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Customers often send questions regarding products or health problems.

We make this information to all our customers hoping it may help someone else also.

Disclaimer: We do not diagnose or prescribe herbs. Answers to questions do not take the place of an

examination by a physician or health care practitioner.

Question:How do you prepare bulk herbs?

Answer:/STRONG>  Bulk herbs need to be cooked into tea. Below are simple instructions commonly used by to prepare tea with bulk herbs.

Bring 4 cups of water to a rapid boil in a stainless steel, glass, or ceramic pot. Add the herb(s). Boil vigorously for 5 minutes. Then turn down the heat to a medium boil for 15 minutes. Finally simmer for 15 minutes. If you cook with the container uncovered you should have a minimum of 2 cups of tea left when done (but not less). (If you cook them with the container covered you won't lose as much water). Strain and drink one cup two to three times a day. When the tea is gone add 4 more cups of water and repeat the cooking procedure. Discard the herbs after the second cooking. Drink 1-3 cups per day or as recommended.

Measuring Equivalents

1 teaspoon = 1.6 qian or 5 grams

2 teaspoons = 3.3 qian or 10 grams

1 tablespoon = 5.0 qian or 15 grams

1/2 ounce = 14 grams

1 ounce = 28 grams


Question:Can you please tell me what the difference is between Polygonum 14 (code#43778) and Shou Wu Pian (code#16740)? I am interested in Shou Wu Pian as was suggested to me by an acupuncturist for brittle graying hair and slight hair lose. Also, I am interested in Reishi Plus (code#45234) for allergies, immunodeficiency problems and inflammatory issues and would like to know if this product can be used with either product mentioned above plus Venus (code#45802) and Jujube (code#2280). Thank You, -L.M.

Answer:/FONT> Polygonum 14is a formula that contains He Shou wu (Shou Wu or Fo-ti) and is specifically formulated for improving the growth, condition, and color of the hair. You can use either formula or sometimes people supplement Polygonum 14 with Shou Wu Pian for extra He shou wu. Reishi+ can be used with Venus or Jujube. It is very compatible with almost any other herb.


Question:I have ordered your products in the past and have the bookAsian Health Secrets. Everytime I try something it works better than anything! My 80 year old mother is in constant pain lately with her shoulder. There is a damaged nerve and they say arthritis. Prescription meds (celebrex ) is not helping at all, doctors keep saying to give it time, mean time she is in tears and has a high tolerence to pain. I have searched your joint pain remedies. Is there one that is more recommended? It is not rheumatoid. She has a circulation problem. Pain is ok when she lays down but when she sits up or walks it is worse. I had some myrhh essential oil and made a massage oil which helped a bit also cayenne heat packs. but not enough. She is only on basic elderly medicine, blood pressure and sugar. but each is in check at the moment. if you can help I would appreciate it, greatly! Thank you,-C.B.

Answer:/STRONG>  Some people find that Tung Shueh Pills(code: 40116) help with joint pain. The dosage on the label is 3-9 per day or as needed. Because there are no studies done on possible interactions between Tung Shueh (or most herb formulas) and prescription medicines it may not be adviseable to take them at the same time as prescription medicines. You should consult with your mother's physician or an acupuncturist for specific recommendations. While I can't guarantee that this product will work for your mother, we have been selling this product for over twelve years and consistently get feedback on how good it works. I believe there is a good chance that it will help your mother.


Question:I've purchasedYunnan Paiyaobut am unclear of the instructions and how much I should take. I have heavy periods every month and a naturopath suggested this, but the instructions are unclear. Can you please tell me how many I should take and when?

Answer:/FONT> Unfortunately we can't tell you how much to take. However, some women take 1-2 capsules up to four times a day if they have heavy bleeding and take this until their cycle has slowed down and almost over. Some women in perimenopause will bleed heavily or for long periods of time (e.g., weeks). Yunnan Baiyao has been helpful in many of these cases but remember that once the bleeding is stopped you still need to treat the underlying problem. You should consult with your physician or an acupuncturist for specific recommendations.


Question:I am trying to rid myself of a persistent case of plantar fasciitis, a condition where the connective tissue that runs along the soles of the feet from the heel toward the toes becomes inflamed. My approach is to reduce inflammation in the area, and to stretch the connective tissue (it contracts during sleep, so that upon wakening feet are stiff and walking is painful). I am doing some stretching and massage and wonder if you have an ointment that you believe would be helpful in my treatment.
Thank you,
S.O. (3/10/06)

Answer:/FONT> Some people have commented that Iron Hand Liniment (code #42381 or #2383) is helpful. The directions advise to apply at least twice daily. Stretching is important. When you wake up in the morning sit on the side of your bed, cross your legs, then reach forward and grab all your toes and bend them back for 10-15 seconds. Do this twor or three times before getting out of bed. Keep notes on what you did each day when the pain is worse. There may be some activity that you are not aware of that aggrivates or has caused this problem in the first place. You should consult with your physician or an acupuncturist for specific recommendations.


