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Q: What is concentrated Chinese herbal powder? What is the difference from teas from traditional Chinese medicine? How effective is it?

A: With traditional Chinese medicinal herbs, the process is time-consuming and the tea is inconvenient for transportation. Concentrated herbal powders are based on a series of strict GMP standards and retain the advantages of traditional herbs while they take effect quickly, so are no different, if not better, than a traditional decoction.




Q: What is the difference between Chinese herbal concentrates and other herbal powders?

A: They are not the same. In other herbal powders, the process involves milling and grinding raw herbs that have not been decocted. The herbs are simply rinsed, then ground directly into a powder, with no cooking. Then there is the question of special attention to pesticide residues, heavy metals, microorganisms and other issues through careful sampling and testing. Sheng Foong has mastered a series of methods to develop concentrates of herbal medicine, through techniques involving the decoction of raw materials, extraction, concentration, drying, grinding, inspection, quality control standards, in addition to norms such as GMP. Thus Sheng Foong is able to offer a Chinese herbal medicine product of modern medical technology that is both reliable and effective.




Q: Can Chinese herbal medicine and Western medicines be taken at the same time?

A: Yes. Where Chinese medicine is unable immediately to relieve the symptoms of certain conditions, the most acute problems may be addressed by taking Western medicine concurrently. In these cases, it is recommended that there be an interval of 3 hours or more in order to avoid synergistic effects between the two types of drugs. With the Chinese medicine doctor’s differential diagnosis, Chinese herbs may be prescribed that not only reduce the side effects and unstable qualities of Western medications, but also enhance their therapeutic effect.




Q: Is Western medicine added to concentrated herbal powders in order to increase their therapeutic effect?

A: Sheng Foong does not add any Western medicine or artificial ingredients to its herbal powders. Our factory is classified by the Department of Health in Taiwan as an A-class GMP pharmaceutical site, in both the manufacturing methods and production processes. The raw materials and finished product are both handled by standards of quality inspection and according to the Department of Health. Sheng Foong takes very seriously the matter of controlling the content of active ingredients in the herbs in order to ensure the desired therapeutic effect. Thus Sheng Foong’s products are in respectful agreement with the ancient and pure methods of processed Chinese herbal medicines. These herbal concentrates are guaranteed to contain no addition of Western drugs. Thus Sheng Foong has been recognised for its achievement with the National Quality Award for herbal pharmaceutical companies in Taiwan.




Q: What is GMP?

A: The so-called GMP is a good drug manufacturing practice anything, including the production equipment, materials and specifications, manufacturing methods and processes, quality inspection of raw materials and products, storage, organization of education and relevant job training and operations personnel should abide by the points , the operating procedure used in the water Dengjun to comply with good pharmaceutical manufacturing practice to get the Department of Health's GMP certification, the Department of Health and occasional sampling of various pharmaceutical companies to make people more secure medication.




Q: May Chinese herbal concentrates be taken with tea, milk, or fruit juice?

A: Tea contains tannins, milk contains protein, and fruit juices contain sugars. With certain herbal formulas, these ingredients will initiate chemical changes, and so usually it is not inappropriate to take these beverages together with herbal concentrates. Herbal powders may be taken with an appropriate amount of warm water in order to accelerate the absorption of the herbs through the pharynx, esophagus, and stomach, and accelerate their absorption by the small intestine.




Q: Should Chinese herbal medicines be taken before meals or after meals?

A: Generally speaking, most herbal formulas are be taken about an hour before meals. As the stomach and duodenum are empty before meals, the herbal medicine maintains a relatively high concentration and rapidly enters the small intestine where it is easily absorbed. More food left in the stomach after a meal may reduce the stimulus of medicinal herbs, so herbs that stimulate gastrointestinal activity are more appropriate to take after a meal.




Q: Sheng Foong has herbal products in different forms: concentrated powders, granules, and lozenges. Is the effect the same among all of them?

A: The therapeutic effects of different products are similar. The processing forms may vary slightly, due to the demands of the manufacturing, but these are based on the needs of the consumer for the form in which the medicine is taken.




Q: How then should I choose which form is most appropriate, based on the different options that Sheng Foong offers? What are the advantages or disadvantages of each form?

A: With herbal powders, there is the advantage of a large surface area, and with quicker dispersion, absorption, and assimilation, has a protective effect on the mucosal lining of the digestive tract, and so is most appropriate for people with digestive disorders. Granules preserve the advantages of a traditional decoction because they do not need to be broken down in the intestines, and so consumers favour them as a more economic choice. Lozenges or pills are convenient for people who dislike the bitter taste of Chinese herbs.




Q: Why do different batches of the same medicine have slight differences in color?

A: The raw material will be collected for different seasons or different origins to produce different shades of color, but the raw edge of the base are the same, so the same drug in different batches sometimes small differences in color shades different, are perfectly normal phenomenon, please rest assured that . Drugs unless stained modulation, in order to control the color of each batch of drugs are identical.




Q: Why does the fragrance of other herbal powders seem to be stronger than those of Sheng Foong’s herbal concentrates?

