WHY is it that when anyone coming from a view/point of ignorance pertaining to TCM, people always choose something like animal parts or "heart shaped leaves" to discredit the potential of TCM (with all of the modalities used, acupuncture, herbal formulas, tua ni, qi gong/tai chi, diet modifications) to help people with their health.
Yes, traditionally animal parts have been used, but that does not mean every body uses them. Most folks in most countries who practice outside of China do not use animal parts. Animal parts that are used in China- traditionally- (as you may be aware of from your own traditions in your own country)- traditions/beliefs are very difficult to change, aren't they. Perhaps you folks could mention your country of origin and perhaps we could point the finger at some of your 'ignorant/ridiculous' traditions that you perhaps partake in. TCM's focus is to treat a problem- both the symptom and the root cause. Western medicine's focus is purely symp-tomatic. What is the point in treating acute/chronic headaches if you are not going to address the root problem.
The medical/surgery business is a muti billion multi national industry. There is more money to be made in keeping one's population in a state of dis-ease or ill-ness then there is in encouraging the population to maintain their health.
How about western birth control pills. Perpetual Pregnant mares kept in small stalls and milked for their urine /harvested. How about all the testing/research done on animals and humans for the cosmetic and medical/surgery industry. Why don't you folks post the sites/information for these finds of testing/research or obtaining "drugs" Further, any and all pharmacutical pills/injections/topical's have their beginnings from either plant, animal parts or minerals etc..
It is easy to point the finger when one believes their way is a superior way, more enlightened, sitting on your (our) high horse. Perhaps if you folks coming from the point of ignorance where to spend years in an educational program of TCM and then spend years in a clinical setting dealing with people's health problems, of which many will come to you having gotten nowhere with the western system, and lo and behold their health improves- then perhaps you can sit on your high horse.
Oh yes, the word pharmacutical- root word comes from the greek language- translated ver batum into English means- sorcerry, interesting no? Sorcerry is "black magic", interesting no?
take care, may you never develope helth problems, and if you do good luck no matter "what" system you as an individual who has to "right" to choose, chooses.