However, though a lifetime is limited, Shen is unlimited. If we look on the universe from the point of view of our lifetime, our lifetimes are those of dayflies. But if we look on the universe from the point of view of our Shen, the universe too is like a dayfly.”
Daoist Master Zhou Jing said:
“Jing, Qi and Shen activate the human being. If they are not depleted they will work intrinsically to produce the substances needed to remain youthful. The ancients have stated, “Heaven has three treasures — the sun, moon and stars. Mankind has three treasures — Jing, Qi and Shen.”
The Superior Herbalism
Applying the principle of the Three Treasures is the highest form of herbalism. In the Orient it is called “the Superior Herbalism.” The Superior Herbalism is based upon the use of a category of herbs now commonly referred to as the “tonic herbs.”
Shennong, the legendary ruler of China who is credited with developing the Chinese herbal system thousands of years ago, described the tonic herbs like this:
The herbs of the Superior Class are the rulers. They control the maintenance of life and correspond to Heaven. These herbs are not medicines (they possess no toxicity) so the taking of these herbs in larger amounts or over a long period of time is not harmful. If you wish to take the material weight from the body, to supplement the energies and nutrients circulating in the body, and to prolong the years of life without aging, you should base your efforts on the herbs of the Superior Class.”
The Superior Herbs stand juxtaposed to the herbs known as the Inferior Herbs which form the foundation of Inferior (medicinal or remedial) herbalism. Shennong said:
“The herbs of the Inferior Class are the assistants. They control the curing of illnesses and correspond to Earth. They possess a markedly medicinal effectiveness and must not be taken over a long period of time since side effects will likely result. If you wish to remove cold, heat, and other evil influences from the body, to break up stagnation of any sort and to cure illnesses, you should base your efforts on the herbs in the Inferior Class.
The tonic herbs have unique qualities that make them different from all other herbs. The single most important quality is that they contain an abundance of one or more of the Three Treasures, Jing, Qi and/orShen. That is why Shennong says that they “supplement the energies and nutrients circulating in the body and prolong the years of life without aging.”
Major Tonic Herbs Used by Daoists for Centuries to Nurture the Three Treasures
Of the fifty two major tonic herbs, a dozen or so stand out as the superstars. These twelve herbs have been the backbone of Daoist tonic herbalism for at least three millennia. It is highly probable that Lao Zi and the Yellow Emperor himself consumed all or most of these herbs. Countless sages and masters of the Daoist arts have used these herbs, and benefited by attaining great longevity and “immortality” (enlightenment – universal consciousness). The following descriptions of these twelve super-tonic herbs are not exhaustive. They present insight into the twelve great tonic herbs and provide the most important functions of each one – knowledge that every person using herbs to promote radiant health should have. The information provided here is designed to lay the groundwork for a broader understanding of tonic herbalism. In fact, it was difficult to limit the list to twelve herbs, since some of the other tonic herbs have profound benefits. For much more in-depth descriptions of all of these herbs and how they are used, you are encouraged to read The Ancient Wisdom of the Chinese Tonic Herbs (AKA “Radiant Health”), published by Warner Books. This book will prove to be an invaluable resource and guidebook on your path to radiant health.
Though most of these super-tonic herbs may be used individually, in actual practice, most of the herbs are combined into formulations that may be consumed on a daily or otherwise regular basis to promote one’s long term health and well-being.
Reishi has an immediate calming influence, and over time is believed to help enhance wisdom, which may lead to true spiritual insight. Reishi protects the liver from poisons and has a very powerful regulating effect on people who expirence allergies. Everyone should consume Duanwood or wild Reishi every day, and practitioners of Qi Gung or other forms of Taoist yoga should never miss a day.
