Herbal Capsules: How They're Made

An Herbs for Health editor learns how fresh herbs are turned into herbal supplement tablets and capsules.

Powdered herbs go into the funnel of the encapsulating machine, which can tamp powder into as many as 60,000 empty capsules an hour. Once herbs are ­encapsulated, they are rolled out onto a conveyor belt for ­inspection. Damaged capsules—those with dimples, blemishes, and other flaws—are pulled out before the capsules go to the bottling stage.
Photographs courtesy of Nature’s Way