Dr. Gupta into Chinese Medicine

Dr. Gupta from CNN went to Beijing and visited a TCM clinic.

My first stop was something that I had been looking forward to for some time: a Traditional Chinese Medicine clinic. Immediately upon entering, I saw two young gentlemen in short white coats carrying around what appeared to be dried snakes on small white pieces of paper.

They quickly showed the “prescription” to the doctor and after getting her approval, they wrapped it up and handed it to the patient. “Was that dried snake?” I asked the doctor. She nodded, as if it were the most obvious thing in the world. Her attitude was not surprising given that 95 percent of people in China use what is called TCM, or Traditional Chinese Medicine. There are huge textbooks with descriptions of medications that vary from rhinoceros horn to turtle shells and yes, snakes.

In the book are not only doses, usually around 15 - 30 grams, but also specific uses such as “thins the blood, acts as a tonic” or my favorite, “restores the yang.”

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