We carry Nuherbs' Herbal Times line of traditional Chinese formulas because they are high quality, affordable, and quite effective. Nuherbs is an excellent company, founded in 1979 by Dr. Bing Yin Lee as a family herb store in Oakland, California’s Chinatown. They are now one of the leading importers in the industry with the most comprehensive selection of Chinese herbal products available in the United States. Their herbs are manufactured in Lanzhou, China at a facility that follows the international Good Manufacturing Practices, stringent guidelines for the manufacturing of pharmaceuticals that require testing and documentation at each level of production. For example, every batch of their herbs is tested at their in-house laboratory in China for heavy metals, microbacteria and other contaminants before it is allowed to leave the country. Batches are also randomly tested once they reach the US by both Nuherbs and by independent laboratories, making them one of the rare lines to be dual tested. To read more about this esteemed company, please visit www.nuherbs.com
These herbs come in a pill form and are small, spherical, and black. They are typically taken in multiples, one to three times per day, and are often called teapills or patents. The term teapills refers to the manufacturing process in which the herbs are extracted with water for an extended period of time. The extracted herbs are then condensed further and a bit of herbal powder is added to form a dough which is rolled into pills. Chinese patent medicines are not patented in the sense that we understand that word. They are are traditional formulas that have been used for hundreds, some even thousands, of years. These formulas have basically become standardized over time not just by ingredients but by proportion of ingredients as well, and are strictly regulated by Chinese law. Below is a listing of some of the Herbal Times formulas that we carry. The term "wan" which appears at the end of the name of most of the formulas literally means "pill." Following each listing is a very brief explanation of the purpose of the formula in Chinese medicine terms.