River Herbs

River Herbs River Herbs (founded by Poney Chiang) provides lab-tested & organic quality herbs. Our custom decoction service improves compliance and adherence.

River Herbs stocks a wide selection of dried medicinal herbs. Our herbs are of the highest quality and we select cultivated organic or wild-crafted herbs whenever possible. Our staff works under the supervision of registered TCM practitioners. We offer dispensing service and customized decoction in our on-site GMP designed, YorkSafe (York Region) compliant facility. River Herbs is dedicated to pro

River Herbs stocks a wide selection of dried medicinal herbs. Our herbs are of the highest quality and we select cultivated organic or wild-crafted herbs whenever possible. Our staff works under the supervision of registered TCM practitioners. We offer dispensing service and customized decoction in our on-site GMP designed, YorkSafe (York Region) compliant facility. River Herbs is dedicated to pro

Operating as usual

New organic and tested herbs arrived from NuHerbs. Thanks for your patience.  Things took much longer due to bureaucrati...
06/14/2021

New organic and tested herbs arrived from NuHerbs. Thanks for your patience. Things took much longer due to bureaucratic red tape with USDA inspection as a result of pandemic inefficiency. But we are ready to supply our practitioner with high quality products.

New organic and tested herbs arrived from NuHerbs. Thanks for your patience. Things took much longer due to bureaucratic red tape with USDA inspection as a result of pandemic inefficiency. But we are ready to supply our practitioner with high quality products.

Some backyard BaiShao (白芍) planting.
06/13/2021

Some backyard BaiShao (白芍) planting.

This is what a Lung Qi and Wei/immune system boosting Qi formulation looks like. It contains Huang Qi, cang zhu, ban Lan...
04/09/2020

This is what a Lung Qi and Wei/immune system boosting Qi formulation looks like. It contains Huang Qi, cang zhu, ban Lan gen, fang Feng, Guan Zhong, chen Pi, pei lan.

Chuan Jiao aka Hua Jiao freshly ground to be mixed into home made dumpling filling. Chinese medicinal herbs are also soo...
12/16/2019

Chuan Jiao aka Hua Jiao freshly ground to be mixed into home made dumpling filling. Chinese medicinal herbs are also soooo tasty.

Shan zha is not just for food stagnation. It is also vampire repellent. At the Blood sucker Exhibit, Royal Ontario Museu...
12/15/2019

Shan zha is not just for food stagnation. It is also vampire repellent. At the Blood sucker Exhibit, Royal Ontario Museum.

12/09/2019

Losing my voice on the third straight day of lecturing. Making Luo Han Guo (Monk Fruit) as a self help remedy. My daughter Mila is helping me prepare the tea.

Per municipal by-law, someone certified as a Food handler from York Region must be on premise at all times. Last month m...
11/06/2019

Per municipal by-law, someone certified as a Food handler from York Region must be on premise at all times. Last month my staff and I took a day off to attend training and testing. I am officially certified to safely handle foods. It’s been a while since I last took a test. At least it will be good for 5 years.

What United States Department of Agriculture inspected and resealed herb package looks like.
10/09/2019

What United States Department of Agriculture inspected and resealed herb package looks like.

This is the largest slice of Da Huang I have ever seen.
09/18/2019

This is the largest slice of Da Huang I have ever seen.

Welcomed our 6th cooker today. May you cook thousands of formula to help those in need of TCM herbal magic.
09/04/2019

Welcomed our 6th cooker today. May you cook thousands of formula to help those in need of TCM herbal magic.

The New York Times
04/09/2019
The New York Times

The New York Times

Roughly 36,000 pangolins were believed to have been killed for the shipment, according to an official with the Pangolin Specialist Group.

Botany and Ecology
03/08/2019

Botany and Ecology

Lol

Courtesy of Rebecca Holden

02/14/2019
DW 中文 - 德國之聲

Traditional Herbal shops in Taiwan are going extinct. Government do not plan to regulate it. Most doctors using extracted granules. Very sad...

