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Once again, Yunnan Baiyao Corporation is in the headlines, this time with an announcement that it has revised its product information as required by China’s Food and Drug Administration.

See this article here: http://www.ecns.cn/business/2014/04-09/108542.shtml. (posted 2014-04-09 Global Times)

The new law requires that “if the drugs that TCM makers produce contain any one or more of the 28 toxic components listed in a set of rules that the State Council published in 1988, the companies should label these components in their product instructions, the CFDA said in a notice released November 4.” This rule affects thousands of TCM products, not just those manufactured by Yunnan Baiyao Corp.

In particular, the controversy swirls around one particular herb. Yunnan Baiyao Corp released a statement on its website on February 6, 2013 saying that its products contain aconitum, but the company’s special processing technology has greatly reduced the toxicity. If used improperly, aconitum alkaloids can cause discomfort like numbness of the mouth and limbs, nausea, vomiting and weakness, and even lead to life-threatening conditions like breathing difficulties and cardiac arrhythmia, according to the HKDH. The statement said that the company’s observation of side effects had showed the products are safe.

As I have stated in previous posts:

It is very important to understand that there are many substances (western and eastern medicine) that when taken or processed improperly are toxic. There are many herbs used in Chinese patent remedies that, taken alone or in high dosage, can be toxic to the body, but when combined with other herbs by qualified herbalists, become potent medicine. The whole point of herbal medicine (or really any medicine) is to know the properties of each herb/ingredient, and understand how to combine them for the desired healing effect.

We are not doctors, chemists, or herbalists, and not in any way qualified by medical or legal standards to make a statement with regard to  the quality or safety of this product. It is up to each individual consumer, using the advice of your medical professional to make a responsible decision about your purchase.

I do not know when I will be able to obtain products with the new inserts.

yunnan baiyao capsulesThe Miracle Formula

As the Modern Herb Shop has grown over the years, there is a product we have carried since we opened, and it has remained our top seller to this day. That product is Yunnan Baiyao.
This seemingly magical herbal formula has been around for a long time. It has a lot of history as well as a lot of politics. The exact formulation is a state secret held by the government of China. I am told that this “license” (or whatever they call it in China) expires in 2015 at which time the exact formula must be made public. We’ll see if that actually happens! A few years ago, I read that a lab in the U.S. analyzed the powder and discovered the components, but I have never seen a complete list and if the lab actually did that, they seem to be keeping it to themselves. I know of no U.S. manufacturer who claims to make Yunnan Baiyao.

Yunnan Baiyao is an excellent addition to any first aid kit for cuts and other bleeding wounds. It is often taken internally just before dental surgery or any kind of surgery where there is a risk or expectation of bleeding. It does not interfere with anesthesia. Information we have compiled on Yunnan Baiyao can be found at this link.

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Cancer & Bleeding Tumors

Sadly, the most popular use of Yunnan Baiyao by far is for dogs with hemangiosarcoma (heart or spleen tumor) and other types of bleeding tumors. On a positive note, more and more veterinarians are adding Yunnan Baiyao to their treatment protocols- even if it is to say “nothing else has worked, so try this”.  It is our hope that all vets will eventually stock just one box to save an animal’s life until more Yunnan Baiyao can be obtained as the first 24 hours are critical.  While this is considered anecdotal evidence, we have a steady stream of customers reporting that Yunnan Baiyao stops or slows the bleeding as well as stops the growth of and sometimes even shrinks the tumor.

For those of you seeking information on holistic methods of cancer care treatments for your animals, I urge you to visit Lena McCollough’s website pathwithpaws.com. Lena is a rare veterinarian who has integrated holistic medicine and acupuncture into her practice. She focuses on animals with cancer and over many years has compiled and recently released on her website (yes, free!), an online book: Integrative and Holistic Cancer Therapies for dogs and cats. There is an incredible amount of hope and information on these pages.  Anyone with an animal suffering from cancer will find help here.

Shipping

A lot of people call reporting that they can no longer find Yunnan Baiyao locally. We have a *knock on wood* steady supply of fresh product since we began ordering directly from China. Most of the time, the cases sail right through customs. A few times we have had packages sit for days or even weeks for no apparent reason, only to eventually be released to us. Twice the packages have been returned to China with no explanation, and when they were reshipped they came right through! I suppose this is a part of the export/import game, but it can be very frustrating.  If you are looking for the blue boxes of capsules, they are no longer being made and have not been for some time- so folks who have sold it are running out. Those who have few left are selling them at ever higher prices.

