learnfrequently asked questions

What if I choose a Chinese formula and I’m not right about it, will it harm me?

The foundation formulas will not harm you.  The wrong choice will just not help as much as the right choice.  If you are uncertain about your choice and do not have access to a practitioner, email us.  There is one formula in the five that has a cold nature and should not be taken long term without breaks.  It is Long Dan Xie Gan Wan.  For a person with chronic liver heat, it is fine, but if you are prone to cold, or have weak digestion, or start to get cold easily after taking it, stop.  If you think you have chosen the wrong formula, stop taking it.  It will not hurt you, it just won’t be bringing you into balance–which is our goal

What’s the difference between taking the teapills and taking Lucidia? Will both relieve my allergies?

Lucidia is for immediate relief from allergy symptoms without side effects. It is antihistamine, breaks down mucus, cleanses lymphatic system, and regulates immune function. Many people use Lucidia to get off allergy medications that are causing unwanted side effects or are no longer working. The Chinese formulas address an underlying imbalance that is contributing to the allergies. This underlying imbalance may be hormonal, energetic, nervous system, organ function, emotional, toxins, or depletion of kidneys, blood, yin, or qi. When the underlying cause is addressed with herbs and lifestyle (and possibly treatment), allergies can resolve, or become less frequent and less severe. Many people get the relief they are looking for with Lucidia alone. The other formulas are for people who experience other symptoms, and recognize that by addressing them, they will also be preventing allergy symptoms. They are also for practitioners who are prescribing a foundation formula in an overall treatment plan.

Since Lucidia enhances the immune system, is it safe to take everyday?

Lucidia is safe for most people to take everyday. Many of the ingredients are given in very high doses to prevent several different kinds of cancer, including lung and prostate. We recommend Lucidia to be taken as needed, as often as needed. Usually over time, less is needed. If symptoms continue to occur every day, and only relief is experienced, it could be very helpful to integrate a foundation formula chosen by you or a qualified practitioner. If no relief is experienced after several days of frequent dosing, there may be another formula that is better for you or there may be something in your diet or life that is causing a lot of problems for your body.

Why is it recommended to take Lucidia and Chinese teapills?

As an acupuncturist, it is always recommended to address the underlying issue. The foundation formulas that we have chosen are very basic, and strengthen the body. When taken correctly, and with appropriate lifestyle and attitude, many aspects of health and life can come into balance, even when allergies were the original noticeable concern.

How long do I need to wait before I start to feel relief when I take Lucidia?

It depends very much on your lifestyle, severity of symptoms, and constitution. If you do not notice any relief after taking 3 capsules 6 times per day for 4 days, I would say it is not the formula for you right now. If you eat hamburgers and milkshakes at midnight, or drink a lot of alcohol especially at night, it will be difficult to notice what is happening. If you are not in either of those categories, it may take a few doses to notice, or a few days. Once Lucidia gets a chance to start cleaning your system, relief can happen within 1 minute of dosing. I dont understand this but it is true. In the beginning, we recommend frequent dosing, as symptoms occur. You will not need frequent dosing after a few days.

Are the Chinese herbal formulas safe and grown responsibly?

They are very safe, tested, and under strict quality control. Lucidia and Root Java are made with some organic and US grown herbs, all premium quality. We are always developing our relationship with US organic growers and if you are one please contact us.

Do I need to purchase Lucidia and the teapills to get relief?

No. It is your choice if you want to do both or try just Lucidia first. It depends on your goals, and the severity of your condition. If you never had allergies, and all of a sudden you have them, it could be helpful to address a hormonal imbalance, but could still be sufficient to start with Lucidia. If you think your allergies are related to a hormonal change, stress, long term poor diet, aging, parenting, drinking, you will have better results if you take both and get acupuncture treatment.

Is Lucidia safe for children? Are the Chinese teapills safe for children?

Lucidia is safe for children two and older. Likely safe for younger, but there is no research on younger. If a baby is experiencing severe allergies, we strongly recommend a holistic practitioner. Babies respond very well to various esoteric therapies, such as craniosacral, homeopathy, flower essences, reiki, etc. In addiiton to this, a practitioner can help detect if there is something happening that is causing the problem. Chinese teapills are safe for children but since their energy works differently from adults, its best to get a practitioner to choose herbal formula for children under 12.  If you’re giving to a child 2-6, the dosage is 1/2-1 capsules needed and for children 7-12, the dosage is 1-2 capsules.

Can I take it if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?

Yes, but as with all supplements and medications, check with your health care practitioner.

Can I take other medications while I take Lucidia and/or the Chinese teapills?

The herbs in our program do not have any blaring drug interactions, but I do not know all the drugs. If you are unsure, ask your physician who prescribed the medication or your pharmacist.

What if I have an allergic reaction to Lucidia?

In rare cases, individuals can be allergic to ingesting stinging nettles (a main ingredient in Lucidia).  We recommend when you first try Lucidia, take 1 capsule on an empty stomach and wait 20 minutes.  In most cases if you’re allergic to stinging nettles, a mild skin rash will appear on the arms.  If this happens, discontinue use (the rash should disappear within 30 minutes).  If no undesired reaction occurs, then proceed to regular dosage recommendations.

Can Lucidia be given to dogs?

These are the dosage guidelines we use, but they can be flexible, so use what you think is best for your dog.  If skin is very dry and itchy, be sure to add something moistening to the diet such as flax seed oil and plenty of water.  Also be sure to limit use of drying shampoos.   As a natural antihistamine, Lucidia dries out mucous and congestion so dry skin will need moisture.

Dosage Recommendations:

3-12 lbs. 1/2 capsule
12-25 lbs one capsule
25-50 lbs 1-2 capsules
50-100 lbs 2 capsules

What's the date stamped on the bottom of the bottle?

Many people ask about the numbers on the bottom of the bottle and we’re here to say that those numbers are the manufacture date not the expiration date!  Don’t worry…we’d never sell you something that was expired!  And as far as freshness goes, your bottle of Lucidia will maintain potency for 5 years from the manufacture date.