E Jiao or a Jiao Heavy Metal Contamination

April 30, 2012

High contamination of E Jiao In Australia, raw herbs (that need decocting) are considered as foods and hence don’t undergo strict controls and quality assurance routines. This can be problematic as these raw materials can be contaminated with heavy metals, pesticides, enterobacteria, mould  (and metabolic waste products from mould formation) and the likes.

It’s therefore important to choose a supplier that has high quality standards and has an excellent knowledge of herbs that do tend to have higher contamination potentials.

As an example: E Jiao or A Jiao

Donkey-hide gelatin or ass-hide glue (colla corii asini) is gelatin obtained from the skin of the donkey (equus asinus) by soaking and stewing.


It is used in Chinese medicine to replenish the blood; it stops bleeding and also nourishes the Yin.With these qualities, the herb is highly popular in Gynecology.

 If you consider that China has one of the worst air quality on this planet you are able to imagine that the skin of the donkeys used to produce E Jiao or A Jiao are highly contaminated with lead!

From our perspective it’s best not to administer or prescribe E Jiao or A Jiao in its raw form but perhaps  use granulated extract supplier that conducts the necessary testing on the raw materials as well as the the finished products.  

To know more about this product, please don’t hesitate to contact us.



Recent Post
Are There Predictors for Long COVID?

It doesn’t matter if acute Covid19 was treated successfully with complementary medicine or biomedicine, there is a chance that our patients could suffer from long Covid. Maybe there was little we could do in the acute phases when first Covid19 emerged, but now we can certainly assist our patients with is long Covid.

Immune System 2: Autoimmune Conditions

In this blog article, we would like to talk a more about autoimmune conditions and discuss some common illnesses such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), multiple sclerosis (MS), and diabetes. These might be common problems that your patient present with either as standalone or in combination with other diseases.

Share Us & Spread the Word
Quote of the week
“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”
Albert Einstein

To Our Valued Chinese Medicine Practitioners

The time to say goodbye has come: Safflower will close at 3.00 pm on 30th June 2023
Please email info@safflower.com.au or call +61 3 5956 7011 if you require further information.