Just like Western medicine there are green and non green practices. With regard to organic, locally grown herbs, diet and exercise that many traditional doctors prescribe this is considered green. When you get into traditional Eastern medicine in countries such as China, Japan and Vietnam some practices still requires animal parts from endangered species, this practice is therefore not green.
Unfortunately, many traditional medicines call for the use of various animal parts, often from endangered or threatened species. Although it can be easy for Westerners unfamiliar with these medicinal practices to write them off as superstition, the issue is made even more complicated by the fact that in some cases, the use of the animal parts are actually effective. So although Eastern medication does depend on more “natural” remedies and the use of herbs rather than pharmaceutical-grade medications that can end up in the water supply and require a great deal of energy to produce, package, and ship, they do place a great deal of pressure on suffering animal populations.
I imagine there are green aspects of eastern medicine, but one of the ways it is not green is through the use of parts from endangered animals. The rhino horn is believed to have medicinal and aphrodisiac properties, and poaching rackets take advantage of this belief. The rhino dies in vain as well, since rhino horns are dense, compacted hair, and chemically made up of something similar to horse hooves or human fingernails, and has no medicinal properties.
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