有否發現中藥房正消失於台灣街頭巷尾中?

無論藥用或食用,中藥在華人社會的地位歷久不衰。但是根據業界統計,台灣中藥房由全盛時期到現在,銳減了一半。官方數字也顯示,光是這十幾年來就有幾千間藥行關閉。

不少老藥房儘管找到繼承人,卻因為一張執照而無以為繼。背後究竟發生甚麼事?

These are the pao fuzi and pao jiang that jing fang practitioners are looking for. Glad to carry these.
01/24/2019

These are the pao fuzi and pao jiang that jing fang practitioners are looking for. Glad to carry these.

Our shipment from NuHerbs from last year is delayed because of the US government shutdown affecting federal government w...
01/11/2019
There've been a lot of US government shutdowns — Trump's is about to beat them all

Our shipment from NuHerbs from last year is delayed because of the US government shutdown affecting federal government workers from the Department of Agriculture. Each shipment is inspected then given a phytosanitary certificate before it is exported to Canada. Hopefully the shut down is resolved quickly, so Canadian practitioners and patient can resume access to lab-tested and organic herbs. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-11/us-government-shutdowns-how-trump-border-wall-ranks/10706060

The US government shutdown is currently President Donald Trump's third, and will soon become the longest in recent history, beating out Bill Clinton's record.

Did you know that HuaShi (talcum) is naturally occurring with asbestos?  We just began sourcing HuaShi from a supplier t...
10/24/2018

Did you know that HuaShi (talcum) is naturally occurring with asbestos? We just began sourcing HuaShi from a supplier that provides 3rd party independent testing for asbestos in our talcum. Here is additional information about talcum related asbestos carcinogen exposure from the American Cancer Society. We are proud to provide this added measure of safety to our practitioners.
https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancer-causes/talcum-powder-and-cancer.html

Erin Kumpf Acupuncture & Herbs LLC
08/06/2018

Erin Kumpf Acupuncture & Herbs LLC

This week's #HerbOfTheWeek is Shan Zhu Yu (Corni Fructus/Asiatic Cornelian Cherry Fruit)!

Shan Zhu Yu is in the Stabilize and Bind Category of the Materia Medica. It enters the Liver and Kidney channels and is sour in taste and slightly warm in temperature.

Its actions and indications include:
—>Preserving the Kidneys and Essence: used to treat leakage of fluids due to weak essence (excessive urination, incontinence, spermatorrhea, and dribbling following urination_
—>Stopping excessive sweating and rectifying collapse: used treat excessive sweating, especially in cases of devastated yang and qi collapse (aka shock)
—>Tonifying the Liver and Kidneys: used to treat lightheadedness, dizziness, sore and weak lower back and knees, impotence, blurry vision and tinnitus.
—>Stabilizing me********on and stopping bleeding: used to treat prolonged me********on and abnormal uterine bleeding due to deficiencies.

*As always, consult with a physician before ingesting herbs!

Australian Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA)
06/21/2018

Australian Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA)

“It’s exciting to see medicinal mushrooms suddenly coming into the spotlight but the rapid ascent to mass popularity has lead many people to jump into the production, marketing, and consumption of mushrooms without a full appreciation of their nuances.

A licensed Chinese medicine herbalist can be a great resource in assessing the best way for you to incorporate medicinal mushrooms into your wellness routine.

One of the most important considerations with medicinal mushrooms is sourcing. In Chinese medicine, the quality of natural medicine is dependent on both where and how it was cultivated. This is especially true of mushrooms as fungi are nature’s great composters. They are built of the plants and animals they grow atop of.

Reishi, maitake, cordyceps, and turkey tail are quickly becoming all the rage as the latest superfood trend.
In Chinese medicine, however, the use of medicinal mushrooms dates back to some of the first medical texts on record.
For example, reishi’s reputation as a powerful medicine dates back to about 200 AD in the great classic herbal text, the Shen Nong Ben Cao.”

