How long do Chinese herbs last?

Question by Max: How long do Chinese herbs last?
My acupuncturist gave me a bottle of Chinese herbs in pill form. They have never been opened, but it says on the bottle that the expiration date is next month (7/12). Are they still good?

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Answer by KungFu
What makes you think I would know? Racist…

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  1. If they expire next month, they are more than good until the end of next month. In addition, that’s just the last day the manufacturer can guarantee the ingredients until, not that they would spoil on that date like a gallon of milk would. It’s actually more like how a bag of cereal is perfectly safe to eat even years after the expiration… it’s just going to be a lot more stale and maybe not as much nutritional benefits as when it was fresh, but it won’t hurt you. ;-) Good luck and I hope I helped!