Are animal products used in Chinese medicine?
In Europe and the UK, it is illegal to use animal products within Chinese medicine. Only plants can be used in Chinese medical formulas in the UK and Europe.
In the USA and East Asia it is legal to use animal products in Chinese medicine. However, endangered animal products are not allowed to be used in the USA.
Recently, the use of bear-bile has been banned in parts of East Asia, which I completely support. I do not agree with the use of endangered animals such as tigers. Unfortunately, tiger products are still used in China and Tibet.
I don't use any animal products in my Chinese medical formulas. I only use plants in my formulas, such as bark, roots, leaves and seeds.