The Power of Vital Mushrooms & TCM Herbs
An interview with founder Amely Kuchenbäcker
YLUMI nutritional supplements were loving developed in Germany by a team of experts using natural, high-quality ingredients. These ingredients include exquisite herbs, vital mushrooms, vitamins and minerals that are said to have positive effects. The compositions contain components that are highly valued in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Among other things, they support the immune system, the metabolism and contribute to normal skin and hair. We interviewed the founder Amely Kuchenbäcker to find out more.
What is the story behind establishing the brand YLUMI?
A few years ago, I faced health issues during a very stressful period in my life. My joints were swollen and after a while I could hardly walk. I consulted a number of doctors and received painkillers and cortisone. But the medication did not bring any form of relief. My mother, a doctor herself, took me to a Chinese traditional healer who used acupuncture and a herbal treatment based on traditional herbs and vital mushrooms to treat my symptoms.
I started feeling better relatively quickly and a few weeks down the line the swelling was completely gone. It was a game-changer for me. I became fascinated with the holistic approach of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It became clear to me that the human body can recover when it is in balance. The herbs, in particular, had an incredible effect on me which lead me to read more into age-old recipes and the effectiveness of natural active ingredients.
At the time, I was looking for a nutritional supplement made of natural herbs and vital mushrooms that can easily be integrated into my daily routine. However, the search was unfruitful. Vegan alternatives in Germany were far and few between. I began looking at German manufacturers and importers for certified raw materials that I could use to create my own product - according to the highest quality standards, certified ingredients, 100% vegan and without any heavy metals.
What differentiates YLUMI from other conventional nutritional supplements?
At YLUMI, we combine age-old plant ingredients from traditional Chinese herbal medicine with highly modern active ingredients. The recipes are developed and manufactured in Germany by a team of nutritionists and TCM specialists, and are based on certified vital mushrooms and gentle adaptogenic herbs.
YLUMI was founded in order to provide people with access to certified adaptogenic herbs and vital mushrooms. Particularly during times of stress and the hectic pace of everyday life, our products are able to provide a mild alternative that also conveys a way of life at the same time. Self-care as well as the connection between the body, mind and spirit are the pillars of our philosophy and foundation upon which our company rests. Our recipes are based on the knowledge of century-old Chinese herbal medicine. All the mixtures are manufactured in Germany by a team of experts made up of nutritionalists and TCM specialists.
All our products are 100% vegan and free of preservatives, dyes and chemical sweetness, lactose, gluten and toxins. We have been working on the product formulas for a long time to make them unique on a global scale. Due to a careful selection and combination of adaptogens and vitamins, the products contribute to beautiful hair and skin, support liver health, increased energy and improved quality of sleep.
The products contain so-called vital mushrooms - how did the idea of using them come about and what effects do they have?
Vital mushrooms are of the oldest redemies in the world due to their active ingredient complexes and heath-enhancing properties. For centuries, they have been partially used in TCM and increasingly valued by western doctors and traditional healers. The uniqueness of vital mushrooms can be traced back to their adaptogenic effects.
Adaptogens are plant substances that help the body cope better with pressure during times of stress. They can adapt to the individual requirements of the body thereby unfolding their unique effects. This is due to bioactive plant substances such as flavonoids, polyphenols, terpenes and polysaccharides that help the organism cope better with situations of emotional stress. Certain vital mushrooms, such as reishi, possess adaptogenic effects, i.e. balancing and regulating properties.
Can YLUMI products be consumed over a long period of time?
Yes. We recommend consuming our products over a period of 1 to 3 months because adaptogenic herbs need time to take effect. Long-term consumption is possible. Many of our customers consume individual products throughout the year because they make them feel better. It is important to note that our products are nutritional supplements and not medicine. We advise people who suffer from several ailments and/or require strong medication to consult a doctor prior to use.
Are there any alternatives for people who do not like swallowing capsules?
We have 2 formulas in powder format. They can be mixed into vegan milk, tea, smoothies or even porridge and muesli. The capsules are easily opened by taking them apart gently, to add the contained powder into your beverage of choice. However you choose to consume our products does not lessen the effect thereof.
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