Enhance is comprised solely of Chinese herbs. It was designed in the early 1990's by Misha Cohen, OMD, L.Ac. based on her experience and the experience at the Quan Yin Clinic in treating thousands of HIV positive patients. Enhance is based on fu zheng therapy, which means a restoring normality.
The main ingredient, red ganoderma (ling zhi) is a Qi tonic that appears to contain one of the most highly active polysaccharides found in mushrooms. Ganoderma has been used in China in treatments for viral hepatitis and cancer. Red Ganoderma and astragalus (huang qi) have been shown in Chinese research to have immune enhancing properties[3, 4]. Other Qi tonics are included for their traditional energy strengthening effects.
A concentrated isatis (da qing ye and ban lan gen) extract is used in high doses for its strong clear heat clean toxin nature. Chinese research documents anti-viral activity as well as clinical applications. Used for patients with hepatitis, herpes simplex, herpes zoster, and viral warts. A high proportion of clear heat clean toxin herbs are used for the underlying heat inflammation present in persons with HIV infection, HCV, and other chronic viral syndromes as determined by traditional tongue and pulse diagnosis.
Spatholobus (ji xue teng) extract was chosen for its clinically shown ability to help improve bone marrow function, thereby assisting in the formation of white blood cells and red blood cells. It is used extensively in China to treat the bone-marrow suppression effects of chemotherapy. Similarly, there are anecdotal reports form U.S. clinics that it appears to be helpful to people undergoing drug treatments that cause bone marrow suppression. Other blood tonics and blood vitalizers in the formula are speculated to be important for bone marrow function.
Red Ganoderma (reishi) fruiting body (ling zhi), Isatis Extract leaf & root (da qing ye & ban lan fen), Spatholobus stem (ji xue teng), Astragalus root (huang qi), Tremella fruiting body (bai mu er), Andrographis herb (chuan xin lian), Lonicera flower (jin yin hua), Vladimiria Souliei (mu xiang), Epimedium herb (yin yang huo), Oldenlandia herb (bai hua she she cao), Cistanche salsa herb (rou cong rong), Lycium fruit (gou qi zi), Laminaria leaf (kun bu), Tang Kuei root (dang gui), Hu-Chang herb (hu chang), American Ginseng root (xi yang shen), Schizandra fruit (wu wei zi), Ligustrum fruit (nu zhen zi), White Atractylodes rhizome (bai zhu), Rehmannia (cooked) root (shu di huang), Salvia root (dan shen), Curcuma tuber (yu jin), Viola herb/root (zi hua di ding), Citrus peel (chen pi), White Peony root (bai shao), Ho-shou-wu root (he shou wu), Eucommia bark (du zhong), Cardamon fruit (sha ren), Licorice root (gan cao)
For more than a decade, Health Concerns has been in the forefront of research in herbal medicine, and was the first company to manufacture herbal products in the United States for practitioners. Its founder, Andrew Gaeddert, is an herbalist, lecturer, author of numerous books on herbal medicine, and committed to improving community health. He assisted in the development of clinical trials with HIV patients in 1992, and has been on the protocol team of a study to investigate the effects of Chinese herbs on chronic diarrhea, and an anemia study sponsored by the NIH Office of Alternative Medicine.
Health Concerns formulas are created on the basis of Traditional Chinese Medicine and modern biochemistry and developed by experienced practitioners such as Mr. Gaeddert, Dr. Fong, and Misha Cohen. They are targeted to treat specific disorders, and manufactured under strict quality control. All are continually tested to ensure optimum effectiveness, potency, and maximum bioavailability.