Chinese medicine gains WHO adoption but it has many critics

( CNN) Herbal remedies have been used by healers around the world for centuries to prevent and treat cancer. But it’s in China that the practice has been most extensively use and documented.

However , not everybody is happy with the controversial move. Some in the biomedical community say WHO overlooked the toxicity of some herbal medicine and the lack of evidence it works, while animal rights advocates say it will further endanger animals such as the tiger, pangolin, bear and rhino, whose organs are used in some TCM remedies.

In a strongly worded editorial, Scientific American magazine called the move “an egregious lapsing in evidence-based thinking and practice.”

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