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One of my favorite herbs ever is the red asparagus root (Asparagus cochinchinensis) also known in Chinese tonic herbalism as Tian men dong.
To be perfectly clear, this is not garden asparagus (Asparagus officinalis), nor the ayurvedic herb Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), although shatavari is a very prized herb with different effects.
Tian men dong is often considered the flying herb or levitation herb, because is induces a light state. So prized was it that many monks have used it heavily in Asia for generations to induce a profoundly spiritually lifted state and a widened, wiser perspective.
It’s a really fun herb to take because of this lift (with no crash whatsoever), but it’s the long term cumulative effect of taking this herb daily where the real magic is.
Tian men dong is a tonic herb, meaning it is safe for daily use with no side effects. Think of it as a very intelligent superfood.
First let’s go through the legend and lore of Chinese medicine, then I’ll break it down to the science of it. This 5 out of 5-star herb opens the heart, prolongs life and tonifies the sexual functions of both men and women. Not only a keynote aphrodesiac, it tonifies the lungs, nourishes the heart and kidneys, and moistens and beautifies the skin.
The herb is cooling. It’s name suggests so (Tian men dong, or lush winter aerial plant). In Chinese medicine there is a life energy called Shen (your spiritual health), which must be uplifted daily or else it is reduced by stress. This herb dramatically nourishes Shen.
After 2000+ years of traditional use, now we have science to back up the lore:
Sweet and bitter in flavor, and oh so full of adaptogenic (health modulating) molecules. Studies show that consumption of Tian men dong increases interferon (immune system proteins) in humans (a very good thing for immune system response). It possesses anti-tumor functions and is currently being studied for the treatment of lung cancer. It is rich in polysaccharides (immune system food), quercetin, and a huge array of phytonutrients which help your body assimilate more vitamins.
Contraindications: People who run cool or get cold easily should combine this herb with warming foods and herbs like maca and Panax ginseng.
UPDATE JUNE 2013: I love this herb so much that I created a delicious product out of it: LEVITY 100% Pure Red Asparagus Root Extract Powder.
I also put my potent elite-quality extract of red asparagus in my product Longevity in a Bottle.
Recipe: Check out my Butterscotch Flavored Levity Elixir Recipe over at LongevityPower.com!
We often think of our body as a unit which needs certain minimums of macronutrients and micronutrients. But, it is a whole unit made up of interconnected parts: each part thrives on notable nutrients, many of which nutrients are not listed in a governments’ Recommended Dietary Allowance.
It’s strange: Many of these body parts and systems are just not talked about with regard to our daily diet. Each system of your body has spent a lifetime malnourished due to the modern westernized diet which lacks variety, trace minerals, medicinal substances, and is loaded with toxins.
Let’s get right up close to the most important system in your body today: your immune system (Well, it’s tied in first place with your endocrine (hormones) system.)
1. How to neutralize pathogens: because to not means the body is in a HYPO-immunoogical state, susceptible to colds, flues, candida overgrowth and more severe disease-causing pathogens.
2. How to rid the body of (while remaining “cool”) toxins and allergens: because to not means the body is in a HYPER-immune state, causing inflammation and autoimmune takeover.
Every moment your body has a new micro-terrain of pathogens, allergens, and toxins to deal with, so your immune system must be able to fulfill both ends of the spectrum (Do: attack foreign invaders; Do not attack human self) without going out of balance (hypo and hyper).
Cool, we’ll just take some immuno-stimulating drugs and some immuno-suppressants, and we’ll be balanced, right? NO! Thank goddess nature found a way: We must consume natural substances which have a DOUBLE-DIRECTIONAL effect on the immune system. Did you feed your immune system today?
ENTER: Medicinal mushrooms and adaptogenic herbs – most notable the top dogs of the fungi kingdom Reishi mushroom and Chaga mushroom. Hundreds upon hundreds of scientific studies, thousands of years and millions of people’s multi-generational use has placed these mushrooms as the most successful immune system. enhancements of humanity.
In PART 2 I will be discussing why everyone should be consuming reishi and chaga everyday for a robust immune system, long life, mental calm and clarity, and peak physical performance. As you patiently wait, I’d like to share my Longevity in a Bottle project with you (because I need your help!)
Longevity in a Bottle is the culmination of my last 10 years in the conscious organic food industry… it’s an epic new organic superfood product that contains 58 of the world’s greatest adaptogenic herbs and superfoods including reishi and chaga! Let my exciting video explain further: http://LongevityPower.com.
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Disclaimer: This article is for informational use only. I don’t give medical advice, advise treatment or claim any cure for immune system related diseases, nor shall content be construed as medical advice because that would be illegal. You assume all risks for the use, non-use, and mis-use of the materials above. Your healing powers are alive within you. Thank you.
