While there are sourcing challenges and questionable practices in the open market for botanical raw materials in China, we have worked hard to stay out of the typical sourcing loop.
To do this, we have partnered with a vertically integrated manufacturer. At the farm or wild-crafting site, our manufacturing partner ensures complete characterization of final product identity and composition first with the proper identification of the raw plant materials.
This raw botanicals purchasing group has extensive training in botany and Traditional Chinese Medicine that is indispensable during site visits. Over 70% of our incoming raw plant material is ethically wild-crafted.
To begin, these botanists test for proper botanical species identification using a combination of macroscopic physical examination of plant parts and Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC) analysis, looking for unique marker compounds, and also screening for pesticides and heavy metals.
Only plants that are the right species, are unadulterated and clean, and have not been damaged in harvesting pass our thorough quality assurance protocol.