Question:  Would it be possible to purchase a product by the name of "e;Black Pearl TM"e; through your company? It is a chinese food supplement, 100 tablets per bottle and manufactured for:

Int'l Arthritis and Pain Association
Grand Cayman, B.W.I.

If so, please provide detailed instructions and purchase price, quantity, etc. We would appreciate any information you could provide to us on obtaining this product.

Regards,
B.M.

Answer:/FONT> I suggest that you use another product besides "e;Black Pearl"e; as it is not solely an herbal product. Black Pearl contains undeclared (prescription) drug substances and has been on the FDA list for "e;automatic detention"e; for well over 10 years. Technically, it is illegal to sell but as you know just because something is illegal it doesn't mean you can't get it. I recommend that you stay away from this product.

As an alternative, I you might try the Long Hay Flat brandTung Shueh Pillswhich are made in the USA with Chinese herbs. This product has full disclosure on the labels and does not contain any unlisted ingredients. It is excellent for muscle and joint pain and arthritis symptoms. Many people find this works very will for alleviating their pain. You should consult with your physician or an acupuncturist for specific recommendations.

You can order by calling 1-800-258-6878 or go to our web site:
http://www.eastearthtrade.com .


Question:I have some questions about your products, but first let me thank you for the Sanjiu herbal extracts. I bought some from you several months ago.
My questions are which products you recommend for the following conditions:
1. Fungus infection (I am currently in a tropical climate and it is easy to get fungus infections like athlete's foot, crotch itch, etc)
2. Hearing decrease (loss)
3. Digestive weakness, especially due to spleen deficiency
4. Flu
Thank you,
GK

Answer:/FONT>

A): For the problems you have mentioned we have some formulas that are easy to take and which I recommend below. Keep in mind that for a problem such as hearing loss you will have to take the product for several months, if not longer before you see results. Even then it is not guaranteed.

1. Fungus infection: The best product that I can recommend for external application is Sha Hsien Chin ointment (code#40401, $3.60 per tube). Many people have commented how well it works. It is also good for skin conditions such as eczema.
2. Hearing decrease (loss): LIu Wei Di Huang Wan (#16040, $4.50) would be the formula to start with. If there is ringing of the ear (tinnitus) them use Er Ming Zuo Ci Wan (PA16980, $4.50)
3. Digestive weakness: Bu Zhong Yi Qi Wan (PA15180, $4.50) is good or Shu Gan Wan (PA16781, $5.35)
4. Flu: Ganmaoling (PA15683, $5.50) is very good and Reishi+ (LF45234, $19.95) is a very good preventative formula to boost your immune system during cold season or when under stress.


Question:What would you recommend for lowering cholesterol?

Answer:/FONT>   Number one is changing your diet and getting more exercise. Secondly, you can use herbs such as Fo-ti (item code: #45267) or Cortex Eucommiae tablets (item code: #15441) and Green tea (e.g., Pouchong tea, item code: TR41305) at every meal. The Fo-ti and Eucommia help lower cholesterol and tea blocks the absorption of fats. Please note that changes do not happen overnight. You should take these for a minimum of 2-3 months.


Question:I need to know what is good in restoring platelet count and Red Blood Cells. My platelet count keeps dropping and even with all the test I have gone through including a bone Marrow test, they have found nothing wrong. Any good suggestions?

Answer:/FONT>   In Chinese Medicine there are blood tonifying herbs which may help. If you look in our catalog in the bulk herb section you will find a list of these. Also, there are products that may help such as Women's Precious, Gui Pi Wan, Shou wu chih and Tang kuei Gin that are said to nourish the blood. I suggest choosing one or two products and trying them for at least a month before judging the results. If you have bleeding problems Yunnan Baiyao will help.


Question:I bought Golden Book Tea but the label says: Sexton Pills. Is this the correct product?

Answer:/FONT> Golden Book Tea is made by a number of factories in China and is distributed under many names, such as: Golden Book Tea; Rehmannia Eight; Sexoton; Sexton; Guifu Dihuang Wan, and Jin Gui Shen Qi Wan. However, the Chinese characters on the box remain the same for this standardized formula. The listing of ingredients often is inconsistent between boxes and is typical of a Chinese manufactured product. However, even though the listing of ingredients in English may be different, the formula is standardized for the herbs it contains. Variations on some of the ingredient names are as follows: Dioscorea = Yam potato paeony root peel = cortex moutan hoelen mushroom = poria Some boxes describe the ingredients as herbal "e;flavors"e; which perhaps is a way to circumvent the customs restrictions of certain dietary products in the USA. Please be assured that the product you are sold under the name Golden Book Tea is the same as Sexton Yam or any other name for this product. Note:Golden Book TeaandSexton Pillsare currently labeled asJin Kui Shen Qi Wan


Question:First,thank you for the latest catalog. I have a few physical challenges to deal with. I have diabetes, low physical energy, low sexual energy and joints pain. Of all the products on your catalog and from your knowledge on these product would you suggestion for me to take to start seeing or feeling some results? Your suggestion will be very much appreciated. Thank you again.

