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Chinese Medicine and Endangered Wildlife

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Updated: Wednesday, Oct 07,2009, 2:38:49 PM
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 TCM professionals join forces with governments and organizations to stop the trade in wildlife products from endangered species.

The growing popularity of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) throughout the U.S. and the world has increased the risk of accidents in a number of plants and animals in danger. The animals are endangered as tigers and rhinos, before pressure from habitat destruction and trade in hides, horns and skins. Now, their number due to the increased use of animal parts in traditional remedies and food supplements.

But there's good news: The community gathers security organizations of TCM to combat the problem and an integral part of the solution.

Most endangered animal is the tiger. Long revered in China as a symbol of strength and endurance, the tiger is still wanted for its medicinal properties. The views of the majestic animals and their healing abilities, which leads to the disappearance of animals. Only a century ago, there were eight species of tigers, with over 100,000 wild tigers in the world. Today only five tiger subspecies, with fewer than 5,000 wild tigers in the world.

Rhinos face a similar fate. For centuries, the rhino horn is used to treat fever, convulsions and delirium. But it has been for years, the number of rhinos declined. In Asia, only about 2,800 rhinos.

Plants also threatened by the growing demand. Ginseng's popularity has led to over exploitation of wild ginseng root for America, which is now endangered.

The academic community is aware MTC endangered animals, and understand the use of substitutes. But you need to do more. That was the message, which was recently in a debate at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine by Claudia Mc Murray, U.S. was Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans, Environment and Science, Bo Derek, Special Envoy of the Secretary of State for Wildlife Trafficking and a leader in the field of traditional Chinese medicine.

China is the world's largest market for the movement of wild animals and the United States is second. Consumers in both countries, many of whom know that these animals are dangerous situation, demand for black market in animal products. As people look for tiger bone and rhino horn in medicine and tonic, and while they remain ignorant about alternative possibilities, the decision to acupuncturists often enough to save these animals.

To combat the problem, Mc Murray Coalition Against Human Trafficking Wildlife (Cawte), a unique coalition of government agencies and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to enforce existing labor laws is to obey strict laws, if necessary , and no information not buy consumer products, animals are free of illegal substances. Several countries have as a partner in the coalition, including the United States, Britain and India. China should be encouraged to increase their efforts to stop the trafficking of wild animals from the membership, y.

The traditional Chinese medicine community is also very involved in trying to attain enlightenment. In 2007 a group of experts of traditional Chinese medicine Ten Thousand Mile Tour start campaigning, traveling throughout China and stop acts of public awareness, because tiger bones and other parts of endangered species should not be used or sold increase. In 2008, just before the Beijing Olympics, the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies (WFCMS) organized an event at the Great Wall, in a comprehensive global report will be presented by the use of tiger bone and other endangered species extinction as a gift from the Beijing Olympics.




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