China produces 5,000 tons of ejiao each year, requiring some 4 million donkey hides. The number excludes the people who obtain donkey hides illegally.
Most donkeys were stolen and they were treated poorly and killed inhumanely, most of the time, using hammer to beat them and knife to slit their throats.
A centuries-old Chinese herbal medicine could help humans fight tuberculosis, also known as TB, a study revealed.
A new study revealed how the Traditional Chinese Medicine compound kushen medicine help kill cancer cells.
Most Western professionals view traditional Chinese medicine with a great deal of skepticism. However, every once in a while, modern science finds evidence that some ancient practitioners were truly on to something. Such was the case with one remedy that was recently found to be just as potent in treating rheumatoid arthritis as traditional Western medicines.
The cane toad (Rhinella marina) isn't exactly a beloved amphibian. While countless frogs continue to face the troubles of climate chnage, shrinking habitats, and rampant disease, the cane toad has become an invading force in Australia - a dog-drugging nuisance without any natural predators to keep it down. But toad-hating Aussies may have hope yet. The cane toad is set to become Chinese medicine's next big import, as it was recently revealed that its poison could have cancer-fighting properties.
Age old traditional medicines don't always get it right, but once in a while they prove that practitioners were on to something long before western medicine showed up to steal the show. That's how it is in the case of wild cucumbers, where the compounds that can be found in their fruit and leaves have been rediscovered by modern science.
Not too long ago, the world was introduced to "brown fat," an arguably good type of fat that helps healthy people covert unused calories into body heat - a boon for the winter months, especially when watching one's waistline. Now, a new study has shown that a traditional Chinese medicinal herb can help convert normal fat into this beneficial type.
For centuries, traditional Chinese medicine practitioners have given their patients honeysuckle, often in the form of tea, to help alleviate certain ailments. Now, researchers think that this age-old practice may have been on to something. A molecule within the plant has been found to directly target influenza, making it a potential treatment option for the troublesome virus.