We believe in providing access to the highest quality, certified organic Chinese herbs for all people. Our practice, Integrative Acupuncture in Montpelier Vermont, strives to integrate the effectiveness of Chinese medicine in western practices. We provide acupuncture care in hospital settings and cancer care units. When we visualized introducing our patients and medical provider colleagues to Chinese herbs, in addition to quality, presentation was a factor for us.
We named our formulas after common conditions they treat, rather then using Chinese medical terminology or symbolic and poetic names. Our ingredient list is in Chinese, Latin and English, for ease of use for many providers and patients.
We hope our mission of providing herbal formulas that are easy to prescribe and accessible for patients to comfortably use was achieved.
Organic Chinese Herbal Formulas
All formulas are a one month supply with 180 capsules, a recommended daily dosage is 6 caps per day.
Cold and Flu Formula 100% USDA certified organic ingredients
Taken at the first signs of cold and flu, this formula is a combination of the beloved Yin Chiao San and Gan Mao Ling. Eliminates wind cold and wind heat. Antibacterial and antiviral.
Stress Free Formula 100% USDA certified organic ingredients
A modification of the traditional formula Xiao Yao San which translates to Free and Easy Wanderer. An adaptogenic formula, it may be used for any symptoms worsened with stress.
Back and Knee Formula 100% USDA certified organic ingredients
A formula used for thousands of years, Du Huo Ji Sheng Tang will move stagnant Qi and Blood in the low back and knees. Useful for chronic and acute conditions of all sorts to reduce inflammation and pain.
Joint Pain Formula 90% USDA certified organic ingredients
A helpful formula for swollen painful joints, joint pain formula was specifically created for pains we treat with acupuncture everyday. By reducing inflammation in joints, we allow for qi and blood to flow freely, improving range of motion and reducing pain.
Pain Free Formula 100% USDA certified organic ingredients
A formula for any type of pain, this recipe will strongly move internal blockages and stagnation. It’s very helpful for pain caused by trauma and injury.
Menopause Formula 90% USDA certified organic ingredients
Hot flashes, night sweats, irritability, insomnia. Sound familiar? This formula is for discomforts during normal hormonal changes during menopause. Our patients swear by it.
Metaboost Formula 95% USDA certified organic ingredients
Chinese medicine see extra fat tissue as accumulated dampness in the body. This formula, which is non addictive, non speedy, and all natural, works to dissolve extra fat or dampness. By combining this formula with a regular exercise regimen patients can move their qi and dissolve the damp for good!
Allergy Formula 100% USDA certified organic ingredients
“Can it really work in 15 minutes?”, questions one happy patient. Yes it can and it does. Our Allergy Formula is a proprietary blend of many roots, barks and berries time tested to work on symptoms from seasonal allergies, pet dander and mold. Sinus congestion, sneezing, and headaches can all be addressed with this allergy formula.
Headache Formula 90% USDA certified organic ingredients
Tension, migraine, cluster or sinus, headaches are a big pain. This formula specifically works to remove the excess in the head by increasing circulation of blood. May be used preventatively or during an acute attack.
Sleep Ease Formula 100% USDA certified organic ingredients
In Chinese medicine, irregular sleep is often an issue with the energetics of the heart. This formula works to calm the shen, or spirit, to allow for peaceful transitions into sleep and keeps the mind calm to keep you asleep throughout the night.
The Highest Quality Organic Herbs
We strive to use 100% USDA organic ingredients whenever possible. Some ingredients in Chinese herbalism are minerals, as opposed to vegetable, and therefore can not be certified organic by USDA. For our international customers, we have attained 100% BCS Oko-Garantie. This is a standard organic certification for the European Union. Its standards meet or exceed USDA certification requirements and certify for mineral ingredients.
Fillers. How can supplements vary so much in cost? One word- fillers. As the supplement industry is largely self regulated in the US, there is little to no regulation on how much actual herb is involved in an herbal supplement. Corn, wheat, rice, maltodextrin are all frequently used. Not only do these added ingredients adulterate the efficacy of the formula, but they are a source of hidden allergens in herbs.
IAOM uses NO FILLERS, NONE. The ingredients listed on our label are the only ingredients in our bottle. Think this is common practice in the herbal industry? Think again.
Above and Beyond For Safety
All of our herbs are grown in China. Whenever ingredients are imported from China, the US FDA requires they are proven for “safety”. The following methods of cleaning are acceptable, according to the FDA, for importation:
- Chemical Washes
- Ultraviolet Rays
That’s right. If you are using Chinese herbs, they have previously gone through one of these processes in order to have cleared customs in the US. Why would we go through so much trouble to source organic Chinese herbs, just to radiate, sterilize, or wash them with chemicals and sulfur? What’s concerning about this policy, is it’s not required to label what method was used. So that mystery rash caused by a Chinese herbal supplement may not have been a reaction to an ingredient, rather a sulfur reaction from the unlisted wash the herbs were subject to.
IAOM herbs do not go through these processes ever. We use a Heavy Ion Beam (H.I.B.) only, where our herbs receive clean ultraviolet rays, in order to pass FDA inspection.
Ask your current provider of Chinese herbs what method they use, and consider IAOM herbs if you want to avoid radiated ingredients.
Efficacy – Proving It Works
How do we know our herbs work? Well there’s clinical efficacy of course. Our herbal formulas have been used by tens of thousands of patients for over 10 years. Patients have reported excellent results, often very quickly. But we go beyond that and actually have scientific data. Our herbs are also checked for active ingredients. This is not (yet) a mandated regulation in herbal sciences, but we strive to be ahead of the rest and provide the best.
Our herbs go though Herbachip, a new technology that actually tests to see if the ingredients we list on the bottle are the actual ingredients in the bottle and to what percentage the active ingredients are present. We are pleased to receive numbers above 90% active ingredients. And best of all, we can guarantee NO FILLERS are ever present in our formulas.
Ecology and Environmental Matters
As holistic health providers, we are passionate about treating the whole, the whole body, the whole family, the whole earth. We recognize and are committed to the highest ecological standards in all aspects of our practice, including our herbal formulas.
Our formulas are certified to standards above and beyond what the USDA organic certification requires. The World Health Organization has additional certifications we have achieved including:
- G.M.P. Good Manufacturing Processes
- G.A.P. Good Agricultural Processes
- G.L.P. Good Laboratory Processes
- G.P.P. Good Production Processes
Our herbs are grown in five distinct bioregions throughout China. Just like soil content is crucial in wine making, the terroir is also a main component to efficacy in Chinese herbalism. A Chardonnay grown in France is different from the same grape grown in California, just like ginseng grown in one bioregion in China creates different effects on the body then one grown in another region. This concept is explained based on the plant’s genetics interacting with the soil makeup.
Our crops are regularly rotated, which avoids soil depletion. We have also achieved USDA organic and BCS Oko-Garantie certification for many of our herbs. These certifications are recognized throughout the US, European Union, South America, Africa and Asia. It accounts for our high levels of quality and stringent processing of all of our products as well as commitment to cultivation of a healthy planet.