Celebrated botanist remembered as mother figure

Dr Hu Shiu-ying, a world-renowned botanist and Chinese herbal medicine researcher, never had children.

Saturday, 16 June, 2012, 12:00am

Herbs of healing

The saying 'good medicine tastes bitter' is drilled into us from a tender age. The mere thought of a black and pungent traditional elixir fills us with dread.

Yet medicinal herbs that send patients pinching their noses and gagging were once natural beauties. They were fresh dewy plants that only took on a sinister air after processing.

21 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Nothing but the pith will do for herbal researchers

The tasteless, pale-looking herb Medulla junci may be unattractive, but it is commonly used in Hong Kong to treat a wide range of emotional and physical problems.

5 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Chinese medicine - that's the spirit!

In the past few decades, traditional Chinese medicine has become increasingly popular. People around the world are interested in the mysteries of Chinese herbs and tonics. Many turn to Chinese therapy when they are unwell.

30 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Third of Chinese medicine products may have to go

A third of Chinese medicine products on sale may disappear from shelves on Wednesday when a compulsory registration law takes effect.

27 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Beijing pushes traditional herbal remedy

Mainland health authorities have released three herbal medicine prescriptions they claim can block and cure swine flu.

The Ministry of Health posted the formulas on its website yesterday and told public health departments in every province to be aware of the worth of traditional treatments.

1 May 2009 - 12:00am

Disadvantaged to benefit when historic tenement becomes medical centre

Lui Seng Chun, one of the city's oldest surviving Chinese tenement houses, will be the site of pro bono Chinese medical consultations for CSSA recipients after its revitalisation, operators from Baptist University said yesterday.

21 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Clip sends up Chan's stance on commercials - his only grey area

Questions have been raised about Jackie Chan's perennially black hair, which rivals that of our dear and great leaders in Beijing. Now we know the answer: he uses mainland-made Bawang herbal shampoo, according to a new commercial. But hasn't the 55-year-old comic kung fu star insisted he won't endorse such products?

31 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

The Wow Factor

Overnight care

16 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Traditional medicine to take bigger role in mainland health-care reform

Nobody knows exactly how the long-overdue health-care reform plan on the mainland will affect the pharmaceutical industry. But one thing is certain: traditional Chinese medicine will step out of the shadow of western medicine and take a much larger role in the country's health-care agenda.

11 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Question mark over nutritional supplements

Opinion is divided over whether nutritional supplements can help reduce the side effects associated with chemotherapy.

19 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

More staff to enforce ordinance

The government will hire more staff next year to enforce the Chinese Medicine Ordinance. All provisions of the ordinance, which governs possession, sale, import and export of Chinese herbal medicines, take effect in January. Provisions relating to the licensing of Chinese medicine traders have been in effect since 2003.

13 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

'Rice-bowl' protest

Chinese medicine workers prepare to break rice bowls outside the Legco building yesterday, to symbolise the threat to their livelihoods implied by their exclusion from a bill allowing registered Chinese medicine practitioners to issue sick leave certificates. The bill passed its third reading.

29 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Chinese herb recalled after boy poisoned

The Department of Health yesterday instructed an importer-wholesaler to recall a batch of the Chinese herb Rhizoma atractylodis.

The move follows confirmation of a herbal poisoning case involving a nine-year-old boy.

21 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Man dies following herbal bath at clinic

A jobless man died after he collapsed while soaking in a herbal solution in a Chinese medicine clinic in Sha Tin yesterday.

Yau Chi-shing, 43, was sitting naked in a wooden bathtub at the Ichiban Wellbeing clinic when he was found unconscious.

Police said it appeared he had been in the tub for about 10 minutes when a staff member found him at about 1.30pm.

1 Apr 2006 - 12:00am