Acupuncture/Chinese Herbs


1. What specific chemicals are put on Chinese herbs?

2. What chemicals should be expected to be present on an astragalus root herb and panax ginseng in a local herb store?

3. Is it true that Asian ginseng is often dipped in wine to
increase its effects?

4. Do manufacturers of Chinese and Korean panax ginseng dip their ginseng in wine before packaging it?

Thank you.

1. If you mean pesticides, manufacturers are not supposed to put any chemicals on the Chinese herbs. If you mean the components of Chinese herbs, that will be complicated because each herb has its own main components which work for targeted problems. Also, in at least 90% of situations in Chinese Herbal medicine, groups of herbs are used instead of single herbs , and combined herbs' functions are more complicated. Nowadays, we're not 100% sure what is the main function in the formula. What we are sure about is that most cases of combinations of herbs are much better than single one.

2. For astragalus, so far what we found in it are: D-b asparagine, 2' 4'-dihydroxy-5, 6-dimethoxyisoflavane, calycosin, formononenin, cycloastragenol, astagalosides, choline, betaine, kumatakenin, sucrose, glucoronic acid, b-sitosterol. But, this does not mean that any single component works only on its own. It may mean that they are all working together. More importantly, they are supposed to work together with other herbs in the formula purposely prescribed for the patient's disease and condition.

3. To answer this question, you must understand why Asian people do that. In Asian countries, specifically in the ancient times, ginseng was very precious and expensive. To make sure no components decayed or were wasted, the ginseng was stored in containers of liquor. The people would drink the liquor and be able to eat the ginseng itself too. Of course, there are many other ways to take ginseng, just like any other Chinese herbs.-- steaming with water, drinking pure ginseng juice, taking ginseng powder separately, cook with other hers togather, etc etc.

4. That depends on what type of ginseng and the manufacturer. For wine and liquor manufacturers, sometimes they want to promote their products for health/wellbeing purposes, and they will put ginseng inside their wine or liquor. However, these products should be advised by Chinese herbologists. Otherwise, the product could backfire.

If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to contact me here or via my website. I specialize in New York and Long Island Acupuncture.


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From my website, shortened for this box: Dr. Wang hails from a family of expert Chinese doctors and acupuncturists -- there are 7 doctors in his immediate family that practice medicine throughout the world! Over the past 30 years, Dr. Wang’s practice has changed the lives of countless patients and professional medical practices. After being invited by Columbia University’s College of Physicians & Surgeons to be a visiting professor in 1991, Dr. Wang was the first acupuncturist in the United States to treat Pervasive Development Disorder in children, including PDD, ADD, ADHD, cerebral palsy, autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, and hyperactivity. Additionally, Dr. Wang is one of the first acupuncturists to successfully treat both male and female infertility issues with great results. In 2001, Dr. Wang was invited as a main speaker in the FACES national conference at New York University to talk about the treatment of epilepsy by Chinese herbs. Because of his outstanding professional activities, he was invited by Harvard University, Columbia University, NYU Medical School, Mount Sinai Medical School and even Colgate-Palmolive to talk about TCM and acupuncture. Additionally, he has received attention from the media, like CBS news, regional and national publications. He has treated doctors from Columbia University Presbyterian Hospitals, Yale University Medical School Hospitals and Mount Sinai Medical School Hospital. Dr. Wang is a TCM and acupuncture consultant for Mount Sinai Medical Schools.

Mount Sinai Medical School consultant for acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine

Book: Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Epilepsy (in Chapter 17) There are various other articles too but that one is the most important.

1978-1983 MD, Department of Chinese Medicine, Henan Chinese Medical University, Henan, China 1983-1985 Intern and Resident, Luoyang-Yiyang Hospital, Luoyang, China 1985-1988 Fellow of Chinese Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture, Department of Acupuncture, Guangzhou Chinese Medical University, Guangzhou, China 1991-1993 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Medicine, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA

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1991 Selected by the Chinese Government as one of the top sixty youngest acupuncturists in all of China 1991 Invited by the Northwest Center of Oriental Medicine for acupuncture demonstration, Chicago, USA 1995 Invited by the SinoVision for a thirty minute acupuncture TV program, New York, USA 1995 Invited by the Chinese Voice for a thirty minute acupuncture radio program, New York, USA 1996 Invited again by the SinoVision for another thirty minute acupuncture TV program New York, USA 1996 Invited by the International Channel for a thirty minute acupuncture TV program Los Angeles, USA 2000 Collected in “Who’s Who”, New York, USA 2001 Invited as a main speaker in the FACES conference to talk about the treatment of epilepsy by Chinese herbs, New York, NY, USA 2002 Interviewed twice by the New York Residence 2004 Interviewed by Dermatology Times (see blog post here) 2005 Invited by Touro College to teach Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine 2005 Invited by the New Center to teach Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine 2006 Spoke about Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture at Columbia and Harvard Universities in October and gained permission to treat patients in different hospitals 2007 Invited by KSO2 Sphinxtv NEWS to talk about acupuncture (watch via YouTube) 2009 Invited by CBS NEWS to talk about acupuncture and modern medicine with Dr. Lapook. For more information about Dr. LaPook, please visit the CBS news website here. Videos are available via the CBS website here, here and here. 2010 Invited by both New York University Medical School and Mount Sinai Medical School to lecture about acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine 2011 Invited by Colgate Company and New York University Medical School to talk about acupuncture and Chinese Medicine 2011 Interviewed by NEWSDAY, Long Island, New York

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20,000 patients over the years -- there are too many to name here.

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