Answer:/FONT> For diabetes (and I hope you are under a physicians supervision) you may want to try Jade Spring Pills to help regulate blood sugar. Often diabetics still struggle with blood sugar flucuation even when on medication. We have had many diabetics who have blood sugar levels that fluctuate find that this helps stabilize their condition. Please note that they take this along with their medication. Low energy and low sexual energy could be a result of your diabetes. However, you might try the product called "e;Vitality for Men"e; It is found in the section of products from Evergreen Herbs. The Tung Shueh pills listed on the back cover of the catalog work good for joint pain. We suggest starting with 3 tablets 3 times per day and for four days then decreasing to an amount that keeps your joint pain in check. You may need to take this product only occasionally or as needed depending on your condition.


Question:How long do you take Lidan Pian?

Answer:/FONT> How long to take it? It depends on your symptoms. Some people need it a short while, some for months. If you're treating gallstones they probably won't go away with one bottle. The herbs will help dissolve and pass the stones but it takes time, perhaps weeks or months. You can judge by the improvement of your symptoms. If symptoms persist please consult a doctor.


Question:How do you use a ginseng cooker?

Answer:/FONT> The ginseng cooker needs to be used as a double boiler, i.e., you need to put the cooker in another pot with water coming up to the handles. Place 1/2 or one whole ginseng root in the cooker. Fill with water. Place the cooker in the other pot of water (water should be up to the handles) and bring the water of the larger pot to a slow boil. Then let simmer for about 60-90 minutes. The outer water will heat the inner water of the ginseng cooker and you'll get a rich ginseng tea. Drink 1/2 to one cup a day. I wouldn't drink ginseng tea in the evening though because ginseng cooked this way is very strong and it might keep you up at night.


Question:I have been using the Jade Pharmacy product "e;Quiet Contemplative"e; to help me with my hyperthyroidism. It has been very effective each time my thyroid has become overactive. Could you recommend an alternative since you no longer have the Jade line?

Answer:/FONT> Quiet Contemplative is based on the formula "e;Liu wei di huang wan"e; (Six Flavor Rehmannia Tea). We have this formula available or we have an alternate formula that we can special order called "e;thyrodex"e;. Thyrodex comes 100 capsules to a bottle and is around $23.00. Quiet Contemplative is no longer available but the Long Hay Flat formula:Gentle Rejuvenatoris very similar to this formula and can be used as a substitute.


Question:What is thyrodex and how does it differ from Liu wei di huang wan?

Answer:/FONT>  Liu wei di huang wan tonifies and balances the kidney function. Some of the symptoms may be similir to thyroid problems and it is therefore effective. The Thyrodex more specifically addresses hyperthyroidism. It lowers the level of thryoid hormone circulating in the blood, reduces enlargement of the thryroid gland, and treats the signs and symptoms of hyperthyroidism. (info on Thyrodex is from the Clinical Manual of Oriental Medicine, p. 440. No medical claims are made or implied by EETW.)


Question:I recently ordered asparagus root sanjiu extract powder (Code: HE44703). I just made myself a cup using one packet. The smell is clearly indicating to me that there are ingredients other than just asparagus root. Can you please clarify what these other ingredients might be? Are the ingredients of animal origin?

Answer:/FONT> There are no fillers in the extract. The product is made from 100% asparagus and does not contain animal products. The problem is that you made it too strong. Each packet is to be mixed with four (4) cups of water. One packet to one cup would make a very strong tea and Asparagus root has a strong flavor. Remember that these packets are highly concentrated including retaining the volatile oils.


Question:I have Menieres Disease and I read that the Chinese believe that Menieres or ear problems stem from the kidneys. Right now I am only getting hearing loss and tinnitus. I need to know what Chinese herbs you recommend to help with this problem.

Answer:/FONT> The formula for hearing problems and tinnitus are Er long zuo ci wan (PA16980, 200 pills, $4.50) and Liu Wei Di Huang Wan (PA16040, 200 pills, $4.50). The first formula is a variation of the second so try that one first. It may be that you need to take the second formula to supplement the first. The recommended dosage is 8 pills (they're small) three times a day, so a bottle lasts a week. I would try them for at least a month. You may notice effects sooner or it may take longer. Unfortuantely, we can't ethically diagnose you by email so there's soon hit and miss in trying. This should start you in the right direction though.


