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December 12, 2014
“Despite its deep roots in China, the future for traditional Chinese medicine is uncertain. Undoubtedly some herbs contains extremely powerful active ingredients and these will continue in use whatever happens. But other treatments are much more difficult to adjudicate. The very nature of TCM, with its holistic treatments and individualised prescriptions, means it is impossible to produce an objective guide to what works and what is mere quackery. In the end, money is likely to be the deciding factor. Those who can afford to pay thousands of dollars for expensive, but potentially effective, western drugs will do so; those that can’t will do what they have always done and call in on the herbalist in the market.