silkie is the result of five generations of experience and wisdom in Chinese Medicine. Our supplements are made the old school way with proprietary formulas of powdered herbs and natural Honey as a binder for the pills. We don't use any fillers or artificial ingredients. Because this is how our great Grandfathers did it and we carry on that tradition.
Our family store "Thuan Hoa Hang" is located in Westminster, California at 9697 Bolsa Ave.
(714) 839 3661
Our namesake silkie is a Chinese breed of chicken that is well known for it's calm and friendly temperament. They are gentle and caring and make wonderful mothers. A silkie loves nothing more than brooding a cluster of eggs, whether they are her's or not, even if they are duck eggs. We share the same outlook on our clients and care for them the same way we care for our own family.
Historically, Chinese Medicine was practiced largely within a family-based lineage system. The specific techniques and knowledge required to practice acupuncture or herbal medicine were transmitted from teacher to student in the using an apprenticeship relationship. This meant a father or mother teaching his/her son or daughter, who would then teach their son or daughter. Students who weren’t related biologically to the teacher they wished to learn from had to establish a similarly close relationship – become “heart-sons” or “heart-daughters”- to that teacher, before being accepted as students.
Tam Zong Han (譚宗漢) with his nephew in front of one of his herbal stores in Vietnam, approx. 1967
Because each family had “secrets” for transmitting the art and science of Chinese Medicine, there emerged many different styles of practice – each associated with a particular family lineage. There were rivalries just as today as people search out the best practitioners and medicines. At the time of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, a decision was made to standardize and secularize the practice of Chinese medicine. By examining the various family lineages, extracting what they seemed to have in common, eliminating anything that the Communist Government considered to be too overtly “spiritual,” and naming the resulting collection of knowledge and techniques “Traditional Chinese Medicine” (TCM).
This was the historical moment when there emerged an “officially-approved” version of Chinese Medicine - which would be taught largely in government-sponsored schools instead of within a family-based apprenticeship system. While there are many positive results from the examination of all TCM techniques, these also lead too many very powerful cures and techniques being eliminated from the system not due to their lack of ability to cure or any scientific evidence. Distrust with government often meant secrets remained just that, secret.
Tam Cheng Hai (譚盛海) with his wife and two daughters in his herbal store in northern Vietnam, approx. 1959
Our story proudly begins with Tam Ri Cai (譚日彩) who was born in China in 1786. He was the first doctor in our family. Although he studied the law and became very adept at Traditional Chinese Medicine, he chose to follow in his father’s footsteps and became a minister. His ministry kept him very busy and was never able to formally open his own clinic. This did not prevent him from treating hundreds of poor people from different villages that he ministered to.
Tam Zong Rong (譚宗榮) and Tam Zong Gui (譚宗貴) with their nieces, approx. 1958
The next member of the family, Tam Qi Guang (譚啟光), was born in China in 1852. He was the only son who chose to study Chinese herbal medicine and became a doctor and did not work for the Imperial government. In addition to his practice he wrote many herbal books - some of which we still have today. They contain many formulas and remedies for different diseases from the places that he traveled to.
Tam Cheng Hai (譚盛海) in his herbal store, approx. 1957
In 1915 our third generation patriarch, Tam Cheng Hai (譚盛海), was born. He founded the highly respected company Min Sheng Tang (民生堂) in 1948. His sons Tam Zong Rong (譚宗榮), Tam Zong Han (譚宗漢) and Tam Zong Gui (譚宗貴) started to follow in his footsteps and began their training at seven years of age. Thirty-Three years later, Tam Zong Han (譚宗漢) changed the name Min Sheng Tang to Thuan Hoa (順和). Currently, Tam Zong Han (譚宗漢) and his daughter Ann operate a herbal store in Westminster, California.