Increased Threat to Wildlife from Traditional Chinese Medicine

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An article in Nature (“Why Chinese medicine is heading for clinics around the world,” 26 September 2018) presents the alarming prospect of ‘Traditional Chinese Medicine’ (TCM) being endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO):

….expect that the inclusion of TCM will speed up the already accelerating proliferation of the [TCM] practices and eventually help them to become an integral part of global health care

In response to queries by Nature, the WHO said that its Traditional Medicine Strategy “provides guidance to Member States and other stakeholders for regulation and integration, of safe and quality assured traditional and complementary medicine products, practices, and practitioners””


“A pharmacy in a traditional-medicine hospital in Beijing dispenses medications” – Credit: David Gray/Reuters – “Why Chinese medicine is heading for clinics around the world,” Nature, 26 September 2018

It should be borne in mind, that many such…

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