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Deaths and the darker side of modern Chinese medicine

Hundreds of injections based on traditional recipes are sold in China, some without stringent trials

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TCM is based on centuries of experience, but is traditionally taken orally. Injecting concoctions into the bloodstream can cause side effects.

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Ingredients being weighed at a traditional Chinese pharmacy in Beijing. Drugmakers, however, can charge more for injections making the latter a vital business for many firms.

Early on a snowy, winter morning in January 2012, Wu Xiaoliang, a 37-year-old farmer, stopped by his local doctor to remedy a headache. At a small clinic near his village he received two injections made from traditional Chinese herbs. Hours later, villagers saw him struggling to prop himself up

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