Monday, January 24, 2011
Sunday, January 16, 2011
By Michael Bristow BBC News, Anguo, Northern China
At the Central Trade Hall in the city of Anguo there are hundreds of stalls selling unusual products - tree bark, wild flowers and roots.
Many of them have unusual names, such as Baikal Skullcap and Pagoda Tree.
These products are all used in traditional Chinese medicine and are on sale at the country's largest market for medicinal herbs.
It is an ancient industry that is currently grappling with an age-old problem: inflation.
Medicinal herbs have on average nearly doubled in price over the last year. Some particular ingredients have gone up even more.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Here's another article about the rising prices: China sees soaring medicinal herb prices.
In any event be prepared to see frequent price increases in the product you buy.
Saturday, January 1, 2011
SINGAPORE, Dec. 28 (Xinhua) -- The prices of most herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) rose by 30 percent this year in Singapore.
Local herbs wholesalers contribute the price increase to the stronger Chinese currency and herbus supply shortages, local English daily the Straits Times reported on Tuesday.
The supply shortages are the result of major natural disasters which wiped out swathes of herbal plantations in China.
The prices of over 25 percent of herbal medicines have more than doubled in the second half of the year. For instance, the honeysuckle flower, or jinyinhua, which is used to relieve colds, costs as much as five times more than it did last year.....