Herbal Extracts - Your most effective herbal solution!!
After 30-plus years of manufacturing quality
herbal medicines, Herb Pharm continues to produce primarily liquid herbal
extracts. While we do manufacture a number of topical products, along with our
Super Echinacea® capsules and Pharma Kava® capsules (both of which are made
from the dried liquid extract), Herb Pharm remains the leading manufacturer of
liquid herbal extracts in the United States. Tens of thousands of educated herb
consumers around the country recognize the advantages of taking their medicines
as liquids. Medical professionals trained in the use of herbal medicines also
prescribe their medicines primarily as liquid extracts. Why?
To help you appreciate the merits of why this
simple yet sophisticated method of taking herbal medicines is far superior to
taking most capsules and tablets, the following discussion is offered.
Your Body Absorbs Liquids Better
One of the primary benefits of using liquid
herbal extracts is that they do not require digestion. You don’t need to
extract what is medicinal from the plant cellulose before it can be absorbed –
this has already been done for you. As you would expect, liquid herbal extracts
are of particular benefit to those individuals who possess impaired digestive
function. In many situations where digestion is not optimally functioning, it
simply makes little sense to give a medicine in any form, other than liquid.
Tasting the Herb Can Aid Effectiveness
There are five primary tastes in our universe
– sweet, salty, bitter, pungent, and astringent. Unfortunately, western
medical science has mainly researched sweet, salty, and bitter. In each
instance, however, science has shown that when a taste is perceived by a taste
receptor on the tongue, neurotransmitters are released into nervous tissue
fibers that result in signaling the medulla of the brain. In the case of the
‘bitter experience’, once this initial signal from the tongue reaches the
medulla, a nerve impulse is then initiated which results in an increase in
gastric, pancreatic, gallbladder, and liver secretion. Simply by tasting
something bitter you’re able to fortify a myriad of digestive functions.
Fresh from the Field Extraction
Some plants must be extracted in their fresh
state, while others must be extracted dried to produce a medicine of any worth.
By producing liquid extracts Herb Pharm is able to extract the herb fresh or
dried, selecting whichever produces the best medicine. Of course, this is
impossible to achieve with crude, dried herb capsules and tablets.
Liquid Extracts Last Longer
Most liquid herbal extracts have an excellent
shelf life. This is an important consideration for any individual who stores
extracts for personal use, sale, or prescription. As a general rule, liquid
extracts containing alcohol have an expected shelf life of 5 years, while those
containing no alcohol (glycerites) are best used within 3 years. While the shelf
life of many extracts will certainly surpass these estimates, for the safe and
effective use of liquid herbal extracts these approximations are best adhered
to. In contrast to the excellent shelf-life of liquid herbal extracts, studies
indicate that crude, dried Echinacea capsules lose approximately 90% of their
activity in a little more than a year from their manufacture date.
Dosing with Drops is Simple & Flexible
The sophistication of liquid extract delivery
is no more apparent than when it comes to dosage flexibility. For example, when
using liquid herbal extracts a pediatrician is able to give a small child a
fraction of a single drop simply by placing one drop of the extract in one ounce
of water or juice and administering the appropriate fraction of the solution.
You simply cannot do this with any other delivery system.