Asian Ginseng is the primary Qi tonic of Chinese tonic herbalism. Wild ginseng is an elite Shen tonic, revered by Daoists. Ginseng is one of the most famous and valued herbs used by mankind. Panax (Asian) Ginseng is an energy tonic that regulates the human energy system. It helps to regulate and nurture both the central nervous system and the endocrine system. Ginseng is an adaptogenic herb. It helps a person to adapt to all kinds of stress, and enhances endurance and resilience under stressful conditions. High quality gnseng tonifies all the systems of the body, but is most specifically tonifying to the Spleen and Lung functions, the functions that produce Qi in the body. Wild Ginseng nurtures spiritual power and thus is said to enter the Heart meridian. Ginseng contains many active ingredients, but the most important are the saponins called ginsenosides. Ginsenosides specifically improve adaptability and are believed to help build muscle and endurance. Therefore Ginseng is very popular with athletes. Asian Ginseng generally has a “warm” energy.
Most high quality ginseng is good for men and women alike. Wild and semi‑wild Ginseng is generally far superior to the cultivated, commercial varieties. Wild ginseng possesses qualities that cultivated ginseng doe not, and has been a primary herb used by Daoist adepts. The higher the quality, the more Shen (Spirit) a ginseng root is said to contain. Ask for advice as to which might be best for you. Beware of cheap Ginseng products, because they are often made from immature roots that have imbalanced chemistry. These cheaper Ginseng products account for Ginseng’s unfortunate reputation for increasing tension or for causing headaches, or even high blood pressure. Mature, high quality Ginseng will not have any side effects.
American Ginseng Root
For the past few hundred years, ginseng collected in North America has been popular among herb users in China. American Ginseng, or Panax Quinquefolium, is a true ginseng family member even though it grows in North America. It contains phytochemicals known as saponins that are similar to those found in Oriental ginseng (Panax Ginseng). However, American Ginseng is considered to be a Yin tonic herb, especially nourishing to the lungs, skin and stomach. It builds adaptive energy without the warming effects of Asian ginseng and is thus the ginseng of choice for overly yang people. American Ginseng is extremely popular in China. The wild variety is far superior to the cultivated, but is much rarer and much more costly. Nevertheless, wild American ginseng is a great value, considering its extraordinary benefits.
This delicious fruit is very widely used as an excellent Yin Jing and blood tonic. Regular consumption of Lycium is traditionally believed to lead to a long and happy life. It is said that prolonged consumption of Lycium will promote cheerfulness and vitality. Many famous Daoists who attained great longevity and wisdom have praised Lycium as the herb of longevity. Lycium tonifies the Kidneys and Liver and directly and reliably builds Jing. Lycium is said to brighten the eyes and improve vision. It is said that Lycium strengthens the legs and enhances sexual function. Lycium fruit contains polysaccharides that have been demonstrated to strongly fortify the immune system. Lycium is also very rich in vitamin C (a vitamin C precursor that becomes vitamin C when it enters the blood stream) and in B vitamins. Furthermore, it is the richest source of carotenoids, including beta carotene, of all known plants on earth and is thus a powerful antioxidant. It is now commonly called “Goji,” and is widely available. However, quality is a major issue with Goji. Truly great Goji grows in the far north of China, Mongolia and in the Heaven Mountain region of northwestern China. Heaven Mountain Goji is now considered, in China, to be the best quality. In China, Himalayan Goji is considered to be of inferior quality product and is rarely used.
Schizandra is a wonderful tonic historically consumed by Chinese royalty. It is one of the few herbs that contain all three Treasures in abundance. Therefore, all Daoists throughout Chinese history consumed Schizandra. Schizandra is considered to be a youth preserving herb and is renowned as a beauty tonic. It has been used for centuries to make the skin soft, moist and radiant. It is also said to be a powerful tonic to the brain and mind, and is believed in China to improve memory. It is also said to be an excellent and reliable sexual tonic when consumed regularly. It is said to help produce abundant sexual fluids, increase sexual endurance and to strengthen the whole body. It is used in many tonic formulations as an “astringent,” preventing the leaking of Jing. Schizandra has a wonderful multi‑layered flavor when processed properly. The best Schizandra comes from the Chiangbai Mountains of Manchuria (northern China).
Astragalus root is one of the most important herbs in the world. Astragalus is the main herb in a wide range of tonic formulations. It is said to strengthen the “upright Qi” which supports our posture and the position of the organs. Astragalus has been used for over two thousand years to strengthen the body as a whole. It has been recognized as a superb and potent immune system tonic by modern researchers. It balances the immune system and may be used consistently and indefinitely without fear of side effects. Astragalus has also been found to be a tonic to bone marrow. Astragalus is believed by the Oriental people to strengthen muscle and improve metabolic functions. The Qi building power of high quality Astragalus matches that of ginseng. Like all tonic herbs, Astragalus is available in a wide range of qualities. Generally, with Astragalus as with Ginseng, when you purchase Astragalus, you are paying for the Qi available in the herb. More expensive varieties contain for more Qi than cheaper varieties. You get what you pay for with Astragalus.
This superb Qi tonic is used in much the same manner as Ginseng, and is considered to be an excellent substitute for Ginseng in any formulation calling for basic Ginseng, but requiring a gentler effect. It is said to restore energy, balance the metabolism and stimulate the production of blood. It is also traditionally used to clear the lungs of mucous and as a tonic of special value to nursing mothers. It is said to help the skin become elastic, smooth and radiant and is thus used in many tonic formulations designed to increase both beauty and vitality. It is an excellent tonic to the immune system.
This rare and strange herb is considered to be a moderately Jing (primal essence) tonic of the highest stature, in the same league as other major super-tonic herbs such as Deer Antler, Reishi and Ginseng. Cordyceps is also a superb Qi tonic, and is especially valued as a Lung tonic.It is a mushroom that grows on the head of a particular kind of caterpillar in mountainous regions of Tibet, Mongolia and Western China. It has enormous renown as a tonic herb, and is said to build sexual and physical power. It increases mental energy, and is one of the most powerful tonics to the immune system known to mankind. Cordyceps is universally believed in the Orient to prolong life and slow down aging. It possesses both Yin and Yang tonic properties, accounting for its enormous popularity and value. High quality wild Cordyceps is currently selling for over $12 million a ton in the Chinese market. Obviously, a small amount is all that is necessary to achieve a big result in terms of building Jing.
Deer Antler is widely believed in the Orient to strengthen all aspects of a person’s life, and is considered to be an ultimate Yang primal essence (Jing) tonic. It is a warm tonic, although it is also known to contain YinJing. It is also a major blood tonic. Extracts of Deer Antler have been found to strengthen the central nervous system and the heart. Deer Antler is believed to strengthen the mind and to calm, yet enliven, the Spirit (Shen). Deer antler is universally believed throughout the Orient to invigorate sexual energy. Modern research indicates that Deer Antler stimulates the production of blood by nourishing the marrow. Deer antler contains chemicals that are very closely related to human growth hormone (HGH) and is now widely believed to promote youthfulness as a result of this chemistry. The soft antler of the male deer is removed from the deer when it has grown just two or three spikes and is still covered by velvet. The deer grows new antlers. The tip of the antler is the most potent part because it contains the most active substances (more than 90% of the active substances in deer antler are contained in the tip, the last inch of the antler). It takes thirty deer antlers to make one ounce of “tips.” Tips are more expensive than the middle and lower parts of the antler, but are of much more value. I recommend you only buy products made from the tips of the antler.
Certain varieties of Chinese orchid are an excellent Yin essence (Jing) tonic and longevity herb. It has been widely used both by Daoist masters and by the Chinese elite.There are several species and varieties of Dendrobium available. Dendrobium is said to quickly and effectively replace spent “Jing.” It is widely used in the Orient by those who engage in a lot of sexual activity to replace the spent energy and to replace fluids; and thus it is commonly called “honeymooners tea.” When combined with licorice root, Schizandra and Lycium fruit, it is also called “healer’s tea,” because it is said to provide healing energy which can be transmitted to others, and replace the spent healing energy. Thus body workers, other hands‑on healers, and all those who give of themselves from their soul, benefit by consuming Dendrobium. My great Daoist teacher Sung Jin Pak, recommended that I consume Dendrobium every day because of my activities as a hands on acupressurist.
