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Many medicines come form the sea.
In fact, the sea may be our last untapped resource for new medicines. And it is true that the majority of sea horses consumed in the world market today are dried and sold by the kilo for use in the TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) Market. TCM includes the Traditional Japanese and Korean Medicines, Traditional Indian Jamu Medicine, Philippine Folk Medicine, European Alternative Medicine and the rapidly expanding American Alternative Medicine. Although as yet not altogether accepted by mainstream Americans, TCM has its believers in every corner of the planet and is recognized by the World Health Organization as providing a viable health care option. It has the largest global constituency of any other form of medicine in the world.
The seahorse is an integral element used in treatments by TCM physicians. There is a Chinese saying, which embodies the significance of the seahorse in TCM medicine: "North is Ginseng and South is Seahorse". Seahorses are known to contain natural testosterone and are used to cure a variety of aliments including sexual dysfunction such as impotence and infertility. Other ailments include respiratory disorders such as asthma, circulatory problems such as heart disease, kidney, liver disease, throat infections, skin ailments, general lethargy and pain.
We must be careful not to judge or attempt to control the medicine of a culture that has been around for over 2000 years and has more than 4 billion constituents.