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Rhino Horn Has No Health Benefit

President of the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) and President of Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM) Lixin Huang has publicly said that rhino horn is no longer approved for use in traditional chinese medicine. She also said the principle of balance is important both in traditional chinese medicine and in ecology, meaning that TCM does not approve of damaging or destroying the natural balance existing in ecological systems.  The use of rhino horn is a misinterpretation of TCM and is disrespectful to it, she also explained.

Rhino horn doesn’t have any medicinal value because it consists almost entirely of keratin, which is the same protein found in human fingernails, hair and toenails. Eating fingernails and hair doesn’t cure any ailments, and neither does ingesting rhino horn. Rhinos populations have been driven down to dangerously low levels, mainly because of demand created by very outdated, silly superstitions regarding their horns. There seems to be no limit on how ridiculous human beliefs can be, and yet in this case they are closely tied to very destructive, even murderous behavior.

There’s another animal with a single horn with magical powers – the unicorn! Most people today probably laugh when unicorns are mentioned, but some still hold ridiculous beliefs about rhino horns.

A fashion model claimed taking rhino horn pills could reduce the effects of aging, but clearly no one seeks out the opinions of fashion models for medical or health advice. In response to her comment,  the Founder and President Wildlife Foundation Cranleigh, Surrey said,  “I read with horror the interview in which [Elle] Macpherson endorses the use of powdered rhino horn. In Africa in the 1970s and 1980s, more than 96 percent of the world’s black rhino were slaughtered for their horn and are now critically endangered.” (Source: The Sunday Times)

This year has been especially hard for rhinos in South Africa, with increasing numbers being lost to poachers. An estimated 287 have been killed so far this year. The rhino killers are equipped with modern technology and very well organized.

Image Credit: Ikiwaner

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4:55AM PST on Feb 25, 2012

Cecilie is right.

4:53AM PST on Feb 25, 2012

This reminds me of this joke: 'Johnny, stop biting Grandma's nails, or I'll shut the coffin!'

4:52AM PST on Feb 25, 2012

Perhaps they should start biting their nails instead.

2:00PM PST on Feb 24, 2012

OK now it's time to educate certain culturesq about this

12:59PM PST on Feb 24, 2012

The Asian people need to be educated on this subject, that in actual fact Rhino horns do nothing for the health. The hard part is that they are so steeped in their beliefs, it is har to change them.
Poachers BEWARE you are going to be caught and punished!!

11:22AM PST on Feb 24, 2012

A fashion model consuming powdered rhino horn is every bit as twisted as a famous singer who had sheep embryonic cells injected into her face. Some people are so ruthless that they will stop at nothing to achieve beauty, which makes them not beautiful at all.

3:21PM PST on Feb 23, 2012

education is the key an ounce of prevention
life has value beyond measure
Peace and Love

10:50PM PST on Nov 13, 2011

~This does not come a a surprise to me!~

4:40PM PDT on Oct 6, 2011

Hard to believe anyone could believe this in this day and age.

12:31AM PDT on Sep 21, 2011

Tiger penis soup does not help erectile dysfunction either. Indeed no part of a rhino, tiger, elephant , or bear benefits any human function. Just one more BELIEF SYSTEM on the wrong path, as usual.

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