This article discusses various modes of "modernising" traditional Chinese medical drugs (zhong yao) and transforming them into so-called Chinese propriety medicines (zhongchengyao) that are flooding the current neoliberal wellness markets. This article argues that the chemical procedures used in the manufacture of Chinese propriety medicines are highly culture-specific and deserve being considered as instantiations of an "alternative modernity" (e.g., Knauft 2002), rather th...Expand abstract
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