A Formidable Formula For Stoking the Body’s Flame!According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) - 'Qi', 'Chi' or 'Ki' (all pronounced 'Chee') is the lifeforce energy in all living things, and is usually understood in Western Culture simply as 'energy'. TCM describes Qi as a complex weave of many different energies and influences, with health and longevity associated with a harmonious balance of all aspects. SuperFeast operates from a strong base of Chinese Medicine principles, the 'Three Taoist Treasures' as Shen (spirit), Qi (energy) & Jing (essence). The Qi Blend is a skilfully crafted tonic herb mix designed to nourish your energy and vitality.
Table Of Contents:
- What I like about SuperFeast Qi Blend
- What I think could be improved
- Where to buy SuperFeast Qi
- Health benefits of Qi Blend
- How best to take it
- Alternatives I think are worth considering
QI BLEND REVIEW BY DARCY - BIRCHER BAR FOUNDER & OWNER:
What I Like About It:
Better Breathing & Energy – As with most TCM medicines, the ingredients in this mix are 'adaptogenic' - meaning they help your body adjust and improve over time. After taking it daily for a month I did experience a slight change in my energy and even more noticeably, breathing in my yoga and meditation sessions. Again, nothing as acute as a 'caffeine hit', but definitely a subtle and more sustainable lift.
Pleasant Taste – The tonic herbs combined in this mix have a similar taste to that of a melon. You can add it to pretty much anything you like, but it makes an especially great addition to a fruit smoothie.
Incredible Product & Company – SuperFeast truly know their craft. The Qi Blend has been in the works for years and is the fruit of many years of study and personal experience. We’ve worked closely with SuperFeast for years and are always confident when speaking to the quality, of their extracts.
What I Think Could Be Improved:
The ingredients in this mix are generally safe to take but have the potential to make cold or flu symptoms more acute. If you have a cold or flu, discontinue using it until you fully recover - and as always, be sure to consult a medical practitioner or GP
- Improvements in base energy levels
- Clearer and deeper breathing, especially during Yoga
- A guaranteed quality product from a great company
- Could potentially amplify cold & flu symptoms
Where To Buy SuperFeast Qi Blend?
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What is the Qi Blend?
Quite simply - it is a balanced mix of tonic herbs grown in the ancient Di Tao tradition, formulated to replenish and invigorate energy and vitality as described by Traditional Chinese Medicine. Check out all of the ingredients below:
Astragalus is one of the most famed herbs in the Taoist herbal system and often remains as a permanent fixture in the diet of Taoist herbal initiates. Astragalus is a potent immune herb used primarily to strengthen the Lungs and Wei Qi (surface protective Qi), particularly when one is prone to spontaneous sweating and recurrent infection.
Poria Mushroom (Poria cocos.):
SuperFeast founder, Mason Taylor, harvesting poria mushroom in China.
Poria is among the most famed and administered longevity herbs of the Tonic Herbal system, its use is on par with that of licorice. As a Yin tonic, Poria balances the energetics of the QI Blend beautifully, complementing the Yang raising functions of both the Astragalus and White Atractylodes present in the formula.
Codonopsis (Codonopsis pilosula):
In Tonic Herbalism, Codonopsis is a potent Qi tonic said to perform a similar action to that of Chinese ginseng. The herb is often used as a replacement for ginseng in herbal formulas that require a softer. Especially in instances where the use of ginseng is inappropriate at a constitutional level.
White Atractylodes (Atractylodes macrocephala):
As a Qi tonic, White Atractylodes is held in the same high regard as astragalus. Known for its ability to rapidly build and invigorate the body’s Yang Qi, White Atractylodes encourages muscle Yang Qi increases digestive power, aiding nutrient assimilation.
Turkey Tail is one of the most important immune tonics in the world. Holding a strong presence in the medicinal systems of China, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, Germany, Mexico, Japan, English Folk. In Classical Chinese Medicine, Turkey Tail is primarily used to clear Damp and Heat from the Spleen, assisting the body to regulate water and temperature. In this context, the herb is used to remedy instances of loose stools that occur in the presence of poor digestion and appetite.
