Are Chinese herbs safe?

Posted by on Apr 14, 2013 in | Comments Off on Are Chinese herbs safe?

The question”Are Chinese herbs safe?”, is a legitimate one to ask given that there are thousands of animal, vegetable, and mineral products used within Chinese herbal medicine. The short answer is “Yes”. Chinese herbs are  extremely safe in comparison to Western medicine, where improperly taken drugs are the third leading cause of death!

Some traditional substances are no longer used. For example at one point in Chinese history it was popular to take lead and mercury as part of longevity formulas. We now know that these dangerous minerals are harmful to our health.

There has been a lot of change in China over the past couple of decades as its economy grew dramatically with very little regulation of pollution. These changes have affected the medicinal herb industry as well, and I’m careful to make sure that you are receiving the highest quality Chinese herbal medicine preparations.

I only use herbs from companies that are GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) approved. I order only from companies that track their lots of herbs so that if there ever is a problem it can be traced and the relevant people notified. I buy only from companies that do additional testing for pesticides and heavy metals. While this does add an additional cost to the herbs you purchase, it also ensures that you are getting quality product.

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