Source:Dr Alexandra Garcia LAc YinOvaCentre, NYC. 🍄

💆🏻‍♀️🎋⛩
For your nearest AACMA Chinese Medicine Practitioner, call our National Practitioner Referral Service on 1300 725 334 or visit our website www.acupuncture.org.au for qualified practitioners around Australia!

Ensure your practitioner (if in Australia) is qualified with a CMBA number, which means they are trained adequately, have a minimum of 1000 clinical hours of acupuncture or more as part of their health science degree & are accurate in their treatment. AACMA members must have a CMBA number to be registered.

#acupuncture #chinesemedicine #mushrooms #Funghi

Like cordyceps
06/13/2018
Frontiers

Like cordyceps

Imagine a parasite that makes an animal change its habits, guard the parasite’s offspring or even commit su***de. While mind-control may sound like something out of a science fiction movie, the phenomenon is very real — and has spawned a new field, neuro-parasitology. As outlined in an article published in Frontiers in Psychology, understanding how parasites “hack” their host’s nervous system to achieve a particular goal could provide new insights into how animals control their own behavior and make decisions.

At least this manufacturer is honest about sulfur fumigation being used during processing. Most companies don’t bother l...
06/06/2018

At least this manufacturer is honest about sulfur fumigation being used during processing.

Most companies don’t bother letting consumers know.

Research shows that nearly all the active ingredient of baizhi is lost after sulfur fumigation.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/19386459/

At my sons kindergarten participating in their career day. These are the herbs I brought to show the kids. Go ahead and ...
05/11/2018

At my sons kindergarten participating in their career day. These are the herbs I brought to show the kids. Go ahead and identify them!

Erin Kumpf Acupuncture & Herbs LLC
03/28/2018

Erin Kumpf Acupuncture & Herbs LLC

Welcome back to #HerbOfTheWeek! This week's herb is #TuSiZi (or Cuscutae Semen/Chinese Dodder Seeds) is a Yang tonifying herb that enters the Kidney and Liver Meridians. #TuSiZi is spicy and sweet in taste and neutral in temperature.

It is said that Tu Si Zi is used to tonify the yang while augmenting the yin and securing essence and urine (for issues such as impotence, nocturnal emission or vaginal discharge). Tu Si Zi also is known to improve vision (for issues such as dizziness, blurred vision or floaters). It also benefits the Spleen and Kidneys (for diarrhea with lack of appetite) and is said to help habitual miscarriages.

* As always, seek a medical professional for your health concerns and consult with a licensed herbalist before ingesting medical herbs.

Unacceptable!
03/20/2018

Unacceptable!

HEALTH CANADA RECALL - unauthorized health product “E-Fong XuDuan Concentrated Herb Tea” contains prescription drug and may pose serious health risks. The product was being imported by two companies (Hunsing Enterprise Ltd. and Aidus International), which distributed the product to other retailers and distributors, including clinics that provide Traditional Chinese Medicine services.

Details on what you should do: https://goo.gl/9SyAHj

Most people have heard of Taiwan’s KoDa brand of extracted granules. We just imported their lab tested raw herbs (for he...
03/07/2018

Most people have heard of Taiwan’s KoDa brand of extracted granules. We just imported their lab tested raw herbs (for heavy metal, pesticide and sulfur dioxide). Looking forward to using them in the Clinic. Please identify!

Identify this Chinese herb in the Marrakech souk/market.
02/15/2018

Identify this Chinese herb in the Marrakech souk/market.

Curcumin improves memory and mood, study says
01/24/2018
Curcumin improves memory and mood, study says

Curcumin improves memory and mood, study says

Lovers of Indian food, give yourselves a second helping: Daily consumption of a certain form of curcumin—the substance that gives Indian curry its bright color—improved memory and mood in people with mild, age-related memory loss, according to the results of a study conducted by UCLA researchers...

A formula for stopping perimenopausal metrorrhagia. Can you identify the carbonized (tan)herbs in this photo?  Riverherb...
12/06/2017

A formula for stopping perimenopausal metrorrhagia. Can you identify the carbonized (tan)herbs in this photo? Riverherbs is proud to carry 13 different tan’ed herb from our dispensary.

