Inner Ecology™ fastidiously researches the source and quality of all herbal materials we provide. We evaluate herbal medicinals imported from China or Taiwan for a number of key measurable criteria, including levels of sulfur, pesticides, heavy metals, and microbial life.
As a matter of course, we routinely assess herb lots from a number of distributors in side-by-side comparisons to select the medicinals that most closely meet our standards for quality, safety, and sustainability. As a result, our selection of medicinals regularly changes to reflect the highest quality of each herb currently available at market. Herb lots routinely undergo organoleptic analysis during this process.
In accordance with our mission, we partner closely with regional farmers to produce high-quality, domestically grown medicinals so that clinical herbologists have a safe, ecological choice when prescribing for their patients. For the past two years, Inner Ecology has co-sponsored an annual training for farmers interested in cultivating East Asian herbs as specialty crops.
During the training, farmers learn how to cultivate herbal crops from seed selection and germination to harvesting, processing, and selling their final products. In addition, Inner Ecology provides farmers with a clear method of tracing every step of herbal production, asking them to produce basic information and specific logs attesting to their cultivation methods. The trainings introduce many growers to how East Asian herbs are used in a clinical setting, as well as to how they are evaluated for quality.
Once production is complete, Inner Ecology receives a sample of the processed herbs to evaluate. We verify species by comparing each sample to the industry standard texts, as well as by strictly tracing seed or plant provenance. Efficacy is tested by organoleptic comparison with high-quality imported samples of the same herb, as well as through clinical use by cooperating herbal clinicians.