Modern Medicine vs. Traditional Chinese Therapies
One of the ironies of life in Europe is that although there is a universal health care system here, some Austrians opt for Traditional Chinese Therapies to heal their ailments as opposed to modern medicine.
I have been advised to go visit a Chinese doctor to whom I would have to pay perhaps several hundred Euros out of pocket. Please bear in mind monthly installments are being deducted from my paycheck for the universal health care system.
Interestingly, I found this article online. Apparently Australian border officials seized powders, flakes and other component ingredients used in these traditional Chinese concoctions. Then a lab ran some tests presumably to answer the question: What the heck are in these things?
In the end, the article reports, the samples contained:
"A host of potential toxins, allergens and traces of endangered animals showed up in DNA sequencing tests on 15 Chinese traditional medicines, researchers said on Thursday."
FYI to those in Austria who utilize traditional Chinese medicines.
Full article is available here:
Source of article AFP= Agence France Presse, the French equivalent of the AP =Associated Press