Rhino remedy

时间:2019-03-03 12:04:01166网络整理admin

Rhino horn can reduce fevers, as traditional Chinese remedies claim, according to biologists at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. But the researchers also found that powdered horn from other species works almost as well. Paul Pui-Hay But, Lai-Ching Ling and Yau-Kit Tam treated feverish rats with solutions of powdered rhino horn at various strengths. The team reported in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology that the solutions did indeed reduce the rats’ temperatures, even at the lowest doses. The team then tried the same experiments with solutions of horn from saiga antelope, water buffalo and common cattle. All produced a similar effect, although only saiga antelope horn worked as well at the lowest concentration. Rhinos are threatened with extinction but rhino horn is a common ingredient in traditional medicines for ailments ranging from intoxication to life-threatening fevers. Conservation groups have found it difficult to persuade people to use substitutes, and although trade in rhino horn is banned in several Far Eastern countries, illegal trading continues. Chinese herbalists can confidently use the horns of these common species as substitutes for rhino horn, says But. The World Wide Fund for Nature’s Hong Kong branch is about to begin a campaign to publicise the existence of the alternatives to Chinese herbalists in Hong Kong, says Amy Lau,