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China’s traditional medicine industry, of which Xi Jinping is a ‘big fan’, is set to grow to R7,5-trillion this year

Sophia Yan

Near the banks of China’s Yangtze River, a shiny, modern hospital block towers over Wuhan, ground zero of the coronavirus pandemic. Inside, patients consult doctors in dozens of examination rooms divided by practice — cardiology, paediatrics.

It looks and feels like a western medical facility, but treatments for ailments, including Covid-19, at the Wuhan Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine are different.

Doctors are doling out procedures, including acupuncture and moxibustion, as well as pills and powders, mixed with water, that use ingredients such as bear bile, goat horn, liquorice, lily bulb, dried orange peel, sweet wormwood and honeysuckle...

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