Manufactured Exclusively in the USA
Kan Herb Company has earned its reputation for
excellence and integrity by paying meticulous attention to every
aspect of manufacturing and quality control. We follow current Good
Manufacturing Practices, extract ingredients using state-of-the-art
methods, and keep detailed records every step of the way.
Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs)
To ensure that our finished products
are of consistently high quality, and to prevent materials from
being adulterated or contaminated, we have established manufacturing
controls that meet or exceed recognized current Good Manufacturing
Practices (cGMPs) set forth by the United States Food and Drug Administration.
Our internal manufacturing controls provide documented proof that
correct procedures are consistently followed, at each step of the
manufacturing process, every time the product is made. Our cGMPs
assure the purity, consistent composition, and quality of all of
our finished products.
Extensive controls cover the sanitation
and hygiene of our facilities, utensils, production materials and
containers, as well as testing specifications and limits for heavy
metals, pesticides and bio-burdens. Utilizing qualitative and quantitative
analysis, Kan Herb Company's quality control unit approves all procedures,
specifications, controls, tests, and examinations that impact the
purity, quality and composition of an ingredient or product. All
raw materials and finished dietary products are inspected by our
QC unit; complete inspection records and laboratory tests are maintained.
Controls are also in place for handling
materials throughout each step of the production process, such as
worksheet s and traveling tags, assuring consistency from batch
to batch, easy monitoring, and averting opportunities for adulteration.
All bulk products are stored in quarantine before entering our production
cycle. Products are labeled with a formula identification number,
lot number, receiving date, and expiration date for easy tracking
by our Quality Control department. Bottles are capped and sealed with a tamper-proof
covering and shrink-wrapped.
California, the site of our production
facility, has some of the most rigorous safety standards in the
world. Our adherence to these high standards and the cGMPs we have
established for our company set us apart from the majority of Chinese
Concentrated and Readily Absorbed Herbal Extracts
Once the herbs have passed quality
inspection and testing, they are compounded into a formula and painstakingly
blended and ground, making the active ingredients more accessible.
They are processed according to Kan Herb Company's unique extraction methodology,
under the supervision of biochemist Justin Wilson, Ph.D., a former
Henry Fellow at Oxford and researcher at NIH. Only distilled water
is used in extraction to avoid any contamination that may be found
in tap water.
Excellent manufacturing techniques
are required to yield the high concentration of active ingredients
necessary for effective herbal therapy. Due to the molecular composition
of the herbs, some herbs extract well in water, while others, such
as ginseng, require alcohol to extract the active ingredients (such
as ginsenocides). Kan Herb Company's innovative closed system, water-alcohol
matrix extraction process, ensures that all active ingredients are
captured, while letting no volatile oils escape. With strict control
of temperature and timing, the herbs are heated just long enough
to extract the active constituents, while avoiding carmelization
or denaturing of the herbs.
Batch to batch consistency of each
lot of finished liquid extract is verified. Each product is referenced
against up to four prior batches, confirming proper extraction as indicated by consistent color, appearance, odor
and taste. The highest level of active constituents are included
in our final product, rendering small batches of fresh, full spectrum
herbal extracts with an 8:1 potency.
Our extracts are of remarkable
character, enriched with the individual flavors and clinical potency
that the ancient medical masters intended.
Liquid extracts are the most bioavailable
form of delivery available, surpassing any other type of concentration,
including tablets or concentrated powders. Easy to digest, they
are ideal for those with weak digestion or difficulty swallowing
pills, such as in the case for many older people and children. Liquid
extracts are assimilated within 15 minutes of ingestion, and are
excellent for acute conditions, such as the sudden onset of a cold,
flu or virus.
Potency in a Tablet
After authenticating each raw herb
with organoleptic testing, performing pesticide screens on each
lot, as well as aristolochic acid and heavy metal testing, each
formula is compounded, finely milled and thoroughly blended. Kan Herb Company
uses steam heat and pressure in a unique closed extraction system,
ideal for the breakdown of the cellular structure of the herbs.
This proprietary process mixes the constituents and reduces the
microbiological load, while maintaining all active ingredients,
including volatile oils.
The resulting potent and bioavailable
powdered material is tableted, utilizing varying levels of
direct cold compression. Natural binders are only used when absolutely
necessary. For preservation and easy swallowing, the tablets are
coated with micro cellulose, a natural vegetable based coating.
The tablets are tested to ensure quality
and consistency. Meticulous tests for disintegration, weight and
uniformity, hardness and friability are performed. Disintegration
tests follow USP methodology monograph 2040 for nutritional supplements.
Kan Herb's tablet disintegration rate is 30 minutes, with full assimilation
normally occurring in 4 to 6 hours, the industry standard. The weight
and uniformity of our tablets is confirmed by following USP methodology
monograph 2091 for weight variation of nutritional supplements.
Hardness tests are conducted following
standard industry practices; a machine gently applies pressure to
determine their breaking strength, or hardness; they are distressed
in a tumbler to determine friability and breakage. This thorough
testing assures a tablet that is uniform, fresh, potent, and bioavailable,
as well as carrier free.
Packaged for Freshness and Purity
At Kan Herb Company, we are committed to ensuring
our products remain fresh throughout their shelf life. Sterilized
bottles are filled using clean automated bottle technology, and
each bottle is shrink-wrapped to protect again st tampering. Wherever
possible, we use recycled materials for packaging.
Well preserved in the alcohol solution,
liquid extracts have a very long shelf life. Evaporation of alcohol
is the only limiting factor, in which case the herbs will eventually
congeal. Sealing the bottle tightly after use will prevent this.
With proper storage, the shelf life
of Kan Herb tablets is 3 years. Once opened, exposure to air, moisture,
heat and light will accelerate the formula's natural process of
erosion. Seal the bottle after each use and store tablets in a cool,
dry, dark place.
Kan Herb Company is highly conscious of the quality
of materials used in the manufacturing and packaging of our products.
We offer our customers the choice of herbal extracts delivered in
high-density polyethylene (HDPE) bottles. HDPE bottles are recommended
by the FDA and are a recyclable material, used throughout the industry
for the packaging of liquid extracts and tablets. HDPE bottles are
resistant to impact, moisture, and permeability, delivering fresh,
liquid extracts with zero breakage.
"We have the
utmost confidence in Kan Herbal products. One taste of the extracts
and you know the ingredients are fresh, concentrated, and effective.
The quality of Kan Herbal formulas can be seen repeatedly in the
positive, nourishing response in our customers: vision returns, circulation
improves, and pain disappears. It is very comforting to know that
our distributions of Kan Herbal formulas will be effective. We are
able to effect health changes with these formulas that our customers
haven't experienced despite numerous pharmaceutical medications.
This builds a lasting confidence from our customers in Chinese medicine.
Thank you for the quality!"
Elizabeth and William Terrell
Masters of Science of Oriental Medicine,
Des Moines, IA