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November 26, 2020 - Phys.org

Understanding traditional Chinese medicine can help protect species

Understanding traditional Chinese medicine can help protect species
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Demystifying traditional Chinese medicine for conservationists could be the key to better protecting endangered species like pangolins, tigers and rhino, according to University of Queensland-led researchers.

UQ Ph.D. candidate Hubert Cheung said efforts to shift entrenched values and beliefs about Chinese medicine are not achieving conservation gains in the short term.

He said a better understanding of traditional practices was critical for conservationists to form more effective strategies.

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