The price of Chinese herbs varies greatly, but the tonic herbs, which are the most important and unique feature of this herbal system, tend to be expensive. Since such ingredients are included in most of the formulations, the product price maybe relatively high.
However, they are very cost effective.
For an investment of approximately $1 per day, the average consumer can obtain many benefits. Compare this with the amount most people are willing to spend on unhealthy practices (Such as cigarette smoking). and it is easily seen that Chinese herbs are not expensive.
Chemical drugs often have side effects because they affect the whole body in a particular way, even when the intended use is to affect only a part of the body. With herbs, the intention is to affect the whole body. A single herb has some potential for causing side-effects because it may have a particular kind of action on the whole body that is not desired. However, an herbal formula carefully designed rarely has side effects because its influences on different parts of the body are balanced by the other herbs and thus each part of the body receives the desired type of effect.
Nonetheless, there can be some mild adverse reactions to herb formulas. The most common reaction is a gastrointestinal disturbance since the full dose of the herbs enters the stomach and intestines. If a reaction occurs, it can be prevented almost always by taking the herbs after a meal (rather than before, as is usually recommended). A few people may experience dizziness, rash, or nervousness from taking herbs and thus usually indicates that the formula is adequately balanced for their needs. In such cases, another formula should be tried or the formulation should be adjusted. In all cases, any reactions to the herbs will disappear shortly after their use has stopped.
Some Chinese herbs are collected from the wild, some are grown without pesticides, and some are grown with pesticides. Fortunately, most Chinese herbs are derived from roots, tree barks, and seeds that are not exposed to pesticides directly (soil bacteria generally degrade pesticides before they can be taken up by roots). Further, many herbs are carefully washed and processed before they go to market and thus have any residues washed off. Finally, the amount of the herb which consumed is relatively small, so the potential for exposure is much less than with ordinary foods.
It has been proposed that the diseases one suffers are determined, in part, by the environment in which a person lives. Similarly, it has been proposed that the medicinal ingredients in herbs vary according to the environment in which a plant grows. Finally, it has been suggested that there is a correspondence between the herbal effects from plants in a particular environment and the diseases that arise in the same environment.
Even if all three of these propositions are generally true, the modern situation does not correspond to the basic theory. Nearly everyone lives in a temperature controlled environment, with artificial lighting, and regularly consumes foods grown in another environment. Further, many of today's diseases are a result of exposure to synthetic chemicals, which are independent of the environment, and stresses of modern society, which are everywhere nearly the same. Herbalists around the world rely on herbs from a wide range of sources. Even in China, an herbalist may prefer using material collected thousands of miles away, even when the same plant grows locally, if the quality is notably better.
When taking Chinese herbs, be sure to wait at least 2 hours before/after taking any form of medications, vitamins, teas, coffees, or other dietary supplements.
Do not take Chinese herbs along with the following at the same moment: teas, coffees, milk, alcohols, soft drinks, or any form of medications, vitamins, and dietary supplements.
The herbs are from China because more than 95% of TCM herbs are only available in China. Sun Ten collaborate only with reliable herb suppliers that can provide herbs growing source. In addition, Sun Ten has established a Raw Herbs Sourcing Team consist of experts in chemistry, botany, and Chinese medicine to be able to constantly source high quality, authentic raw herbs to produce safe and high quality products that meets international standard.
Our company strictly enforce our raw herb supplier not to sulfur fumigate (sulfur dioxide gas) the herbs that we use for manufacture. Especially for herbs that are commonly sulfur-fumigated to prevent micro contamination, such as Gou Ji, Shan Yao, Jin Yin Hua, Ju Hua, Fu Ling etc..., our raw herb sourcing team would periodically inspect the cultivation site and analyze the samples to ensure they are fresh and not sulfur fumigated.
Yes, a signed Certificate of Analysis is issued to guarantee product quality.
Retained samples of each batch of production are kept. The retained samples of each product are kept one year over the shelf life. For instance, if the product has 3 years shelf life, the retained samples are kept for 4 years.
Due to the nature of herbs and plant parts used, the ratio of raw herbs to final granules varies from product to product. So it is incorrect to claim all products have same raw herb to final granule ratio.
To take the granules, simply put a teaspoonful in your mouth and swallow them down with a glass of water (About 6-8 fl.oz) or use the small white plastic spoons, taking the granules three times consecutively (to get three grams total). In general, you should be able to swallow the granules quickly without experiencing much of the taste .If you have any difficulty with this, take a smaller amount of granules each time and use more water.
There is no need to dissolve or suspend the granules in water. They dissolve readily in the digestive tract to release all the active constituents.
Because of their great convenience, concentrated extracts are particularly suitable for those who are undertaking long term therapy, for persons who are traveling and for those who are averse to tasting the herbal teas.