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Chinese medicine expert shares alternative natural treatments for weight loss, infertility, more

A Chinese medicine expert has gone viral on TikTok for sharing alternative natural treatments for almost every issue, including acne, aging, weight loss, hair growth, hangovers, menstrual cramps – and even infertility.

A company called Eastern Philosophy has gained a lot of attention online for posting videos of their various products – from a pill they claim ‘gets everyone pregnant’ to a dried berry that they say will help you lose weight. 

‘Traditional Chinese medicine is the oldest continually used system of medicine in the world, and for over 5,000 years, Chinese medicine practitioners have used all-natural formulas to treat countless human ailments,’ they wrote on their website.

‘Herbal medicine is used in many nations around the world, but the practice in China is the most extensively documented and catalogued by far.’

A Chinese medicine expert has gone viral on TikTok for sharing alternative natural treatments for almost every issue, including acne, aging, weight loss, hangovers – and even infertility

Eastern Philosophy has gained attention online for posting videos of their products, including a berry that they say will help you lose weight (pictured)

Eastern Philosophy has gained attention online for posting videos of their products, including a berry that they say will help you lose weight (pictured)

One of their products is a hawthorn berry, which the company said 'reduces body weight and fat build-up'

They claimed that the hawthorn berry also improves heart health and lower blood pressure

Hawthorn berry, which the company claimed ‘reduces body weight and fat build-up,’ also ‘improves heart health and lowers blood pressure’

A company called Eastern Philosophy gained attention online after they posted videos of their products, from a pill that 'gets everyone pregnant' (pictured) to a berry that will help you lose weight

They also sell Baifeng Wen, which was made to help with menstrual cramps and irregular periods

But they claimed that Baifeng Wenwas 'getting everyone pregnant'

But they claimed that Baifeng Wenwas ‘getting everyone pregnant’ 

They shared an email from a recent customer who claimed she needed to cancel her order because she was now expecting a child

They shared an email from a recent customer who claimed she needed to cancel her order because she was now expecting a child

A look at Eastern Philosophy’s top products: 

  • Hawthorn berries are ‘the most frequently recommended herb for weight loss in traditional Chinese medicine,’ according to the company
  • They recommend a plant called He Shou Wu to help with hair growth, which is said to ‘elongate the anagen growth phase’
  • They claimed that one of their medicines, called Baifeng Wan – which was made to help with menstrual cramps and irregular periods – also helped with infertility 
  • They also sell a pill that is said to help treat eczema, acne, dermatitis, and inflammation of the skin. It is made out of He Shou Wu, mother of pearl powder, and reishi mushrooms
  • They claimed angelica root, magnolia root bark, poria mushroom, and germinated rice seed can cure an upset stomach or prevent a hangover 

One of their products is called a hawthorn berry, which the company described as a ‘superfood for weight loss in traditional Chinese medicine.’

‘Hawthorne berry is the most frequently recommended herb for weight loss in traditional Chinese medicine,’ they wrote on TikTok.

‘It was included in the first government-approved pharmacopeia from the Tang Dynasty (659 AD). 

‘It is a tangy red berry used in many Chinese fruit snacks. Studies show that in animals fed high-fat snacks, hawthorn extract reduced body weight and fat build-up.’

They added in the caption: ‘Hawthorn also improves heart health and lowers blood pressure.’

In another clip, they showed off a product that they claim helps with hair growth – which comes from a plant called He Shou Wu.

‘A 2020 study showed that He Shou Wu elongates the anagen growth phase and abrogates the effect of androgen in cultured human hair cells,’ they explained in the video.

‘Studies also confirm it stimulates the body to produce superoxide dismutase, the most powerful natural antioxidant enzyme, which staves off the aging process.’ 

In a third video, they claimed one of their medicines, called Baifeng Wan – which was made to help with menstrual cramps and irregular periods – was ‘getting everyone pregnant.’ 

They shared an email from a recent customer who said she needed to cancel her order because she was now expecting a child. 

In another video, they showed off a product that they claimed helps with hair growth - which comes from a plant called He Shou Wu

In another video, they showed off a product that they claimed helps with hair growth – which comes from a plant called He Shou Wu

They said it 'elongates the anagen growth phase and abrogates the effect of androgen in cultured human hair cells'

They said it ‘elongates the anagen growth phase and abrogates the effect of androgen in cultured human hair cells’

Another one of their best-selling products is a pill that is said to help treat eczema, acne, dermatitis, in inflammation of the skin - according to their TikTok

Another one of their best-selling products is a pill that is said to help treat eczema, acne, dermatitis, in inflammation of the skin – according to their TikTok

Nina, the company’s founder, was born in China but raised in the U.S. and Europe.

She explained that she started the brand back in 2019 after she began sharing her ‘long-form science and history-based research on Traditional Chinese Medicine and Chinese culture’ via Instagram, and blew up. 

‘I felt there was an under-served population in the West that wanted to learn more about Traditional Chinese Medicine,’ she explained. 

‘I support [each product] with scientific research whenever possible, and also pay homage to the rich culture of Ancient China.’

Another one of their best-selling products is a pill that is said to help treat eczema, acne, dermatitis, and inflammation of the skin – according to their TikTok.

It is made out of He Shou Wu, as well as something called mother of pearl powder, which is an ‘anti-inflammatory’ that promotes ‘regeneration of new skin cells and collagen levels.’

It also has reishi mushrooms in it, which the company described as ‘one of nature’s most powerful antioxidants.’ 

In another video, they showed off an all-natural item that they claimed treats upset stomachs and prevents hangovers.

‘Developed in 1896, these best-selling pills contain 14 herbs which alleviate upset stomach and nausea,’ they wrote.

It is made out of He Shou Wu, as well as something called mother of pearl powder (pictured), which is an 'anti-inflammatory' that promotes 'regeneration of new skin cells and collagen levels'

It also has reishi mushrooms (pictured) in it, which the company described as 'one of nature's most powerful antioxidants'

It is made out of something called Mother of Pearl Powder (left), which is an ‘anti-inflammatory’ that promotes ‘regeneration of new skin cells and collagen levels’ and reishi mushrooms (right)

Another video showed off an item that they claimed can be used to treat upset stomachs and prevent hangovers - which is made out of angelica root, magnolia root bark, poria mushroom, and germinated rice seed

Another video showed off an item that they claimed can be used to treat upset stomachs and prevent hangovers – which is made out of angelica root, magnolia root bark, poria mushroom, and germinated rice seed

‘They are also taken to help prevent hangovers and combat fatigue, body aches, and headache.

‘Ingredients include angelica root, magnolia root bark, poria mushroom, and germinated rice seed.’ 

Other products that they sell include an oil used to treat muscle and joint pain, an herb that allegedly reduces aging at a cellular level, and an herb that is said to boost cognitive function.

According to National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), ‘Studies of Chinese herbal products used in traditional Chinese medicine for a range of medical conditions have had mixed results.’ 

However, they warned: ‘Some Chinese herbal products have been contaminated with toxic compounds, heavy metals, pesticides, and microorganisms and may have serious side effects.

‘Manufacturing errors, in which one herb is mistakenly replaced with another, also have resulted in serious complications.’

WebMD also reports, ‘Herbs can be tricky. They don’t go through the same FDA process as drugs.

‘That means there’s not as much research on them, and it can be hard to know exactly what’s in them.

‘Plus, herbs can have side effects or impact other medicine you’re taking. It’s important to go to someone who really understands their practice. And always check with your doctor first.’

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