Codonopsis : Codonopsis pilosa - This herb can be a good substitute for Ginseng as it is not so Yang. It increases Chi, aids the stomach, lungs and spleen. It helps lower blood sugar and is warming . It is great for people who are stressed and it can help boost the immune system. It is best kept in the fridge as it is soft and sweet and the bugs love it
Echinacea : Echinacea purpurea - Boosts immune system, anti-allergenic, antibacterial, antibiotic, antiviral, alliterative. anti- inflammatory,
Ginger : Zingiber officinale - Antiseptic, anti emetic, anti-inflammtory, carminative, circulatory stimulant.
Gingko : Gingko biloba - Anti-allergenic, anti asthmatic, anti -inflammatory, antioxidant, brain tonic , circulatory stimulant, contains a MAOI
Gotu Kola : Hydrocotyle / Centella asiatica -Anti- inflammatory, anti rheumatic, peripheral vasodilator, tonic .
Hawthorn : Crataegus oxycantha - antioxidant, cardio tonic, hypotensive, vasodilator . Contains the bioflavonoids, rutin and quercitin.
Licorice : Glycyrrhiza glabra - Adrenal tonic, Alterative, alexipharmic, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, Diuretic, depurative, demulcent, emollient, expectorant,mild laxative, pectoral, tonic
Lycium : Lycium chinesis - Long used by the Chinese to increase longevity , it is a tonic for the liver , contains 13 % protein by weight ( 100 gm contains 13gms of protein ) . Also contains Vitamins B1, B2 , B6 , E , Beta carotene , 21 trace minerals & over 18 amino acids . Very high in Leucine which when metabolised produces HMB , ( beta-hydroxy beta - methylbutryrate ) which is known to triple strength and lean body mass
Yerba Mate : Ilex paraguariensis - Contains . 3 - 1.7 % caffeine , increases stamina and endurance.
NB. Do not use if taking SSRI's, anti-depressants, steroids or heart medications.