While Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been around for centuries and has benefits, the remedies that involve animal products – such as deer penis, pangolin scales, bear bile – foster billion-dollar illegal trafficking industries have to come to an end.
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Not just because they’re directly harming animals, but also because they are endangering them to the point of extinction, often with no proven medicinal benefits as well. While we’ve all gotten more woke about animal rights with delicacies such as shark’s fin being increasingly left off menus, we’re still a long way off. Here are animal products used in TCM remedies to steer clear of:
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