The man behind Herbal Doctor Remedies and the websites herb-doc.com, theraherb.com and ChinaSecretMed.com has been formally warned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, for marketing his company’s supplements with medical claims not allowed by the agency.
Several products were mentioned in the letter, which, like most official warning letters, is not intended to document every single potential violation.
Here is an abbreviated list and some of the medical conditions the agency says they were touted for:
- Asthmatic cough
- Whooping cough
- Miscarriage prevention
Of course, the FDA claps back, claiming that none of Shen’s herbal medications have ever been officially recognized as either safe or effective for any of those health issues.
But even if they were, they would be further deemed “misbranded” because they are marketed for conditions the average person cannot accurately self-diagnose or successfully treat alone.
The FDA gave Hong Shen the normal 15 working days to remove the allegedly bogus claims and present a plan to keep such marketing spiel from appearing in the future. The letter was dated May 25, 2017; as of my visits to Herb-Doc.com, ChinaSecretMed.com and TheraHerb.com this morning I could not find any of the claims listed in the letter.
I did, however find other products being hawked for medical conditions like prolapsed rectum, sexual dysfunction, diabetes, cataract and various cardiopulmonary issues.