Dr. Shen’s Values

  • Assembled in the USA

  • Top-Quality Whole Herbs

  • Traditional Chinese Formulas

  • Gluten Free

  • Family run business since 1994

Traditional Chinese Medicine, assembled in the U.S.A.

Founded in 1986 by Joel, Betty, and Noah Schreck, Dr. Shen’s Chinese Herbs grew out of Berkeley, California’s, Shen Clinic. Within a few years, they became aware of quality and purity issues with the imported Chinese medicines they were selling at the clinic. Testing revealed that many of the imported Chinese medicines contained impurities, unlisted drugs, and low grade raw materials. In 1994, they began manufacturing the Dr. Shen Chinese Herbal line of products in the USA, in modern cGMP approved factories, using the finest grades of herbs. Their goal was to make a better, safer product using premium grade herbs, modern tabulating methods, and compliant labels.

To make their products, Dr. Shen’s begins with whole herbs, not herbal powders, which allows for a thorough visual inspection in order to ensure their quality. This organoleptic inspection, as well as laboratory testing for purity, safeguard a quality product from start to finish. With great attention to detail, fully cGMP compliant partners in the USA do all the milling, mixing, baking, tabulating, and packaging. Each batch is tested for dissolvability, mold, microorganisms, heavy metals, and other impurities. Standardized powders extracted with chemical solvents are not used. Tablets are bound with a proprietary mixture of simple excipients, and then stamped, baked, and coated with a thin vegetable glaze; making them easy to swallow.

No sugar coating, dyes, drugs, or chemical solvents are used. Wildcrafted and organic herbs are included whenever possible. Dr. Shen’s will never use an endangered species, plants or animals. As of 2017, their entire line is Gluten Free.

Today, Dr. Shen’s are available online and in thousands of natural food and vitamin stores throughout the USA.

Though the company is best known for its three outstanding cold products, DR. SHEN’S YIN CHIAO, for colds starting in the throat, DR. SHEN’S GAN MAO LING for colds in the nose, and DR. SHEN’S ZONG GAN LING for colds beginning with a headache, fever, fatigue, they also make Chinese herbal remedies for allergies, immunity, hair loss, menopause, nausea, constipation, and other conditions that will usually benefit more from Chinese herbs than from Western medicines.  They do not make products to treat serious illnesses that require a doctor’s care. Customers are encouraged to seek the advice of a Health Care Practitioner for these more serious conditions.

Our Shop is in the Bay Area

Shen's clinic store with products and herbs on shelves
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Meet Our Team


Joel Harvey Schreck
Co-founder and Acupuncturist


Betty Albert Schreck
Co-founder and Accountant


Noah Albert Schreck
President Co-founder


Angela Fisher
Sales and Training Manager

Eva Zimmerman
Marketing and Accounting

A patients guide to chinese medicine Dr. Shen's handbook of Herbs and Acupuncture by Joel Harvey Schreck

A Patient’s Guide to Chinese Medicine

A Patient’s Guide to Chinese Medicine presents unique treatments for over 50 common diseases and conditions, offering fresh insight and hope to those searching for answers to their health problems. Its simple, straightforward style makes Chinese medicine understandable for most people and usable for everyone.

“…An inspiration as well as a comprehensive and practical guide for all who are drawn to the deep wisdom and enormous health benefits of Chinese traditional medicine.”

Efrem Kornold, OMD, LAc, Co-Author of Between Heaven and Earth, a Guide to Chinese Medicine

FREE EXCERPT – DOWNLOAD CHAPTER 2: A Patient’s Guide to Acupuncture and Herbs

Glass jars of herbs on the shelf
Dr. Shen’s COLD STOP Extra Strength 100% Herbal Dietary Supplement Yin Chiao Honeysuckle & Forsythia Pills Cold Stop at the first sign of a cold 750 mg/15 tablets NET WT. 11.25 GRAMS Assembled in the USA
various herbs and roots on white table