Facts: Snake Blood Remedy

Video highlights from The Witch Doctor Will See You Now

From The Witch Doctor Will See You Now: Snake Blood Remedy

  • Hong Kong is home to one of the oldest forms of medicine – Traditional Chinese Medicine.

  • 60% of people in Hong Kong use some form of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

  • Hong Kong has the second highest life expectancy in the world – 82, which is 4 years longer than the US.

  • Chinese herbal medicine is based on what is considered to be the oldest book on oriental herbal medicine, The Shen Nong’s Herbal Classic, a 2000 year old medicinal Chinese book.

  • Unlike Western medicine, Chinese medicine believes that the body and mind are inseparable, and a life-force called Qi flows through the body. When it can’t flow freely, the body is prone to illness.

  • Acupuncture, one of the most well known Chinese medicine techniques, has been proven to elicit the release of morphine like substances, which can ultimately lead to pain relief.

  • Chinese Herbal Remedies can contain literally thousands of different ingredients from tree bark to toxic venom. Chinese medicine believes toxic toad venom can even help with cancer.

  • Willow Bark is an ancient herb used in China for thousands of years to treat pain, headache and inflammatory conditions. The bark of white willow contains salicin, which is a chemical similar to aspirin. In the 1800s, salicin was actually used to develop aspirin.

  • Chinese Wormwood herb was the source for the discovery of artemisinin, which is now used worldwide to treat malaria.

  • Some Chinese herbal remedies have been known to have western synthetic drugs added to them so that the patient has an immediate reaction and feels that the remedy is having an effect on them. Things like steroids, paracetamol, caffeine, anti inflammatory agents, anticonvulsants and diazepam (a tranquilizer).

  • Snakes are an important medicinal animal in Chinese medicine. Their meat, as well as blood and bile, are sold for medicinal purposes and for its supposed aphrodisiac quality.

  • Chinese Medicine has a reputation for using endangered animals, including tigers, bears and sea horses. Hong Kong has strict regulations in place to try and stop the trade in endangered species.

  • Tongue acupuncture was actually invented by Dr Sun Jie Guang, featured in the show. It is based on one of the most ancient medical books in China, Wang Di Internal Medicine, and the idea that the tongue is the intersection of all 14 meridians in the human body.

  • Wet cupping (cupping with bloodletting) has been proven effective in Western medicinal trials, at elevating back and knee pain.

  • In China, acupuncture is sometimes used in surgery instead of an anesthetic. In 2007, Shanhai Renji Hospital, in China completed the nation’s first successful heart by-pass surgery via acupuncture and only a small amount of intravenous medication as an anesthetic.

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