Re­port lists costs of raw ma­te­ri­als in TCM

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

The first com­pre­hen­sive com­pi­la­tion of mar­ket prices for tra­di­tional Chi­nese medicine raw ma­te­ri­als lists the cater­pil­lar fun­gus, pro­duced from dead moth cater­pil­lars, as the most ex­pen­sive at about 195,000 yuan ($30,533) per kilo­gram.

The fun­gus has been used in med­i­cal treat­ments for hun­dreds of years, treat­ing lung dis­ease, bron­chi­tis and im­po­tence. It also serves as a tonic for gen­eral good health.

A to­tal of 513 TCM raw ma­te­ri­als are on the price re­port.

China has nearly 42,000 TCM spe­cialty hos­pi­tals, ac­count­ing for 4.3 per­cent of the to­tal hos­pi­tals na­tion­wide, but most large public hos­pi­tals have TCM de­part­ments. Among more than 7.3 bil­lion hos­pi­tal vis­its last year, 810 mil­lion in­volved TCM treat­ments.

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