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Tiger 08.15.2012 buyer beware

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Tiger medicineAching joints? Tired muscles? Traveling can wear you out, especially after long flights and plane changes. The concierge at the small hotel you're in recommended visiting a traditional Chinese pharmacy just down the road. The practitioner there has remedies to cure aches, pains and fatigue.

So, off you go in search of remedies that have been used for thousands of years. The pharmacist is very helpful, and has a few recommendations for you. One is of particular interest to you as it's supposed to help strengthen the muscles and bones. Sounds good. But, let's take a look at the list of ingredients before deciding to make purchases.

Hmmmmm. There's a tiger on the box, and one of the main ingredients is Os Tigris. "What is Os Tigris?", you ask. "Sounds like tiger," you laugh. Humor changes to horror when the pharmacist tells you that, in fact, it is the bone of the tiger!

Tiger bone is a revered ingredient in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). And, even though the world community gives the tiger the highest international protection, you can still find black market products containing tiger bone for sale.

Tiger bone has many different names and medicinal or factory names, so if you want to use traditional medicines to heal your ailments, research it thoroughly to find out exactly what you are buying and taking.