What About Wildlife?

Traditional Chinese medicine has been around for over 2,500 years—and now for the first time, its diagnoses will be included in the WHO’s International Classification of Diseases. The influential document guides global health statistics and insurance reimbursement decisions.

The TCM industry already commands $60 billion a year, and services like acupuncture are now mainstream. But TCM remedies are often derived from threatened animal species, raising concerns that TCM’s growing footprint could further endanger species like rhinos, already trafficked from Africa to Chinese markets.

As the WHO finalizes its international diagnoses codes, environmental groups are calling for specific caveats to protect wildlife.

National Geographic

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