Saturday, October 24, 2009

Hornet Nests Used as Medicine in China

Migrant Workers Make Money by Selling Hornet Nests, 10/22/2009

A group of adventurous fortune-seekers is profiting by obtaining and selling hornet nests to pharmacies in Hangzhou, east China's Zhejiang Province, the local website reports…

A hornet's pupa contains high protein, and the nest itself makes for a medicinal herb as it produces honey and propolis, a resinous mixture that bees collect from trees and plants and can help intensify human immune systems.

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