Frequently Asked Questions:
Can I take Yin Chiao with my prescription medicine?
Absolutely yes. Yin Chiao is a food medicine and can be taken with all prescription drugs as well as all other herbal medicines.
Is it safe for pregnant women and nursing mothers?
Yes. The herbs in Yin Chiao are among the safest in all of Chinese Medicine and can be taken at any stage of pregnancy. It also safe for nursing mothers.
Where can I find it?
You can find it online on many websites (including this one), in many natural food stores including all Whole Foods stores on the west coast. It is carried by most major distributors so your health food store can order it for you if they don't carry it. They should call: 1-800-475-1394.
How is it different from Gan Mao Ling or Zong Gan Ling?
These are all effective herbal cold remedies but use different combinations of herbs to achieve their effect. Though there is some difference of opinion, we find that while Yin Chiao and Gan Mao Ling are both taken at the first sign of a cold, Yin Chiao works best for colds that begin in the throat while Gan Mao Ling appears to work best for colds that begin in the nose. We like Zong Gan Ling for severe colds with symptoms of body aches, fever, chills, and severe sore throat.
Is it safe for children?
Yes, Yin Chiao is absolutely safe for children: Crush 1 tablet for every 25 lbs of body weight and mix with food or syrup.
What about the lead warning? Is it safe? Why is the warning on some brands only?
Don't worry about lead warnings found on some brands – they have no more lead than you would find in most chocolate. Trace amounts of lead are found in all herbal medicines made with whole herbs. Some brands contain warnings because they have been the target of California Proposition 65 bounty-hunting lawyers. For more information go to: http://www.drshen.com/proposition65.htm
Can Yin Chiao be taken on a daily basis?
Though extremely safe, Yin Chiao is appropriate for occasional rather than for daily use.
How long should I take if for?
If Yin Chiao fails to stop your cold within the first two days, you can take it for the duration of the cold to help relieve your symptoms.
Does it boost my immunity?
No, Yin Chiao is not an immune booster. An excellent herbal remedy to help boost your immunity is Jade Shield (a version of Jade Windscreen formula).
What is the most I can take?
We recommend that you take no more than 18 tablets per day.
Should I take it with food or on an empty stomach?
It works best on an empty stomach and is most effective when taken as soon as possible.
...Learn more about Yin Chiao, it's properties and how to use in the video below: