30 Apr '13, 4am

Hong Kong prescribes new dose of old Chinese medicine

Hong Kong prescribes new dose of old Chinese medicine

HONG KONG: The young woman pours a pack of brown powder into a glass of hot water, stirs it well and drinks the murky mixture down, hoping the traditional Chinese medicine will cure her feverish cold. Sofie Lau may work as a paediatric nurse and she may live in the modern, fast-paced city of Hong Kong - but when it comes to treating her own ill-health, she prefers ancient remedies. Despite the age of its recipes, Chinese medicine - which has continued to thrive among Hong Kong's seven million residents - is not standing still. A growing number of young university-trained practitioners are pioneering changes within the industry, providing traditional remedies with modern efficiency. Lau, 25, says it feels more natural to turn to Chinese medicine. "I've tried Western medicine, but usually I feel very tired after I take it. Even though I can recover very fast, I will become s...

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