Question:I have a client that hasn't had her period since December. Sometimes she has a period regularly for six months (even when she has it, it is VERY heavy) and then she doesn't have one for six months. She wants to get pregnant. Do you have any products that could regulate her cycle or strengthen her eggs? I was lookin at Radix Angelica Sinensis in the catalog. I was feeling that the Chinese herbs may be stronger for her right now or better for her instead of a pill. She is 37 years old and has been trying since January to get pregnant so possibly if we could get her cycle regulated, that would help.

Answer:/FONT> Some women have irregular periods and still conceive with no problems. One of my patients had periods once every 2-3 years yet still had five children. At the time I saw her she told me her doctor had asked if she was starting menopause. She told him she don't know - It had only been a few years since her last period. She wouldn't know for a few more years if she missed one or not! Also, some women also have seasonal menstruation, i.e., four time a year. Without knowing all the details of your clients medical history I would say at this point she shouldn't worry. Generally, someone is not considered infertile until after they've tried for about two years. However, Angelica Sinensis may help or better yet, a product like Long Hay Flat's "e;Women's Precious"e;. This is based on a traditional formula and helps regulate the menstrual cycle. It can be taken by women of all ages and is good as a general tonic formula.


Question:I have fibroid tumors on my uterus and am presently trying to remove them with Dong Quai, MSM, Pau d' Arco, & Folic Acid. I have been taking these herbs since Feb. I have not been to my gyn/ob since starting with this formula in hopes that my fibroids will be greatly diminished by the time I see my doctor. Can you prescribe a formula that is better than what I am taking?

Answer:/FONT> We can special order the formula: Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan (Cinnamon & Poria Pill) for you. In the book "e;Japanese Herbal Medicine"e; by Robert Rister, it states this formula reduces growth of abnormal uterine tissue and does not interfere with the menstrual cycle or encourage weight gain. I think this might be more effective than what you are taking. However, you should make sure you continue to have regular checkups with your gynecologist to monitor your progress.


Question:Could you tell me what are the oldest known wild or cultivated ginseng roots. I have read about both wild and cultivated going well in excess of one hundred years in age. I would assume that the cultivated or woods grown are probably happening around the Asian Buddhist monasteries. Thank you, J.F.

Answer:/FONT> Commercial ginseng roots are grown from 2-20 years. Inferior roots are harvested earlier so that the ones surrounding them can grow larger. Growers will get the better price if the ginseng is at least six years old so they like to let it grow longer. A ginseng plantation is kept growing for 20 years. After that the land is used for the rotation of other crops for 10 years before planting ginseng again. It's unlikely that someone would commercially grow ginseng for one hundred years and I doubt you could find a wild root that old. Ginseng is extremely rare in the wild and in Korea there is no wild ginseng to be found. Small wild roots of Chinese are very, very expensive. A few years ago I saw a root in Hong Kong going for about US$12,000! It was about 1/2 ounce in weight and was probably 15 or 20 years old. Ginseng grows in the hardwood forests in a cool temperate region. Northern and Northeastern China are good areas for growing ginseng.

Ginseng roots can be cooked into a tea or sliced and chewed on. The taste is a combination of slightly bitter/slightly sweet. After you chew it a few times you'll develop a taste for it. You can order whole roots from us. Look in the Bulk Herb section of our catalog or search under Shui Chu Ginseng or Kirin Ginseng on our website.


Question:Could you send me a list of products that are good for fertility?

Answer:/FONT> The Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan (Cinnamon & Poria Pill), the product mentioned above is also indicated for infertility.


Question:I have already begun taking Shou Wu Pian. I have people waiting to see if I get any results. I think I have become the guinea pig for them. I was told by a young Chinese girl here that she knew of a lady who took Shou Wu Pian and her hair turned back to it's natural color and began to grow. Does this really make the hair go back to it's original color and will I have to take these pills forever if it does work? If so, that is okay as long as it will not affect my health. I have been going gray since I was 23 yrs. of age. I hate coloring my hair.

Answer:/FONT> Shou wu pian (Polygonum multiflorum pills) is noted for restoring a person's natural hair color though it is not guaranteed for everyone. It will probably take several months of use since hair grows slowly. Be consistent in taking it. One of our customers (around age 60) told me her hair was turning red again. I've seen another man who comes into our store get good results also. You can also try the "e;Fo-ti"e; (Long Hay Flat brand). Fo-ti is another name for the herb Polygonum multiflorum.


Question:Could you also tell me how long should I take Ephedra (Ma Huang) before I stop and let my body rest before taking them again? The catalog said not to take it for an extended period of time. I heard Ephedra was cancerous. Is that true?

