|Submit Date:||19 Jan 2003|
|Treatment used:||sea horse|
|You can buy this remedy at:||your local chineses herbalist|
|Remedy will cost you:||a ounce of dried sea horse|
|Country of Remedy:||china|
|Remedy Source:||US News & World Report, !-20-2003, p 66.|
|More Links about this Remedy:||http://www.abc.net.au/rn/science/earth/stories/s36905.htm|
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Traditional chinese medicine uses dried sea horses as a cure sexual
dysfunction. However, sea horses have been recently listed by
the UN as a Endagered Species.
Sea horses are believed to lower cholesterok , cure incontinence,
asthma, skin disease, and help mend broken bones. The roman historian
Pliny the ELder recorded their use for leprosy and baldness.
More than 25 millin sea horses are caught dried and sold for use in
traditional chinese medicine and as decorative curios, or sold live
to acquiriums worldwide. Sea horses sell for as US acquarium
pets. They are also as dried curios in USA Michaels sotres.
Sea Horse populations have plunged 15% to 50% from 1990 to 1995 and
continue to decline, says Amanda Vincent, worlds leading expert on
sea horses. Consequnetly, the UN Convention on International Trade
in Endangered Species (CITES) will require all 160 CITES signatories to
measure their sea horse catch, then set export quotas to procted
threatened species. CITES may also require minimum size limts and
encourage countries to set up marine sanctuaries.
About 95% of the sea horse catch go to chinese apothecaries. According
to Amanda Vincent shippments of seahorses to asian ports rose from
40 metric tons in 1995 to 70 metric tons in 2000. In the Philippine
village of Handumon, the sea horse catch has declined 70% from 1985 to
Sea horses mate for life. The female also impregnates the male. He
fertilizes the eggs, and later gives birth to 1,500 baby sea horses.
Their terrority is small, they usally stay in one square meter or to a
single "holdfast". So when a diver captures a partner, it can take
months for the remaining partner to find another mate.
Research funded by Viagras maker, Pfizer, on apothecaries in Hong Kong,
has found a 4.5% decline in sea horse sales, after Viagras introduction.
However, Chinese prefer herbs to pills, so viagra will not save the sea
Editor: However, their are herbal alternatives to dried sea horses used
for sexual dysfunction: yohimbe bark and egyptian blue lotus flower.
which are effective and cost considerably less than viagra.
Research also has to be done as to why the seahorses are effective
more links on seahorses...