‘Tis the Season for Chinese Herbs as Food

Goji berries a famous Chinese herb     Traditional Chinese Medicine theory believes that each season has a different energy to it, and as such, we should replicate the energy of that season in order to maintain balance within ourselves. During this season, as our responsibilities grow and we find ourselves searching for more energy, protection for our immune system should be at the top of our lists.  One way to do this and improve digestion is with a few common Chinese herbs.  There are a large number of herbs that can be easily found in your local grocery stores. Here are three to get you started.


Gou qi zi, more commonly known as goji berries, has become a staple at most local grocery stores, and in many different trail mixes. This potent Chinese herb has been used for thousands of years in Traditional Chinese Medicine, (TCM) and has been used as a remedy for everything from anemia to increasing immunity. It’s both high in Vitamin C and also contains many antioxidants. Including them in your diet is simple – sprinkle them on your cereal in lieu of a sweetener, or have them as a snack in the afternoon when you’re looking to increase your energy. Studies are also beginning to suggest that they can even help to inhibit cancer growth and reduce the risk of developing Alzheimers.


Sheng jiang, more commonly known as fresh ginger, is a savior for anyone who has ever experienced nausea, an upset stomach due to overeating, or the onset of a cold. Fresh ginger is used in a significant number of Chinese herbal formulas and is known for its ability to simultaneously stimulate the appetite and to calm the stomach. It is believed to ease nausea by increasing digestive fluids while absorbing and neutralizing toxins and stomach acid. Add several slices of ginger to water and bring it to a boil for tea, or even include it in your favorite chicken soup recipe at the first signs of sneezing or coughing.


Rou gui, more commonly known as cinnamon bark, not only marks the holiday season but can also aid in keeping you warm as the temperatures drop. It’s an excellent way to tonify your Kidney energy as well, which serves as a storehouse of energy for your entire system. Use it as a garnish to your hot chocolate or apple cider, or even include it in your holiday snack mix.


The beauty of Chinese Herbal Medicine is that even if we can’t slow our schedules to accommodate the downturn of activity reflected in the natural world around us, we can look to the natural world to provide us with support as we move through this time of year.


Can Chinese Herbs Be The Next Cancer Treatment?

Traditional forms of  medicine may offer  hope for cancer.  

Experts from Cardiff University's School of Medicine have joined forces with Peking University in China to test the health benefits of a traditional Chinese medicine. The new treatments come from Chinese herbs used for liver, lung, colorectal cancers and osteosarcoma of the bones.

"Traditional Chinese medicine where compounds are extracted from natural products or herbs has been practised for centuries in China, Korea, Japan and other countries in Asia," according to Professor Wen Jiang from Cardiff University's School of Medicine, who is the director of the Cardiff University-Peking University Joint Cancer Institute at Cardiff and led the research as part of a collaboration between Cardiff University and Peking University.

The traditional Chinese herb formula consist of 14 herbs. The formula has been shown to be beneficial to cancer patients.  The researchers have discovered how the formula work.  Apparently it works by blocking a pathway which stops the spread of cancer cells in the body.

"It suggests that combining the formula with conventional as well as new therapies could hold the key to developing new treatments for cancer patients.

"We are already looking to clinical trials in treatment of lung and other cancer types."

Funded by Cancer Research Wales and the Albert Hung Foundation – the results will be presented at the European Cancer Congress 2013 which takes place in Amsterdam between the 27th September and 1st October.


Chinese Herbs Safety Information

chinese herbs safetyMany people today turn to alternative medicine to deal with an array of health issues, including trouble with sleep, menopause, pms, lack of energy, weight loss…the list goes on.

It is extremely important then that we know what we are putting in our bodies. All foods, including herbs have the potential to be dangerous if grown with heavy pesticide use. Pacific Herbs has been aware of this from the birth of our company…. and that's why we use the gold standard of testing to ensure the quality and safety of our herbs.

Watch this short video explaining how you can learn if your herbs are safe.


Ever Wonder Where Your Herbal Supplements Come From ?

Safe Chinese herbal supplements Have you ever you wondered where your herbal supplements really come from?  Did you know that 95% of what you're buying at U.S. health food stores originated in China or was processed in China or India?  

Below is a section of one of the many emails I get nearly daily from companies who want to sell me their ingredients.  As you can see much of it is written in Mandarin and there is no mistake the company selling these ingredients is based in China.  When I inquired with them about testing of their products they, like so many companies have DO no testing on their raw materials or finished products.   I said, "WHAT, NO TESTING?"   Yup, that's right.  No tests!  That means if the farment used pesticides you will get pesticides in your herbal supplements.  