Answer:/FONT> Ephedra is not cancerous. However, in large amounts in can overstimulate the body and cause a sense of uneasiness or heart palpitations. We only have a couple products with ephedra in them but none contain enough ephedra to the extent it would cause this problem. If you are using the Dragon Eggs's Express or LHF Energy, both which have ephedra, you should use them 4-5 time a week at the most. However, these products have other herbs to carefully balance the negative effects of the ephedra. You shouldn't have a problem unless you take more than the recommended dosage for prolonged periods of time. If you are using the bulk ephedra, just follow the recommended dosage in our catalog and use occasionally.


Question:My sister in law received this package from her husband (separated for two years). She has bad arthritis. The package contains black round beads, beans, pills (about the size of a sweet pea)? The package has a lot of Chinese writing on it but it doeshave some English which is as follows: Nan Lien Pharmaceutical Co., LTD in Chaiwan, Hong Kong, also the words, "e;Chuifong Toukuwak"e;. Do you have this product?

Answer:/FONT> Chuifong Toukuwak from Nan Lien Pharmaceutical Co., LTD in Taiwan is not a good product. It has been on FDA lists for at least 15 years that I know of. It contains unlisted prescription drugs such as valium and other ingredients. It keeps turning up in packages with slight variations of name. People should avoid using this product and use products from reputable companies instead.


Question:I am just one of about 180+ women right now looking for Chinese Herbs to help us heal from Lichen Sclerosis. Even though little is known about this skin disease, they say 1 out of 3 people have it...it is an auto immune disease, but not infectious and has no cure as yet.... However, one woman and child and a few other ladies are taking LianQiaoBaiDuPion or also known as lienchialpaituPien. They get it from their Acupuncturist or Herbal Store near them and it is in tablet form. This Chinese Herbal mix seems to have helped the handful of women trying it.....Can you help, or do you have, or can you get?

Answer:/FONT> We do have Lien Chiao Pai Tu Pien (order code #40926... $9.75). This product is used for skin infections, inflammaitons and eruptions. It works as a skin cleanser. For more information one lichen Sclerosis see www.onelist.com under the Lichen Sclerosis list


Question:I ordered powered Schizandrae - does this need to be soaked or cooked before using?

Answer:/FONT> Schizandra powder can be put in capsules or cooked into a tea. If prepared as a tea it is not necessary to soak it first. Use from 1/4 to 1 teaspoon per cup of tea and let steep for about 15 minutes, strain, and drink.


Question:I also ordered the powered Rehmanniae - is this herb I ordered from EETW steamed or raw?

Answer:/FONT> This is the steamed (also known as cooked or prepared) rehmanniae.


Question:Does the powered Astragalus need to be simmered or cooked before using?

Answer:/FONT> Astragalus powder can be put in capsules or cooked into a tea. If prepared as a tea use from one to one and a half teaspoons per cup of tea and let steep for about 15 minutes, strain, and drink.


Question:Can these herbs be used safely together?

Answer:/FONT> Yes


Question:If so, how should they be used - in a tea, capsule or can they just be mixed in water?

Answer:/FONT> I would recommend either putting them in capsules or preparing them as a tea. I don't think just mixing in water and drinking would be to palatable unless you added them to a smoothie type drink.


Question:What are the specific herbs which are considered the "e;inferior herbs"e; and why are they considered thus?

Answer:/FONT> Most of the herbs that we carry are superior or tonic herbs. In general,these can be taken safely for long periods of time. Inferior herbs are named so because they are taken for short periods of time and are used to cure an illness. Two good books to read on the subject are Chinese Tonic Herbs by Ron Teeguarden (order code: BK50) and The Complete Book of Chinese Health & Healing by Daniel Reid (order code: BK41287). Your best resource of information on all herbs is Chinese Herbal Medicine: Materia Medica by Bensky and Gamble (order code: BK60).


Question:I realize that Hong zao is red jujube and da zao is black, but how do they differ in terms of qualities? I'm wondering if they are interchangeable being that both are listed as Qi tonics. -P.A.

Answer:/FONT> To start with "e;Da Zao"e; is a general name for jujube dates. Da means "e;big"e;. Zao means "e;jujube"e; or "e;(Chinese) date"e;. Hong means "e;red"e; and refers to the color of the date. Black dates are actually called "e;Nan Zao"e;. Nan means "e;South"e; or "e;Southern"e;. Black and red dates come from the same plant. The difference in coloring, flavor, and medicinal properties has to do with the processing of the herbs. The Black date is considered more medicinal than the red. Black dates tonify the yang of the stomach and spleen. Red dates tonify the yang of the circulatory system and are more commonly used in soups and braised foods. The only book that I've found that addressed the differences in the black and red jujuba dates is "e;Streetwise Guide: Chinese Herbal Medicine"e; (order code: BK41285). This small book is a jewel to have if you are learning about or using herbs. I think everyone should have a copy.


