Healthcare industry on course for growth


The pharmaceutical industry is one of the stable sectors. The desire for wellness offers is additionally leading to an increase in demand for health products, as is the rising life expectancy of the population and the increasing awareness of one's own health that goes hand in hand with this. At the same time, the standard of living in emerging countries is also rising, leading to growing demand for consumer goods and luxury items. Products and services from the areas of prevention, medical technology and wellness thus have good long-term growth opportunities.

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The healthcare boom extends to numerous sectors: From services to product manufacturers in the consumer goods sector as well as in the technical sector. Fifteen of the 125 largest listed companies worldwide currently come from the pharmaceutical and healthcare sector. Roche and Novartis lead the field in Europe, while Bayer is the second most valuable listed company in Germany.

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Large corporations have long since entered the growing services market like exness personal area login, covering all areas with their offerings, from logistics to physician associations.

Bertelsmann operates arvato Healthcare, a special logistics service for the healthcare industry. At the beginning of 2012, the company expanded its operations with another site in Hamburg, which offers optimal conditions for integrated services for the pharmaceutical and medical technology industries. Sites in France and the Netherlands were added in 2013. Investments in the double-digit million range are planned.

As an association of physicians, Mediverbund AG strives to offer the optimum service under the given competitive conditions while at the same time ensuring fair remuneration for physicians. Thanks to numerous cooperations with pharmaceutical companies, laboratories and risk management, this division has good growth potential, especially in view of the fact that competition between companies will continue to intensify.

The company MediNova AG is also interesting. The Karlsruhe-based company specializes in the further development of previously unused inventions into marketable innovations.

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The Swiss Wellness Trust AG sells devices for bioresonance and thus successfully expands the conventional medical product range. The Henry Schein company has increased its stock market value by an average of 13 percent annually over the past decade by selling dental and medical consumables, medicines, vaccines, equipment and devices, and software solutions. In 2013, the company generated profits of $432 million. The target is eight to nine percent profit growth.

However, it is not only consumer products that are benefiting from the positive trend in the healthcare industry, but also the pharmaceutical industry. Bayer HealthCare recently announced the expansion of its sites in Leverkusen and Wuppertal, Germany, at a cost of approximately 500 million euros by 2020, in order to manufacture preparations for the treatment of hemophilia and further strengthen the Leverkusen site. The company is thus striving to catch up with globally successful biotech groups.


Investments in the healthcare sector promise good returns in many areas. A study by PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) on the European healthcare industry attested to the greatest growth for German companies, with market capitalization increasing by 31 percent in the top 100 compared with 2013. In the case of pharmaceutical manufacturers, however, it should be noted that setbacks in the development of drugs can lead to share price losses, but conversely to high profits in the event of success. For the healthcare industry as a whole, Trendlink identified growth of more than 130 percent for listed companies over the last five years.

TCM believes sour tasting foods retain the Qi energy in the lungs whereas spicy foods dispel it. So as a general rule, in the autumn, you should go for sour in preference to spicy foods. Here are a couple of recipes for you to try in this season.
Traditionally around September 8, the solar calendar point termed ‘White Dew’, Chinese families start making rice wine. This slightly sweet beverage is used to warm the body and to add its delicious flavour in chicken dishes and soups. It is also commonly used to add to the sweet soup that accompanies mochi rice balls. I use the Shanghai Brewer’s Biscuits (‘ Shanghai Jiu Bing Wan’ 上海酒饼丸). They are inexpensive and can be found in Chinatown in London.
1kg glutinous rice
2 Shanghai brewer’s biscuits
500ml water, boiled then allowed to cool

  • Wash and soak the rice over night.
  • Next day, steam the rice over a large muslin cloth till cooked and soft.
  • Carefully add the 500ml water into the rice, place the whole in a very clean urn and leave to cool further.
  • Crush the brewer’s yeast biscuits over the rice and press down on the rice.
  • Create a little ‘well’ in the middle of the rice, cover the urn with clingfilm and put the urn’s lid on tightly.
  • Allow it to work its magic in 2-3 days in a warm place like an airing cupboard. The fermentation process needs to be allowed to occur uninterrupted, so resist any temptation to open the urn to check on progress. A yoghurt maker or an instant pot with yoghurt making function would be perfect for this mixture at a constant 30°C .
  • When the precious wine liquid can be seen gathering in the ‘well’ is when your rice wine is ready.
  • Finally, keep the resulting home-made wine in the fridge, for drinking later or for use in cooking.

