Health & Nutrition

Health & Nutrition

Human placenta is thriving on Chinese black market
An investigative report has found a thriving black market for an ingredient believed to have healing properties in China despite being illegal for over a decade.  Human placenta, who people buy fresh to either cook and eat, or process into traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), is thought to help people strengthen their immune system, treat various illnesses and improve reproductive health.  According to a report from the news portal Thepaper, the trade in illegal placentas is mainly based in Bozhou in the southeastern province of Anhui, Pizhou in Jiangsu in the east, and Yongcheng in Henan in central China.  Traders collect placenta for about US$12.30 each from hospitals, medical waste plants