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Tibet's Golden "Worm"


Offbeat  (tags: Tibet, herbal medicine, China, odd )

Dave
- 733 days ago - ngm.nationalgeographic.com
An interesting odd story that I found fascinating. Tibetan Gold: A medicinal fungus highly prized in China is fueling a boom on the Tibetan Plateau



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Bette M. (91)
Saturday July 28, 2012, 5:33 pm
I suppose even the smallest gem Mother Earth
plants doesn't escape the superstitous idiocy of man.

Wherever you go there once was a forest.
Plant & protect Danny's trees for life.
Trees are the lungs of the earth.
 

patrica and edw jones (190)
Saturday July 28, 2012, 6:13 pm
Like Bette - we cannot help but reflect how gullible people are over anything the Chinese medicinal lobby puts forth as a cure. Don't get me wrong - we are great believers in acupuncture and Chinese herbs for many ailments. However it seems that - as with everything these days - anything can be a major money spinner and what will happen here with these 'golden worms' - as with the rhino horn, tiger parts, seahorse trade et al....most of these species will disappear for good in a very short time. We will all realise very soon that we CAN'T EAT MONEY. Better to do some good and like Beth says - plant a tree if you can't do anything else. Thanks Dave - very interesting post and I will pass it on.
 

BarbCat SunshineLady (1634)
Saturday July 28, 2012, 6:16 pm
I've heard of this before; every man's trash is another man's treasure. Thnx Dave.
 

Susanne R. (249)
Saturday July 28, 2012, 7:26 pm
There's no proof that this fungus-infected larva has any healing powers whatsoever, yet it seems to have taken control of so many people's lives! I guess people who are desperate for a cure are willing to try anything and want to believe that it will cure what ails them. It's certainly helpful to those who need to make a living. Zhaxicaiji has certainly found her cash cow and appears to be a marketing genius.

Very interesting story, Dave! Thanks for sharing it!
 

Michela m. (3819)
Saturday July 28, 2012, 7:35 pm
Noted!!
 

Carol Dreeszen (364)
Saturday July 28, 2012, 8:42 pm
This is another one and my guess is they use it mostly for an aphrodisiac (sp?)

Traditional Chinese medicine: China's bear farms prompt public outcry

Granted..there are some Chinese Herbs that are good.....I have used some from a company I use to sell products for but they have to be mixed correctly and exactly the right amounts in order to work correctly or they can kill a person if they are not. Koreans are also hot on this type of thing!! My X DIL is Korean and that was one of the first things she asked was if we could get a Bear for her to use for this purpose because it was a top dollar market item!!! Urrghhhhhhhh...
 

Carol Dreeszen (364)
Saturday July 28, 2012, 8:43 pm
Thanks for the forward Pat!! Thanks Dave!!
 

Stan B. (124)
Sunday July 29, 2012, 1:11 am
Very interesting, unless you happen to be a yartsa. Thanks Dave and Pat for the forward. Would love to know if they really work.
 

Sue Matheson (69)
Sunday July 29, 2012, 12:06 pm
thanks.
 

Dianne D. (455)
Sunday July 29, 2012, 4:51 pm
That was an interesting story. Thanks for sharing. Hope no animals are hurt in this process, since they don't know exactly what it is.
 

Fred Krohn (34)
Sunday July 29, 2012, 8:25 pm
The Tibetians should sabotage this in answer to China's illegal invasion of Tibet. Something that kills only Communists would be good...
 

monka blanke (74)
Sunday July 29, 2012, 10:34 pm
As BarbCat says "every man's trash is another man's treasure", and I'm surprised that the biz is not completely in Chinese hands, because as we know the Tibetan's are oppressed by the Chinese; they are desperate to make a living (from scratch).
 

Marie W. (64)
Sunday July 29, 2012, 11:03 pm
Chinese herbal medicine is ancient and good. Problem is there are too many Chinese and when they swop in like vultures on the 'cure of the day'- whatever it is is doomed.
 

Gina M. (0)
Monday July 30, 2012, 3:27 am
It seems most of he developed countries (including the U.S.are going "backwards" in one way or another!
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Monday July 30, 2012, 4:12 am
Noted, thanks.
 
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