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Meet Leon Luu and Khrystyne Chong of Ancient Chinese Remedies in Torrance

Today we’d like to introduce you to Leon Luu and Khrystyne Chong.

Leon and Khrystyne, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Both Khrystyne and I grew up living in a family that relied on herbal remedies for the injuries and illnesses we would get from time to time. Our families had limited access to modern medicine when we were kids, but we did have formulas of herbal remedies passed down from previous generations. Even after Khrystyne and I later met, we didn’t think much of the herbal remedies until Khrystyne’s sister, Kathy, pass away from her battle with cancer.

It was a tough ten years starting when Kathy first discovered a cyst on her left breast. It was misdiagnosed as “nothing to worry about” to being stage 4 breast cancer. She had to undergo surgery, chemo and take multiple prescription drugs, all which led to her passing from liver failure.

Khrystyne was devastated from losing her sister and through this tough experience, had seen firsthand how modern treatments often-times can do more harm than good. It was from this experience that Khrystyne decided she wanted to promote and help others work through their pains and illnesses with natural remedies rather than modern-day drugs. This was how Ancient Chinese Remedies was founded with its primary focus on providing natural remedies to help people live a healthy life.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
We were super excited when we first started promoting our tincture, Safflower Secret, which helps with muscle and joint pain, particularly Arthritis.

However, it was difficult getting people to believe in it. First, we had a lot of competition with mass-produced pharmaceutical products that advertise instant pain relief by simply taking a pill. Next, our tincture takes time to work into the body to target the root cause of the pain and not just the symptom. Therefore, our tincture doesn’t necessarily give instant pain relief that many people desire. Third, there are many people who are skeptical of natural remedies and stick closely to modern medicine. Lastly, both Khrystyne and I had our demanding 9 to 5 jobs that leaves us with very little time to promote our product.

We only had our big breakthrough two years later when we decided to just take our product out to promote in person at flea markets and festivals all over Southern California. Although we have great results, we still struggle from having people accept our natural remedies.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Ancient Chinese Remedies – what should we know?
What sets us apart is that our Safflower Secret is carefully handcrafted with four different types of natural herbs that are carefully selected to complement each other for the best results. It is also tinctured for weeks with constant monitoring to achieve consistency. Lastly, after the tincturing process, only a small portion is retained for a strong potency and is not mass produced like some other medicines.

Besides just tincturing our Chinese remedies, we are also a curator of natural and Zen products for both physical and spiritual wellness with emphasizes in energy and sound healing. Being a Reiki (energy healing) Master Teacher, Certified Aromatherapist Coach, certified Raindrop Technique Specialist and Licensed Spiritual Healer, Khrystyne can implement her skills into curating great products she believes will make a positive impact for our customers. Also, unlike traditional brick and mortar stores, we setup our storefront at various flea markets and festivals to have a more personal interaction with our customers.

What we are most proud of during this journey is that through our dedication and perseverance into helping others, Khrystyne was able to give up her steady corporate job to pursue this passion full-time in helping people. While on this journey, she also founded Healing Raindrop (, where she has a practice utilizing her skills as a healer to coach people to achieve a healthy and balanced mind, body and soul.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
When we first started this journey, we had no direction or experience in our field. We were lucky enough to stumble across Brett Fogle and Tyson Russell who guided us from making our idea become a reality to building our website and bringing our product to market. We would not have gone this far without the mentoring and motivation of these two wonderful people.

We also have to thank our families for their continuous support, encouragement and belief in our success.


  • Safflower Secret $35
  • 12″ Lotus Drum $225
  • Smudge Kit $15

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