Anti-viral Herbal formulas

Here find the info for Anti-viral Herbal formulas available from Dr. Laura Kelly.
If you have questions please call Dr. Kelly at 1.424.234.8603

Anti-Viral–R Preventive/Early Stage

Ingredients: Lian quiao, Jin yin hua, Pu gong ying, Ban lan gen, Gan cao, Chuan xin lian, Hu zhang, Sang bai pi, Kuan dong hua, Lu gen.

Average adult dose is 5-6 capsules. Take as soon as you believe you have been/may have been infected. Take 3x/day for 3 days. Take on empty stomach when possible.
For children use 1/3 dose.

Cautions: If you have any reaction to the herbs stop immediately. Use with caution if on blood-thinning medication – may provide mild anti-coagulation. Do not take if you are pregnant, see Pregnancy formula below.

Anti-Viral-R Preventive/Early Stage - Pregnancy

Ingredients:Lian quiao, Jin yin hua, Pu gong ying, Ban lan gen, Gan cao, Da qing ye, Yu xing cao, Chuan xiong, Sang bai pi, Kuan dong hua, Lu gen.

Safe for pregnancy, use with caution if on blood-thinning medication - may provide mild anti-coagulation.

Anti-Viral –R Middle/Late Stage

Ingredients: Qing hao, Xuan fu hua, Pi Pa Ye, Yu Xing cao, Zi wan or Kuan dong hua, Da qing ye, Zi hua di ding, Zhi mu, Huang qin, Huang lian, Zhi zi, Ku shen, Gan cao.

If you are already infected please take both formulas until your symptoms improve. If you have any reaction to the herbs stop immediately. No contraindications.

Average adult dose is 5-6 capsules 3x/day. Take until your symptoms improve. Take on empty stomach when possible.
For children use 1/3 dose.


Long Life Tea™

4 ingredients for 100 years of life.

Adaptogenic herbs increase our body’s ability to adapt to environmental factors and avoid DNA damage from injury, illness, stress, or aging. Known as “the herbs of immortality” in the East, they have been used safely for centuries. Adaptogens break down super oxides, the foremost source of degenerative oxidative stress, and protect the DNA’s telomeres - whose length and integrity are the secret to a long and healthy life. Our tea provides 4 adaptogens that produce a gentle lift to the spirit.

4/100 is a proprietary organic blend, developed by a physician and licensed herbalist, using high-potency medical grade herbs. Including: jiaogulan and reishi; green tea, papaya leaf, licorice root, rose petals, honey.

At California Apothecary, we are the first to blend these powerful herbs with green tea, to provide you with an easy and safe way to bring your body to health and balance. Unlike many medicinal teas, 4/100 tastes really good, and is naturally sweet with a hint of rose. 4/100 is delicious hot or cold.

Brewing instructions:Make sure to mix well! Then use a flat to slightly rounded teaspoon (depending on taste preference) per 8 oz cup. Water should optimally be at 195 degrees. Steeping time varies depending on your taste as well – 3- 10 minutes. 4/100 Tea does not get bitter if left to sit for a longer period, and more beneficial aspects of the tea are released with a longer brew period. It is also proper to re-brew 2 -3 times with the same leaves, which will also provide benefit.

Cautions: Speak with your healthcare provider if you are using blood thinning medication, and do not use if you are conceiving, pregnant or nursing. Please see our "P" blend if you are conceiving, pregnant or nursing. Stop consuming any of our teas 2 weeks prior to surgery.

Happy Tea

California Apothecary, Topanga, CA.

