Health and wellness brands or services incorporating Traditional Chinese Medicines require herbs to carry out their practices or produce herbal products. You will find tons of companies on the market delivering herbs for healing and wellness purposes. But brands that pay attention to the quality and efficacy of the herbs often choose herbs with exceptionally low levels of impurities, such as bacteria, mold, and yeast.
But how do you know if the herbs you buy contain extremely low contaminants? Before purchasing, there are a few things you should look out for or keep in mind. They include finding the origin of the herbs, how they are stored and filtered, whether the company follows a "kill step" to achieve specific microbiological limits or incorporates the holistic process to ensure the freshest and cleanest herbs possible, and more.
The following also talks about steps taken by the best herbal company to produce clean herbs. Continue reading.
It sources herbs directly from farms.
Most herbs you find on the market are sold through wholesale herb markets or intermediaries, and both expand the handling and storage time of the herbs. Note that the longer the herbs are stored, the more opportunities for bacteria, mold, and yeast to grow.
The best company that offers herbs and herbal products controls the quality of raw herb ingredients right from the planting and harvesting process. It purchases natural herb materials directly from farms. After harvesting, it sends the herbs to the best processing facilities to wash, dry, and process them using Pao Zhi techniques.
It provides better storage for the herbs.
The best herbal company works with the best supplier in China, the land where most of these herbs incorporated in TCM come from. Once dried, herbs are packaged, transported, and stored in the supplier's facility with at least two warehouses for incoming materials. One is a temperature-controlled warehouse for most raw materials, and the other is a refrigerated warehouse for herbs with high sugar content or are otherwise more prone to decay. A sample of each batch is tested for microbiological before they are accepted into production.
It incorporates high-temperature decoction.
When the herbs reach production, they are decocted in pure water to extract the active chemical components. The decoction time and temperature (100℃ or higher) used for extraction can significantly kill microorganisms.
It follows the best extraction method.
The extraction liquid is transported through a sterile, closed pipeline between separation, concentration, and spray dry processes. It ensures the air temperature in the dry spray chamber is between 160° C and 190° C, making it uninhabitable to microorganisms.
It uses a clean production environment to collect the dry powder extracts.
A clean production environment is used to collect the dry powder extracts. The cleanroom is strictly regulated for airborne particulates and pressurized to ensure impurities flow out of the room rather than in.
The herbs undergo immediate and final testing before they are used for other processes.
Again, the herbs are sampled, and laboratory tested to ensure the microbial levels meet pharmaceutical standards before they are permitted to continue in the production process.
After granulation and packaging, the finished herbal extracts are tested according to international standards. The microbial tests are executed in a national-level laboratory certified by CNAS to ISO/IEC17025 standards.
These are the steps taken by the best herbal company to ensure its herbs are clean and meet and exceed China's standards for pharmaceuticals and US standards for dietary supplements.