I don't know about
banning any chinese herbs, but my Mom just bought a bottle of red rice yeast in the health food store, for her cholesterol.... So however powerful the drug company lobbyists may be, red rice yeast hasn't been banned in any way, shape, or form.
diagnosed with UC '02
Asacol- 8 tabs/day
Remicade-10mgs/kg- from 4/07 thru 1/10
Humira- started 1/10
various probiotics & fiber supplement, kefir, turmeric