Demand for Chinese medicinal herbs provides niche market for U.S. farmers



Chinese organic medicinal herbs“The current herbs from China are not of the quality they once were and U.S. practitioners indicate they are willing to pay a premium price for herbs grown with organic principles, locally, with high efficacy,” he said.

More than 300 plants are commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine. Giblette and Peg Schafer, an herb grower in Petaluma, California, compiled a list of marketable species for U.S. farmers. They include Angelica dahurica, a flowering perennial whose root is used to relieve pain and inflammation; Aster tataricus, a relative of garden asters said to have anti-bacterial properties; Mentha haplocalyx, a mint used for stomach ailments; and Salvia miltiorrhiza, a type of sage that has roots used to treat cardiovascular diseases.

Source: Demand for Chinese medicinal herbs provides niche market for U.S. farmers | The Japan Times