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Shilin Stone Forest

Wild-Harvested Black Ants

Polyrhachis vicina Roger

Powdered RAW Ants and 10:1 Extract

Long revered in the classics and anointed as “The King of Herbs” in the Ben Cao Gang Mu, Black Ants offer a deep, restorative tonic among the likes of wild Chinese Ginseng, wild Deer Antler, and Astragalus. However, unlike warming tonics and adaptogens which can weaken and exacerbate, Shilin Stone Forest Black Ants have a neutral-to-cooling effect, providing long-lasting restorative, tonic, adaptogenic effects.*

Our Shilin Stone Forest Black Ants are wild-harvested. We combine them at a 1:1 ratio of completely RAW (crushed and powdered) ants with a clinical grade 10:1 Black Ant extract. This combination ensures both the strong tonic effects in the extracts and the restorative nutrients in the RAW.

Black Ants are one of the only herbs known to nourish the three treasures (Shen, Qi, and Jing), working with the body on a profound and strengthening nutritive level and a restorative tonic level.

What You’ll Find Inside

Each pouch of our Shilin Stone Forest Wild-Harvested Black Ants contains 65 grams of our unique 1:1 blend of crushed and pulverized, RAW Black Ants, combined with our clinical grade, potent 10:1 Black Ant extract. At 2 grams per serving, each pouch contains 32.5 serving per package.

All our packaging is food grade, and the unique designs found on each product are inspired by the ingredients they contain. The outer opaque package helps to keep the product fresh and to produce it against UV damage, and the inner pouch makes the product easy to use. All packaging is done domestically in our FDA cGMP facility.

From the Package

This product contains wild-harvested Black Ants (Polyrhachis vicina Roger) from the subtropics of the Yunnan Province—home of the Shilin Stone Forest. Shilin Store Forest contains a 1:1 blend of RAW Black Ants (processed to increase digestibility) masterfully combined with our Black Ant Extract.* This Forest Formulation offers the living enzymes, proteins, and other nutrients and compounds present in RAW Black Ants, fortified with a dense, potent, clinical grade 10:1 extract for ensured sustenance.*

Product Guides and Intended Uses

Our Shilin Stone Forest Black Ants can be found as part of the following product guides: 

Product Highlights 

  • A restorative, premiere three treasures tonic—Shen, Qi, and Jing;
  • Well known to restore vitality and sexual vigor;
  • Wild-Harvested Polyrhachis vicina Roger;
  • RAW, living nutrients combined with a clinical grade extract;
  • Packaged in our domestic, FDA cGMP certified organic facility;
  • From RAW Forest Foods, the leaders in pro-androgenic and tonic herbs.

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Extended Information: Black Ants (Polyrhachis vicina Roger) 

Traditionally, Black Ants are known as Xuanju (Black Horse). In Chinese Medicine (the classics and TCM), black ants (Polyrhachis vicina Roger) are used primarily as a Jing tonic that nourishes all three treasures: Jing, Qi, and Shen.

The therapeutic application of Black Ants (Xuanju) was used throughout ancient China. Numerous imperial records illustrate their use by emperors and noblemen, where they used the ants for their longevity benefits and to increase sexual power. During the Zhou dynasty (11th century BC-256 BC), Emperors and noblemen would consume the larvae of the ants as a sign of respect and reverence to the deities.

Revered as "The King of Herbs"

In the classic Chinese medicine text the Ben Cao Gang Mu, written by Li Shi Zhen during the Ming Dynasty, the tonic use of ants is regarded as “The Herb of Kings.” Black Ants (Polyrhachis vicina Roger) are considered to be among the elite, superior tonics, sitting beside Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum), Chinese Ginseng (Panax ginseng), Deer Antler Velvet (Cervis nippon), and Astragalus (Astragalus membrainus).

Black ants are an exceptionally unique tonic that is uniquely suited to modernity. The following characteristics define Black Ants as a truly unique and vital tonic, especially for those feeling worn-out and over-worked: 

  • Simultaneously nourishes as three treasures: Jing, Qi, and Shen;
  • Tonifies both Yin and Yang;
  • Black Ants are not warming, as are many other tonic herbs (such as Chinese Ginseng and Maca Root), which can lead to further “burn-out.”

Properties of Yin Jing

  • Rejuvenating, nourishing energy considered to be the cornerstone of longevity;
  • Considered to be the reserves of energy that is accumulated/saved for future need;
  • Nourish endocrine hormones.

Properties of Yang Jing

In comparison to Yin, Yang Jing can be seen as the steady utilization and manifestation of Yin Jing. Yang is the fire burning from the Yin.

