Can I dilute the products?
Dilution (or top-dressing) is not an issue because the dosage of the herbal preparation consumed remains the same. For best and more immediate results (with some issues and liquid formulas), syringing directly into the mouth is recommended. You can mask the taste of liquid herbal preparations by adding them to fruit juice such as apple juice. Dry form products (powders and granules) can be mixed with a "wetter" food source (unsweetened applesauce, for example) to ensure complete consumption of each serving either by syringe or top-dress.
Many of your products are in liquid form. Why?
Liquid extracts are more easily absorbed in the digestive tract. This improves the product’s effectiveness. Without the specific enzymes that breakdown the plant cell walls, you can only obtain a small quantity of the necessary active ingredients if using the raw herbs. Liquid extracts contain larger quantities of active medicinal compounds than other preparations.
Also, the process of manufacturing powdered extracts is very expensive. The amount of active compound placed into a capsule may not contain the same amount of active ingredients as a liquid preparation.
Lastly, liquid preparation methods have been well tested over centuries. In all societies, medicinal herbs were usually prepared as a liquid preparation. The history of the effectiveness of the herbs is based on liquid herbal preparations.
What is the benefit of combination formulas?
When you use a formula you multiply the effect (i.e. the herbs have a synergistic effect with each other producing an effect greater than the effects of the individual herb). In order for a single herb to work, you must have a large enough quantity of the active compound(s) within the herb to produce the required effect.
The quantity and quality of active compounds in a plant source varies according many factors: e.g. where it is grown, the soil conditions, the weather conditions, etc. To illustrate this point, it is well known that in the production of wine, the flavor of the grape changes from year to year and is also dependent on where the grape is grown (e.g. A Merlot grape grown in CA will produce a wine which has a different flavor from one that is grown in Ontario). The same issues apply to medicinal herbs. Since the quantity of active compounds found in a single herb changes from year to year it is quite conceivable that the efficacy will have great variation.
In an exact formulation (combination), the chances of all of the extracts in the combination having lower amounts of the active ingredient is relatively small; so from batch to batch we do not expect great changes in the efficacy of the product. Also, formulations include herbs that negate any potential side effects of other herbs. This cannot occur in single herb products. In addition, some herbs in the formula are present to enhance the absorption of the active compounds thereby producing a product with superior efficacy and cost efficiency (use 1 formulation vs. 3 or more individual products).