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May 10, 2013

No more 'best before' dates on powder extracts
As of May 15th, Mayway has decided to not use 'Expiration' or 'Best Before' dates (BBD) on our herbs and herbal formulas in powder extract form. We previously discontinued the use of such dating on our raw herb products in 2011. We were using this dating to indicate the shelf life of our products. However, the dates assigned to these products were somewhat arbitrary and were expediently chosen rather than scientifically determined. Although this practice is common-place in the herbal marketplace, Mayway has chosen to change its position, from a place of integrity. We do not want to mislead our customers.Read More

December 2, 2012

Fundraising for Mindful Medicine Worldwide
Every year Mayway selects a non-profit TCM organization to benefit from our calendar fundraiser. This year we are also donating portions of your purchase of our eco-friendly shopping bags and our line of Plum Flower® extracted capsule products. Make your purchase before March 31, 2013 and Mayway will donate the funds to Mindful Medicine Worldwideto help bring sustainable integrative healthcare to developing regions. To see which products are part of the fundraising drive please click the link below. Link to Fundraising page

November 14, 2012

An Update on the Status of E Jiao/Equus Asinus
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) has issued a statement to the American Herbal Products Association that the direct final rule published on June 5, 2012, revising the scientific name of the African wild ass from Equus asinus to Equus africanus became effective on August 6, 2012, and thus can be considered final.
Link to Fish & Wildlife Service June 5, 2012 Final Rule

July 30, 2012

A Letter from Yvonne Lau, President of Mayway
Dear Customers and Friends,
I’m sure that many of you have been wondering why products containing E Jiao (Donkey-skin glue) were not available for so long “due to regulatory reasons”, and why they are available again now.
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July 30, 2012

Quality Matters: Equus asinus and the Endangered Species Act
In August 2010, two shipments of herbal products containing Colla Corii Asini, known by the pinyin name, ē jiāo (阿膠) were seized at Mayway by the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)...
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April 2011

Important Product Description Content Changes - updated April 2, 2011
Mayway’s decision to ensure our full compliance with FDA regulations pertaining to the marketing of herbal products by removing all bio–medical information from our website has stirred an interesting and important debate, much support and some concern...
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January 2011

Important Product Description Content Changes
You will notice in our online product detail pages that our herbal product descriptions now include only the list of ingredients, Traditional Chinese Medicine functions, standard dosage and Cautions and Contraindications...
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November 2010

CHTA of Northern CA meeting on Endangered and Protected Species:
On 10 August 2010, there was a special meeting of the Chinese Herb Trade Association of Northern California (CHTA). ..
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October 2010

The Acupuncturists Without Borders (AWB) Haiti Disaster Recovery Project:
Thank-you friends for your help in support of AWB The Haiti Disaster Recovery Project! This project will help to send additional volunteers to Haiti to deliver ear acupuncture treatments to Haitians and relief workers...
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October 2010

Severe Drought Affects 2009 and 2010 Herb Harvests
Most of China’s prime herb growing regions have been affected by a once in a century drought over the last two years. Drought during the 2008/2009 season severely impacted herbs grown in Gansu, Shaanxi, Shanxi, Henan, Anhui, Shandong and Hebei.
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September 2009

Matching Donation Drive: Working to pass into law the Federal Acupuncture Coverage Act (HR 646)
Thank you for supporting the Matching Donation Drive: Working to pass into law the Federal Acupuncture Coverage Act (HR 646). Your generous donations have brought in $3561.00 . Mayway has matched this amount for a total of $7112.00 given to this important cause

July 2008

Fund-Raising for the Cyclone in Myanmar, and the Earthquake in Sichuan Province, China
Thank you for supporting our Habitat for Humanity International matching funds drive. Your generosity has brought another $1247.00 to our donation of $6000 for a total of $7247 to help those living in the aftermath of the cyclone in Myanmar and earthquake in China two months ago.

December 2007

Mayway Challenge Grant to Acupuncturists Without Borders. Together we raised over $10,000 for our vets!
In October 2005, Acupuncturists Without Borders began providing services following the devastation of hurricane Katrina. Free community style acupuncture brought relief, hope and peace of mind to 8000 people in New Orleans. Now AWB is turning its attention to a new population, U.S. Veterans...
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October 2007

Mayway gets Green Business Certified We are proud to announce that in the Fall of 2007, Mayway became Green Business Certified. This certification helps us maintain an awareness of our environment in our everyday activities. The Green Business program encourages conservation of energy, reduction of pollution and waste, and helps businesses make their operations more environmentally friendly. It is our hope that it also encourages others to become environmentally responsible partners.

September 2007

Mayway's Response to Ted Kaptchuk's Open Letter
Dear Friends and Valued Customers,
Thanks very much to all of you who have already taken the time to inquire about our response to the Ted Kaptchuk letter. Frankly, we were rather disturbed by it as there are points made in it which we feel are misleading. In particular, his letter serves to give the reader the impression that all TCM manufacturing in China is backwards…
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July 2007

Product Safety Update
With the recent rise in alarming reports regarding Chinese imports, some of you, your patients or your customers may wonder if Chinese herbal medicines are at risk. Fortunately, throughout our almost forty years of importing and distributing traditional Chinese medicines, we have established many protocols for ensuring the safety of the products we distribute...
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June 2006

Beware of Counterfeits that Contain Lead And Mercury
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) today warned New Yorkers against the use of certain herbal medicine products made in China containing high levels of lead and mercury...
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June 2006

Mayway's response to the above article
We have received emails in reference to the news brief regarding Lanzhou products distributed in the New York area containing extremely high concentrations of heavy metals...
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June 2006

Acupuncturists without Borders Executive Director Diana Fried visited Mayway
Acupuncturists without Borders Executive Director Diana Fried visited Mayway on June 7th 2006 to present slides, stories and lessons learned from their work with the community in New Orleans post flood disaster...
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June 2006

The Pan African Acupuncture Project
Thank you friends for your help in support of The Pan African Acupuncture Project!...
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April 2004

The FDA on Ma Huang/Ephedra & Ban Xia/Pinellia
The FDA ruling against the sale of products containing Ma Huang and Ban Xia went into effect April 12th 2004...
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April 2004

The Suffering of Bears Part II
The Asiatic Black Bear is perhaps the most ill-treated creature in the world. Listed in the highest category of endangered species, this gentle, inquisitive bear is exploited across Asia...
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November 2003

The Suffering On Bear Bile Farms
There has long been debate over the use of animal parts in Chinese medicine. While it was not an issue for ancient practitioners, changing views on the rights and welfare of animals have raised concerns...
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March 2003

Honey/Bee Products - Update
We have received the Chloramphenicol testing results for our products containing honey and other bee products...
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February 2003

Honey/Bee Products - Caution Statement
U.S. Customs Service and the U.S. FDA have found some shipments of honey imported from China to contain low levels of an antibiotic called Chloramphenicol...
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October 2001

Save The Tiger Campaign
Mayway has joined the World Wildlife Fund’s Save the Tiger educational campaign...
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September 2001

Heavy Metals, Chinese Herbs & Proposition 65
Mayway is a responsible supplier that maintains strict Q.C. standards for heavy metals, independent of Proposition 65. These standards as well as Proposition 65 are described below...
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January 2001

Aristolochic Acid
Aristolochic FDA Recall of Herbs and Herbal Products: Aristolochic acid, a chemical constituent of the aristolochia species and some asarum species of herbs, was the impetus behind the FDA import alert...
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