Question:I ordered PA16380 "e;Curing Pill"e; (box 10), but on the box I received it is labeled "e;Culing Pill"e;. Is this the same ingredient? Or is this the right pill? -D.B.

Answer:/FONT> The product is the same. The Pill "e;Culing"e; is a typographical error. Inside the smaller boxes are correctly printed with the word "e;Curing"e;. Unfortunately, Chinese products are notorious for misspellings. I wish the manufacturers all had a good English proofreader on staff!


Question:I tookSuanzaorenlast night to get a more restful sleep. The store where I bought it said it was very strong and great for insomnia. I notice that one of the ingredients, poria cocos, is a diuretic, according to the info sheet inside the box. I have a weak bladder and was wondering if this pill might affect my condition and have to eliminate more frequently because of that ingredient. Also can you recommend something else for sleep -- I can't seem to sleep straight through the night.

Answer:/FONT> Poria is a minor diuretic but the amount in the tablet is so small it probably has a negligible effect. The main purpose of it in this formula is to help calm or settle the spirit so you can sleep. There are a number of remedies for sleep. One is the Jade formula "e;Insomnia"e;. This formula does not contain poria. You could also try Tien Wang bu xin dan (Emperor tea) or Kava Kava.

Frequent urination, in terms of Oriental medicine, indicates a weak Kidney/bladder function. You might try the Jade Kidney Yang Qi and Kidney Yin Qi to help with this problem.


Question:I've ordered Kai Kit Wan/Prostate Gland Pills and they came today. I'm wondering what the recommended does is?

Answer:/FONT> The dosage is not clear in the English instructions but in Chinese it says take "e;6 pills three times per day"e;. This is a typical amount for Chinese formula's. Take until your symptoms are alleviated or reduced.

Question:What is the percentage of gensenosides for the four types of ginseng in Dragon Eggs product?

Answer:/FONT> This information is not available for Dragon Eggs. They are made with whole ginseng roots that are not standardized. Standardizing an herb to a certain chemical constituent is not necessarily good. There are instances where the standardization marker for an herb is not what makes the herb active. So the value is not reliable. I've had customers who have used the product Ginsana for years try whole ginseng roots and say that Ginsana doesn't even come close in effect. Ginsana is a standardized product. The proof is in the product. Try it and compare with a standardized product and see which you like better.

Question:A lot of ginseng products on the market do not list potency of product and as a result you do not feel anything from their products. Do you know why?

Answer:/FONT> There are several reason's why you may not feel anything from a ginseng product.

  1. The company who makes it does not know how to formulate a product and they do not understand the interactions of herb and why they work. It is very common for companies to base their formulas on reading literature rather than on clinical experience. You should select products such as Long Hay Flat brand that are developed by professional herbalists rather than those developed by mass marketers.
  2. You are taking the wrong product. Not everyone needs ginseng. Ginseng is a Qi (energy) tonic. Some people may need energy because they are deficient in Blood, Yin, or Yang. There are specific herbs to address these functions.
  3. The label of the product sells the product, not what's in it. Mass marketers are geared to selling and don't pay attention to their actual product. Often the cost of the label and bottle is more expensive than the product they put inside. They figure if they can sell one bottle to everyone then they are making money. They don't look for long term benefits to their customers. Examples of this are the companies that have exploited ephedra (ma huang) for financial gain. They're products have hurt a lot of people and have made people very wary of using herbs. There are also more govenrment restrictions because of this.

Question:When cooking Chinese red ginseng in a ginseng cooker for six hours, is it normal for the ginseng to lose its color? The red fades into a color that looks something like uncooked astragalus.

Answer:/FONT> Ginseng will lose its color when it is cooked. It will also lose its color when soaked in alcohol.


Question:I ordered Five Photos dit da jow which in the catalog says is for pain associated with muscle and ligaments, but recieved Five Photo First Aid Antiseptic. From the description of uses, they do not appear to be the same product. I would like to discuss with you if they are one in the same?

Answer:/FONT> Sorry about the confusion of the Five Photo's Dit Da Jow. The product is one and the same. Many years ago it was labeled Dit Da Jow. Then about five or six years ago they started calling it First Aid Antiseptic as they tried to adapt their label to comply with USA labeling requirements. However, the Chinese characters on the package never changed. The large Chinese characters on the box read "e;Tie da (translated as hit or injury) Tian Qi (this is the Chinese name for Pseudoginseng) yao jiu (medicinal liniment). I realize that the labeling is confusing but if you either understand the Chinese characters or research the ingredients you'll see that this is a Dit Da Jow formula. That is why in our catalog we put the words "e;dit da Jow' in parenthesis after the name Five Photo's brand First Aid Antiseptic.


