17 Apr '12, 3pm

Endangered Animals Found in Traditional Chinese Medicines

Endangered Animals Found in Traditional Chinese Medicines

Researchers from Murdoch University in Australia detected potential toxins in powers, tablets, capsules, flakes and herbal teas used in traditional chinese medicine. They also found the DNA of endangered animals . “Some of the TCMs contained plants of the genus Ephedra and Asarum. These plants contain chemicals which can be toxic if the wrong dosage is taken, but none of them actually listed concentrations on the packaging,” said research leader Dr Mike Bunce. (Source: SF Gate ) Is it more disturbing the traditional chinese medicine products contain potential toxins, or that the labeling contains no information about their concentrations? Equally shocking is that some of the products tested were shown to contain traces of black bear and Saiga antelope. Other samples contained parts of species which are vulnerable, endangered, or critically endangered. “We found multiple sa...

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