This is an excellent tonic for travelers or those recuperating from chronic illness or surgery.
1 tablespoon Siberian ginseng root
1 tablespoon ho shou wu (foti)
1 codonopsis dang shen root
2 slices (or 2 tablespoons ground root) astragalus yellow vetch
1 tablespoon suma root (optional)
Simmer all in 2 cups of water, covered, for 1 1/2 hours, or tincture in brandy to cover for 1 month. Drink 1/2 cup of tea daily or dilute a teaspoon of tincture in boiled water. It is safe for elderly folks and children in half doses. For elderly folks, drink 1/4 cup of tea twice daily. Children over 10 years old may drink 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of diluted tea daily for 1 to 2 weeks of the month. If suma and Siberian ginseng are not available as roots, use a tablespoon of dried herbs or buy a tincture (an alcoholic tincture of these roots is often available in health food stores) and add a few drops to your tea.