By Jim English
Advanced essenced tonics are designed to counter a host of common discomforts associated with human aging. By restoring microcirculation, such herbal formulas have been shown to improve internal organ function and speed removal of toxic cellular metabolic waste products, such as lipofuscin, that have been implicated in a wide range of age-related degenerative conditions. Essence tonics have also been shown to support the immune system by increasing resistance to illness and improving overall health.
The following summary is condensed from a clinical trial of one such essence tonic involving 150 patients between the ages of 55 to 89 years. In this study the researchers set out to quantify changes in several biological markers that serve as important indicators of the human aging process. Researchers conducted detailed medical examinations of each patient prior to the start of the trial, and again at the end of the 30-day treatment phase. After evaluating their data, the researchers discovered significant improvements in a wide range of symptoms.
Angina, Chest Tightness, Palpitations
With advanced age, arteries tend to thicken as fatty deposits accumulate on the inner lining of arterial walls, especially in the coronary and cerebral arteries. These deposits reduce arterial circumference and impair blood vessel elasticity, resulting in a lack of blood flow to heart tissues. Common symptoms usually include chest distress, palpitations, insomnia, and pain due to insufficient blood supply to the coronary arteries.
Angina: Prior to treatment, 25 patients were diagnosed with angina pectoris. After one month of treatment, 23 of the 25 patients (92%) were completely free of symptoms, and the remaining two patients reported that their symptoms were significantly reduced.
Chest Tightness: Before taking the herbal formula, 106 patients reported experiencing chest pains. After receiving the formula for one month, only two of the 106 patients (1.9%) continued to feel chest pains.
Palpitations: Of 86 patients experiencing unpleasant sensations, including irregular and/or forceful beating of the heart, 82 reported complete relief from symptoms one month after treatment, and only four patients reported continued symptoms.
Coughing, Shortness of Breath
Human aging is associated with the partial or complete wasting (atrophy) of the adrenal cortex and sex glands, resulting in the deterioration of the mononuclear phagocyte system (part of the immune system) and a decline in antibody production for protection from infection. Other factors, such as a narrowing or obstruction of the pulmonary arteries, contribute to inflammation of the bronchial walls, resulting in lung congestion, edema, fibroblastic proliferation and narrowing of the bronchial tubes. Symptoms include chronic coughing and shortness of breath.
Coughing: Before receiving herbal formula, the patients were questioned about their coughing patterns. Coughing fits lasting five minutes or longer, and occurring in both the morning and evening, were considered diagnostically relevant. Thirty-six patients reported that they experienced bouts of coughing lasting longer than five minutes in both morning and evening. After taking the essence tonic for one month, 34 patients reported improvement (94%), and only two cases reported coughing fits still lasting for more than five minutes.
Shortness of Breath: To determine shortness of breath, all 150 patients were required to climb one flight of stairs, after which their breathing was monitored and recorded. These records were compared to records gathered at intake. At the start of the study, 42 patients experienced shortness of breath during the stair test. At the conclusion of the study only seven patients still experienced shortness of breath, while 35 patients (83%) were able to complete the stair test without difficulty. The difference was statistically significant (P<0.01).
Dizziness is one of the most common complaints of the elderly. Originating in the central vestibule of the brain stem, age-related dizziness is often related to impaired blood flow caused by hardening of the arteries. Prior to the trial, 69 patients reported experiencing bouts of dizziness. After one month of treatment, 59 patients (85%) reported that their dizziness had abated, while 10 patients (15%) still experienced symptoms. The difference between the two groups of patients is statistically significant (P<0.01).
Edema, Puffiness of Lower Limbs
In the elderly, as plasma albumin levels decrease, colloid osmotic pressure of the plasma is reduced as well. Additionally, as aging blood vessels become increasingly permeable, plasma levels of sex hormones decline, leading to increased retention of water and sodium. Together these changes contribute to increased accumulation of fluid (edema) in the lower limbs.
Advanced essence tonic formulas have previously been shown to increase plasma albumin and sex hormone levels, leading researchers to theorize that the formula would aid in reducing lower limb edema. Prior to administration of the formula, 32 subjects were diagnosed with edema of the lower limbs, including edema resulting from chronic heart failure and chronic renal dysfunction. After one month of treatment, 30 patients (94%) were free of edema, and only two patients still showed signs of swelling of the lower limbs.
Loss of Appetite
The gradual decline of the hypothalamuspituitary-adrenal cortex is a hallmark of human aging. As the thyroid glands deteriorate, secretion of digestive enzymes and gastric juices are reduced, resulting in a loss of appetite. Before receiving the essence tonic formula, 56 patients suffered from diminished appetite. At the conclusion of the study, 49 patients (87%) reported that their appetite had returned, and only seven patients continued to show signs of poor appetite after the treatment.
