A frequently asked question is what herbal extracts are and why do they contain a neutral alcohol. Herbal extracts are herbal plant foods that have been diluted in a liquid that dissolves or suspends them. This is a “natural medicine”. An herbal extract can be made with something that allows an herb to dissolve in it. This can include most common liquids, such as water, vinegar, wine, glycerin (sugar and fat compound most commonly derived from animal tissue) or a neutral alcohol. When you put an herbal tea bag into a cup of hot water, the color, taste and aroma which dissolve into the water make an herbal extract. However, some parts of the herb in the tea bag do not dissolve in water. Water will not dissolve the oily, waxy, detergent, enzymatic or hormonal content of the herb. Vinegar, wine and glycerin substances will dissolve a small amount of this. The fact is that a combination of water and neutral alcohol is the best fluid known for dissolving all parts of an herb. A water and neutral alcohol extract provide an herbal food in a “predigested” form. It should be noted that when you get the full strength of an herbal food a little goes a long way – so don’t over eat. This is a “natural medicine” made from an herbal food. The concept of moderation is the key. Extracts are intended to be used to supplement the diet with herbal foods in an easily absorbable form. Most people are not even aware that they may be carrying around as much as ten pounds of rather disgusting debris coating the surfaces of their digestive canal (stomach, small and large intestines). This debris forms a barrier between the food that is eaten and the absorption of the needed nutrition. This means that the digestive system needs help.