When Chinaherb’s founders Dr Li and Prof Zhang came to South Africa in 1996 to teach at the Medicinal Acupuncture Society of South Africa, they couldn’t have known that they would still be leading the market some 25 years later. As pioneers in sharing Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) with the South African public, they have profoundly impacted the landscape of alternative medicine in the country.

Together, they have spent over 30 years researching ancient herbal medicine and remedies, cementing their expertise as professionals in TCM, and realising their vision of helping South African citizens through the ancient practice of TCM.


Chinaherb’s range includes classical formulas used in China for thousands of years, as well as new formulas that have been developed and adapted to the specific needs of South Africans by Dr Li and Prof Zhang.

Chinaherb products only make use of top-quality herbs, and are free from chemicals and pharmaceutical drugs. Their commitment to quality and safety is one of the reasons they are the largest and most trusted source of TCM in South Africa. Chinaherb’s products are frequently reviewed by the South Africa’s regulatory authorities and conform to the internally recognised Good Manufacturing Practices. Their partners in China also conduct strict, multi-stage, and product-specific tests.


Chinaherb was founded in 1997, at a time when many doctors and health practitioners are seeking answers outside the conventional Western medicine system. The practitioners wanted to treat the root cause of their patients’ illnesses, rather than merely mask the symptoms with pharmaceutical drugs.


Chinese herbal medicine seeks to bring balance to the body by regulating yin and yang; qi and blood; body essence; deficiency and excess. It differs from Western medicine in that there isn’t a direct one-on-one match of remedy to disease. Instead, a seasoned Chinese medicine practitioner makes a pattern diagnosis (one disease will have many different patterns), looks at your lifestyle and being, and prescribes a course of medication from there. Pulse and tongue characteristics are key to making a pattern diagnosis.


A large variety of illnesses are treated with Chinaherb formulas, and the range has grown to include 90 products. The most efficient products support the digestive system, gynaecological illnesses, and the symptoms of ageing. There is also a small range of formulas for common illnesses in children, such as cold and flu, fever, teething and digestive issues.