Traditional Chinese Medicine
Despite long-held questions over the efficacy of Chinese traditional medicine, Chinese experts maintain that an herbal formulation based on a nearly 2,000-year-old text is showing promise in treating COVID-19.
Recent photos of white-eyed owls floating in jars of “owl wine” created quite the stir in China and sparked outrage and calls for punishment.
Hanoi has already reached 106 degrees this summer. In an effort to cool off, I investigated the confusing system of foods that are considered "hot" and "cold" by Vietnamese tradition.
American-grown ginseng is prized in China, routinely fetching as much as $9,000 per pound. But much of the "American" root might actually be fraudulently labeled Chinese ginseng.
Many villagers in China's Hunan Province have taken to drinking tea made entirely of goat and pig manure. A few local woman even says it cured them of cancer. I tried it, and guess what it tastes like.
Rare animals are widely used in traditional Chinese medicine for supposed health benefits, and are also consumed as a mark of status.