All of SUN TEN’s source herbal materials are obtained from private growers and suppliers whose products meet our strict quality specifications. We secure these resources by maintaining long term relationships with our suppliers and regularly purchasing qualifying crops from them. We avoid purchasing materials directly from the public market because herbs purchased in that setting can be unreliable and often have inferior constituent content. In addition, they tend to have issues such as species identification errors, unsafe heavy metal and pesticide contamination and introduction of unwanted weight enhancers or toxic material. SUN TEN does not accept any source materials that do not meet our unyielding quality standards.
The issue of herbal authentication is not only a pressing issue but it demands close attention. Prior to acquisition each herb purchased by SUN TEN, it undergoes thorough examination to ensure that it is the correct plant material from the correct plant. Unfortunately, misidentification of herb material is still widespread and care must be taken with each purchase. SUN TEN uses the Pharmacopoeia of People’s Republic of China as the reference standard by which to determine the correct species. Both organoleptic and analytical scientific methods are used to confirm species identification and proper plant part.
SUN TEN is dedicated to consistent authenticity, efficacy, safety and quality of the source. In order to accomplish and maintain this important aspect of the operation, the SUN TEN herbal sourcing team was established. It is the team’s mission to oversee and maintain all aspects of herbal source materials from authentication and quality assessment to handling, storage and condition of materials that have been acquired for manufacturing.
Different species of plants have different medicinal effects. Incorrect usage of toxic herbs may be harmful to health.
As medicinal herbs are considered a type of commodity, the use of adulterated herbs is very common, and has raised grave concerns over the impact of health care and treatments.