Spring Wind Herbs are some of the highest quality herbs available to professional practitioners only. Coiling Dragon Herbs goes out of its way to purchase and sell these herbs. Spring Wind Herbs have different grades.
Spring Wind Premium Grade herbs are high quality herbs that meet the following requirements:
No detected pesticides. (We test for at least 135 pesticides and in most cases over 250 pesticides†). We only accept a reading of ND (none-detected) we don't feel we should be in the postion of determining a safe level of pesticide contamination.
Each lot is tested and tracked. Testing is done by an independent laboratory in either the US or Germany.
Sulfur dioxide - we test each lot for SO2 via vapor sampling and accept only readings of 1.0 ppm or less. The choice of this level of testing is to allow naturally occurring SO2 (a natural result of decaying plant matter) yet rule out added sulfur gassing. Some of our suppliers do titration testing for sulfites. We also accept a non-detection result from this test for our Premium Grade herbs.
If we have any reason to suspect contamination by other substances we test for them as well.
PESTICIDE FREE (aka Tested)
No detected pesticides. (We test for at least 135 pesticides and in most cases over 250 pesticides). Each lot is tested and tracked. Testing is done by an independent laboratory. For herbs that we discover frequently contain pesticides not included on our extensive screen we add the suspected pesticide to the general screen‡. Herbs in this category did not meet our sulfur test limit however, we generally reject herbs that smell of sulfur as not meeting our quality standards.
Organic herbs are grown without chemical pesticides or chemical fertilizers. Spring Wind is certified by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) and all organic products are compliant with the USDA NOP (National Organic Program). Spring Wind organic herbs also go through an independent pesticide screening. We whole-heartedly support organic farming not only for the purity of the herbs but for the benefit it provides for the people doing the farming and for the environment in general. We feel the holistic approach to healing that characterizes Chinese medicine begins with an attitude that treats the earth with respect and the realization that the health of the environment and the health of the body are not separate.
CONVENTIONAL (aka Standard)
Spring Wind Herbs carries conventional herbs for those varieties of herbs of which we sell very few. It is impractical to put these herbs into one of our other programs. For example, testing an herb of which we sell only five pounds a year would require us to increase the price of each pound by at least fifty dollars (sometimes we test these herbs anyway and try to make up the loss on other items). Occasionally, we are between lots of another grade of herb and purchase some herbs to tide us over until a lot of organic or premium herbs arrive. In no case, would we do this for herbs in which we have seen a history of pesticide residues.
Once an herb has been found to have a detected pesticide Spring Wind will only carry that herb as Premium, Tested or Organic. For example, in the past several years we have often been unable to purchase Jin Yin Hua (Lonicera flowers) without pesticides and thus only carry it when it can meet our Premium, Tested or Organic standards. This principle holds true even for infrequently used items. If we determine that they are generally grown with pesticides we will not sell them unless we are able to procure a lot that has no detected pesticides.