A systematic study on confused species of Chinese materia medica in the Hong Kong market

Zhongzhen ZHAO*, Jessie P.S. Yuen, Jialin Wu, Tao Yu, Wenhua Huang

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

As more and more people worldwide begin using Chinese herbs, authentication of these herbs becomes an increasingly critical, international problem. Mistakes, misidentification, or willful deception can cause illness and even death. Questionable authenticity with regard to Chinese herbs arises for a number of historical, geographical and nomenclatural reasons, which will be described in this paper. The current situation in the Hong Kong market and some suggestions for alleviating the problem are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)764-769
Number of pages6
JournalAnnals of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore
Volume35
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2006

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Medicine(all)

User-Defined Keywords

  • Chinese medicine
  • Identification
  • Medicinal herbs
  • Pharmacognosy

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