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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

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

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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