Q: Can you tell me if the herbal powders (in the DC Formula) are extracts (x6 strength?) or ground raw herbs? The book doesn't give me those details. Also it doesn't mention the daily dose of the formula. Thank you for the info on Shepherd Purse. Like you I have not found it in any of the reference books or supplier lists. It was fortunate that you have found the supplier of ji cao sachets.I appreciate your help. I'm trying to help a friend.
A: The herbs, except for the Fenugreek, are extract powders. As to the concentration it is different for different herbs. The company that make the herbs, Plum Flower, states that "Individual herb extract standards are set by a small committee within the Quality Control Department, which has developed optimal production guidelines for each herb or formula by creating micro-batches in a laboratory environment.....It is important to note that our formula extract powders do not contain any excipients. They are spray-dried directly from the condensed herbal decoction, and the resulting powder is the natural yield of the formulation".
If you look at the Sanjiu product line that we carry the herbs range in concentration from 1:1 to 15:1. Once again it depends on the herbs. The Shepherd's Purse comes in a 15:1 concentration, i.e., a one gram packet equals 15 grams of herb - which is considered the daily dose.
We cannot find a company that provides a Fenugreek extract powder so that is the one herb in the formula that is ground into a powder.
Q: What is the shelf life of this product?
A: The product is made up just before is sold. Unopened, the Capsellae (shepherd's purse) packets are good for 4 years. The bottled extract powder is good for two years. The packaged fenugreek (trigonellae) should be good for at least a year minimum.