‘Chinese coffee’ gaining popularity overseas; Many foreigners mistake the brown dark liquid made from Chinese herbs for “Chinese coffee.”

‘Chinese coffee’ gaining popularity overseas

Staff Reporter


“If the effect is good, many foreigners who are used to sipping coffee will be lured to accepting traditional Chinese medicine, too,” Cao Hongxin, a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, once said. With Chinese populations emigrating throughout the world, traditional Chinese medicine has also been introduced in foreign lands. Traditional Chinese medicine had been practiced for thousands of years. But in recent years, it has been offered outside China and has become recognized by other countries. Over 160 countries now permit the legal use of traditional Chinese medicine. Chinese medicine shops, with their bitter Chinese herb smell permeating the air, used to be a unique scene in many Chinatowns. Many foreigners mistake the brown dark liquid made from Chinese herbs for “Chinese coffee.”In London’s Chinatown, Chinese medical clinics are often found next to restaurants. While Bangkok’s Chinatown is reminiscent of Hong Kong in the 1960s and 1970s.

With low fees and success in curing patients, Chinese medicine shops in Bangkok have always enjoyed good business.

In Australia, a Chinese medical doctor, surnamed He, enjoys a reputation for his medical skills and caring attitude toward patients, as the number of his foreign patients has increased.

Nearly 80% of his patients are foreigners, He said.

In Southeast Asia, Chinese medicine has been popular due to wide support by the Chinese populations there. In Africa, the price of Chinese medicine and herbs are low and often cure common medical problems afflicting many patients.

Chinese medicine and herbs, encounter the most resistance, both culturally and legally, in Europe and America, though they are slowly gaining recognition.

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