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FIVE FLAVORS HERBS
A unique and specialized approach to holistic healing.
Integrating Traditions For Wellness
Founded by Ingrid Bauer, MD and Benjamin Zappin, LAc in 2005, we are located in Oakland and Grass Valley, CA. Integrating the best of science-based phytotherapy with ancient healing traditions to create the most efficacious products. Five Flavors Herbs manufactures herbal extracts for dietary supplement companies and our own brand in 10,000 square feet between 3 facilities.
Our herbal pharmacy serves healthcare practitioners with customized formulas for their patients. Our retail store in Oakland is a community health resource, also available online.
To create and deliver effective, sustainable herbal remedies by integrating Traditional Chinese Medicine principles with Western herbs and modern research.
To improve the health of people, the planet, and our communities by trusting the wisdom of nature.
WHAT WE DO
- Bulk extracts & ingredient sales
- Private label manufacturing
- Formulation and product development consulting
- Customized herbal formulations
- Online ordering platform
- Clinical therapeutic consulting
- Proprietary formulas
- Community herb shop
- Locally made goods Online store
Based in California since 2007, Five Flavors Herbs cultivates a unique and specialized approach to holistic healing. Founded by Benjamin Zappin, professional herbalist and acupuncturist, and Dr. Ingrid Bauer, MD, MS, Five Flavors Herbs bridges the therapeutic traditions of East and West. Focused on sustainable, local, and ethically wild-harvested botanicals, Five Flavors Herbs formulates herbal products that provide superior care for individual patients and reliable tools for practitioners and purveyors.
Our standard-bearing manufacturing capabilities, beloved community pharmacy, and FDA registered plant laboratory produce effective medicines and tonics used by renowned practitioners and clinics nationwide. Our formulas integrate the best of science-based phytotherapy with millenniums old healing traditions to ensure the most effective, high impact products possible.
Highest Quality Herbs and Extracts
“The bottom line is that to consistently produce herbal products that really contain the highest quality herbs and extracts, one needs experience and knowledge, passion, the right connections built up from years of teaming up with growers and collectors; Five Flavors Herbs has all of these wired.”
Hobbs, PhD, LAc, AHG
Poured their heart and soul into the making of quality medicines
“Five Flavors Herbs is a company I can trust to put together quality products because of the knowledge and integrity of the fine folks who have poured their heart and soul into the making of quality medicines.”
Jillian Stansbury, ND
Blends are comprehensive, dynamic, balanced, and efficacious
“Five Flavors Herbs is my go- to for quality, lab tested, and sustainability sourced liquid extracts. Five Flavors Herbs are the tinctures I use in my friends and family apothecary. The blends are comprehensive, dynamic, balanced, and efficacious.”
Asa Waldstein, AHG
Benjamin Zappin, LAc
CEO & President
Benjamin has over 25 year of training and clinical practice in acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Western phytotherapy, and botany. In addition to formulating Five Flavors Herbs’ proprietary line, he teaches nationally and consults with medical practitioners and nutraceutical industry leaders on product development.
Ingrid Bauer, MD, MS
Dr. Bauer is a board certified Internal Medicine physician who has been teaching and practicing herbal medicine and nutrition for nearly 20 years. In addition to her leadership role at Five Flavors Herbs, she sees primary care patients in a rural community health center.
Part of Five Flavors Herbs since 2012, Brian built out our lab and now manages Quality Control Operations. He works tirelessly to maintain all aspects of production in compliance with regulations to ensure quality and purity of Five Flavors Herbs’ products.
Chief Financial Officer
Bill has over 20 years experience in rapid growth entities. He has mastered the budgeting and projections process, as well as working with entrepreneurs to get their buy-in to accounting policies and procedures to ensure that all members put fiduciary responsibility at the top of their priorities.
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