A Chinese medicine expert has gone viral on TikTok for sharing alternative natural treatments for almost any condition including acne, aging, weight loss, hair growth, hangovers, menstrual cramps – and even infertility.
A company called Eastern Philosophy has gotten a lot of attention online for posting videos of its various products – from a pill it says ‘gets everyone pregnant’ to a dried berry it says will help you to lose weight.
“Traditional Chinese Medicine is the oldest system of medicine in the world, and for more than 5,000 years, Chinese medicine practitioners have used all-natural formulas to treat countless human diseases,” they wrote on their blog. website.
“Phytotherapy is used in many countries around the world, but the practice in China is by far the most widely documented and cataloged.”
A Chinese medicine expert has gone viral on TikTok for sharing alternative natural treatments for nearly every condition, including acne, aging, weight loss, hangovers — and even infertility
Eastern Philosophy has drawn attention online for posting videos of their products, including a berry they claim will help you lose weight (pictured)
The hawthorn berry, which the company says “reduces body weight and fat accumulation,” “also improves heart health and lowers blood pressure.”
They also sell Baifeng Wen, which was designed to relieve menstrual cramps and irregular periods.
But they claimed that Baifeng Wen was “getting everyone pregnant.”
They shared an email from a recent customer who claimed she had to cancel her order as she was now expecting a child
An overview of the best products from Eastern Philosophy:
- Hawthorn berries are “the most frequently recommended herb for weight loss in traditional Chinese medicine,” according to the company.
- They recommend a herb called He Shou Wu to help with hair growth, which is said to “lengthen the anagen growth phase.”
- They claimed that one of their drugs, called Baifeng Wan – which was designed to relieve menstrual cramps and irregular periods – also contributed to infertility.
- They also sell a pill that is said to help treat eczema, acne, dermatitis, and skin inflammation. It is made with He Shou Wu, pearl powder and reishi mushrooms
- They claimed that angelica root, magnolia root bark, poria mushroom and sprouted rice seeds can cure stomach ailments or prevent hangovers.
One of their products is called a hawthorn berry, which the company has 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 pharmacopoeia of 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 reduces body weight and fat accumulation.
They added in the caption, “Hawthorn also improves heart health and lowers blood pressure.”
In another clip, they showed off a product they claim helps hair growth – which comes from a plant called He Shou Wu.
“A 2020 study showed that He Shou Wu lengthens the anagen growth phase and reverses the effect of androgens in cultured human hair cells,” they explained in the video.
“Studies also confirm that it stimulates the body to produce superoxide dismutase, the most powerful natural antioxidant enzyme, which delays the aging process.”
In a third video, they claimed that one of their drugs, called Baifeng Wan – which was designed to help relieve menstrual cramps and irregular periods – was “getting everyone pregnant”.
They shared an email from a recent customer who said she had to cancel her order as she was now expecting a child.
In another video, they showed off a product they claim helps hair growth – which comes from a plant called He Shou Wu
They said it “prolongs the anagen growth phase and reverses the effect of androgens in human hair cells in culture”
Another of their best-selling products is a pill that is said to help treat eczema, acne, dermatitis, skin inflammation – according to their TikTok
Nina, the company’s founder, was born in China but raised in the United States and Europe.
She explained that she launched the brand in 2019 after she began sharing her “long-running scientific and historical research on traditional Chinese medicine and Chinese culture” via Instagram, and it exploded.
“I felt there was an underserved population in the West who wanted to learn more about traditional Chinese medicine,” she explained.
‘I support [each product] with scientific research whenever possible, and also pay tribute to the rich culture of ancient China.
Another of their best-selling products is a pill that is said to help treat eczema, acne, dermatitis and skin inflammation – according to their TikTok.
It’s made with He Shou Wu, as well as something called pearl powder, which is an “anti-inflammatory” that promotes “regeneration of new skin cells and collagen levels.”
It also contains reishi mushrooms, which the company has described as “one of nature’s most powerful antioxidants.”
In another video, they showed off an all-natural product that they claim treats upset stomachs and prevents hangovers.
“Developed in 1896, these best-selling pills contain 14 herbs that relieve stomach pain and nausea,” they wrote.
It’s made with something called pearl powder (left), which is an ‘anti-inflammatory’ that promotes the ‘regeneration of new skin cells and collagen levels’ and reishi mushrooms (right)
Another video showed an item they claim can be used to treat stomach upset and prevent hangovers – which is made from angelica root, magnolia root bark, poria mushroom and sprouted rice seeds
“They are also taken to help prevent hangovers and combat fatigue, body aches and headaches.
“Ingredients include angelica root, magnolia root bark, poria mushroom and sprouted rice seeds.”
Other products they sell include an oil used to treat muscle and joint pain, an herb said to reduce aging at the cellular level, and an herb said to boost cognitive function.
According to the 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 by another, have also led to serious complications.”
WebMD also reports, “Herbs can be tricky. They don’t go through the same FDA process as drugs.
“That means there isn’t as much research on them and it can be difficult to know exactly what’s in them.”
“Also, herbs can have side effects or impact other medications you’re taking.” It’s important to go to someone who truly understands their practice. And always consult your doctor first.