Canada.com has a good story reporting that Hong Kong stocks up on herbs in case of flu outbreak. A lot of people in the West are equally skeptical about routine vaccines and antibiotics. But Chinese medicine does tend to be a bit leisurely in healing people, and even Chinese doctors aren't always in favour of it:
Dr. Alvin Yee Shing Chan, a physician who follows Western practices, says there is little scientific proof that Chinese medicine works.
"Western medicine is based on scientific evidence," says Chan, a council member of the Hong Kong Medical Association.
He says that through scientific trials and studies, doctors know that Tamiflu works against human flu viruses.
In Asia, it appears to be helpful in treating victims of bird flu, and many scientists are hopeful it can help thwart any mutated flu strain that might set off a global epidemic among humans. But there is no scientific proof Tamiflu would work against such a super-virus, Chan says.
Judging from recent Vietnamese reports, Tamiflu isn't working very well at all. But I'm not sure I want to bet my life on honeysuckle, weeping forsythia, dyer's woad, and isatis root.