A: The quality of Chinese herbs cannot be judged by the strength of their fragrance, since this may be done artificially with other ingredients in order to change the apparent intensity of the herbs. In order to know whether Chinese herbs are effectively concentrated, it is necessary to determine the degree of herbal contents inside, which cannot be judged by smelling the product.




Q: What is a base formula? How does this differ from a classical formula? Are base formulas better? With the recent announcement of 100 standard herbal formulas, does each pharmaceutical company need to formulate its herbal prescriptions and dosages according to similar standards? Are the concentrates of the herbs also standardised?

A: In general, these standard formulas have increased the herbal dosages, in comparison with the former Japanese prescriptions. If there is agreement between the standard formula and that of the Japanese, then the prescription has not been altered. If there are different formulas than those of the Japanese, then there may be differences in herbal dosages and ratios which will alter their therapeutic effect. What is important is that, in the past, each company interpreted the meaning of its formulas differently, but now there is a standard governmental regulation, which means that in the future, each product must conform with a common interpretation. The determinations of these standard formulas are approved by the Department of Health. Because at present, each pharmaceutical company produces its herbal medicines based on different formulas. In addition, if the two are the same dian-maker, it is no different; if the dian-maker are different medicines may be in the amount and proportion of the daily service, efficiency slight differences. As for the efficacy of good and bad, and the base side or the base can not be party to determine, mainly preparations made prior to each factory different connotations, this time by government agencies uniform provisions to enable the industry to produce new products, the future can be standardization, and therefore the Department of Health benchmarking side when the decision was prudent. As the present time when all the same product produced by pharmaceutical companies, as quoted by different, so probably not a prescription, like the Department of Health in 79 years began to put forward the idea of a unified standard prescription, that is "base side" (similar to the National Prescription set, marked features, the same effect), prescribed by the physician in terms of a unified, better able to grasp the efficacy and dose, the patient be more advantageous. Therefore, commissioned by the Pharmaceutical Affairs Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine from the side of thousands of ancient classics, selected in the efficacy of the use of the more commonly used, and then carefully collected from the industry by the Department of Health Medicine Committee, discussed and passed, the side set toward baseline, and then be implemented. TCM emphasizes that the syndrome differentiation, need to depend on individual differences in patients with changes in office contents, from this perspective, the benchmark side for special cases which may not be the best, but for the majority of the public is concerned, it should be a better combination of the current published 100 side, traditional Chinese medicine in accordance with the Commission and each with the clinical, formulation and process three-part study, the initial choice of the efficacy of some drugs for further evaluation. Domestic long as they are registered according to a GMP pharmaceutical or traditional pharmaceutical companies, as long as product is produced in the base side announced food items must be manufactured in accordance with the provisions of the Department of Health, it will be in accordance with dian-maker with a daily volume of medicine, performance, Dengjun the same indications. However, the Department of Health only provides a daily medicine intake, and does not require concentration ratio, so that even the same prescription, manufactured by various manufacturers are probably not quite the same concentration ratio, but because of all prescription medicines must have a certain amount of extract out of rate, so the concentration ratio for each prescription there is a certain scope. The future will be posted in accordance with stages.




Q: Why are some products on the agglomeration opened not long, and some prescriptions more sticky?

A: Some herbs, such as wheat Asp, Salvia, habitat, Shude, ginseng, etc. itself has a sticky, it contains the prescription of these medicines are also easier to agglomeration, but this is normal, just stir powder agglomeration, you can take peace of mind. Product is a kind of wet agglomeration phenomenon that the products are exposed too much moisture, or use may not be aware that there is no bolt tight lid, coupled with the company's product concentration ratio higher, in order to humid weather patterns in Taiwan, products more prone to damp caused agglomeration. However, agglomeration does not mean that product quality problems, as long as we need the drugs on a cool dry or air-conditioned storage place after use each time you open the bottle, cover and bolt tight as soon as possible, thus reducing product wet opportunities and were less likely to agglomerate.




Q: Does the use of excipients have the statutory rate?

A: No, all vendors will be in accordance with the factory production equipment, process and production technology in different departments are different from various plants that would cause the amount of excipients to write on the packaging, as long as you can see that the product label excipients ratio.




Q: Sheng Foong's products are sticky, but the plant products are not sticky. How does this work?

A: We have to collect test his physical properties of plant products, as long as it works in accordance with the GMP standard production, are also found in the same situation, unless the plant fails to GMP standard production.




Q: What is scientific medicine? With traditional Chinese medicine decoction, what's the difference? How efficient is it?

A: The scientific Chinese Naishi a modern pharmaceutical technology, in the GMP under the strict control procedures created, non-pesticide and heavy metal residues, the weight is not accurate, the shortcomings of traditional Chinese medicine decoction. Avoid fried and easy to wear and easy to carry, but also retains the advantages of traditional Chinese medicine, taking the body to absorb when you can quickly play a curative effect, taking the conventional boiling decoction remove the fear.




Q: Does the base lead to changes in drug color, smell, taste? Is it the same in efficiency?

A: Prescription changes are bound to lead to color, smell, taste change, but the basic efficiency of the active ingredient from the preparation determines the content and the proportion of the general. If not changed much, there will be no difference in efficency.

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