Save Tigers Now

Zi Zai Dermatology donates every month to the World Wildlife Fund’s campaign to Save Tigers Now.  While tigers are also losing their homes to deforestation, the sad truth is that most tigers are poached in the name of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) or folk remedies.  Historically, tiger bone (He Gu) had been used in TCM to treat arthritis and to strengthen bones.  In folk medicine, tiger penis was desired as an aphrodisiac (this is not considered a use according to TCM).  In China (and other Asian communities), it is still considered posh to adorn one’s home with tiger skins or to drink wine made from tiger bone or to use tiger parts as medicine.  At Zi Zai Dermatology, it is our strong belief that no tigers (or any endangered animals) should ever be used for medicinal purposes (or other purposes!) in this day and age.  No responsible modern herbalist would ever prescribe medicines containing tiger parts.  Tigers are officially listed in Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).  Yet the poaching continues.  This is absolutely unacceptable!

Just yesterday, India and the UK condemned China for tiger farming and called for a ban on such farms.  Shamefully, China responded in defense of the practice, claiming that there is no evidence that farming tigers (for use as tourist attractions) increases poaching.  This is a step in the wrong direction, China!  Those of us practicing Traditional Chinese Medicine today have a responsibility to educate our patients, consumers, governments and the world at large that tigers must not be killed in the name of medicine – wild or farmed.   We must save this gorgeous and majestic species.  We all must demonstrate that we do not accept the use of tiger parts in medicine, as a folk remedy, or for any other commercial reasons.  Until ALL of us denounce the use of tiger parts for commercial use and condemn those humans who continue to kill tigers and who benefit financially from the trade of their parts, poaching will continue. As long as there is a market (even a black market) for tiger parts, the killing will continue.

The World Wildlife Fund is working hard to save our wild tigers and to put an end to the senseless poaching of these beautiful and rare creatures.  Please consider supporting their good efforts by donating today.  Click the following link to learn more about this issue and about the WWF campaign to Save Tigers Now.

Tags: conservation, He Gu, responsible medicine, Save tigers, World Wildlife Fund

Topics: Business, Chinese Medicine, Miscellaneous

Publish Date: August 1, 2012     *Articles may include updates since original publishing.

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Diana Hermann is a licensed acupuncturist and board certified in Chinese Herbal Medicine. She received her Master Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, OR and trained in China at the Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Diana treats patients in her Fort Collins, Colorado clinic and hand crafts herbal skin care products for her company Zi Zai Dermatology. In 2015, she completed the Diploma In Chinese Medicine Dermatology program from Avicenna in London, UK.

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