Pricing

A few customers have reported that their veterinarians carry Yunnan Baiyao, but are charging ridiculous amounts of money. One charged $45 for one box of 16 capsules, another charged over $80! This is crazy for a box that we sell retail for $7.89, and less if you buy more than 5 boxes. We refuse to raise the price unless and until our own cost goes up.

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A New Yunnan Baiyao Product

After quite a few years, we are once again carrying Yunnan Baiyao Tincture. This potent tincture (alcohol distillation of the Yunnan Baiyao formula) may be taken internally or applied externally. At this time there is no information with regards to dosages or recommendations for animals. I have used it myself externally on bruises and find that, similar to the Yunnan Baiyao Sprays, it works well to alleviate pain and speed healing of the bruises. Tasting the tincture was not a pleasant experience!

dara and dogsAs animal lovers, we find joy and fulfillment to be able to help both animals and their people.  Our dogs often sit in the shop with us while we work and send their hopes with each package.

Safe Use LogoYunnan Baiyao Recalled in China

On the surface, this is some pretty scary news. But is it really?

Right off, let me say that we have been assured by our supplier that we are NOT selling product from any of the batches that were directly recalled. We have always been very careful to obtain our Yunnan Baiyao products directly from the only exclusively licensed importer of Yunnan Baiyao Corporation products. In the box below is the text of a recall notice.

Yunnan Baiyao has around for many years. It was carried by Viet Cong soldiers in their first aid kits during the Vietnam war. It is so important in China that the formula is a closely guarded government secret. Some of the formula’s ingredients are known. The primary ingredients are two different forms of Tienchi Ginseng (steamed and raw), and Rhizoma Dioscoreae. There are also other herbs, including the alkaloids mentioned in the recall notice. We have been selling this brand of Yunnan Baiyao for many years without complaints and with many, many positive results.

http://www.dh.gov.hk/english/press/2013/130205.html
Recall of proprietary Chinese medicines with undeclared aconitum alkaloids

The Department of Health (DH) today (February 5, 2013) ordered a licensed wholesaler of proprietary Chinese medicine (pCm), Fung Wah (Hong Kong) Company (operated by Honour Essence Trading Limited), to recall from consumers five pCms, namely Yunnan Baiyao capsules (registration number: HKP-00776; batch number: 48911104), Yunnan Baiyao powder (registration number: HKP-00775; batch number: 48971012), Yunnan Baiyao plaster (registration number: HKP-00255; batch number: 48971204), Yunnan Baiyao aerosol (registration number: HKP-00777; batch number: 48971107) and Yunnan Baiyao tincture (registration number: HKP-00805; batch number: 20110101C), as they have been found to contain undeclared aconitum alkaloids.The action was called for upon the DH’s investigation into intelligence received. Samples of the above pCms were found to contain undeclared aconitum alkaloids by the Government Laboratory today. According to the products’ registration details and the Chinese medicine literature, the ingredients in the products could not account for the presence of aconitum alkaloids as detected.Preliminary investigation found that the products were manufactured in the Mainland and imported by Fung Wah, and released to the local market for sale. Information also revealed that there are two other related pCms manufactured by the same Mainland manufacturer and imported by Fung Wah, namely 【Yunnan Baiyao】 Woundplast (registration number: HKNT-16106) and 【Yunnan Baiyao】 Aerosol (Twin pack) (registration number: HKNT-16493). As a precautionary measure, Fung Wah has also voluntarily recalled both pCms and other batches of the five above-mentioned pCms.The products were indicated mainly for traumatic injury and muscle pain. Aconitum alkaloids can be toxic. If used improperly, aconitum alkaloids can cause discomfort like numbness of the mouth and limbs, nausea, vomiting and peripheral weakness, and even lead to life-threatening conditions like breathing difficulties and cardiac arrhythmia. So far no adverse event related to the use of the products has been reported to the DH. The DH has notified the Mainland drug authority for follow-up. Investigation is ongoing.Members of the public can call Fung Wah’s hotline at 2553 2170 for enquiries. The DH will closely monitor the recall.According to the Public Health and Municipal Services Ordinance (Cap. 132, Laws of Hong Kong), selling any drug not of the nature, substance or quality demanded by the purchaser is liable to a maximum penalty of $10,000 and three months’ imprisonment. On completion of the investigation, the DH will work with the Department of Justice for prosecution matters. The DH will also refer the case to the Chinese Medicine Council of Hong Kong for taking possible disciplinary action.

