Herb Trade Industry

Chinese Medicine Day is March 17th!

March 17, 2023

Yvonne Lau, Mayway President

Lanzhou Foci historic photo

In the United States we may know March 17th as a celebration of Irish heritage, but it's also a significant day in Chinese cultural history. It was the day when traditional Chinese medicine was almost abolished. Read on to get a brief history of Chinese Medicine and how it's evolved over the years.

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A Brief History of Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine in America

March 16, 2023

Yvonne Lau, Mayway President

Photo of a chinatown pharmacy from 1903

Chinese medicine has a long history in the US, even before the Chinese ever set foot in America. During America’s colonial period, Chinese tea, and herbs such as rhubarb, cinnamon, cardamon, and camphor crossed the ocean to the new world, just as Appalachian wild ginseng went east. White Americans learned about Traditional Chinese Medicine not only through the herbs they consumed, but also through European and American merchants, missionaries, and medical scientists who went to China, studied, and sometimes adopted Chinese therapeutic practices. Read on to learn more about the history of TCM in America.

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Mayway 2022 Year Recap

December 27, 2022

Photo of the Lau family

A snapshot of our 53rd year in business showcasing new products, our environmental commitments, and a special message from Yvonne Lau, President of Mayway Herbs.

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Supply Update Fall 2022

November 7, 2022

Eva Lau, Mayway Vice President

Photo of a woman leaning over crops in dry cracked earth

Eva Lau, Vice President of Mayway Herbs, provides an update on the supply chain for Chinese herbal medicine including overviews of climate change and storm impact on current and future supply.

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Safety Concerns of Talc

October 21, 2022

Skye Sturgeon, DAOM, Quality Assurance Manager, Mayway

Photo of talc We have an ongoing commitment to FDA (Food and Drug Administration) compliance and transparency, especially regarding disclosures and the labeling of our products. This is why talc appears on the labels of our Plum Flower ™, Bamboo Pharmacy™, and Min Shan® teapills. In sharp contrast to some other Chinese herb companies, we disclose every ingredient in our products including excipients and processing adjuncts. We should note here that it is not possible to make pills or tablets without the use of various excipients and that authentically produced Chinese herb formulas require herbs processed in the traditional ways, i.e., using páo zhì (炮制). Our use of talc within the manufacturing process is completely safe. Let us discuss this issue.

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Teapill Upgrades: New Technology for TCM at Lanzhou Foci

August 2, 2022

Yvonne Lau, Mayway President

Jul 25, 2018 6:18:06 AM On June 22, fifty-foot tall red banners celebrated the transition to next level teapill manufacturing in Lanzhou. Lanzhou Foci, the maker of Min Shan® and most of our Plum Flower® teapills, reached another milestone in its nearly 90-year storied history, opening a state of the art production facility which will increase teapill quality.

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Teapill Manufacturing Behind the Scenes Video

July 19, 2022

Hugh Lau

Teapill Manufacturing Video

Join Hugh Lau, Owner and Designer for Mayway Herbs, as he takes us behind the scenes to show us how Teapills are made!

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Tyger Tyger, Not So Burning Bright

January 29, 2022

Yvonne Lau, Mayway President

Sumatran Tiger

2022 is the Year of the Tiger, and an update on the preservation of this magnificent animal seems fitting. Yvonne Lau, President of Mayway, discusses the current status of tiger conservation with links to read more about what you can do to help preserve their numbers.

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Sustainability of Chinese Herbal Medicine

October 13, 2021

Skye Sturgeon, DAOM, Quality Assurance Manager, Mayway

Sustainability of Chinese Medicine

Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. To pursue sustainability is to create and maintain the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony to support present and future generations. This article includes information on what is being done to protect herb species for a more sustainable future. You will also gain an in-depth resource guide that lists Chinese Herbs which may not be available or are restricted for sale in the US. Click here to read.

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Fall 2021 Herb Report

September 13, 2021

Yvonne Lau, Mayway President

Bags of Chinese Herbs

Yvonne Lau of Mayway Herbs provides an update on the Chinese herb industry including economic pressures, harvest, and supply challenges.

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Field to Market: An educational video for Chinese herb quality

September 10, 2021

Skye Sturgeon, DAOM, Quality Assurance Manager, Mayway

Field to Market Video

Dr. Skye Sturgeon presents Field to Market: How Quality and Safety of Chinese Herbs are Ensured (originally recorded on November 13, 2019)

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Patent Medicines in China

September 8, 2021

Han Jian Li

Chinese Patent Medicines

Mayway President Yvonne Lau discusses Patent Medicines in China with Mr. Han Jian Li regarding the TCM industry, manufacturing challenges, and the impact of COVID-19.

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Herb Supply Update July 2021

July 13, 2021

Eva Lau, Mayway Vice President

Container ship

A quick update on import challenges, future herb stock concerns, and a list of popular items that are back in stock!

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Fraudulent TCM in the Market

February 2, 2021

Yvonne Lau, Mayway President

Fraudulent Packaging

Mayway's manufacturing partner Lanzhou Foci Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. has released a statement regarding fraudulent claims of manufacturing of teapills and tablets.

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We Are Mayway

January 5, 2021

Meet the Mayway team, get a behind the scenes glimpse of our dispensary, warehouse, meet our staff, and get to know a bit more about our company.

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