Cindy Grogan/CAG Ventures LLC Sample Copy EXERCISE TO HEAL.COM SECARA HERBS PRODUCT COPY [INTRO COPY] For over 3,000 years, the premise of Chinese herbal medicine has been that health isn’t just absence of disease, it’s the balance between body, mind and spirit. Supporting various physiological processes can help bring about or restore that balance (and there must be something to it, because doctors in ancient China didn’t get paid if the patient didn’t get well!). In the spirit of these Eastern healing traditions, we’re proud to offer Secara herbal remedies. These formulas are the choice of healing professionals worldwide. Their blends follow the centuries-old formulas of Chinese medicine, boosted with the latest Western plant-based cures. Each remedy is overseen by the co-founder of the American Herbalist Guild; we also love the fact that Secara is the first professional Chinese herbal line with a focus on organic ingredients. HERBAL ALLERGY & SINUS RELIEF The original formula was created in 1253 A.D. (before there was such a thing as Kleenex). With its immune-boosting powers, Shitake mushroom is a centerpiece of this formula, while Eucalyptus soothes coughs and nasal congestion. We’ve also updated it with a dose of Organic Eyebright to help ease runny noses and red eyes. NOTE: Because of its potency, eucalyptus shouldn’t be given to small children. HERBAL COLD & FLU RELIEF This traditional Chinese herbal blend dates back to 1798. We’ve added Thyme Oil, commonly used in Europe during cold and flu season for it’s anti-fungal and immuneboosting properties. Also included is Echinacea root, another proven immune strengthener. Peppermint reduces congestion while Yarrow brings down a fever. NOTE: Thyme should be avoided by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. HERBAL IMMUNITY BOOST Keeping immune systems strong since 1481! For centuries, Astragalus has been used as a strengthening tonic for weakened immunity. It’s the centerpiece of this powerful blend, along with Shitake mushroom and Echinacea. Great for anyone who suffers recurrent colds, respiratory issues or urinary tract infections. HERBAL JOINT RELIEF If you suffer pain from arthritis, sciatica or degenerative disc disease, consider this timehonored Chinese herb blend. It’s enhanced with Boswellia, used for centuries to reduce inflammation and improve blood flow. Modern clinical trials have caught on to what herbalists have known for eons: the compounds in Boswellia are now proven to block a chemical reaction that leads to inflammation. HERBAL PAIN RELIEF Whether it’s a headache or pain from repetitive stress disorders, tendonitis, arthritis or other muscular-skeletal problems, give this formula a try. At its heart is White Willow Bark, used throughout Europe and North America to reduce pain and inflammation (it has some of the same compounds used in aspirin). Best of all, clinical trials show that White Willow Bark relieves pain without the GI distress sometimes associated with OTC drugs. We’ve also added soothing Skullcap, Valerian, Lavender and Hawthorn to the mix, all of which have calming effects. NOTE: Should not be taken by pregnant women, those suffering excessive menstrual bleeding or anyone suffering from active blood disorders. HERBAL SLEEP AID If the sheep-counting thing just isn’t working, this might do the trick. The formula was created all the way back in 220 A.D.; we’ve updated it with a boost of Skullcap for calming,Hawthorn for easing anxiety and Passionflower to soothe a frazzled nervous system. Also included is a touch of Lavender Oil (a proven anti-depressant) and Valerian Oil, which has been shown to help relieve insomnia. NOTE Use with caution if taking barbituates, sedative medications, anti-psychotic and anti-epilectic drugs. HERBAL STRESS RELIEF When the modern world is just too much to handle, turn to the ancient world for help. This centuries-old remedy (circa 1085 A.D.) also contains Artichoke Leaf extract to strengthen the liver and help the digestive system work properly (a good thing when you’re on your second week of late-night pizza runs). Plus, Peppermint Oil has a relaxing effect on systems that are wound just a little too tight.