A portion of a Tibetan Thangka showing some of the large variety of animal medicines used.
Materia Medica of Animal Medicines
MedicineTraditions does not support or condone the use of endangered animal products and does not believe in animal cruelty to supply human medicine. Animal Medicines have been an important part of all Traditions and a large number of medicines in modern medicine continue to be derived from Animals. Many of the most important animal medicines are by-products of animals that do not require killing the animal, while others may be procured from animals killed for domestic consumption. Some animal medicine information is supplied purely for historical interest and for thorough training of Traditional Medicine. Some of the most useful Animal Medicines are derived from Insects which don't have the risk of becoming endangered and can be grown and harvested ethically. The most controversial animal medicines (Bear Bile, Rhinoceros horn, Tiger bone etc.) all have modern substitutes which are widely applied in modern traditional formulas. See the Substitutes Page.
Birds & Flying Animals
Fish and Medicines from the Sea
Reptiles & Amphibians
Insects & Arthropods