Below are the results of a 2011 survey carried out by Galen University business students, working on this research in conjunction with the Mountain Horticultural Research Center near Asheville NC, with the collaboration of LNU-MSU College of International Business in Dalian. International business consultant Weidong Zhang provided translation.
The research project was conducted to determine which Chinese herbs currently being grown in test plots near Asheville NC would be viable high demand product that could be grown in the USA and exported to China. These Asheville grown Chinese herbs may also be used to supply local alternative health / medicine practitioners who have been importing Chinese medicinals (and why do that if they can be sourced local and uncontaminated?)
Since this Chinese medicinal herbs research study was conducted, Alison Dressler wrote a follow up article on Chinese herbs research in Asheville through the Mountain Horticultural Research Center.
Look out for another update from Ms. Dressler soon.
Chinese medicinal herbs Survey results BEGIN
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I am a Chinese citizen. I was born in China: 我是一名中国公民。我出生在中国:
Yes 78 94%
No 4 5%
I use Chinese herbs as medicine… 我使用中草药治疗疾病…
Yes. Every time I get sick : 每次当我生病的时候: 16 19%
With Western medicine : 中药和西药一起使用: 60 72%
To prevent getting sick: 为了预防疾病: 21 25%
Just by itself–I don’t believe in Western Medicine: 我不相信西药: 0 0%
Never : 从来没有: 3 4%
People may select more than one checkbox, so percentages may add up to more than 100%.
What are the top 10 most popular Chinese herbs used for medicine? 请您例举出最常用的十种中草药?
Ginseng Goji berry 冬虫,夏草,灵芝,人身,鹿茸,当归,茯苓,枸杞,当归,枸杞,人参,银杏,柑橘皮,菊花,何首乌,黄莲,三七,板蓝根菊花 Chrysanthemum ,枸杞 Goji Berry (Gou Qi Zi), 薏米,淮山药黄连、连翘、黄岑、红花、当归、伤风、甘草、白芷、牛黄、茯苓、白术金银花 川贝 菊花。SORRY,I CANNOT REMEMBER OTHERS AT THIS MOMENT决明子,枸杞,芦荟,金银花,地黄,甘草,三七,白果,肉桂,茯苓i don’t use the herbs on my own.so only my doctor konws the name of herb.枸杞 黄连 人参 菊花 当归 干草 茅草根 莲子 皂角 雪莲 黄连,黄芪,板蓝根,鱼腥草,橘梗,紫苏,胖大海,蒲公英,玉竹,夏枯草,甘草,三七,当归,黄连,藿香,板蓝根,决明子,夏枯草,阿胶,茯苓,连翘。甘草,白兰根,牛黄,枸杞,菊花,何首乌甘草 枸杞 冰莲人参,三七,当归,白芷,菊花,黄连,金银花,大青叶,板蓝根,银柴胡甘草 黄连 芍药 柴胡 枸杞子 决明子 首乌 茯苓 冬虫夏草 当归菊花 当归 枸杞子 何首乌决明子,银翘,当归,枸杞,黄连,East Asian Tree Fern Rhizome狗脊 Eph…
China news has reported that there is a shortage of farms for growng herbs–because of this, have you noticed that some herbs grown in China are hard to find? 有中国新闻报道说,现在种植中草药的农场稀少,造成了中草药的短缺。您有没有注意到,在中国有一些中草药并不是很容易买的到?
Yes 34 40%
No 50 60%
What herbal medicines have been hard to find? (based on previous question) 什么中草药已经很难找到?( 根据以上的问题 )
NoNo鹿茸,天然牛黄,虎骨I have no idear一些稀有中草药的价格飙升, 导致中产阶级消费不起。冬虫夏草、红花、鹿茸、雪莲,假货充斥市场!何首乌never noticed. You can always find herbal medicines easily, but the quailities could be vary a lot depends on the prices.As normally I just use herbal that are common, so I haven’t noticed this situation. 野山参SORRY, I AM NOT VERY FAMILIAR WITH THE HERBAL MEDICINES Frankincense乳香Pinellia,Anemarrhena,Salvia milteriza不清楚羚羊角 ,罂粟壳,琥珀,虎骨,鸦胆子…….冬蟲夏草I have no idea about that..Angelica,Polygonum (pinyin: He Shou Wu ) ,Salvia milteriza (dānshēn) ,renshen(pinyin),dongchongxiacao(pinyin),dongchongxiacao, renshen, 冬虫夏草 雪莲…
Are there some Chinese herbs you want to buy, but don’t because of contaminated growing conditions? If so, which ones? 是否有一些您想购买中草药,但由于担心草药的真伪或是担心品质受到了污染而没有购买。如果是这样,是哪些?