Here is an external anti fungal soak that I prescribed today. It’s not everyday I get to use these minerals. Name all th...
11/30/2017

Here is an external anti fungal soak that I prescribed today. It’s not everyday I get to use these minerals. Name all the herbs from both photos. Hint: not all of them have anti fungal property according to TCM Material medica. Some are used based on biochemical knowledge.

Never knew Chan Tui could be hair ornament.
11/24/2017

Never knew Chan Tui could be hair ornament.

Bleached/sulfured Dang Shen compared to our organic Dang Shen from Nuherbs.
11/08/2017

Bleached/sulfured Dang Shen compared to our organic Dang Shen from Nuherbs.

Taught stop bleeding herb category today.  Thanks Stacey WONG, the course TA for preparing these samples.
10/28/2017

Taught stop bleeding herb category today. Thanks Stacey WONG, the course TA for preparing these samples.

08/25/2017
成龍 Jackie Chan

成龍 Jackie Chan

Did you know that these cute little guys are the most trafficked mammals on the planet? Help protect the pangolins and never buy their meat or scales!

Address

11 Fairburn Drive, Unit33
Markham, ON
L6G 0A4

Opening Hours

Monday 10am - 6pm
Tuesday 10am - 6pm
Wednesday 10am - 6pm
Thursday 10am - 6pm
Friday 10am - 6pm

Telephone

9053056868

Products

We carry over 500 medicinal grade herbs. We are proud to have one of the most comprehensive product lines on the market, including 30+ varieties of certified organic Chinese herbs. From PaoZhi herbs to the classical formula, River Herbs is dedicated to providing you with the highest quality in herbal medicines.

Dispensing

We are a full-service TCM herbal medicine dispensary, located in the heart of Markham (Canada’s high-tech capital). Practitioners and patients can order custom formulas in dried or decoction format. We created our own web-based e-commerce platform, River Order System (ROS), to enable medical professionals the option of ordering and delivering custom formulas to and from anywhere in the world. As herbalists ourselves, ROS was specifically designed to ensure prescription writing and refilling is easy for the practitioner and convenient for their patients.

Decoction

At River Herbs, herbs are cooked on-site in computerized stainless steel pressure cookers at 125 °C using sterile water that fulfill USP standards. After it is prepared, the medicinal liquid is packaged into retort pouches at high temperature, in a negative pressurized environment to prevent contamination.

PaoZhi (Processed Herbs)

River Herbs offers over 50 different PaoZhi (herbs that have been specifically processed in a traditional fashion in order to augment their therapeutic property). Processed at our in-house facility, our PaoZhi herbs are steamed, dry-fried, baked, or prepared with ginger juice, honey, salt, vinegar or grain alcohol. Our extensive PaoZhi selection offers practitioners even greater specificity when tailoring formulas to their patient's patterns.

Milling

We have the capability to mill raw herbs into powder of varying degree of particle size, to allow you to make your own medicine wines, ointments, washes, tinctures etc.

Compounding

We also offer a compounding service that allows practitioners to create their own label of tinctures, balms and ointments. We will mill, steep as well as bottle or jar your recipe for you.
We carry Geo-authentic herbs. This means if the knowledge recorded in classical herbal texts state that specific herbs harvested from different geographic regions differ in their therapeutic effects, there are usually good reasons for that. Regions that are indigenous to the plant ensure the best possible natural growing climate and soil parameters, thereby producing herbs of the best quality.

Our herbs are lab-test to be free of heavy metals, pesticides and herbicides. To put it simply, these dried herbs are the highest quality and safety in the entire history of traditional Oriental medicine. Herbs are cooked with sterile water filtered by reverse osmosis. Absolutely no preservatives have been added to our herbs or packaging. Our heat-resistant retort packaging is BPA-free and approved by Canadian and US food safety agencies.

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love this company!