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Separating good science from folklore in traditional Chinese medicine

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Traditional Chinese medicine remedies have led to the development of drugs that have saved millions of lives. However, diagnosis and treatments are often inconsistent, and there is a lack of scientific proof for almost all treatments.

THE sale of products derived from endangered species such as powdered rhino horn is outlawed in China. Yet, these animals are still poached and sold for human consumption in the belief that, according to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), they can relieve a wide range of ailments and diseases