“Shanghai Brewer’s Biscuits”

teanamu chaya teahouse yeast for rice wine
2-3 medium-size aubergines
450g chicken breast or thigh (skin on)
1 tsp fish sauce
1 box soft tofu
2 garlic cloves, chopped
3 salted duck eggs, boiled
2 tsp cooking oil
1 tbsp dark soy sauce
300ml chicken stock
1 tsp corn starch dissolved in 3 tsp water
1 spring onion, sliced

  • Dice the chicken and marinate in a splash of soy sauce, Chinese rice wine, cornstarch and white pepper.
  • Remove the duck egg yolk and roughly chop the egg white.
  • Dice the aubergines into cubes.
  • In a hot wok or frying pan, add 1 tsp cooking oil till smoking hot and fry the aubergine.
  • Add the garlic and fry.
  • Add a teaspoon or two of water to help cook the aubergine.
  • When the aubergine is soft and cooked, remove from wok and set aside.
  • In the same wok, add the remaining oil and fry the chicken pieces till light golden brown.
  • Add the egg white and yolk and the fish sauce and fry with the chicken till fragrant.
  • In a clay pot, add the tofu, aubergine, chicken cubes, chicken stock and all the rest of seasonings.
  • Bring to a boil for 5 minutes.
  • Add the cornstarch water to thicken the sauce.
  • Serve hot, topped with some sliced spring onions and a drizzle of glutinous rice wine.

Mooli is slightly spicy. In TCM terms it has a ‘cooling’ nature. Cooking it brings out its sweetness, which helps your body to retain moisture and relieve excess internal heat. This is considered a way of nourishing your lungs.
100g grated mooli
3g Miya Senchagreen tea leaves
200ml water (for brewing the tea)
salt to taste

  • Add the mooli into a pot and add just barely enough water to cover.
  • Bring to a boil and cook till soft.
  • Season with salt.
  • Separately, brew the green tea.
  • Pour the tea on to the mooli to make this interesting and nutritious soup.

Here are a few acupuncture points you can give some TLCs for a more comfortable autumn.

  • Choose a fragrant tea, if you can, like Lishan Oolong , or an mellow aromatic one like Emperor Pu Erh 1998 Vintage .
  • Add freshly boiled water to 2 or 3 grams of tea leaves in a small cereal bowl.
  • Position your face over the bowl and let yourself breathe in the steam.
  • Use your hands on the edge of the bowl to keep too much steam from escaping.
  • Enjoy this experience for 10 minutes, then you can sit up and drink the tea!
  • Don’t forget, with a good quality tea, you can keep adding more hot water and brew the tea again and again.

If you tend to have cold hands and feet all year round, there may be a blockage preventing the free flow of Qi energy in your body. For a simple way to improve this flow:

  • Fill a muslin bag, no bigger then the palm of your hand, with some unrefined rock salt.
  • Warm the bag in a microwave.
  • Lie down on your front comfortably and place the warm muslin bag on your ‘ Da Zui’ (大椎) acupuncture point. This acupuncture point is the slightly protuberant vertebra just below the back of the neck.
  • Do this as often as you can, ideally every day.
  • You can also aim the hot water flow at the same acupuncture point when you’re in the shower.

Traditional Chinese doctors believe that cold air enters the body via the feet. Hence, they encourage you to bathe your feet in warm water.

  • Soak your feet in a barely warm water.
  • Then do is very gradually add hotter water.
  • When the first drop of perspiration appears on the tip of your nose, drain away the hot water and massage your feet dry.
  • Then lie in bed with the soles of your feet facing each other.
  • Do this in as relaxed a way as you can, staying in that position for about 10 minutes.
  • This will allow your Qi energy to flow more freely via the acupuncture point that affects the kidneys.
  • After that, let yourself enjoy a night of blissful rest.

Giving TLC to your ‘ Tai Yuan ’ (太渊穴) acupuncture point is a particularly good way to relieve a dry or tickly cough.

  • The ‘ Tai Yuan’ acupuncture point is located on the underside of the wrist, below the thumb.
  • Gently massage it 10 times in a clockwise direction.
  • Then massage it 10 times anti-clockwise.
  • Do this three times.
  • Repeat daily or whenever you can.