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Know someone taking Bi Yan Pian?

Get these out of your medicine cabinet.

This is a quick public service announcement unrelated to posture…

If you or someone you know is taking Bi Yan Pian, please read this bulletin from Health Canada about excessive amounts of mercury in this particular brand of pills.

I found out first-hand about the side effects, and they weren’t pretty.

I am absolutely not an expert of herbal medicine and profess to have absolutely no knowledge of how good this brand is or how applicable the pills may be for anyone’s specific situation. That being said, if you are looking for Bi Yan Pian, a blog by Washington D.C. acupuncturist Jeremy Riesenfeld recommends the following brand of Bi Yan Pian instead.

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Washington DC Acupuncture - Allergies and Sinus Issues | Transformational Acupuncture - March 30, 2012 Reply

[…] herb quality:  if you search the internet for Bi Yan Pian, you may easily run across a site such, warning of high mercury levels in Bi Yan Pian.  This highlights the importance of getting herbs […]

Elene Gusch, DOM - November 3, 2015 Reply

There is no reason to buy “off” brands of Chinese herbs. Mayway is one company that makes an excellent and trusted version of Bi Yan Pian. My family and I, as well as many of my patients, use it frequently for our allergies.

I have never known of anyone having significant side effects from this very commonly-used formula, and I have been practicing Oriental medicine for over 20 years.

Kelly Fino - July 6, 2017 Reply


I just found out that this product has been recalled. I have been taking this one on and off for about a year. I’m getting my mercury levels checked but I’m really scared what damage has been done. How long were you taking it and how long did it take you to rid it from your body?

    Matt Hsu - July 6, 2017 Reply

    I had only been taking it a few days. Once I stopped, I suffered no lasting ill effects (that I’m aware of).

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