Ever wondered about the place of traditional Chinese medicine in the modern US health care market? As these treatments gain popularity, farmers in Appalachia step up to fill the demand.

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“Traditional Chinese medicine is gaining acceptance in the U.S., though still largely as a complementary treatment. Mainstream doctors are mixed on its effectiveness. Still, as alternative treatments gain traction and the demand for Chinese herbs grows, farmers in Appalachia are responding.

The Blue Ridge Center for Chinese Medicine in Pilot, Va., is surrounded by miles of mountains, forests and farmland.”

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http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/10/26/359023810/fresh-from-appalachia-chinese-medicinal-herbs

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