Eucommia is a superb Jing tonic, used to strengthen the back (especially the lower back), skeleton, and joints (especially the knees and ankles). Eucommia possesses both Yin and Yang activity and is thus suitable to men and women alike. Eucommia is believed to confer strength and flexibility to the ligaments and tendons. It is often used by Qi Gung practitioners, martial artists, yoga practitioners, and other athletes to strengthen the back, knees, and the entire body. It has been found to be very helpful at regulating blood pressure, especially high blood pressure. Eucommia is widely used in China as a safe and effective sex tonic for men and women. It is also considered to be a major longevity herb. It was the second herb described in the first herbal text written in China, by Shennong, following only ginseng.
He Shou Wu
Constant consumption of this famous “longevity herb,” whose full name is Polygonum multiflorum, is said in the Orient to help return an aging person to youthfulness and to keep a young person young. This herb has been consumed by almost every Daoist that has ever lived, and is fundamental to the practice of the Daoist inner arts. It is an unsurpassed Yin Jing tonic, as well as a major blood tonic. It is said to increase energy and to clean the blood. As an essence tonic, it is believed to be a powerful sexual tonic when consumed regularly. He Shou Wu is widely believed in China to increase sperm production in men and to increase fertility in women. It is used in almost all tonics that are believed in the Orient to nurture the hair and teeth. It was the first herb my great teacher gave me. I still consume it every day, no matter what I’m doing or where I am.
Rehmannia is said to be the “Kidney’s own food.” It is thus believed to be a Kidney tonic and longevity herb and is found in many common “anti‑aging” formulations for longevity, and rejuvenation. It is also considered a premium blood tonic and is said to benefit sexual functions in men and women. The steamed variety is said to be warm in nature, and it is the steamed variety that is considered tonic. Steamed Rehmannia should be combined with Qi tonics to improve its assimilation.
Gynostemma is popularly believed in Asia to be an anti-aging, longevity herb. Gynostemma is generally reinforcing to overall health, and has a strong anti-fatigue effect. It is also used throughout Asia as a virtual “cure-all.” Gynostemma is a major adaptogenic herb, in the same league as Panax Ginseng, Reishi, Schizandra and Astragalus. It is an herb that has been revered and widely used by Daoists in Southern China as a primary Qi tonic. Gynostemma is widely believed to improve the utilization of oxygen, to improve digestion, to strengthen the mind, and to improve sexual functions. It is also believed to help calm the nerves and to ease pain. The ultimate greatness of Gynostemma lies in its broad spectrum adaptogenic quality. It has double-direction activity in many areas. It has the ability to bring balance to the body under a wide range of stressful circumstances. Constant consumption of Gynostemma tends to have a highly protective quality because it strengthens the adaptive capacity of the person at every level of their life. Constant consumption of Gynostemma is widely believed to promote radiant health and great longevity. Gynostemma has fabulous, safe anti-inflammatory activity throughout the body, while strengthening the overall immune system. The chemical constituents responsible for the adaptogenic characteristic of Gynostemma are saponins called gypenosides.
A Note on Quality
You always want to obtain the best quality tonic herbs you can. Why? Because they are Nature’s source ofJing, Qi and Shen. Herbs are always available in a range of qualities. For many herbs, the range is significant. The best quality herbs grow in pristine, harsh environments, and in many cases wild herbs are more potent that those that are cultivated. Of course, some herbs can be cultivated, must care must be taken to preserve the natural growing conditions that produce the Three Treasures in that herb.
You need to know two things about quality:
In terms of herbs, consistency is of the utmost importance. Tonic herbs may be consumed daily, throughout your life, even when you are sick, fasting, traveling or experiencing other challenges.
Develop a basic program and use these products EVERY DAY. There are so many great tonic herbs and products available from Dragon Herbs alone that no one wants to be stuck with a set program for their whole life. Most people who use tonic herbs like to add new herbal products from time to time. So make your core program consistent, and be flexible with as many peripheral tonic products as you like, according to your instincts, nature and current needs.
I myself NEVER go a day without consuming significant doses of the following herbal extracts, in one form or another:
I myself NEVER go a week without consuming the following herbal extracts, in one form or another: And sometimes for long periods of time I consume these tonics as part of my core program.