Chinese medicine has bene in the headlines recently, with scores of Western doctors visiting the Chinese People's Republic and Taiwan to study the remarkable cures claimed for acupuncture.
Chinese herbalist with medical model of a man.
CU Face of model
CU Elderly male patient.
MV Man as herbal liniment applied to foot injury.
CU Boy patient getting herbal rubbing.
GV Hong Kong countryside where herbs grown.
GV Street of herbal shops - truck carrying herbs from China passes camera.
CU Bags of herbs.
CU Jars of herbs at herbalist shop.
Herbalist treating girl's foot.
Herbalist takes down bottle containing herbs.
Herbal mixture made into a paste in frying pan.
Paste applied to girl's foot and bandaged.
CU Another herbalist feeling man's pulse.
Herbalist writes out prescription in Chinese.
Herbalist measures out herbs.
Herbs put into bag
Patient at home tips herbs into pot on stove.
CU Pot on gas heater.
CU Patient picks up boiled water and herbs and drinks.
GV Ext restaurant
Deer in cage at restaurant.
Int. Deer's head chopped up in kitchen.
Herbs placed on dish of deer meat.
Dish tipped into cooking vat.
CU as lid taken off bowl containing deer broth.
People drinking broth and eating meat.
Background: Chinese medicine has bene in the headlines recently, with scores of Western doctors visiting the Chinese People's Republic and Taiwan to study the remarkable cures claimed for acupuncture. Western drug companies are showing increasing interest in another branch of Chinese traditional medicine - the use of herbal remedies.
This film shot by VISNEWS Hong Kong cameraman Alex So illustrates how the herbalists practice their craft there, using remedies made from more than 1,000 plants, many originating in China.
The herbalists treat a wide variety of diseases and injury, and for those who are not ill there are restaurants that serve dishes incorporating herbs which are believed to promote good health.