Never Give Up! It’s great advice for you, your dad, your grandma, and everyone because we all (from time to time, or for way too long of a time) go through adversity. You + We are not alone – we are in this together.
Take these top 2 adversity-pullout notions to heart:
1. Find your mission and live it!
Don’t worry, your mission can technically change every moment so you don’t have to suddenly label your mission (although writing down missions statements and posting them up visibly for all to see is great!). Many of my readers know their mission and many just aren’t sure. My mission is to empower people by feeding them the best food ever so they can live with more vitality and passion and have the greatest human experience possible. But, my mission statement is just words. Living my mission is the FORCE. Living your ever-changing mission is a FORCE to be reckoned with. You are the force, the unstoppable energy, the frequency… so long as you aren’t distracted.
If you feel like giving up, you’ve got to dig deep and know in your heart that with one step at a time you’ll make your dreams come true. You are way bigger than the “problem,” and your mission is bigger than you. Be on your mission and (this is going to sound cliche but it will deepen your understanding of a certain movie trilogy) may the force be with you!
To continuously think, feel, and breathe your incredibly-important-to-humanity mission, you must have people in your circle who support you. This means talk to people who put health, love and life as their top values.
Don’t doubt your ability to do an adversity-pullout yoga bending sprint after you watch this guy, Arthur (greatest yoga success story EVAR!):
2. Use Organic nutrient dense foods, superfoods, wild foods and tonic herbs to grow yourself.
To be clear, food itself is not your mission. A lot of raw food aficionados fall for this (I know I did years ago), then later learn that foodism is secondary to YOU. You have a great life ahead of you and your mission-driven ability to pull yourself out of adversity (to Never Give Up!) is a heck of a lot easier when your body has the best fuel of all time.
Every day strategically eat so that later that night you go to bed nutritionally charged. A plant is either growing or dying – no in-between. Same with you. Grow yourself with the best nutrition you can get your hands on so that each day – even if you find yourself in a challenging situation – you feel like you’re making progress because your body is making progress.
NOW FOR SOME SHAMELESS PROMOTION!
I must admit, I’ve been in the trenches of adversity (but I’m still on my mission and eat superfoods almost 24/7) as I pull all the strings and summon all my resources to create the best project I have ever done: Longevity in a Bottle! BUT I need your help…
You will find this outstanding project (and the reason I have not been blogging/emailing you weekly) really interesting and cool:
LongevityPower.com takes you to my RocketHub crowd funding page where you can fuel me (with moolah) in exchange for Longevity in a Bottle and other fantastic rewards shipped to you upon completion of the project. Thank you for your continued support. Please fund my project and share it! I’ll Never Give Up because my mission shines bright!
To your nutrition-backed mission,
Reminiscent of the cream-filed chocolate Cadbury egg – but with a caramel overtone – my superfood-rich, tonic-herb-injected, “non-glycemic” Chocolate Easter Egg will knock your toesocks off! This spring season, stay nostalgic for chocolate while adding in the immune-system modulating tonic herbs while cutting out the sugar.
First, make the cream center:
1/2 cup birch xylitol
1/4 cup tonic herb tea (or spring water)
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon non-gmo soy lecithin powder
1 tablespoon raw cacao butter
1 tablespoon very creamy almond butter
3 pinches kudzu flakes/powder
2 pinches sea salt
2 pinches vanilla bean powder
1 pinch stevia extract powder
Whisk the ingredients together in a pan on simmer (turn the stove top on and off to keep “raw” temperature levels) to melt the ingredients together. Do not overheat. Then pour (and scrape with a silicone spatula) into a blender and blend for 30 seconds to finish homogenizing. Pour into ice cube trays (silicone trays are best) and freeze for 4 – 12 hours until somewhat firm (won’t actually freeze). Meanwhile, make the chocolate coating:
1/2 cup chopped raw cacao paste
2 tablespoons chopped raw cacao butter
1 teaspoon very creamy almond butter
1/2 teaspoon birch xylitol
1 – 2 pinches stevia extract powder
1 – 2 pinches vanilla bean powder
1 pinch sea salt
Place in a small bowl and warm in an oven (or dehydrator) set to 125*F until cacao paste and cacao butter are melted. Spatula into a very well dried blender and blend until creamy. Spatula back into bowl and reheat chocolate in oven (or dehydrator), using a thermometer inserted into the chocolate until it reaches no more than 115*F – 120*F. Keep warm until cream center recipe becomes a cold sticky gel. Pour the chocolate into half-egg molds or ice cube trays, filling each mold about 2/3 to the rim. Then scoop the cream centers out with a spoon, ball up with your fingers and push into the chocolate molds until covered. Let sit in the refrigerator until solidified. Pop out when ready and enjoy a post-Easter treat. Because of the cream center’s water content, keep refrigerated.