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Contrary to popular belief, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is not an entirely separate entity from modern medicine. In fact, many of the drugs doctors prescribe, have their roots firmly entrenched in TCM.
For example, artemisinin, an anti-malarial drug is derived from qinghao, a Chinese herb. Similarly, lovastatin, which is derived from oysters, mushrooms and rice, is used in both TCM and modern medicine to lower cholesterol levels.