Richters HerbLetter

Date: 95/09/12
1. Tibetan Anti-Fatigue Herb to Help Chinese Divers
BEIJING, Sept 11, Reuter -- In the 1996 Olympics, China’s divers may no longer suffer the effects of exhaustion caused by a tight schedule, thanks to obscure Tibetan herbs, according to a southern Chinese newspaper seen in Beijing on Tuesday.

Chen Yiming, chief coach of China’s national diving team, is mixing up a fatigue-relief tonic with extracts from Tibetan herbs, Guangzhou’s Yangcheng Evening News reported. Chen plans to test his potion on divers in competition next May and to begin regular use at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, it said.

As a diver-turned-coach, Chen has been working on his own anti-fatigue formula for 30 years in the belief a swift recovery from physical fatigue helps produce the best performance. Chen visited the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, in July and met traditional Tibetan herbalists who introduced him to 10 herbs believed to have properties to relieve exhaustion, including four to rebuild body strength and others to ease mental strain.

Chen reassured the newspaper that the herbs contained no form of stimulant. A stream of Chinese athletes has tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in international competition in recent years, including seven swimmers banned after the 1994 Hiroshima Asian Games.

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