  • Creativity
  • Inspiration;
  • Will/determination;
  • Athleticism;
  • Sexual energy;
  • Vitality/Youthfulness.

Jing Depletion

Both Yin and Yang Jing are depleted quickly through stress (including physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual), overwork, pregnancy and birth, recreational and prescription drug use and the use of stimulants like caffeine, disease, and excess sex.

Symptoms of Low Jing

Poor Jing (both Yin and Yang) can manifest with increased susceptibility to disease and infection, bags and dark rings under the eyes, back-aches, poor digestion, poor, kidney function, and poor reproductive function. 

Black Ants Nutritional Overview

  • Amino acids (28 total, including all 8 essential amino acids);
  • Calcium;
  • Iron;
  • Phosphorus;
  • Protein (47-63%)
  • Manganese;
  • Selenium;
  • Vitamin B1;
  • Vitamin B2;
  • Vitamin B12;
  • Vitamin C;
  • Vitamin D;
  • Vitamin E;
  • Zinc.

For more information on the nutritional composition of Black Ants (Polyrhachis vicina Roger), please view the journal article, Nutritional composition of Polyrhachis vicina Roger (Edible Chinese black ant), by researchers Shen (et all).

Other Bioactive Compounds

  • Superoxide Dismutase (SOD), a potent anti-oxidant;
  • Adenosine triphosphate (ATP), intercellular energy support;
  • Novel aldehyde compounds shown have a stronger tonic effect than ginseng;
  • Interleukin
  • Polyrhacitide A, a bicyclic polyketide lactone;
  • Polyrhacitide B, a bicyclic polyketide lactone.
  • Triterpenoids;
  • Formic acid.

Scientific Research into Red Ants

In practice, Black Ants and Red Ants are considered by many to be interchangeable (although we find Black Ants to be more appropriate for the West because they are cooling in nature.).

Research has been done into the medicinal value of Red Ants, including investigations into the following:

  • Anti-inflammatory effects;
  • Adaptogenic (modulating) immune properties;
  • Relieving asthma;
  • Pro liver health;
  • Benefits for rheumatoid arthritis (RA);
  • Improving zinc deficiency.*

Research has also looked at the ability of Red Ants to improve upon premature aging.*

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Red Ants are used to improve:

  • Physical health;
  • Bone Health;
  • Sexual Health;
  • Immune Health.*

Additionally, they are indicated for use in cases of cancer, chronic hepatitis, sciatica, tuberculosis, impotence, premature ejaculation and nocturnal emission, gray hair, and iron deficient anemia.*

Traditionally Wild-Harvested

Our Shilin Stone Forest Black Ants are not farmed. They are wild-harvested deep in the forest, using traditional methods that preserve the local, native habitat and ecology, as well as providing an important revue source for the indigenous people of the region.

Further Resources and Works Referenced 

Shilin Store Forest Wild-Harvested Black Ants

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Serving size is 2 grams, taken twice daily or as directed, preferably on an empty stomach. Once in the morning and once in the evening.

Other Ingredients: None.

In each 65 gram pouch, there are approximately 32.5 servings of Elevated Black Ants.

Extracted at 10:1 concentration, each serving of powder contains an equivalent of 20 grams of fresh, raw herbs.

At RAW Forest Foods, we like to take our powdered extracts in 4-6 ounces of warm water, and consumed on an empty stomach.

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Ideal Storage

Store this product, and all RAW Forest Foods products, in a cool, dry place, away from sunlight and moisture. Try and use in a timely manner after opening the package.

Cycling Herbs

For those customers who prefer to rotate their pro-androgenic and tonic herbs, we suggest a schedule of five days on and two days off, or four weeks on and one week off.


Before starting any new medicinal herbs or nutritional supplements (from our company or otherwise), customers should consult with their qualified healthcare practitioner. This not because we question the safety of our products, but because we believe in the strength of our products and that plants have a medicinal, therapeutic potential.

This product is not for use by those under the age of 18, who are pregnant or nursing, or who are allergic or adverse to any of the ingredients contained within.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please view our full Terms and Conditions.

Customer Reviews 5 (1 Review) Write a review of this product

5 Stars
Great stuff.

Has made a nice addition to the morning maté. I love that this is a fifty fifty RAW ant to ant extract ratio. You can see little shards here and there of maybe antennae or legs perhaps, but it mixes very smooth. Has a strong scent too. Seems fresh. And what you may expect raw ground ants to smell like. Taste is earthy and not at all bad in my tastes. Gives me solid energy throughout the day. Noticed the libido increase as well. Great product.