Chinese Bitters (CAD$)

Chinese Bitters (CAD$)



Julia Chang's original “Chinese Bitters” formula. Since she created Chinese Bitters, it has been recreated many times, but her formulation of Chinese Gentian, Scutellaria, Atractylodes, and Bupleurum remains the original.

The liver performs many important functions in the body, including the detoxification, filtering, regulating and storage of blood. It is also important in the process of metabolizing food, and in the regulation of hormones. Our Chinese Bitters tincture strengthens the liver, to help it perform these functions.


  • Chinese Gentian is the primary ingredient in our tincture, which is also known as Long Dan Cao, Gentianae Radix, or Bitterwort. In Chinese medicine, Gentian is used to “decongest the liver and gallbladder”[1].
  • Scutellaria is the second ingredient in our tincture, which is also known as Huang Qin, Baikal Skullcap, or Scutellaria Baicalensis. In traditional Chinese medicine, Huang Qin is believed to “clear heat”, particularly in the abdomen[2].
  • Atractylodes is the third ingredient in our Chinese Bitters, which is also known as Bai Zhu or Atractylodis Radix. In traditional Chinese medicine, it is believed to “nourish and strengthen” the stomach and spleen[3].
  • Bupleurum is the secondary ingredient of our tincture, which is also known as Chai Hu or Bupleuri Radix. The literal English translation of the name is “Twigs of the Barbarians”. In traditional Chinese medicine, Chai Hu is believed to strengthen the immune system and “open the liver”[4].


Take 1 teaspoonful (about 5 mL) once daily, ideally in the morning before food, on an empty stomach. Keep away from children. Store away from direct sunlight or heat. Do not use if pregnant, breastfeeding, menstruating , or if you have stomach ulcers. If you get headaches, reduce dose. If taken daily for more than 3 weeks, stop for at least 1 week before resuming.


If you experience a headache, you may be sensitive to some of the herbs contained in Chinese Bitters, or you may be experiencing a “detoxification” reaction. If that happens, you should try taking a much smaller amount next time (like 1/8 teaspoon). Over time, it is possible that you may be able to increase the amount without experiencing that reaction.


  1. Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica 3rd Edition, D Bensky & S Clavey & E Stöger, Eastland Press 2004, pp.141-144.
  2. Ibid, pp.131-134.
  3. Ibid, pp.726-729.
  4. Ibid, pp.73-78.

250 mL (8½ fl oz) Bottle

1 tsp (5mL) per Serving Size

48 Servings per Bottle

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Full List of Ingredients

Herbal Ingredients

  • Chinese Gentian (Long Dan Cao, Bitterwort, or Gentianae Radix) 10:1 Extract
  • Scutellaria (Huang Qin, Baikal Skullcap, or Scutellaria Baicalensis) 10:1 Extract
  • Atractylodes (Bai Zhu or Atractylodis Radix) 4:1 Extract
  • Bupleurum (Chai Hu, Thorowax, Hare's Ear, or Radix Bupleuri) 2:1 Extract

Non-Herbal Ingredients

  • Distilled Water
  • Ethyl Alcohol (27% volume)


Ingredients are subject to change at the manufacturer's discretion. For the most complete and up to date list of ingredients, refer to product packaging.

Disclaimer: these statements have not been evaluated by Health Canada. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.