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(CGTN) Social media has been a breeding ground for a range of debates, from the serious to the ridiculous. During the Spring Festival, China's social networks took to the topic of donkey-hide gelatin, or ejiao as known in China.


On February 18, the Weibo account "12320 Health Hotline" published a list of things that they deemed not worthy of buying during the Chinese New Year. Going against the thinking of traditional Chinese medicine practitioners, it said that ejiao is nothing more than "boiled donkey skin."


Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) claims that ejiao can be used to treat a variety of conditions including bleeding, dizziness, insomnia and even some types of cancers.



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12320 Health Hotline's post. /Weibo Photo



And in true social media fashion, the post spurred heated arguments among TCM groups. Some argued that one of the main components of donkey skin is collagen, believed to have health benefits.


The "boiled donkey skin" post was later deleted from the 12320 Health Hotline Weibo page.


12320 Health Hotline is a secondary agency belonging to the country's National Health and Family Planning Commission. It mainly consults and reports public health complaints.


However, many interpreted this as an official statement. Even some financial analysts said the "official opinion" may affect China's gelatin industry. The companies involved in this turmoil, such as Dong Yajiao has not responded.

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Hand-made Ejiao. /VCG Photo

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I have pointed out in the past that ejiao is not a medicinal product and its harvesting is an unconscionable crime. if people are daft to believe in superstitions that is bad enough but to base their superstition on "medicinal properties proven scientifically" is downright deception and should be stopped by the authorities.
Why don't animals enjoy a modicum of sympathy from Chinese people? Are Chinese people so callous and unfeeling? That is barbaric1

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This post was edited by pnp at 2018-2-26 14:01

Surprised in this day of science and high tech, there are still Chinese who believe in the ejiao myth.  Just because their ancient ancestors cooked up some silly concoction based on their beliefs, but devoid of scientifici evidence, the Chinese today hang on to it as a health tonic that can save them from poor health. There are many more healthy products that can be obtained without having to slaughter donkeys!  Obviously, the greedy ejiao merchants are perpetuating this myth to make a fast buck, taking their silly compatriots for a ride on the hide of the donkey!

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They should have come here when the boiled a whole elephant for gelatine production
Round Up is good for developing the mind

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