ABOUT OUR PRODUCTS
OUR PRODUCTS ELEVATE HEMP-EXTRACT MEDICINE BY INTEGRATING CUSTOM CHINESE MEDICINAL HERB FORMULATIONS THAT OPTIMIZE HEALTH, ENHANCE PERFORMANCE AND RECOVERY, AND REDUCE PAIN.
THE HEMP EXTRACT EDGE
The Sagamore Botanicals Company was created by Kevin Menard, a New York-based, state licensed acupuncturist (LAc). From his Menard Acupuncture offices in Sag Harbor, New York, Kevin has become internationally recognized as a leader in Sports Medicine Acupuncture (SMAc). In his acupuncture practice, Kevin often uses Chinese herbs to treat both external and internal conditions. Kevin’s clients have all types of pain and injuries, and he wanted to develop a product line that would complement and sustain his patients’ acupuncture treatments. Given his penchant for athletics and training, Kevin was also keen to create products that enhance performance and recovery. The next step, then, was to select powerful Chinese herbs known for achieving those goals: herbs to reduce pain and inflammation, and adaptogens for energy that “nourish blood and tendons” to expedite recovery.
In addition to Chinese herbs, Kevin understands that hemp extracts can be highly beneficial in treating pain and anxiety, and he has extensively studied the mechanisms by which these extracts work in the body (via various receptors). With this knowledge and with his deep background in Chinese herbs, Kevin designed a product line that blends hemp extracts with Chinese herbs to, as he puts it, “optimize what hemp extracts do well already.” Thus, Sagamore Botanicals was born.
Hemp extracts mainly come in tincture form, but given Kevin’s clinical experience with various hemp products, he found that the easiest way for patients to stay on track was with capsules, rather than tinctures or concentrated paste. Medicinals and supplements work only if you take them, and sublingual applications were not adhered to as consistently as capsules were. With that, Kevin partnered with Star Manufacturing in San Diego, California, which is known for their work in encapsulating and formulating supplements using premium ingredients, including a patented “water-soluble,” broad-spectrum hemp powder that is said to be more bio-available than regular oil-based tinctures. Broad-spectrum hemp extract allows for a “full spectrum” approach to treatment and healing.
Kevin created Sagamore Botanicals to develop products using plant sources, especially hemp, from New York state and from the Northeastern region of the US. Given that the products are hemp extract-based, and because these natural plants have deep roots in Native American healing, Kevin selected the Algonquin word Sagamore, which means “chief” or “leader.” The location of the base of business is near several local towns with names based on “Sag”—for example, Sag Harbor and Sagaponack. Sag Harbor itself has a storied past, as it was once an official “Port of Call” for the United States back in the 1700s and later had a stint as the whaling capital of the US. Given this rich history, the name “Sagamore Botanicals” was chosen, with the mission to create effective botanical medicinals based on Chinese herbal formulas.
The initial products, XIE, HUO, and YANG, have been well received by patients and consumers. Kevin is currently working on other formulations for anxiety and sleep, plus topical solutions for muscular skeletal pain conditions. Stay tuned!