 If you are concerned your supplements may contain heavy metal, pesticides, bacteria, E-Coli, and other contaminents you are right.  They probably do!  Get your products from a trusted source.  Only buy from companies that produce COA's (Certificates of Analysis) and have lot numbers and expiration dates on their products.  This is the only way to know you're not getting cheap ingredients produced at the cheapest prices without testing and without assurance that your herbal supplements and vitamins are truly safe. 

More on COA's here!

P.S.  All Pacific Herbs products are produced with COA's, Lot numbers and have over 200 purity and potency tests before they are packaged into finished products. 

Dear Madam,

This is our company's hot-selling products recently Vitamin C- Ascorbic acid (from Tapioca Grade / Cassava) (corn), soy and green tea.  We have best price and most favorable terms. Please contact me at numbers below. We ship directly.

Serial     number    Name      Active principle

01         大豆提取物(Soybean P.E.)  大豆异黄酮(Soy Isoflavones)

02        山楂叶提取物(Hawthorn Leaf Extract) 山楂叶黄酮(Hawthorn Leaf Flavones)熊果酸(Ursolic acid)

03       绿茶提取物(Green Tea P.E.)   茶多酚(Tea Polyphenols)儿茶素(Catechins )咖啡因(Caffeine )

04     黑升麻提取物(Black Cohosh P.E.)三萜皂甙(Triterpene Glycosides)

05     槐米提取物(Pagodatree Flower Bud Extract )卢丁(Rutin)

06     葡萄籽提取物(Grape Seed P.E) 原花青素(Proanthocyanidins)

Look forward to your reply.


Sales Manager

(Company information deleted to for my protection)

New Research Says Breast Cancer Triggered By Artificial Hormone Progestin

Another day and another friend/mother/sister/daughter diagnosed with breast cancer.  Today breast cancer is affecting one in every eight women sometime during their lifetime  in the USA, Europe and the UK.   Looking around at my friends, family and extended family we need no reminders of the impact of these statistics. But there is good news, actually GREAT news— medical researchers at the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology (IMBA) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna identified a key protein that triggers breast cancer and in December 2012 received a grant of $7.4 million from the USA Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program for ongoing research.


Working for the last ten years, the research team has been able to show the synthetic female sex hormone progestin used in HRT and contraceptive pills can trigger RANKL (a protein found in breast cells).  As a consequence of this trigger, mammary cells start to divide and multiply and fail to die when they should. Moreover, stem cells in the breast become able to renew themselves, ultimately resulting in breast cancer.


The research around the artificial sex hormone progestin, used in hormone replacement therapy, HRT, and in birth control pills has been the center of  work for  Professor Josef Penninger, (IMBA director) who found the first genetic evidence that this protein RANKL is the master regulator of healthy bones and breast cell multiplication.


“Ten years ago we formulated the hypothesis that RANKL might be involved in breast cancer and it took us a long time to develop systems to prove this idea”, says Prof. Josef Penninger. ” I have to admit it completely surprised me just how massive the effects of the system were. Millions of women take progesterone derivatives in contraceptives and for hormonal replacement therapy. Since our results show that the RANKL system is an important molecular link between a synthetic sex hormone and breast tumors, one day women may be able to reduce their risk by taking blocking medicines in advance to prevent breast cancer”.


Alternative answers are available for women suffering with menopausal symptoms and want relief from hot flashes and night sweats without adding artificial hormones to their body.  Natural solutions used in Traditional Chinese Medicine are available that are safe and are made from natural plant sources, not artificial hormones.


Alternative birth control methods beyond the pill include the  IUD's  without hormones, condoms, diaphragm,  natural rhythm method and permanent birth control in the form of tubal litigation.



The research results presented here was an  international collaboration between lead researchers at IMBA and scientists at the Medical University of Vienna; the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Sydney, Australia; the Ontario Cancer Institute, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada; Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School and the Ragon Institute of MGH/MIT and Harvard, Boston, USA; the Institute for Genetics, Centre for Molecular Medicine (CMMC), and Cologne Excellence Cluster (CECAD), University of Cologne, Germany; University College London, UK; and the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany.


Next Blog Post: The Four Best Ways to Lower Your Risks of Breast Cancer




http://www.imba.oeaw.ac.at/news-media/news/news/article/osteoclast-differentiation-factor-rankl-controls-development-of-progestin-driven-mammary-cancer/articleBack/2108/?cHash=e6b25d8dcd&type=1   September 2010 Institute of Molecular Biotechnology







Adverse Reactions with the Birth Control Pills Yaz and Yasmin

Yaz birth control pillIn Canada, 600 adverse reactions and 23 deaths have been reported between 2007 and February 28th, 2013 among women taking the birth-control pills (BCPs) Yaz and Yasmin (recorded by Health Canada and first reported by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation). In Canada, 600 adverse reactions and 23 deaths have been reported between 2007 and February 28th, 2013 among women taking the birth-control pills (BCPs) Yaz and Yasmin (recorded by Health Canada and first reported by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation).



