Chinese Medicine & DAO Labs: Re-Imagining Your Healthcare Needs

By John G. McGarvey /

Chinese Medicine & DAO Labs: Re-Imagining Your Healthcare Needs

Last week we launched Joint Vitality, our newest Chinese medicine formula, based off a classic blend that’s been providing joint and lower back support for literally thousands of years (since the 7th century to be exact).  But rather than just launching a new Chinese herbal medicine blend, we ventured into an entirely new category of wellness, a purposeful move that underscores the versatility of what Chinese medicine can do.   

And timing in the alternative health category couldn’t be better:

  • According to a recent survey of approximately 17,000 participants, acupuncture ranked as the highest alternative health modality that Americans wanted to experience most in 2019.
  • The convergence of Eastern and Western medicine is very real, and very powerful. As highlighted in this recent article by CNN, doctors in Hong Kong use Chinese medicine, from acupuncture to herbs, to treat the side effects of Chemotherapy and radiation. 

We couldn’t be more proud and excited to be a small part of this movement – as a team, we subscribe to our western healthcare plans and relationships with our doctors, but we’ve also experienced how Chinese medicine can be such a powerful complement to our greater healthcare needs.  

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The Limitations of Chinese Medicine Should Not Be Barriers

As we have talked about since our launch, this incredible practice dates nearly 2,500 years, with a rich history of changing people’s lives since the earliest acupuncture needles (made of bones no less) were applied.  But it wasn’t until the last 40 years that it has taken hold in the U.S., with Chinese herbal medicine’s awareness and application significantly lagging still to this day. 

Two primary reasons why Chinese herbs haven’t been widely adopted (a key thesis of our initial reason for launching DAO Labs which holds just as true today) are rather practical but significant:

  • Chinese herbs, like much of Chinese medicine as whole, are complicated: the names are foreign and hard to pronounce, formulas can often be used for a variety of applications that are inconsistent and confusing, and the key concepts can be very challenging to grasp. 
  • Chinese herbal medicine has never, ever, tasted appealing to a western palate.  The consequence for long term compliance is unfortunately obvious – people never want to try them again if they’ve had an unpleasant first experience.  Regrettably, this is understandable.

We set out to change both of these limitations, and more.

Our Formulas and Approach to Your Health Needs 

With the addition of Joint Vitality and our movement into the joint and lower back support category, we’re looking forward to bringing more people under the Chinese medicine tent, much like we did last year when we introduced our two Sleep Remedies into the portfolio, or like we have with our womens' health formulas when we launched in 2017 – these are just a few of the endless ways that Chinese medicine can support your overall healthcare needs, and the feedback and testimonials support this claim. 

DAO Labs Formulas

The formulas that we’ve developed are all inspired by classic formulas that have been used for a very long time, and which remain popular still to this day.  Meet with any acupuncturist in the U.S. and they’ll likely recognize the blends.  For that matter, visit any Chinese herbal medicine pharmacy in China, which blanket the world’s most densely populated country, and you’ll find them there as well. 

All of DAO’s formulas follow an identical strategy: they are made with sustainably-sourced herbs that we test (and test again) and blend in the U.S., are combined with natural flavor combinations that make the experience enjoyable, are convenient and approachable, and perhaps most importantly – they are designed to make an impact on our customers’ lives. 

It’s Time to Embrace Chinese Medicine  – From Acupuncture to Herbs

We are always quick to acknowledge that Chinese herbs are just one component of this powerful practice, and our formulas represent just a tiny fraction of what Chinese medicine can do. We’re excited to be working with acupuncturists and doctors of Chinese medicine across the U.S. and Canada (and elsewhere too) – so if you’re on of the 17,000 respondents to the above noted survey and are looking to give acupuncture a try, feel free to connect with us and we’ll be happy to answer any questions (or read this article on what to look for from your acupuncturist relationship). 

And if you’d rather start with just herbs, we proudly offer a 100% “happiness guarantee” on all orders. Thankfully, we don’t have to use it that often, and we’re proud of the reviews on all of our formulas that do more justice in communicating the power of Chinese medicine than I can do in this post.

As for what’s next, we’re diligently working on two new blends that we’ll be showing to you soon, and will continue to maintain our focus in helping make peoples’ lives better through this powerful practice.     

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John G. McGarvey is a co-founder of DAO Labs and a regular contributor to The Way. A frequent visitor to China and Asia for both business and pleasure, he is an avid consumer of Chinese medicine. He can be reached at john@mydaolabs.com.

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