Potentially toxic ingredients in Chinese therapy

Murdoch University researchers used deep sequencing to reveal the animal and plant composition of 15 TCM powders, tablets, capsules, bile flakes and herbal teas.

Researcher Dr Michael Bunce said: “Consumers should be aware of legal and health safety issues before adopting TCM as a treatment option.

“It’s hoped this new approach to genetically audit medicinal products will bring about a new level of regulation to the area of complementary and alternative medicine, and help prosecute those who seek to profit from the illegal trade in animal