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Tincture FAQs

 

GENERAL FAQS

What are the benefits of TCM Tinctures?

  • simple to administer
  • high patient compliance
  • easy to take “on the go”
  • kid friendly
  • concentrated properties therefore lower dosages
  • easy on digestion since only small doses are required
  • no preparation needed

Is your product organic and/or environmentally friendly?
At Shanti Solutions our product goes beyond being good for your health, we want it to be as good for the environment as well, which is why we use organic or chemical free herbs for all of our tinctures.  We adopt environmentally friendly practices whenever possible.  We compost most herbs after they have been tinctured, we recycle and purchase recycled materials where appropriate.

 

ORDERING FAQS

Who can order from Shanti Solutions?
Licensed TCM practitioners, naturopath doctors and health practitioners licensed to sell Chinese herbal products.  Although you may view our line of classic TCM tinctures and our single herb stock for custom prescriptions you need to create an account to view our prices and shop online.

Click here to create an account

*Please note that verification can take 1-2 business days

How do I place an order?
There are two ways to place an order.

1. EMAIL – Just send an email to shanti@drforan.ca with the formula name, bottle size and quantity.  If you are wanting a custom tincture made please include percentages of each herb totalling 100%.  We will send you an email with an invoice attached. Payments online through Paypal or e-transfer.

2. ONLINE – Once you have created an account login to the webstore to make your purchase.  If you are creating a custom formula, please click on link back to Shanti Solutions where you will be directed to the custom prescription form.  Payment by credit card through paypal.

How do I receive my order?
Shipping options include local courier service, express post in Canada and the USA or pick up.  Delivery is free on orders over $150 (before tax). If a second attempt for delivery is required  a service fee will be charged.

GUIDELINE & DOSAGE FAQS

For those new to tinctures here are some general guidelines on dosages and creating a custom prescription. If you have any questions regarding email shanti@drforan.ca.

What is the concentration of the tinctures?
The concentration varies depending on the herb and how it was prepared. Some are 1:1, 1:2, 1:3 and 1:5. A 1:5 ratio means 5ml of tincture is equivalent to 1g of dried herb. 1:3 is a stronger concentration since 3 ml of tincture equals 1g of dried herb. Currently all single herbs are either a 1:2 or 1:3 concentration while Classic Formula tinctures are 1:3 or 1:4.

What solvent is used and at what percentage?
Shanti Solutions alcohol only based tinctures are manufactured with either vodka or grain (safe for celiacs) alcohol. The percentage of alcohol used ranges from 25% to 90% depending on the chemical constituents to be extracted. Although we do not label custom formulas with alcohol percentages this information is available upon request. Should you require glycerin based tinctures please contact Angela at shanti@drforan.ca with details.

How to determine the proper dosage?
The dosage varies according to age and the concentration of the tincture. The following dosages are based on a 1:5 tincture. Please adjust the dose according to the concentration a higher concentration ie. 1:2 or 1:1 use a smaller dose. Always start at the lower end of the dose range and only give more if necessary.

For a 1:3 ratio the average adult dose is 1-4 ml (20 – 80 drops) 2 x day. A low dose is 0.5ml – 1ml (10 – 20 drops) 2 x day. A high adult dose is 5ml to 10ml 2 x day.

The table is a guideline for dosages for children and the elderly a proportion of the full adult dose is given.

 Age Proportion of full adult dose Individual dose in drops:

6-12 months:  1 – 5 drops

1-2 years:  1 – 10 drops

2-5 years:  2 – 20 drops

5-10 years:   5 – 40 drops

10-16 years:  10 – 80 drops

Adults:   30 – 100 drops

Elderly:  30 – 75 drops


How to create an effective tincture formula?
If you are creating a custom prescription or modifying a common formula work in percentages. It is easy to adapt a formula to 30ml, 60ml or 120ml when the herbs are in percentages totalling 100%. Keep in mind prescriptions with fewer herbs are more suitable for tinctures as the therapeutic dose is considered to be 0.5 ml/herb for 1:2 tinctures. As the number of herbs increases the dosage may need to be increased in order for a therapeutic dose of each herb to be reached.

Here is an example using a 8 herb formula with a 3 ml dose (1:2) with all herbs being the same the dose per herb is 0.375 ml, just under the therapeutic dose. Changing the formula dosage to 4 ml will increase the dosage of each herb to 0.5 ml putting it in the therapeutic range.

How are tinctures administered?
Drops may be added to warm water to evaporate the alcohol or they may be taken as is. In order to avoid contaminating the tincture do not place the dropper in your mouth.

Do tinctures have an expiry date?
Tinctures last for a long time because alcohol is a natural preservative. Our tinctures have an expiry date of 3-4 years after production to ensure maximum potency, however they can last much longer anywhere from 5 – 8 years.

Are tinctures made with grain alcohol safe for people with Celiac Disease?
According to the Canadian Celiac Association distilled alcoholic beverages made from the fermentation of grains, such as rye, barley or wheat do not contain prolamins and are therefore allowed. The National Institutes of Health concurs that distilled alcohol is safe.

 

Resources

Dosages and tincture ratio based on information gathered from A Clinical Materia Medica: 120 herbs in Western Use and Treating Digestive Disorders by Jeremy Ross

 

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