Illegal human placenta trade in China using medical waste, funeral homes

The black market for human placentas is thriving in China, despite the banning of the practice more than a decade ago, an investigative report has found.

People who buy fresh human placenta believe it has healing properties and will either cook and eat it, or process and it to businesses for use as traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), news portal Thepaper reported on Monday.

For many mainland Chinese human placenta or ziheche as it is known in TCM, is believed to be a legitimate treatment for those with weak immune systems and for help treating various illnesses such as tuberculosis and hypohemia, and for reproductive health.

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