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Chinese herbs catch on big in U.S.

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The pharmacists of Kamwo Herbal Pharmacy in New York City's China Town spend their days weighing and mixing bear gall bladder, deer tail, wild ginger and other traditional Chinese botanical and animal ingredients. In recent years, the soaring demand for raw herbal remedies and a reputation for quality has made Kamwo an industry leader. (Eddie Vega / CNS)

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Mr. Wu, a pharmacist at Kamwo Herbal Pharmacy in New York City's China Town spends his days weighing and mixing bear gall bladder, deer tail, wild ginger and other traditional Chinese botanical and animal ingredients. In recent years, the soaring demand for raw herbal remedies and a reputation for quality has made Kamwo an industry leader. (Eddie Vega / CNS)

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Following traditional recipes, a Kamwo pharmacist cooks raw botanicals in state of the art boilers. In recent years, the soaring demand for raw herbal remedies and a reputation for quality has made Kamwo an industry leader. (Eddie Vega / CNS)

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Mr. Wu, a pharmacist at Kamwo Herbal Pharmacy in New York City's China Town spends his days weighing and mixing bear gall bladder, deer tail, wild ginger and other traditional Chinese botanical and animal ingredients. In recent years, the soaring demand for raw herbal remedies and a reputation for quality has made Kamwo an industry leader. (Eddie Vega / CNS)

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The pharmacists of Kamwo Herbal Pharmacy in New York City's China Town spend their days weighing and mixing bear gall bladder, deer tail, wild ginger and other traditional Chinese botanical and animal ingredients. In recent years, the soaring demand for raw herbal remedies and a reputation for quality has made Kamwo an industry leader. (Eddie Vega / CNS)

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Mr. Wu, a pharmacist at Kamwo Herbal Pharmacy in New York City's China Town spends his days weighing and mixing bear gall bladder, deer tail, wild ginger and other traditional Chinese botanical and animal ingredients. In recent years, the soaring demand for raw herbal remedies and a reputation for quality has made Kamwo an industry leader. (Eddie Vega / CNS)

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Kamwo Greeter Liz Greenhill, 30, offers a customer a whiff of the fresh herbs imported from China. In recent years, the soaring demand for raw herbal remedies and a reputation for quality has made Kamwo an industry leader. (Eddie Vega / CNS)

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Mr. Wu, a pharmacist at Kamwo Herbal Pharmacy in New York City's China Town spends his days weighing and mixing bear gall bladder, deer tail, wild ginger and other traditional Chinese botanical and animal ingredients. In recent years, the soaring demand for raw herbal remedies and a reputation for quality has made Kamwo an industry leader. (Eddie Vega / CNS)

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The importation of raw medicinal herbs to the U.S. from China has nearly doubled in the last five years, and Western doctors are taking note.


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