A SAMPLE WHITE TIGER FORMULA:
Quercenol is one of two dozen White Tiger formulations. The background information about this formula will be instructive towards learning about the White Tiger formulas and the work of the Institute for Traditional Medicine (ITM).
This formula originated with the growing reports that antioxidant therapies, particularly flavonoids, could reduce the undesired activation of DNA and could protect against cellular damage. Examples of DNA activation to be avoided are the stimulation of oncogenes (cancer genes) that can lead to development of tumors or blood cancers and the stimulation of viral genes that have been imbedded in the body's cells, such as herpes viruses, hepatitis viruses, and HIV. Protection against cellular damage includes reducing adverse effects of toxic chemicals, radiation, and viral activity, protecting, in particular, the intestinal tract, liver, and blood vessels. At the time this formula was first developed, about ten years ago, the substances of particular interest were the flavonoids quercetin, proanthocyanidins, and silymarin and the vitamins C, E, and provitamin A (carotene). Quercetin is a compound found in numerous plants and enters the diet in significant quantities through consumption of apples and onions. Silymarin is found in thistles, mainly the milk thistle Silybum marianum, which is commonly provided in dietary supplements. Proanthocyanidins are obtained mainly from grapes, though they have also been provided in pine bark extracts (e.g., Pycnoginol). The antioxidant vitamins are obtained primarily from fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and also from dietary supplements.
A good diet can provide reasonable levels of antioxidants. However, three factors led to a need for producing Quercenol: first, persons with serious illnesses often could not consume enough of the desired foods to obtain an adequate level of antioxidants; second, supplements available at the time generally provided only a limited range of antioxidant activities, so that many people were led to obtain numerous products, one with quercetin, one with carotene, one with vitamins C and E, and another with silymarin; third, even with a good diet and use of some supplements, the level of antioxidants obtained might be too low for the desired therapeutic benefits.
As new research showed particularly valuable effects of polyphenols from tea, this component was added to the Quercenol formulation. The current formulation is described in ITM's book for health professionals: A Bag of Pearls (2002). The relevant page from the book is presented here (please note: the sample indications for use are not intended as claims that the formula will be effective for those indications; only that it is consistent with formulas given under such circumstances).
Each bottle of 84 tablets is a 6 week supply. ITM has produced, on average, 4,200 bottles per year of this formula, enough for about 500 patients to be taking it at any one time. About one-third of these patients are enrolled at the ITM clinics, where this formula is routinely given to patients with chronic illnesses. It has an excellent record of safety and lack of adverse effects. No claims can be made for its effectiveness, however, as it has not been subjected to rigorous testing that would be essential to making any such claim. It is common practice at the ITM clinics to prescribe Quercenol along with another White Tiger formula, Calmagnium, which provides a broad spectrum of high dose vitamins and minerals.
Quercenol is available by prescription, especially for those with serious ailments, though it could be used by any adult as a dietary supplement, with just 1 or 2 tablets per day.
|Table 1. Materials in Quercenol||Item||Processing and Allay|
|Green tea||extract; 8:1 to yield >70% polyphenols|
|Mixed carotenoids||Dunaliella salina algae; >80% carotenoids|
|Proanthocyanidins||grape seeds; >85% proanthocyanidins|
|Quercetin||eucalyptus; >95% quercetin|
|Silybum||extract; 30:1 to yield 80% silymarin|
|Selenium||natural mineral, as amino acid chelate; fermentation product|
|Vitamin C||fermentation product; >99% vitamin C|
|Vitamin E||soybeans; >99% vitamin E|
|Zinc||natural mineral, as citrate|