Question:Would it be possible to purchase a product by the name of "e;Black Pearl TM"e; through your company? It is a chinese food supplement, 100 tablets per bottle and manufactured for:

Int'l Arthritis and Pain Association Grand Cayman, B.W.I.
If so, please provide detailed instructions and purchase price, quantity, etc. We would appreciate any information you could provide to us on obtaining this product.
Regards,
B.M.

Answer:/FONT> I suggest that you use another product besides "e;Black Pearl"e; as it is not solely an herbal product. Black Pearl contains undeclared (prescription) drug substances and has been been on the FDA list for "e;automatic detention"e; for well over 10 years. Technically, it is illegal to sell but as you know just because something is illegal it doesn't mean you can't get it. I recommend that you stay away from this product.

As an alternative, I suggest using our Long Hay Flat brand Tung Shueh Pills which are made in the USA with Chinese herbs. This product has full disclosure on the labels and does not contain any unlisted ingredients. It is excellent for muscle and joint pain and arthritis symptoms. Many people find this works very well for alleviating their pain. You can order by calling 1-800-258-6878 or go to our web site:
www.eastearthtrade.com


Question:My mom is a senior of 67 years of age with diabetis for over 30 years. Her condition is quite stable except very frequent night urination which makes her very tired during the day. She can go to sleep any time in the day. But it really bothers her at night and it is not too safe or convenient in the middle of night.
Please help and I thank you.
Signed, C.F.

A: In Chinese medicine, frequent night urination is a sign of deficient kidneys energy. I suggest that she try Jin Gui Shen Qi Wan (also known as Sexton Pills or Golden Book Tea). This is a formula that helps strengthen the kidney function and is indicated in frequent urination. The order code is item #PA16220. Dosage is 8 pills three times a day. I suggest you get four bottles and have her try it for a month. If this doesn't help please contact us for another suggestion.


Question:I wanted to thank your company on the order that I received, I didn't expect it so fast. I have one question? How do I prepare the Yi-sun Ginseng? Eat it raw, boil it like herbal tea, I am unsure how and what to do. I would appreciate any information you can give me. Thank you for your cooperation. -L.D.

Answer:/FONT> You can cook it into a tea. Use four cups of water and bring to a boil. Then simmer for about 30-40 minutes. You can drink one cup a day. When all the tea is finished you can add four more cups of water and cook again the same way. Discard the ginseng after the second cooking. An alternate way to use the Yi-sun is to put it in alcohol, a high proof like whiskey or vodka and let it soak for several months. This is a cold extract so you need to shake the bottle every few days. After about 60 days you can drink a shot when desired. Extracts like this will keep for years - the alcohol acts as a preservative. Because of the expense of the Yi-sun this is how I prefer to use it.


Question:There are a few questions I'd like to ask before buying. I hear Frankincense can make a wonderful massage oil that can also potentially help clear up or at least alleviate sinus allergies when rubbed on the chest, back, neck and face. I did read your note of caution in your catalog though, and thought I'd inquire. I would imagine the safest thing would be to dab a little on the hand first and watch for any skin reactions. But anything you could share with me about safety, how to go about applying it, how many applications one might get out of a container (it's only 1/2 oz), etc, I would appreciate it.
Also, do you sell any balms or Dit Dat Jow that could be recommended as particularly good for pain relief with sore muscles? I have a friend with an old shoulder injury from a car accident, and she experiences pain from time to time.
Finally, any good cough syrups for throat pain relief? I have a voice student whose allergies tend to attack her and sometimes even cause her throat to get a bit sore, and today I caught her using that pain-relieving spray that really isn't such a good idea for singers. I'm hoping you might help me find a better product to suggest to her. Thank you very much for your time and assistance!
-Jeff

Answer:/FONT>

  1. You can mix the Frankincense with other oils, such as palmarosa, to dilute it a little an make a better rub. I would use about 1/4 bottle of Frankincense to 1 bottle of palmarosa oil.
  2. Try Zheng gu shui or Iron Hand Liniment. Both are good for pains and injuries -whether old or new.
  3. Natural Herb Loquat Syrup is good for coughs. Also, drinking a tea made from the herb sterculiae (code #42676) is good for the throat.


Question:I have some questions about your products, but first let me thank you for the Sanjiu herbal extracts. I bought some from you several months ago. My questions are which products you recommend for the following conditions:

  1. Fungus infection (I am currently in a tropical climate and it is easy to get fungus infections like athlete's foot, crotch itch, etc)
  2. Hearing decrease (loss)
  3. Digestive weakness, especially due to spleen deficiency
  4. Flu
Thank you. - G.K.

