Jing Redux


  • Rebuilds both yin & yang aspects of our primordial essence (Jing)
  • Restorative/revitalising long term vitality
  • Restores healthy hair, skin & nails
  • Builds bone density
  • Repairs joints, cartilage & connective tissue
  • Strengthens tendons & ligaments
  • Strengthens lower back, knees, hips & ankles
  • Supports workout/athletic recovery
  • Supports injury recovery
  • Enhances physical endurance
  • Excellent kidney tonic
  • Increases fertility and sexual vigour
  • Supports recovery after childbirth
  • Restores vitality after stress & exhaustion
  • Mood enhancer
  • Builds blood
  • Enhances immune function

Nyishar ‘Jing Redux’ is a concentrated formula that is designed to restore youthful vitality and facilitate healing at the deepest level possible. It contains a perfect combination of yin and yang herbs that nourish our primordial essence (Jing) and unlock all of the benefits that are associated with it, with a supporting ‘Qi Herb’ that drives the medicine into the body by supporting metabolic processes and the subtle energetic nature of the body. This formula is unparalleled in its ability to heal, restore and reanimate.

But before taking a closer look at the herbs in this formula, let us first ask the question:

What is Jing?

Jing is our primordial essence – an energetic phenomenon that is considered to be the subtlest and most refined aspect of the physical body according to Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is the foundation of our very being, providing the basis for our Qi (energy/metabolism/movement) and our Shen (spirit/joy/fulfilment/life purpose). These three energies – Jing, Qi and Shen – are known as ‘The Three Treasures’ according to Taoist lore. Without strong Jing (the first treasure), health, longevity and spiritual development will be very difficult to attain, so cultivating and protecting our Jing is imperative for making any progress in this life.

On the one hand Jing represents our youthfulness, resilience and ability to heal (yin), and on the other hand it is our core vitality that allows us to be active in the world (yang) and maintain our strength and lustre without wilting from stress and disease. Our jing is also what offers us the potential to reproduce – if we have a strong sense of vitality we will produce robust and vibrant offspring – decreased Jing however indicates weakness in our genetic lineage, and if this essence becomes too depleted we may not be able to reproduce at all.

There are also two main types of Jing – prenatal and postnatal. Prenatal Jing is what we inherit from our parents from the moment of conception and throughout gestation. The strength of prenatal Jing will depend upon the wellness of our parents when we are conceived – it will determine our lifespan and personal constitution to a large degree, so it is very important to produce offspring from a place of dynamic vitality! The postnatal Jing however is what we have from the moment we are born – it is what we carry within us that is either nourished or depleted according to our life in the world. This type of Jing is what we can work with directly, rebuilding it through correct living, appropriate nutrition and herbal medicine.

Jing is most closely related to the kidneys/adrenals, testes and ovaries and governs the vitality of our DNA. It is integral to the endocrine system and is responsible for the strength and stability of the musculoskeletal system as well as the radiance of our hair, skin and nails. Jing is our deepest, most fundamental health which gives us our adaptive nature and ability to handle stress, injury, disease and over-exhaustion. Because Jing is so interrelated with our reproductive capacity, men become Jing-deficient through excessive sexual behaviour and women can become extremely depleted through the process of childbirth and nursing. Chronic stress, overworking, high toxicity, unmanaged emotions, poor diet and extreme lifestyle can also cause the Jing batteries to run very low. So it is very important that we take measures not only to preserve the Jing that we currently have, but also to rebuild and replenish the Jing that we have spent throughout the course of our lives.

According to Taoist Herbalism and Traditional Chinese Medicine there exists a category of ‘Jing Herbs’ that can regenerate our foundational essence through regular consumption. Some of these herbs have more of a yin nature and are excellent at nourishing, increasing fertility and enabling us to recuperate. Other Jing herbs have more of a yang energy to them and revitalise our strength and endurance, provide sexual stamina and enhanced libido, offer structural support for the body and gift us with immediately available energy that does not tax the neuroendocrine system in the long run. Less common are a supreme class of Jing herbs that are perfectly balanced with both yin and yang energies.

Let’s take a closer look at exactly what is in the Nyishar ‘Jing Redux’ formula:


Prepared Ho Shou Wu (Polygonum Multiflorum) is the quintessential ‘yin jing’ tonic of Traditional Chinese Medicine, meaning that it is the premier herbal substance for replenishing our most vital essence – our foundational life force (jing). This is a very powerful yin herb, which means that it’s primary role is to nourish, replenish, rebuild, restore, rejuvenate and provide long term vitality. It is the most famous anti-ageing medicine in all of Chinese Medicine and has been used to successfully reverse grey hair and baldness amongst an array of other benefits.

