DEDICATED TO EXCELLENCE
VitaPharm’s founder Alan Lau, a leader and innovator in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), began working with Chinese herbs in San Francisco Chinatown in the late 1960s. From a family of TCM practitioners who have been in the industry and business for three generations, Alan’s experience and expertise led him to joint ventures with Chinese farmers and the establishment of five organic Good Agricultural Practices (oGAP) farm bases of more than 600,000 acres of organic farmland that harvest more than 500 varieties of Chinese herbs.
Four traditional Good Process Practices (tGPP) plants, employing 1,000 trained technicians guarantee that the herbs are processed according to traditional methods while meeting contemporary quality standards.
VitaPharm’s four international current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) pharmaceutical factories of 4,500 employees, including 2,000 experienced herb experts and 13 PhD herbal scientists, are equipped with modern laboratories.
Dedicated to excellence, Alan was the first to provide sulfur-free Chinese herbs worldwide in 1975, abandoning the then common but toxic sulfur-bleaching cosmetic process. In 1980, he was the first US importer of Chinese herbal products with markedly lower heavy metal content. In 1998, Alan’s products that were tested with many others by the California Department of Health and published in 1997-1998 Compendium of Asian Patent Medicines were among the few that passed lead, arsenic, mercury and chemicals tests.