Answer:/FONT> For the problems you have mentioned we have some formulas that are easy to take and which I recommend below. Keep in mind that for a problem such as hearing loss you will have to take the product for several months, if not longer before you see results. Even then it is not guaranteed.

  1. Fungus infection: The best product that I can recommend for external application is Sha Hsien Chin ointment (code#PA40401). Many people have commented how well it works. It is also good for skin conditions such as eczema. Tea tree oil is another alternative and may be useful for fungus conditions of the nails.
  2. Hearing decrease (loss): LIu Wei Di Huang Wan (PA16040) would be the formula to start with. If there is ringing of the ear (tinnitus) them use Er Ming Zuo Ci Wan (PA16980)
  3. Digestive weakness: Bu Zhong Yi Qi Wan (PA15180) is good or Shu Gan Wan (PA16781)
  4. Flu: Ganmaoling (PA15683) is very good and Reishi+ (LF45234) is a very good preventative formula to boost your immune system during cold season or when under stress.


Question:I have several questions regarding the Sanjiu Herbal Extracts, which I purchase.


First, on your website, it says to use one packet to 4 cups of water, while on the packets themselves, it justs says to dissolve in hot water, but doesn't say how much hot water. What is the best amount to use?
Second, if I combine several extracts together making the total amount more than what is per packet, how much water should I add to this?
And thirdly, I remember somewhere reading that the Sanjiu Herbal Extracts could be made into tinctures. Can you tell me the best way to do this. How much extract should/could be added to how much alcohol.
I would really appreciate your advice on this. I would like to get the best, most potent use from my herbs.
Thank you so much for time. -D.M.D.

Answer:/FONT> Use four cups of water to one packet. Then drink 1-4 cups per day. If you are using more than four different packets at a time you can still use 4 cups water. If more than that is used you may use an extra cup or two.
To make a tincture just add the packet to an alcoholic beverage of your preference. I would put 4-6 packets (of each type of herb) per bottle and make it more concentrated. When you add the powders you will have to shake well to dissolve them.
When you take the tincture you will be using only a small amount. And because this extract has already been processed you don't have to wait several weeks to drink. You can use it immediately.

Question:I am a 39 year old female, non-smoking, non-drinking mother of two and I am allergic to aspirin. I currently use Tylenol as my primary pain relief medicine. I have neck problems occassionally which I see a chiropractor for and have severe headaches two days during my menstral cycle.
I would like to find an alternative product to help with these problems because I am concerned about the damage that may or may not be happening to my liver due to the acetaminophen. I exercise as best I can and try and keep it regular. Take a multi vitamin and try to eat the best foods (not always though). I would appreciate any information that you can provide. Thank you for your time attention to this matter.
Best Regards, -B.B.

Answer:/STRONG> In terms of Oriental Medicine, the headaches you experience may possibly be resolved by the product Xiao Yao Wan (order code: PA15851). If you search for this product on our website just search by code number only. I suggest taking 8 pills three times a day (they are small pills). For a month then over the next couple of months taper off to the smallest dose possible that controls your headaches. This formula is not a pain reliever. It balances the energy function of the Liver which may be the source of your headache (that is an educated guess, not a diagnosis!). The Liver in Chinese medicine is often associated with headaches and in women, reproductive cycle problems.
When you take the Xiao yao wan you should look for less intense headaches with decreasing frequency. If you have other PMS signs of irritability, breast tenderness, mood swings, cramps, it will help with those also.


Question:My 12-year-old son suffers from severe eczema, which involves his arms, upper-lowerlegs, behind the knee, and foot. His body is exstensively covered in these areas. His eczema weeps, and he constanly scratches, emitting lots of dry skin that results in bloody legs. At times, his mouth and eyes become involved. He has many food allergies. He suffers from year-round sinusitis with a stuffed, runny nose. He periodically get asthma after a cold, because the mucous travels to the lungs. When it's extensively involved, he wheezes and cannot breathe because of swollen broncial tubes. Please recommend me some quality products.
Thanks. -A.V.

EETW question:Did you son have any antibiotics as an infant?

Reply:My son did receive antibiotics around eight or nine for a chronic stuffy nose. I think his severe eczema began about a year or two later.

Answer:/FONT> Thanks for the information. Recently in theTimemagazine they stated that infants who receive antibiotics have a higher incidence of allergies and asthma. Perhaps the antibiotics damaged his immune system. According to Chinese medicine, dry, flakey, red skin indicates heat in the body. You need something to clear the heat from his system. We have a formula called Mai Wei Di Huang Wan (look on our website for code #50080).
It is not specifically for eczema but helps moisten the lungs (the lungs govern the skin). Also, try Armadillo Counter Poison (code #15100). You may seem some change with using these formulas but the change probably will take a long time. If you can, see an acupuncturist/herbalist for a diagnosis and proper treatment that can be followed professionally.

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