Chinese Olympic Athletes Warned Not to Use Traditional Medicine

From Traditional Chinese Medicine May Be a Remedy for Failure at Olympics, from The Times:

Chinese Olympic officials have advised national athletes not to take traditional remedies because some contain banned substances such as herbal ephedrine, a stimulant.

But many still take them, including Yao Ming, the nation’s star basketball player, who announced in April that he would use traditional medicine to help his recovery from surgery on his ankle. Chinese scientists have studied the remedies – some based on recipes dating back hundreds of years – to find out exactly what they contain.

The Chinese Olympic Committee first published a list of remedies containing banned substances in 2005 and updated it in December. The State Food and Drug Administration ordered traditional medicine-makers in May to print a label that read “Athletes use with caution” on many products.

Previously on CDT: Chinese Swimmer Banned Following Positive Drugs Test:

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