ODDS OF WINNING AT ROULETTE IN LAS VEGAS: 1 IN 36

There are 40 brands of herbal extract concentrates out there. A practitioner who does not perform simple comparative testing has a 1 in 40 chance of prescribing the best TCM for a patient. What patient would approve of those odds? We found that the potency levels even among popular brands differ significantly. Comparative testing is easy: See Vital Signs page.

        …”It’s the most important thing they didn’t teach us at the university.” -L.Ac.

“I had been prescribing the same popular brand of concentrated extracts for years and I figured that since the brand was highly advertised and such, I was ok. But I was needing to make some improvements in my practice. So, I did an experiment; First, I dissolved a dose of those pills in a teaspoon of water. I placed it in my mouth and focused for a moment on the experience: the taste and feel was like sawdust mixed with an indistinct dull  flavor deep below. That’s it. Since the formula only had 4 herbs; I felt that I should have been able to taste something more familiar and much stronger. Then I compared its taste to the taste of another brand. The other brand had an actual herbal taste. It was clearly stronger. I had to wonder if for years, in every practical and functional sense, I had been prescribing no more than placebo medicine. Excited at the potential, over time, I compared the more potent brand to 6 other brands and found one even stronger. I plan on contacting some of my past patients who had difficult issues and say, Good news, I think I’ve found something that will help you.” -L.Ac.