What is Gracilis Tincture?
Gracilis Tincture is the first product in the Gracilis Health range to be released. The name Gracilis was chosen because Gracilis is Latin for the word slender and this herbal formulation is used to help assist with weight management.
How was the formula developed?
This formula was developed in response to the growing demand for a simple to use yet effective weight management product. Through Heiko’s many years experience he was able to put together a very precise formulation that addressed this demand.
Does the formula treat weight loss?
Legally as outlined by the New Zealand Advertising Standards Authority, only the following statement may be said of the product: It may assist in weight management in combination with diet and exercise.
Will I see results quickly?
Curing things naturally takes time. Most people have put on weight gradually over a period of time. It is the aim that there will be a steady improvement in you taking control of your weight management whilst taking the product. Factors such as age, constitution, underlying health conditions, emotional status and the number of medications being taken should be taken into account when being in a rush to lose weight.
How long do you recommend a course of treatment to be?
People have reported changes and improvements in well-being after 10 days or so. It also depends how overweight you might be and how long you have been overweight. A course of three months is recommended.
Does Gracilis Health recommend a maintenance dose once equilibrium has been established?
Some people have found that they are happy to cut back and have the drops just once a day and others opt to take it for a month and then stop for a month.
Can any other changes be expected?
Patients who have taken the Gracilis Tincture have reported they feel more toned and have more vitality and energy.
I seem to be going down in belt size but not losing weight on the scales, why is this?
According to traditional Chinese medicine, the spleen controls the flesh. The flesh is regarded as the muscles according to traditional Chinese medicine and it is known in modern medicine that muscle weighs more than fat. Muscle is denser and more compact than fat therefore taking up less space. Hence clothes are looser on the body yet the scales have not changed.
Who developed the Gracilis formula?
It was developed by Heiko Lade who has a Master’s degree in Health Science from the University of Technology, Sydney and has over thirty years clinical experience
How does the formula work according to modern science?
It has been hypothesized that the formula enhances metabolism.
How does the formula work according to traditional Chinese medicine principles?
Traditional Chinese medicine theory has a saying: “skinny people have fire and fat people have phlegm.” There is another traditional concept in traditional Chinese medicine that says if the spleen energy is deficient, it will generate damp. Damp is like water building in a swamp which then keeps attracting more damp. This dampness makes the body heavy and sluggish. Another system in traditional Chinese medicine refers to the Triple Burner (San Jiao) which manifests as the waterways in the body. Wikipedia says “San Jiao is also said to be a metabolism mechanism similar to an old-fashioned water wheel that is turned by incoming water and creates energy for accomplishing a task, such as grinding grain in the case of the water wheel, or for metabolising and digesting food in the case of the San Jiao.” Chinese medicine also talks about the Qi mechanism which is like the basic energy regulation mechanism of the body which then works to stabilise blood flow regulation. The modern day concept of stress often coincides with what in Chinese medicine is called liver Qi stagnation. When the liver function is sluggish it effects the spleens ability to transform damp. The Gracilis tincture formulation is focused to address all these issues according to traditional Chinese medicine principles.
What is in Gracilis Tincture?
Tincture of Plantago Major, Metrosideros Excels, Plantago Asiatica, Albizzzia Julibrissin and 27% alcohol
How are herbs selected, prepared and put together in formulations? Why is a herb formula better than an individual herb?
The way herbs have been used, grown, prepared and combined with other herbs to treat specific ailments has developed and documented over thousands of years.
Traditional European herbalism has also evolved over many centuries but tended to be more focused on being prescribed as an individual herb. The continued development of traditional based diagnostic theories is now being further enhanced with modern scientific evaluation. A more detailed blog post by Heiko Lade can be accessed on the Gracilis Health Blog on how the herbs are selected in creating formulations.
Where do the herbs for Gracilis Tincture come from?
They have been sourced from spray free areas in the North Island of New Zealand.
This formula along with thousands of other herbal products have NOT been researched. Why is this so?
Most medical research is financed by the shareholders of pharmaceutical companies who have no interest in funding research for natural products that can’t be patented. In addition, it would be in competition to their drugs that their companies sell.
Why is the formula taken half to 1 hour away from food?
The synergistic combination of the herbs will work better without being diluted by the contents of meals.
Can you take Gracilis Tincture with food?
There is no problem with taking it with food but for optimum results it will work better taking it away from food.
Can Gracilis Tincture be taken if you are also taking vitamins with your meals?
Can Gracilis Tincture be taken if you are on medications?
The possibility of a herb/medication interaction is always a possibility with any herbal product and it is suggested to monitor this with your registered health professional if you are on prescription medications and have concerns.
Can Gracilis Tincture be taken if you suffer from allergies?
People can be allergic to many things ranging from asparagus to zucchinis. From clinical experience, to date, there have been NO known serious allergic responses such as asthma or anaphylactic shock from taking Gracilis Tincture. If allergy prone individuals have concerns they should seek professional advice from a registered health professional.
Are there any times when it is suggested NOT to take the formula?
It is not suitable for pregnant women or pre-adolescent children. Being a tincture and hence containing alcohol, even though the small dose would have minimal alcohol, it would be advised to exercise caution and seek professional advice if there are liver issues. During an acute phase of an illness such cold, flu or diarrhea and during the menstrual cycle it also suggested to halt taking Gracilis Tincture.
If I take more of the tincture drops, say 20 drops 3 times a day, instead of 9 drops 3 times a day, will it work faster?
It will have more benefit to take the recommended dose more often such as 5-6 times per day.
Why is the tincture in drop form? Can it be obtained in pill or capsule form?
It is in an alcohol based tincture form so it is more readily absorbed into the bloodstream. It is not available in pills or capsules.
Do I need to exercise when taking Gracilis Tincture?
Heiko Lade has a written a blog post “Which exercises are best to do to lose weight?” You can read the post here on the Gracilis Health blog.
Is there any special Gracilis diet?
There are basic guidelines suggested to enhance and improve digestion and help the body stay at optimum weight. Read here for more information.
How much water should Gracilis tincture be taken with?
You only need to take the recommended dose of the drops of tincture with a quarter glass of water.
Will there be withdrawal symptoms when I stop taking Gracilis Tincture?
Does Heiko Lade or anyone at Gracilis Health do any phone, Skype or email consultations to discuss and diagnose any individual health or weight management problems?
You are recommended to make an appointment and see a registered or licensed healthcare practitioner face-to-face and discuss your health problems with them.
Where can I buy Gracilis Tincture?
Gracilis Tincture for Weight Management is available for purchase via mail order or through selected acupuncturists and health care clinics.