In the elderly, elevated systolic and diastolic blood pressure levels result from the loss of elasticity in the arterial walls. Other contributing factors include a narrowing of the diameter of blood vessels, increased resistance to peripheral blood flow, and elevated blood serum viscosity. Essence tonics have been shown to exert a number of positive anti-aging effects to aid in normalizing blood pressure levels.
When researchers measured the blood pressure levels of patients before beginning treatment with the formula, 62 of the 150 volunteers had systolic pressure readings greater than 160 mmHg, and diastolic readings greater than 90 mmHg. The average BP for this group was 150/90 mmHg.
After receiving the formula for 30 days the average systolic pressure for the 62 hypertensive subjects had dropped 23 points, down to 127 mmHg, while the average diastolic pressure had declined to 79 mmHg. These improvements were determined by the researchers to be statistically significant (P<0.01).
Of the 150 study patients admitted to the study, 48 were previously diagnosed with coronary heart disease. Prior to receiving the essence tonic formula, ECG abnormalities were detected in 35 patients, including ST-T changes, frequent premature atrial beat, atrial fibrillation and frequent premature ventricular beat. Following treatment 30 patients (85%) were shown to be free of the previously detected ECG abnormalities, while five patients (15%) were found to still have abnormal ECGs.
Researchers randomly gathered blood samples from 41 patients (20 males and 21 females) prior to treatment and at the end of the study. The examiners conducted the following tests on blood samples:
- Whole-blood specific viscosity
- Erythrocyte sedimentation rate
- Hematocrit (red blood cell count)
- Plasma specific viscosity
- Erythrocyte electrophoresis
While there were no detectible changes in erythrocyte sedimentation rate or hematocrit after treatment, test results revealed significant improvements in whole-blood specific viscosity, plasma specific viscosity and erythrocyte electrophoresis.
Researchers randomly selected 51 patients to measure circulation in nailfold microcapillaries prior to receiving the formula, and again at the end of the study. Microscopic observations revealed significant improvements in the speed of blood flowing through the microcapillaries of the nail-folds after treatment.
To evaluate the essence tonic’s impact on immune function, the researchers selected 44 patients for blood tests. Efficiency of cellular immunity was determined by measuring lymphocyte transformation rate, and the immune function of red blood cells was determined by erythrocyte rosette (Erosette) formation.
Lymphocyte Transformation Rate: The average value before administration of the formula was 53.944. This value rose to 59.444 after one month of treatment. This was a considerable increase showing statistical significance (P<0.05).
Test of Rosette Formation: Average value prior to administration of the formula was 52.176. This value increased greatly to 54.647 after treatment. The difference was statistically significant. (P<0.05).
Metabolism of Plasma Proteins
Albumin is an abundant blood plasma protein produced by the liver and secreted into the blood. In addition to preventing the leakage of fluids from the capillaries into surrounding tissues, albumin aids in transporting small molecules, such as calcium, unconjugated bilirubin, free fatty acids, cortisol and thyroxine. Serum albumin levels can serve as a useful marker of chronic liver disease and nutritional status. Researchers measured albumin levels in 44 patients prior to administration with of the herbal formula and again at the end of treatment.
Plasma Albumin: The average value of plasma albumin was 4.573 before treatment, and rose to 4.768 by the end of the study. These numbers were statistically significant (P<0.01).
Plasma Globulin: Prior to administration, average plasma globulin was 2.734. This number decreased to 2.564, indicating a statistically significant improvement.
Plasma Albumin – Plasma Globulin Ratio: The ratio before treatment was 1.702, and increased to 1.897 following the treatment period. The difference indicated a great statistical significance (P<0.01).
Advanced essence tonics have been shown to have excellent therapeutic actions on such elderly disorders as chest tightness, insomnia, chest pains, coughing, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, dizziness and lack of appetite. In this trial one advanced essence tonic formula has been shown to promote healthy blood circulation while supporting expansion of coronary arteries and arterioles of the brain and lungs, increasing blood flow in coronary vessels, improving vessel elasticity, enhancing T-cell immunity and promoting the synthesis and metabolism of proteins. These findings indicate that the essence tonic is a valuable antiaging formula that may contribute to reversing various disorders affecting the elderly, such as insufficient blood supply to the brain, coronary heart disease, chronic bronchitis, and hypoproteinemia, without the risk of adverse or toxic side effects.