Red Flag Series: Serving Size & Therapuetic Dosages

Red Flag Series: Serving Size & Therapuetic Dosages

Traditional Chinese herbalism is an ancient and comprehensive system of health that has been used for thousands of years.

Dosages of herbs and formulas is of particular importance. “First Rule of Tonic Herbalism,” summed up in a single word – Compliance. If you don’t take the herbs, they won’t work.”-Ron Teegarden


Most Herbs are taken in dosages from 3-15 grams. In a formula there might be 4-12 different herbs all ranging from 3-15 grams per herb


The pictures below are examples of what a Classical chinese herbal formula looks like. Typically you would decoct this amount, drink it for about 3 days, and then make another batch


Dosages are essential for efficacy.

If you aren't consuming a proper dose the herbs will not have the desired effect. Not only do you need the correct dose, but you also need to be consistent.

Thus, a decoction of about 120 grams of crude herbs is usual (e.g., 12 ingredients x 10 grams/ingredient). For a one week supply of herbs, this translates to nearly 2 pounds of dried herb materials. When treating serious ailments, the dosages may be increased by, on average, about 50%, so that a one week supply comes from about 3 pounds of herbs.

Powdered Extracts

Dried decoctions are produced by making large batches of either single herbs or traditional herb formulas as decoctions (in large tanks), and then draining the liquid from the dregs. The liquid is then evaporated (using heat and vacuum) to form a syrup. The syrup is then put into a spray-drier, and the remaining water is evaporated, leaving a dry powder. There can be variations in this processing method, but it basically involves making a decoction and then drying it.

Majority of tonic herbs including the ones that I sell are extracts with a few exceptions: Pearl, Pine Pollen and Reishi Spore

Everything else has been decocted for you, and the corresponding serving size suggestion offers you a therapeutic dose. For example, most of the mushroom powders area 10:1 extract, meaning 10 pounds of mushrooms decocted down to 1 pound of powder.

Here is my turkey tail information:

inside is a fruiting body 10:1 extract powder, meaning 10 pounds of turkey tail extracted down to 1 pound of powder.

You are getting 1.25 g or 1250mg of active ingredient in a 1/2 tsp serving size

Here is a lozenge claiming to be for immunity due to having vitamin c and Reishi mushroom in there.

10 mg of reishi mushroom is not enough to have a therapeutic dosage.

This is a marine collagen lozenge claiming to make you glow.

the proprietary blend contains 15 mg total of collagen and ashwagandha, but they don't tell you how much collagen.

for comparison, my collagen has 11.25 g in a serving, 11250mg, meaning 11235 more milligrams than this lozenge.

This is an ineffective product


"Pretty Balanced is a Sèchey favorite because of the white peach and lemon verbena flavors. The world of adaptogens helps us better manage our own stress levels with herbs and botanicals like Ashwagandha, our bodies are better able to do lots of amazing things, like fight sickness, sleep better, have more energy, and feel less overwhelmed."

I reached out directly to this company asking how much ashwagandha was in there and their answer is attached above. they go for the minimum effective dose, but would not reply as to what that number is.


This is a hot chocolate blend with Reishi to support stress and sleep.

there is 250 mg in a serving of hot chocolate

in 1/2 tsp of my Reishi you get 1250 mg, 1000 more than this blend.

They also do not tell you if it is an extract, if that extract is made with fruiting body, or any other important info.

Things to keep in mind

I want to show you these examples because they stand out to me as subpar products.

I believe that medicinal mushrooms, tonic herbs and adaptogens are incredible substances, and should be taken in a way that you can feel it.

A lot of products on the market do NOT give you a therapeutic serving size and then you might think that it's the herbs that don't work when in fact it is all about serving size and therapeutic dosage.

This is another reason I like to just sell the herbs or mushrooms on their own.

You get to decide how you ingest it and what flavors you want.

You have the knowledge of what a proper serving size is and why it is important.

Please don't fall for marketing ploys or trendy packaging.