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Political Motives Seen in Beijing's Warning on 'Himalayan Viagra'

In high-alpine meadows of the Tibetan Plateau, early May is an auspicious time to prostrate oneself on the loamy, reclining slopes and dig around for desiccated remnants of a medicinally hallowed caterpillar fungus. Revered as the "Viagra of the Himalayas," Cordyceps Sinensis is better known across Asia by its traditional Tibetan name, yartsa gunbu, which literally translates as "summer grass, winter worm." Neither grass nor worm, the coveted delicacy—blended in...

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