Skip to comments.Rhino Horn Isn't a Hangover Cure or a Cancer Treatment
Posted on 05/17/2014 5:14:11 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Traditional Chinese medicine must promote conservation and find alternatives to unproven cures, says Chinese medicine expert Lixin Huang
What has rhino horn been used for in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)? At times during the 3000-year history of TCM, rhino horn was used to treat infections and was believed to reduce fever. It was never used alone, but in combination with Chinese herbs.
Given that rhinos are endangered, is rhino horn still used today? In China, Taiwan and South Korea it has been completely banned from use in medicine since about 1993. Also in China it is only permitted for use in research to identify substitutes, and is no longer listed in medical reference books. But in Vietnam a huge market for illegal rhino horn it is being used as a hangover cure by the nouveau riche. It is also being promoted to treat cancer. There is no scientific basis for such claims.
Has there been scientific research into the effectiveness of rhino horn in medicine? In one human study, researchers in Taiwan found that rhino horn temporarily reduced fever in children, but it was no more effective than aspirin. Animal studies done in the UK and South Africa found no pharmacological effects of rhino horn or any other animal horns.
What alternatives are there to rhino horn? There are plenty of alternatives; the studies I just mentioned found traditional plant-based medicines, such as Radix Isatidis, are great substitutes. They are now promoted by traditional medicine authorities in South-East Asia.
You work actively on conservation. How did you first become involved in this? In 1997, in my role as president of the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the World Wildlife Fund contacted me for a meeting. There and at later conferences, I learned about the challenges of
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But rubbing Tiger penis will bring good luck, right?
Well, if you manage to secure a rhino horn by stalking and killing the creature without being gored, stomped or crushed, you probably have already forgotten what ails you; hence the ‘cure.’ The age old practice, then, is simply mainstream salesmanship and the ‘Walmart’ effect on consumption.
It doesn’t win the Senate for the GOP either.
Why is it always tiger penis you guys bring up.
Must be some kind of fixation.
Best hangover cure: Stay drunk.
Bummer. When I sober up I’ll have a tough time explaining to my wife why I have all these Rhinos in the backyard.
Having seen African wildlife up close and personal I’m disgusted by anyone...Westerners,Asians,Middle Easterners...who insist on elephant or Rhino horns for whatever useless purpose they have in mind.
Just tell her they have connections, money and seniority and you're planning to get rid of them a.s.a.p., one after the next.
Yep. Power-slam four beers and your hangover is gone. Unfortunately, this usually leads to four more beers, another four after that and a hangover again the next morning.
Seriously though, the best hangover cure is a full shot of Nyquil. After about 20 minutes, you'll find yourself in a blissful, pain-free happyland. Just don't plan on leaving the sofa for the rest of the day.
Unlike rhino horn, aspirin can cause stomach upset, unless taken with blue whale eyelid tea.
Isn’t a rhino’s horn made up of dried mucus? All it would cure me of is my last meal.
Actually it is a cancer treatment. It just doesn’t work.
I just used to stay drunk. That was twenty-four years ago. These days I much prefer being sober.
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