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.
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
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).