Adverse reactions for both products were most commonly found to affect the nervous system, vascular system, respiratory/thoracic/mediastinal systems, and cardiac function. Bayer produces a synthetic progestin called drospirenone, and BCP's containing this sythetic hormone carry a label warning stating that its use increases risk of venus-thromboembolism 1.5 to 3 times higher than other BCP's. (The FDA added the warnig in 2012.)



Health Canada released a statement that they view the benefits of Yaz and Yasmin outweigh these risks. The safety of contraceptive pills are monitored continually, just like other drugs. However, a woman may decide that the risks are too great, considering there are other viable options available that do not interfere with her hormones. This is especially important information concerning the health and wellness of young women who take the birth control pill for bad pms and period pain. Pacific herbs has a great remedy for menstrual cramps called PMS relief.



The first class-action lawsuit was filed in April against Bayer (producers of Yaz and Yasmin) in Canada and 13 more suits are pending. ln the US, Bayer paid $1.2 billion in settlements in thousands of lawsuits (reported by The Globe).

Mark Blumenthal Discusses What Everyone Wants to Know About Medicinal Plants

What is our cultural heritage to plants?


Why should you know about medicinal herbs, Chinese herbs and the contributions of herbs, herbal drinks and herbal remedies?


One reason is  herbal medicine can be used safely as the first choice for self care and preventative care.  A cultural shift is occurring right now, herbal remedies ARE growing every year, we are returning to our roots and are cultural heritage.  This video explains it all.



Click here to learn more     http://newhope360.com/herbal/mark-blumenthal-discusses-abcs-mission-promote-medicinal-plants?cid=nl_nbj_weekly


Mark Blumenthal discusses these in the video below.  Mark is the founder of American Botanical Council (ABC) located in Austin Tx. He is is dedicated to disseminating accurate, reliable, and responsible information on herbs and medicinal plants. He is the Editor/Publisher of HerbalGram, an international, peer-reviewed quarterly journal. For six years he was an Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin, College of Pharmacy, teaching the course "Herbs and Phytomedicines in Today's Pharmacy." Mark is the Senior Editor of the English translation of The Complete German Commission E Monographs–Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines (1998), Herbal Medicine: Expanded Commission E Monographs (2000), The ABC Clinical Guide to Herbs (2003), and co-author of Rational Phytotherapy, 5th edition (2004). He has appeared on over 400 radio and television shows and has written over 500 articles, reviews and book chapters for many publications.
















Good Fat Is Good and Other Profound Ideas in Chinese Medicine

Chinese mediciine and fatSomething new from Harvard School of Public Health that I thought news worthy.

Fat in our diet is apparently really good for us according the Harvard nutrition experts.

A group of nutrition researchers recently gathered in Napa,  California at the World of Healthy Flavors Conference.  The conference brought together experts in the culinary field along with nutrition experts from schools, supermarkets and franchise restaurants to share strategies for healthy menu options.  The most important news from the conference came from the "Focus on Fat" panel.  Their recommendation is now to AVOID "low-fat" menu items and instead focus on cutting "trans fats". (Trans fats are rare in living nature, but can occur in food production process.)   They are now encouraging this new criteria be used to educate people on seeking healthy fats.  Healthy fat would include those that come from nature, like fish oils, egg yolks, organic milk and cheese because fat is actually good for us.

What does this have to do with Chinese medicine, Chinese herbs and herbal supplements, all of which are the usual blog topics.

I can think of only one correlation to Chinese Medicine, if you would call it that.  During the thousands of years of development of Chinese medicine, never did experts do a complete about face, as with this advice to start eating fats again.  Chinese medicine (from the earliest manuscripts found in a nobleman's burial chamber and dated  168 B.C.E.)  have always been based on the same principals.  After 2000 years these principals have never flip flopped.  They have been expounded upon but have never been completely abandoned for a new, better version.

Western nutritionist in less than 50 years declare first that fat is bad and tell us to reduce our fatty diets.  Less than a half century later they now declare fat is actually good for us.  How can we trust what they say?  I agree that man mad processed fat, the "trans" fats cannot possibly be healthy fat, I'm just shocked that they can flip flop in just a few short years.  Thank goodness the oldest system of medicine in the world, Chinese medicine, survived generations on principals that makes so much sense they have never had to completely flip  flop.

Maybe we need a history lesson?   Here's hoping all your fats are healthy ones.



Time to stop talking about low-fat, say Harvard (HSPH) Nutrition Experts  http://tinyurl.com/7nekktb



No Hoodia in Some Hoodia Diet Pills

I've written many blogs on the subject of "know your supplement manufacturer."   The recent hoodia claims are the very reason I talk about this so often.

The appetite suppressant Hoodia has gotten some attention lately because GeoPharma and Breakthrough Engineered Nutrition, falsely advertised Hoodia in their products when actually the products contained no Hoodia.  Weight loss products have notoriously attracted some of the less scrupulous companies.

