If you’re concerned about the dwindling populations of animals such as bears, rhinos, tigers, turtles, and sharks, consider the effects of using ‘Natural’ and ‘Alternative’ Medicines before you go spend your money on them. Hundreds of species of plants are on the verge of extinction as well due to pre-scientific ideas about physiology, disease, and healing.
In many cases, the purported uses of the herbs and animal components have not been clinically verified. In most cases, they have been shown ineffective or there is no plausibility of effectiveness. When there has been a clinical effect, the active ingredient is typically isolated and synthesized. Despite these facts, the consumption of natural resources for no reason continues, and does so at an alarming rate.
Got a few minutes? Listen to Dr. Mark Crislip’s scathing review of the effects of TCM and other (S)CAM modalities on the environment: http://www.quackcast.com/spodcasts/files/archive-12-april-2009.html