In Plants We Trust



Gynostemma pentaphyllum, also called jiaogulan (literally "twisting-vine-orchid") is an herbaceous vine of the family Cucurbitaceae (cucumber or gourd family) indigenous to the southern reaches of China, southern Korea and Japan. Jiaogulan is best known as an herbal medicine reputed to have powerful antioxidant and adaptogenic effects that increase longevity.
The plant is best known for its use as an herbal medicine in traditional Chinese medicine. A botany book by Wu Qi-Jun from 1848 Zhi Wu Ming Shi Tu Kao Chang Bian discusses a few medicinal uses and seems to be the earliest known documentation of the herb. Jiaogulan had been cited previously as a survival food in Zu Xio's 1406 book Materia Medica for Famine. Until recently it was a locally known herb used primarily in regions of southern China. It is described by the local inhabitants as the immortality herb; because people within Guizhou Province, where jiaogulan tea is drunk regularly, are said to live into old age (100+).
Its adaptogenic constituents include the triterpenoid saponins gypenosides which are closely structurally related to the ginsenosides from the well-known medicinal plant ginseng.



Ganoderma lucidum enjoys special veneration in Asia, where it has been used as a medicinal mushroom in traditional Chinese medicine as a herbal medicine for more than 4,000 years, making it one of the oldest mushrooms known to have been used in medicine. The word lingzhi, in Chinese, means "herb of spiritual potency" and has also been described as "mushroom of immortality". Because of its presumed health benefits and apparent absence of side-effects, it has attained a reputation in the East as the ultimate herbal substance. Lingzhi has now been added to the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia and Therapeutic Compendium, and is beginning to be used in Western medical cancer clinics. Another Japanese name is mannentake, meaning "10 000 year mushroom".
''Shen Nong's Herbal Classic'', a 2000-year old medicinal Chinese book considered today as the oldest book on oriental herbal medicine states "The taste is bitter, its energy neutral, it has no toxicity. It cures the accumulation of pathogenic factors in the chest. It is good for the Qi of the head, including mental activities... Long term consumption will lighten the body; you will never become old. It lengthens years."
Depictions of the Reishi mushroom as a symbol for health are shown in many places of the Emperors residences in the Forbidden City as well as the Summer Palace. The Chinese goddess of healing Kuan Yin is sometimes depicted holding a Reishi mushroom. Lingzhi appears to possess anti-tumor, immunomodulatory and immunotherapeutic activities, supported by some studies on polysaccharides, terpenes, and other bioactive compounds Laboratory studies have shown anti-neoplastic effects of fungal extracts or isolated compounds against some types of cancer. In an animal model, Ganoderma has been reported to prevent cancer metastasis.
* immunoregulatory properties
* antioxidant activity
* liver-protective properties
* hypoglycemic properties
* antibacterial properties
* antiviral properties
* antifungal properties
* reducing blood cholesterol
* inhibiting blood vessel regeneration (angiogenesis)
* antifibrotic properties
* protection against radiation-induced damage
* reducing lower urinary tract symptoms
* increasing endurance for vigorous exercise


Papaya Leaf

The earliest known use of papaya leaf was by the Mayans. Papaya Leaf contains B- Vitamins for vitality and enhanced mood, Vitamins A and C which are powerful antioxidants, calcium and Vitamin D which are important for strong bones, Vitamin E which is important for sexual and cardiovascular health. The leaf also contains flavonoids, which are powerful antioxidants helping to fight cancer and cardiovascular disease. Tannins boost the immune system, and betacarotene works to enhance the immune system and health of the eyes.
Papaya Leaves contain karpain that kills bacteria, and papain, protease enzyme, and amylase enzyme which help to breaks down proteins, carbs, and sooth the GI tract; as well as acid reflux.
Papaya Leaves reduce inflammation of the stomach lining and heal gastric ulcers by killing H. pylori bacteria. And Papaya Leaf tea soothes away colon inflammation from IBS and other inflammatory bowel diseases.
Papaya Leaves have the ability to break down wheat gluten making it easy to digest.
Actogenin is the milky sap in the leaf that has strong anti-tumor and anti-cancer properties - there are many studies showing that Papaya Leaves are effective for shrinking tumors. The University of Florida did studies showing that Papaya Leaves contain agents that kill cancer, especially cervix, prostate, liver, breast, and lung cancer. The more concentrated the tea the better the results... and there are no side effects of any kind. Papaya Leaf also contains 50 or more different amino acids and is considered an anti-aging compound.