However, it is reassuring that companies falsifying claims are eventually caught and put out of business. But many continue in business for years before legal authorities catch them.   Do your research, know your supplements and the supplement manufacturers.  Ask trusted health professionals to help you find the best natural supplements for you.  Your health is the most important commodity you have.

Chinese Herb Helps Prevent Osteoporosis

dan shen herbThe Herb Salvia Miltiorrhiza Used in an Extract Helps Osteoporosis.

New evidence now exist about the Chinese herb, Salvia Miltiorrhiza.  This herb has been used for thousands of years and has been praised for its benefits for cardiovascular disease.  The latest study on Salvia Miltiorrhiza  indicates that this Chinese herb can also be beneficial to those suffering with osteoporosis, a thinning of the bones or loss of bone density over time.

The recent osteoporosis study results showed Salvia Miltiorrhiza (also known as Dan Shen) "significantly reduced the decrease in bone density."  The researchers believe the preventative effect of this Chinese herb was "due to its anti-oxidative stress via modulation of osteoclast maturation and number."  The researchers went on to say it "appears Salvia Miltiorrhiza could be a promising new osteoporosis therapeutic natural product."

As women age and go through menopause they often begin to worry about their bone density.   Chinese herbs are a safe and natural answer for this concern. 

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, TCM, Dan Shen is well known for promoting blood circulation and soothing nerves.  It improves microcirculation, is an excellent anti-oxidant, reduces blood fat and helps the liver and kidneys to regulate.


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Yan Cui,  Bidur Bhandar,  Anu Marahatta, Geum-Hwa Lee, Bo Li , Do-Sung Kim, Soo-Wan Chae,  Hyung-Ryong Kim and Han-Jung Chae, BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011, 11:120doi:10.1186/1472-6882-11-120  Published Nov. 28, 2011.





Goji Berries – Health Benefits of Chinese Herbs

The health benefits of Lycium fruit, otherwise known as Goji berries are nearly unmatched by any other berry.  While Western countries are just recently discovering these incredible antioxidants, Chinese medicine has been using them for centuries.   Many foods and herbs overlap in Traditional Chinese Medicine, (TCM) and goji berries is one of these, a  food used in herbal remedies.   Today we are finding goji in energy drinks, energy bars and as a stand alone dried fruit in many health food stores.

A recent study at the University of Basel in Switzerland showed lycium to have " antioxidative properties and some interesting pharmacological activities in the context of age related diseases such as atherosclerosis and diabetes."1

Lycium berries have a long history of use in Chinese medicine.  They are commonly seen in cooking recipes from soups to congee (hot cereal) to stews.   Goji berries are known as a tonic herb for the blood, considered a liver protector and especially beneficial for the eyes.

In  Sydney Australia a study of mice drinking goji berry juice was conducted.  What the researchers found was the goji juice protected the mice against UV radiation induced skin damage because of its antioxidant activity. 2

Goji berries probably have more therapeutic value than we yet grasp.  If you would like to read more studies you can always check out pubmed.com.   Yet, before the age of the computer Chinese medicine understood the value in these little red berries and herbal formulas go back over a thousand years that have included lycium in herbal prescriptions for health.  We've included it in our Energy Booster Herb Pack which is bases on an ancient Chinese herbal formula that has been used for "Wellness for Centuries". 



1.  Nutr Res. 2009 Jan;29(1):19-25.   Lycium barbarum (goji) juice improves in vivo antioxidant biomarkers in serum of healthy adults.      Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Division of Pharmaceutical Biology, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland.

Photochem Photobiol Sci. 2010 Apr;9(4):601-7.


2,  Mice drinking goji berry juice (Lycium barbarum) are protected from UV radiation-induced skin damage via antioxidant pathways.  Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia.     PMID:    2035465



BPA Ban Continues in California

Today  we all get a victory lap.  I've blogged and posted video's about the dangers of BPA's for PMS, menstrual cramps, menopause symptoms and today BPA's are that much closer to being banned in food products. 

The Governor of California signed a bill today to reduce bisphenol-A (BPA's)  to trace amounts in baby products. This new California law follows on the heels of 10 other states, Canada and the European Union. The tide is turning and hopefully soon we will see a complete ban on this toxic chemical in our food supply.   

Canned food is still allowed to be lined with BPA's  in the U.S., Health Canada has acknowledged the risks involved with this practice and banned BPA's in Canada completely.

BPA's enter our bodies without us knowing about them.  They are widely used in plastic water bottles and when we drink this water we unknowingly ingest these harmful endocrine disrupting chemicals. They attach to hormone receptor sites and act like hormones in the body.   BPA's can lead to a host of health problems including PMS, breast cancer, early puberty and exacerbate menopause hot flashes and night sweats in the body.