The DH urged members of the public to stop using the products immediately. Those who have used the products and feel unwell should seek advice from their health-care professionals. People who have the products should submit them to the Chinese Medicine Division of the DH on 16/F, AIA Kowloon Tower, Landmark East, 100 How Ming Street, Kwun Tong, during office hours.

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Location of red pill in capsule packet

It is very important to understand that there are many substances (western and eastern medicine) that when taken or processed improperly are toxic. There are many herbs used in Chinese patent remedies that, taken alone or in high dosage, can be toxic to the body, but when combined with other herbs by qualified herbalists, become potent medicine. The whole point of herbal medicine (or really any medicine) is to know the properties of each herb/ingredient, and understand how to combine them for the desired healing effect.

We are not doctors, chemists, or herbalists, and not in any way qualified by medical or legal standards to make a statement with regard to  the quality or safety of this product. It is up to each individual consumer, using the advice of your medical professional to make a responsible decision about your purchase.

Recalls happen for many reasons.  There are often unspoken issues in the world of politics and international shipping.  These recalls may be related to other issues rather than what may be published on the surface.  We encourage consumers to make educated, informed choices.

We continue to have faith that this is a solid and safe product, and will personally continue to use it.  The negative impact of the these announcements is that our stock was severely limited by our supplier.  We had to scour the country to replenish our stock, making purchases at outrageous prices. Fortunately, the temporary hold was lifted and we are back with a full supply and to our former low pricing as well!

I am always on the lookout for more/new information about Yunnan Baiyao. This amazing herbal product generates more feedback to the Suigetsu Shop than any other product that I sell.  Although initially its notoriety grew because it was carried to war in Korean Army soldiers’ first aid kits, it has also more recently been thought to aid in preventing bleeding in dogs with hemangiosarcoma or other bleeding conditions such as nasal tumors.

Being a dog owner myself, it tears my heart to hear someone write or call asking for an overnight shipment of Yunnan Baiyao for a dog whose vet has said “There is nothing left to be done”. Many times I have gotten in my car at all hours to drive a package to the nearest Fedex or UPS store for a special delivery (I don’t use those methods for shipping normally). What is awesome is when I get a repeat order from the same dog owner- which says to me that it is helping!

Recently, I found this article, which contains an excellent summary of the history and use of Yunnan Baiyao and also contains some helpful dosage information. I’ve added the article to our website’s Knowledge Base and included a link on they Yunnan Baiyao page under references.

YUNNAN PAIYAO: Uses for injury and surgery; gastro-intestinal, respiratory, and urogenital disorders Subhuti Dharmananda, Ph.D., Director, Institute for Traditional Medicine, Portland, Oregon

Unfortunately, he speaks only about people and not dogs. If there are any vets out there who are willing to share information I would really like to post it.

Yunnan Baiyao (云南白药) also known as Yunnan Paiyao has been extensively used and considered a sort of miracle drug for wounds, pain, and hemorrhage. Unlike Western pain drugs, it does not turn off pain centers in the brain, but instead facilitates circulation, bringing oxygen to the injury.
It is useful for any type of open cuts and any kind of surgery. It reduces recovery time for surgery by half because it mends injured blood vessels. It does not interfere with Western sedative drugs, so can be used the same day as surgery. By immediately activating blood circulation, it helps resolve bleeding, pain, and swelling. It heals oozing wounds and damaged blood vessels, while expelling pus and counteracting toxins.

To me, the most cool application of Yunnan Paiyao has been for dogs and cats with bleeding tumors. Over and over people tell us that these capsules have prolonged the lives of their animals.

I’ve never found any Western-style research “proving” that it works, but so many people have used it on their animals with great success.

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The Modern Herb Shop (previously named the Suigetsu Shop at www.shopsuigetsu.com) provides traditional Chinese medicine and other natural remedies that directly benefit the modern human body. This includes but is not limited to patent formulas, liniments, oils, salves, ointments, Dit Da Jow, patches, plasters, teas, and soaks that relieve pain and help many conditions like allergies, flu, colds, arthritis, joint pain, digestive problems, ulcers, cuts, sores, wounds, broken bones, bruises, sprains, and strains. All of our products are available to acupuncturists, massage therapists, chiropractors and other body workers at a practitioners discount. Yunnan Baiyao (Yunnan Paiyao) Is always in stock as it is very commonly used for the treatment of hemangiosarcoma and other bleeding conditions suffered by dogs, horses, cats, and other animals.
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