There is a little shop in Nha Trang, near harbor . Outside of it is a tank filled with water and SEAHORSES . Sometimes i would pass by and wonder why are they there ..
Here is the shocking answer …
Every year a more han 150 million seahorses are used in the Traditional Medicine Trade.There are 65 to 85 countries participating in the Traditional Medicine Trade.
Seahorses and other creatures (land and sea) are used for supposed cures for many ailments; however scientific research shows there is no basis for any of the claims made in the Traditional Medicine Trade that seahorses can cure ailments.
NOw its come to a point where Seahorses can be bought in a pill version , to save time . As before you would have to buy seahorses and make your own medicine.
Pills contain undersized seahorses that have not gotten a chance to grow to the grown up level and breed .
SEAHORSES ARE I HIGH LEVELS OF COLLAGEN, CHINESE WOMAN WOULD USE IT AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR BOTOX.
They catch male seahorses from wild that are pregnant , so this creates a problem of extinstion . As there are no baby seahorses to grow up .
Death of the Seahorse :
“The death of a seahorse to be used in the TCT is not pleasant; it is caught from the sea and hung in the sun until it dies, where it desiccates as it wriggles in its death. Once it is dead and dried it is sold by the indigenous fisher to a middleman. The fisher makes just a few cents whereas the middle man puts a big mark up on the cost of the seahorse and makes a large profit. The seahorses are then sold to markets or factories for preparation into medicines.”
THERE ARE 65 TO 85 COUNTRIES PARTICIPATING IN THE TRADITIONAL MEDICINE TRADE.
Facts about Seahorses :
– They are the only known species where male falls pregnant
-Seahorses can change colour
– Seahorses are i high levels of collagen, Chinese woman would use it as a substitute for Botox.
-Dried seahorses coss from US$600 – 3000 per kg . ( No wonder there are people catching them -as everyone needs to provide for their family somehow .
– There are ” Seahorse pills ” available . ( WOnder what is it ? )
– Its not only seahorses thats used for traditionaL medicine trade . Sponges , sea stars , corals , snakes , frogs and ever bears …Some of them dried , some stuffed in a bottle with vine .
-Professor Lu Yannian, who works at a Chinese O.A.P. research facility, recommends it for middle-aged couples looking to spice up their sex life.
-Consuming ground-up Seahorses is a Natural medicine alternative to drugs such as Viagra and other medications engineered for similar reasons.
-Seahorse Wine is thought to be a powerful sex tonic. ( Anyone tried ? )
– Seahorse wine is thought to keep people young and help with kidney problems and respiratory problems .
Materials used :
– Responsible natural medicine : http://borderlessnewsandviews.com/2012/04/responsible-natural-medicine-project-seahorse/
– Eating seahorses effects : http://asiaobscura.com/2011/04/strange-tcm-5-sea-horses-the-oceanic-aphrodisiac.html
-Traditional medicine trade : http://www.theseahorsetrust.org/traditional-medicine-trade.aspx
-Save the Seahorse : http://www.saveourseahorses.org/the-seahorse-dilemma.php