In the eyes of many people, a tonic is a nutritional medicine, and a nutritional medicine is a tonic. In fact, these are two completely different concepts that cannot be confused.
"Tonics" refer to the drugs used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat various deficiency disorders, mainly including four categories: tonifying qi, tonifying blood, tonifying yang, and tonifying yin.
Among them, drugs for tonifying qi and yang, such as ginseng and deer antler, mostly have the effects of anti fatigue, strengthening the heart, promoting blood circulation, improving disease resistance, and enhancing muscle strength; Blood and yin tonifying drugs such as angelica, polygonum multiflorum, ophiopogon japonicum, etc. generally have the effects of resisting anemia, strengthening the heart, improving blood circulation, and lowering blood lipids or blood sugar.
"Most tonics are used to treat diseases, and it is a misconception to hope to take tonics to prolong life without diseases.".
Even if the body is sick but not a deficiency disorder, taking tonics will have little effect. As for the nutrients in supplements, the content is different, which is an important reason why supplements are not equal to nutritional drugs.
Nutritional drugs refer to drugs that supplement nutrients in the human body, which have the effect of supplementing nutrients and strengthening the body.
However, nutritional drugs are also drugs, and long-term abuse of nutritional drugs may have adverse effects on human health. Especially for the elderly, more attention should be paid to preventing the abuse of nutritional drugs. Some elderly people like to use vitamin E to fight aging, but taking too much vitamin E can have adverse effects on endocrine, cardiovascular, and blood sugar, so it is important to follow medical advice.
To decide to take tonic drugs, it is necessary to go through the dialectical treatment of traditional Chinese medicine to achieve the purpose of tonifying deficiency. Do not blindly overdose, otherwise there may be hidden health risks. This is especially true of nutritional drugs. As the saying goes, "Dietary supplements are better than medicinal supplements." It warns people that the nutrients needed by the human body should also be achieved through diet and intake of nutrients from food. Drugs should not be taken blindly and randomly. This is the truth behind the phrase "three parts of a drug are toxic.".