没有no 只有生病的情况下,在中药店依照药方开药。nope.Nope.Quality是否有农药,No, as long as I purchase them in licensed drug stores, I feel confidence that the drugs are genuine and in fair condition.没有,会相信药店山参,何首乌,冬虫夏草我很少买中草药,凡是需要的一般都能买到,而且我没有过对其真伪或是质量的担忧。ALL OF THEM Figwort Root玄参 roots are normally hard to choose, because their are so many fake ones.Goji Berry was everywhere but hard to find those ones with the best quality没有,我觉得去大药店(同仁堂)之类的买的话还是很放心的。雪莲,冬虫夏草,阿胶,鹿茸……….沒有Lucid Ganoderma. I headed of that it is hard to buy the nature one. Most of them are made by artificial..renshen, dongchongxiacaorenshen, don…
How much do you feel comfortable paying for Chinese herbal treatment?
1-5 RMB 0 0%
6-10 RMB 2 2%
11-20 RMB 3 4%
21-30 RMB 4 5%
31-40 RMB 2 2%
41-50 RMB 11 13%
It doesn’t matter how much it cost, only that it works 无论花费多少,只要治好病就成。 55 66%
Public health does not matter 公费医疗,无所谓。 5 6%
Would you buy foreign herbal medicine who certify their product as more pure and better quality than what is in China?
Yes, because I know some Chinese herbal medicine is contaminated : 会买,因为我知道有些中国产的中草药质量有问题、有污染: 19 23%
No, because I like to support Chinese products: 不会买,因为我只想支持中国的产品: 7 9%
No, because Chinese farmers are doing better growing cleaner products: 不会买,因为中国产中草药品质优良、信誉极佳: 17 21%
I don’t know: 我不知道: 16 20%
When I buy herbal medicine, I don’t care where it comes from: 购买中草药的时候,我不关注产地: 21 26%
Check the herbs below that you like to use; 请选择您常用的中草药;
猫薄荷 Chinese catnip 7 9%
知母 Anemarrhena 5 6%
当归 Angelica 49 62%
黄芪 Astragalus 27 34%
黄芩 Chinese skullcap 17 22%
菊花 Chrysanthemum 72 91%
枸杞 Goji Berry (Gou Qi Zi) 74 94%
绞股蓝 Gynostemma (Jiao Ju Lin) 10 13%
北美山梗菜 Lobelia inflata 0 0%
白芍 paeonia 29 37%
半夏 Pinellia 7 9%
何首乌 Polygonum (pinyin: He Shou Wu ) 27 34%
丹参 Salvia milteriza (dānshēn) 27 34%
五味子 Schizandra ( wu wei zi) 19 24%
People may select more than one checkbox, so percentages may add up to more than 100%.
What is your age? 你的年龄?
17-20 12 14%
21-25 52 62%
26-30 9 11%
31-35 5 6%
36-40 1 1%
41-45 2 2%
46-50 1 1%
51-55 0 0%
56-60 1 1%
61-65 0 0%
66-70 1 1%
over 70 0 0%
People may select more than one checkbox, so percentages may add up to more than 100%.
Are you male or female? 你的性别?
Male 男 27 33%
Female 女 55 67%
People may select more than one checkbox, so percentages may add up to more than 100%.
What Chinese province are you from? 你的籍贯?
Anhui (安 徽 ) 1 1%
Fujian (福 建 ) 0 0%
Gansu (甘 肃 ) 1 1%
Guangdong (广 东 ) 7 9%
Guizhou (贵 州 ) 0 0%
Hainan (海 南 ) 2 2%
Hebei (河 北) 0 0%
Heilongjiang (黑 龙 江 ) 3 4%
Henan (河 南 ) 4 5%
Hubei (湖 北 ) 2 2%
Hunan (湖 南 ) 6 7%
Jiangsu (江 苏 ) 3 4%
Jiangxi (江 西 ) 0 0%
Jilin (吉 林 ) 2 2%
Liaoning (辽 宁 ) 9 11%
Qinghai (青 海 ) 0 0%
Shaanxi (陕 西 ) 2 2%
Shandong (山 东 ) 5 6%
Shanxi (山 西 ) 5 6%
Sichuan (四 川 ) 6 7%
Yunnan (云 南 ) 1 1%
Zhejiang (浙 江 ) 4 5%
Taiwan(台湾) 1 1%
Guangxi (广 西 ) 1 1%
Inner Mongolia (内 蒙 古 ) 0 0%
Ningxia (宁 夏 ) 0 0%
Xinjiang (新 疆 ) 2 2%
Tibet (西 藏 ) 0 0%
Beijing (北 京 ) 9 11%
Chongqing (重 庆 ) 0 0%
Shanghai (上 海 ) 1 1%
Tianjin (天 津 ) 1 1%
Hong Kong (香 港 ) 2 2%
Macau (澳 门 ) 0 0%
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