Gynostemma (Gynostemma pentaphyllum):
In Asia, Gynostemma is highly revered as a cure-all tonic, often referred to as “magical grass” due to its potency and vast medicinal application. A powerful longevity tonic that reinforces overall health, of the most potent adaptogens in the plant kingdom. The herb holds this esteem in both Taoist
Jujube (Ziziphus jujuba):
Jujube is one of the most important herbs in the Chinese herbal system. Used primarily to moderate the actions of other herbs when used in combination, to treat Spleen Qi deficiency and address Shen disturbances that are a result of Heat or Blood/Yin deficiency. Traditionally Jujube is said to cleanse the twelve major Meridians, providing special nourishment Earth element.
Health Benefits of Qi Blend:
As indicated in the ingredients list above, this
- Supports a robust immune system
- Can help improve blood circulation
- Can help regulates blood cholesterol
- Can help alleviate stress and anxiety
- Aids with treating gastrointestinal problems
- Augments respiratory and metabolic processes
- Can assist with improving the lungs and spleen
- Helps improve energy and may aid with chronic fatigue issues
If you want to know more about SuperFeasts Qi Blend, check out this short video from SuperFeast founder, Mason Taylor.
How to Take Qi Blend:
As previously mentioned, to mixing into any smoothie! If you're looking for some inspo we have some pretty epic smoothie recipes, like our banana-mocha smoothie bowl, for you to check out. Add in some Jing herbs to further amplify the benefits.
As for dosage, start with ¼ to ½ tsp daily for the first week or two, and build up to 1 tsp per day as your body adjusts.
What is in the Qi Blend?
Astragalus root, poria mushroom, codonopsis root, white atractylodes root, turkey tail mushroom, gynostemma leaf and jujube fruit.
What is a dual extract?
When herbs are extracted from plant material this is generally done using a solvent such as water or alcohol. Each method is beneficial, alcohol is used to draw out the fat-soluble components of the herbs, such as triterpenoids while water is used to obtain the herbs immune-boosting polysaccharides. Some herbs contain both fat and water-soluble constituents, and that's where dual extract comes in! Here, SuperFeast use both water and alcohol to acquire the herb’s full medicinal profile.
How much should I take?
Generally, we recommend taking the herbs daily in small doses to begin with, start with 1/4-1/2 teaspoon per day, building up to a good heaped teaspoon per day once you feel it necessary.
Our Favourite Alternatives:
If you've tried this mix and want to move on to something else - or stack and amplify the benefits, check out the products below:
1) SuperFeast Neural Nectar – A Potent Nootropic:
Neural Nectar combines a whole concoction of brain-supporting herbs and mushrooms that deliver a sustained and well-rounded cognitive boost. These properties pair beautifully with Qi to work on energy for body and mind.
It's designed to help with everything including focus, mental energy, memory recall and retention, and general cognitive ability.
Read our full review of SuperFeast Neural Nectar
2) SuperFeast Jing - Cultivate Supreme Energy
As the flagship Taoist herb blend from SuperFeast, Jing brings together a number of tonic herbs that all work harmoniously to help restore energy levels, supporting healthy kidney and adrenal function. This is a great pairing from a TCM standpoint as it addresses the 'essence' pillar of the Taoist 'Three Treasures'
Read our full review of SuperFeast Jing
3) SuperFeast Ashwagandha - Treasured Revitaliser
Ashwagandha hails from outside Traditional Chinese Medicine and is instead a famous Aryuvedic medicine. It is another natural substance that has been used for millennia to improve strength albeit, operating from a different set of principles. Combine it with Qi to get the best of two of the most famous medicine systems in human history!
Read our full review of SuperFeast Ashwagandha
Specifically designed with a strong focus on Traditional Chinese Medicine principles, this tonic herb mix is designed to regulate the bodies Qi through improved energy, supporting the immune system.
Whether or not you are strongly aligned with TCM, the scientific evidence for the herbs used in this blend is mounting, showing huge promise for the same ailments that TCM been addressing with the same ingredients for millennia.
Personally, I noticed an improvement in my 'foundational energy' with consistent use, as well as clearer and deeper breathing in my yoga and meditation practices. super easy to use at almost every meal too which is a factor - using it!
The only way you'll truly know if it's for you though is by giving it a try. Hit any of the links or banners in this article to jump over and grab a jar for yourself - and don't forget to use your code to save 15%!