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Green tea

is a type of tea made solely with the leaves of Camellia sinensis that has undergone minimal oxidation during processing. Green tea originates from China and has become associated with many cultures in Asia from Japan to the Middle East. Recently, it has become more widespread in the West. Many varieties of green tea have been created in countries where it is grown.
The Kissa Yojoki (Book of Tea), written by Zen priest Eisai in 1191, describes how drinking green tea can have a positive effect on the five vital organs, especially the heart. The book discusses tea's medicinal qualities, which include easing the effects of alcohol, acting as a stimulant, curing blotchiness, quenching thirst, eliminating indigestion, curing beriberi disease, preventing fatigue, and improving urinary and brain function. The book discusses the specific dosage and method required for individual physical ailments.
Green tea has been credited with providing a wide variety of health benefits:

* Assisting with halting the progress of certain neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
* The prevention and treatment of cancer.
* Treating multiple sclerosis.
* Preventing the degradation of cell membranes by neutralizing the spread of free radicals which occur during oxidation process.
* Reducing the negative effects of LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) by lowering levels of triglycerides and increasing the production of HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol).
* Japanese researchers claim that drinking five cups of green tea a day can burn 70 to 80 extra calories.

A study recently published online by the journal Metabolomics, offers an explanation that researchers say could open a new area of cancer-fighting research. The study reports that EGCG, the active biologic constituent in green tea, changed the metabolism of pancreatic cancer cells by suppressing the expression of an enzyme associated with cancer, LDHA.



The compound glycyrrhizic acid, found in liquorice, is now routinely used throughout Japan for the treatment and control of chronic viral hepatitis, and its transaminase-lowering effect is clinically well recognized. Recent studies indicate that glycyrrhizic acid disrupts latent Kaposi sarcoma (as also demonstrated with other herpesvirus infections in the active stage), exhibiting a strong anti-viral effect. Liquorice affects the body's endocrine system as it contains isoflavones (phytoestrogens). Consuming liquorice can prevent hyperkalemia. It inhibits Helicobacter pylori, is used as an aid for healing stomach and duodenal ulcers, and in moderate amounts may soothe an upset stomach. Liquorice can be used to treat ileitis, leaky gut syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn's disease as it is antispasmodic in the bowels.
The compounded carbenoxolone is derived from liquorice. Studies indicate it may inhibit an enzyme in the brain that is involved in making stress-related hormones, which have been associated with age-related mental decline. In traditional Chinese medicine, liquorice is commonly used in herbal formulae to "harmonize" the other ingredients in the formula and to carry the formula into all 12 of the regular meridians and to relieve a spasmodic cough.
In herbalism it is used in anti-cancer formulas, and is a considered adaptogen which helps reregulate the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. It can also be used for auto-immune conditions including lupus, scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis and animal dander allergies.



Longan fruit, also known as “dragons eye” (dimocarpus longan), originated in China. Longan addresses nerve problems and has been shown to enhance nerve function; it also functions as a mild anti-depressant and anxiolytic. Longans improve wound healing capability are said to “increase longevity”. Together with polyphenols, Longan helps to combat the free radicals within the body and prevent cell damage. They also function as mild adaptogens and have mild anti-cancer properties.
Longan fruit improves blood circulation and increases iron assimilation in human body. This in turn prevents the occurrence of anaemia; this enables Longan to act as an excellent energy enhancer and very useful in strengthening overall body weakness.
Longans contain a high amount of Vitamin C (about 80% of the daily requirement) which is useful in safeguarding the body from cold and flu and improves the defense mechanism. Vitamin C assists in soaking up iron and improves the condition of the skin. Longans have long been used as part of the beauty regimen in China, believed to contain anti-ageing properties that are proven to improve skin health. This fruit is particularly beneficial for the delicate skin near the eyes, minimizing peeling and cracking of the skin and improving the skin tone. It also helps to keep the teeth and gums in good condition.