Poisons have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for over two millennia.
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The usefulness of a drug is typically measured by its active ingredient. But traditional Chinese medicine shows that there’s more to healing than using the right chemical.
Many seahorses mate for life, and males are always pregnant.
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Fascinating facts about this unusual fish include that it doesn’t swim very well. A marine expert reveals why
New research shows that the oldest surviving anatomical atlas comes from Han Dynasty China, and was written over 2,000 years ago.
Traditional Chinese herbal remedies are today used in many countries.
From herbal remedies to acupuncture, traditional therapies are valued particularly by ethnically diverse groups.
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The slaughtered tigers were not bred in zoos, yet their story should put captive breeding in general into question.
A rhinoceros after having had its horn removed.
Trading rhino horn has been legalised in a bid to undercut poachers and the black market.
Bears like Polly (pictured) are rescued from bear bile farms and sent to rehabilitation centres.
Bears in Asia are trapped in bile farms, where they are kept in small cages for decades.
The Australian drugs regulator is overhauling the health claims made by suppliers of complementary medicines, including homeopathic therapies. And some curious options are up for discussion.
Would you trust a complementary medicine described as “vermifuge”, “vulnerary” or “emmenagogue”? That’s what new labelling proposes and not everyone’s happy about it.
Doctors with special training in acupuncture and practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine worked together in emergency departments.
Some emergency doctors are already using acupuncture to relieve patients’ pain. Now a new study shows when it works, when it doesn’t and how emergency departments of the future might use it.
It’s not too late to get your Himalayan Viagra, but it’ll cost you.
The coveted and unusual aphrodisiac found only at very high altitudes can fetch up to US$100,000 a kilo.
The most concerning finding was leopard DNA.
Making sure that a tablet claiming to have 500 mg of paracetamol really does contain 500 mg of paracetamol is relatively easy. But how do you test for herbs?
Harvesting Artemisia annua.
Tu Youyou sifted through 2,000 ancient herbal remedies to develop a drug that now treats hundreds of millions of people a year.
1964 poster: ‘Prevent Malaria and Take Care of People’s Health.’
Painted by Wu Hao 吴昊
The 2015 Nobel Prize for Medicine went partly for research done during the Chinese Cultural Revolution based on traditional Chinese medicine. Here’s the story of Project 523.
Never before has a Nobel gone to an expert in traditional Chinese medicine.
The first Chinese Nobel Prize in medicine was awarded for work based on traditional Chinese medicine. Will traditional medical knowledge now share the spotlight with evidence-based medicine?
All dentists should be practising evidence-based dentistry for the sake of their patients.
Holistic dentistry claims to promote overall wellness rather than simply treating disease. But the lack of evidence for the alternative therapies underpinning it are cause for concern.
Neither laws nor guns are stopping the poachers.
Rhinos, elephants and the big cats like lions and tigers are all at risk of extinction as a result of a resurgence in the illegal trade of their body parts. Newspapers in recent days have been filled with…
Type 2 diabetes patients treated with traditional Chinese medicine alongside anti-diabetic drugs are a third less likely…
Chinese herbal treatments, among other complementary medicines, have come under scrutiny.
Cutting complementary medicine courses from universities would dilute the quality of the education available and threaten safe practice but have no impact on demand for it, according to academics writing…
New software combines ancient Chinese practices and modern medicine to measure health by analysing images of the tongue…
Traditional Chinese medicines the authors genetically audited using new DNA sequencing technology.
There are polarising views on the subject of complementary and alternative medicines (CAM). This website has recently published numerous article about the efficacy and regulation of CAM, the placebo effect…