This is actually how it got its name, because the name ‘Ho Shou Wu’ simply translates as ‘Old Mr Ho’s head of black hair’. Legend says that this herb was discovered by an old man (Mr Ho) who was crippled and covered in wrinkles with only a little grey hair remaining on his head. He had never fathered any children and was nearing the end of his life due to overwhelming weakness and lack of vitality. He searched for many years for a natural substance that would strengthen his constitution and revitalise his youthful energy, affording him many more active years of life and allowing him to procreate and extend his lineage. One day he collapsed by the side of the road and awoke to find a plant growing next to him, radiating a vibrant aura and speaking to him, asking to be picked. So he carefully uprooted the plant and took it to a nearby herbal shaman with a vast knowledge of working with plants. Guided by the spirit of this plant, the medicine man prepared the roots by cooking them for many hours in a black bean stew which transformed it into the ultimate tonic for reviving and reanimating human life force. Old Mr Ho consumed this medicine every day and after some time had passed his hair began to grow back and return to its original, jet black colour. The legend says that his youthful ‘jing’ essence returned to such a degree that he became strong and handsome once more, and fathered many healthy children despite his old age! This story is very well known throughout Asia and is the main reason why this herb has been so popular for so long.

Legend aside, Ho Shou Wu is quite capable of proving itself under more contemporary scrutiny. It is excellent for building bone density and strengthening the tendons and ligaments, making the body more robust and resilient. It is common for both men and women to experience a greater degree of fertility and libido when using this herb and it is routinely consumed in Asia by both men and women that are trying to have children. It is well known for male sperm count to double and even triple while consuming Ho Shou Wu, and the vitality and fertility of the female ova is similarly enhanced. It is one of the primary recommendations for women that have just given birth due to its rejuvenating, restorative properties and its ability to restore vitality to new mothers who are so depleted and exhausted from the trials of pregnancy, labour and post-partum life.

It is a potent tonic for the kidneys which are traditionally understood to be the ‘seat’ of our jing essence, and it strengthens the spine (especially the lower back) and enhances the strength and mobility of the knees and ankles. It is also a great tonic for the liver and gallbladder and increases the healthy flow of bile. It builds healthy blood, strengthens the structural integrity of red blood cells and promotes their formation in the bone marrow, ensuring healthy abundance within the bloodstream. Modern research indicates that Ho Shou Wu is able to significantly increase the activity of superoxide dismutase (SOD) – an intracellular enzyme that acts as a powerful antioxidant and free radical scavenger. This herb is also a natural monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor which means that it can block the metabolism of certain important neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine and by doing so elevate mood and feelings of wellbeing.

Ho Shou Wu is also a rich source of anthraquinones – a constituent which can significantly reduce the inflammation of arthritis and of the intestinal tract, as well as inhibit the growth of tumour cells. Anthraquinones can also increase digestion and overconsumption can cause a laxative effect, which is why traditionally it is formulated with other more astringent herbs that allow it to be properly digested and assimilated without any unwanted side effects. Modern research has revealed that Ho Shou Wu possesses neuroprotective capabilities that assist in reversing and preventing Alzheimers as well as improving mental acuity and improving both short and long term memory.

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Prepared Rehmannia (Radix Rehmanniae Preparatae) is often referred to in Chinese herbalism as “the kidneys own food”. It is one of the premier yin jing tonics that has held its reputation as a supreme longevity herb for many thousands of years. It has a sweet taste and a warming energy, and is traditionally steamed in a tonic wine in order to activate its incredible tonic properties.

It is deeply nourishing to the kidneys and has a profound ability to restore our subtle jing essence. So it not only replenishes the life force that we expend through the various stressors we encounter or inflict upon ourselves, but as we begin to regenerate our youthful vitality it also heralds the return of healthy fertility and libido. Prepared Rehmannia is in fact the cornerstone of almost every herbal formula intended for strengthening reproductive functions within the Chinese/Taoist herbal traditions.

It is also one of the ultimate blood building tonics and is perfect for those who have weak blood and for women, many of whom struggle with heavy menstruation and whose constitutions require them to regenerate blood regularly. The gentle warming nature of Rehmannia is also said to influence less painful, milder menstruation.

Like Ho Shou Wu, this herb is an outstanding anti-aging herb that can heal and reverse all of the elements associated with yin jing deficiency – grey hair, lower back pain, dry skin, cracked nails, weakness in the knees and ankles and exhaustion. It is an excellent herb for recovering from illness and injury due to its unsurpassed ability to revive and reanimate.

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Epimedium (Herba Epimedii) is renowned throughout eastern herbalism as a herb with a bittersweet taste and a very warming, expansive energy that is particluarly stimulating to the sex drive. This is actually how it got its more common name ‘Horny Goat Weed’, because in ancient times Goat shepherds observed that their herd were drawn to a specific type of tree, and they would ravenously chew on the leaves prior to/during their mating season. This herb is especially good for nourishing our fundamental life force – our subtle jing essence – but it has a very yang nature that is much more expansive and stimulating than some of the more recuperative, yin jing herbs.

Epimedium has been studied in depth in China, Korea and Japan and scientific analysis has validated the long-held belief that this is a potent libido enhancing medicine. It enlivens the sensory nerves in the genital region of both men and women and increases sensory pleasure in these areas. It has also shown to significantly increase semen production in men and has an androgenic effect on the reproductive/sexual organs of men.

Aside from the aforementioned increase in libido, the yang nature of Epimedium means that it provides us with greater physical strength and endurance, advanced structural support for the body and an immediately available source of energy. Despite its expansive energy however, it is great for lowering elevated blood pressure, and because it never lowers it below a balanced range it is a great herbal treatment for hypertension.

Dilating the veins and arteries of the circulatory system is a trait that Epimedium is also believed to impart on the subtle energetic channels of the body through which the various types of chi/prana flow. This is yet another reason why this herb can have an energising and enlivening influence on the interrelationship between body and mind.

Epimedium has also revealed to the scientific community that it possesses genuine immunological benefits as well – it is an immune-modulator, so it has the capacity to stimulate an under-active immune system yet also lower immune function on those who are autoimmune. It also has antiviral activity that is particularly effective against the HIV virus, and exhibits tumour inhibiting properties and as such is used in China as natural treatment and preventive medicine for various types of cancer.

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Eucommia Bark (Eucommia Ulmoides) is famous for many reasons, not least because it possesses both yin and yang (expansive and contractive) energies and is amazing at rebuilding our jing essence in a very balanced manner. It has a warming energy with a sweet taste and is a tonic to both the liver and the kidneys. As our jing life force resides within the kidney system and Eucommia enhances both the yin and yang, it improves the health of all structural components related to jing. These include building bone density and improving the strength and flexibility of tendons, ligaments and connective tissues. It stimulates healing and repair of the spine and lower back, hips, knees, ankles and wrists whether these areas have degenerated through injury, stress or old age. This makes it perfect for high intensity sports and athletics and for treating conditions such as osteoporosis, osteoarthritis and the general wear and tear of the joints.

Through observing nature, herbalists in ancient times noticed that deer in the wild would routinely search for this plant when they had fractures and other structural injuries. They would strip pieces of bark from the tree and eat them, which would speed up the healing process considerably.

Eucommia enhances our innate ability to adapt to stress and change in our lives and promotes healing not only to the physical structure of the body but also to the neuroendocrine system, circulatory system and immune system. Studies have shown this herb to be both anti-inflammatory and a mild sedative, and it was established decades ago that Eucommia was an extremely safe and effective natural treatment for hypertension. It has no recorded contraindications with any conventional medicines, so it makes a great adjunct therapy for those who are trying to lower elevated blood pressure.

Eucommia imparts significant immune enhancing benefits to those that consume it too, by increasing the process of phagocytosis – the role undertaken by certain white blood cells whereby they travel the bloodstream, hunting down foreign/pathogenic material and waste matter and consuming it, removing the threat from the body. Eucommia is actually considered a very powerful immune tonic that ranks alongside other immuno-super tonics like Astragalus.

Similarly to Epimedium, Eucommia is also a fertility and libido enhancer for both men and women and has illustrated the clear ability to improve sexual stamina for men by slowing down the release of semen and preventing ejaculation from occurring too early.


Astragalus Root (Astragalus Membranaceus) is one of the most popular herbal tonics in the world – a reputation that was established in the east thousands of years ago and has gained momentum ever since, now permeating western culture and bringing its protective benefits to an even larger audience. It has an energising and strengthening effect on the muscles, tendons and limbs of the body, and a mild, sweet taste with a slightly warming energy that supports the proper functioning of the spleen and lungs as well as fortifying the blood and nourishing the subtle prana/chi of the body.

Astragalus is also famed for its excellent immunological benefits – firstly due to its high saponin content which are known as ‘Astragalosides’. These Astragaloside saponins play a key role in this plants adaptogenic nature, helping the immune system to stabilise rather than becoming under active or over-stimulated. This makes it a great herb for asthma, allergies and degenerative conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. It also increases the efficiency of many immune cells such as macrophages, natural killer cells and antibodies, and has revealed through scientific analysis to have anti-tumour properties and an ability to increase immune activity for patients that are undergoing chemo or radiation therapy. So like all of the great adaptogens, Astragalus possesses the ability to behave in a bi-directional manner, offering us the myriad of benefits that accompany such a diverse and ‘intelligent’ behaviour.

It has also shown liver protective properties as well as increased sperm production in men, and is a popular herb for skin health because it helps the skin to eliminate toxins from the body. With a mild diuretic action it is capable of speeding up the healing process of sores and wounds, but also reversing chronic diarrhoea and excessive perspiration.

From the perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine Astragalus is considered to be an excellent ‘chi tonic’, meaning that it supports the movement of the subtle pranic energy of the body and all of the interrelated metabolic functions that are dependent upon it. It has a pronounced effect on supporting the ‘wei chi’ of the body – the protective forcefield that surrounds us as well as operates just underneath the surface of the skin, and is generated in no small degree by the lungs. This form of protective prana is considered to be the ‘front line’ of our immune system that deals with invading pathogens, which further adds to the immunological benefits and also goes a long way to describe why Astragalus is so good for the skin. So Astragalus can increase the force and current of this protective chi all around the body, as well as positively impacting other subtle energy channels that influence digestion, respiratory function, the firmness and stability of internal organs (anti-prolapse) and healthy, upright posture.

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