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the body to bring it back into balance. (Chills, Fever, Phlegm)
There are thousand- year- old remedies that are being researched
by TCM doctors and pharmaceutical companies alike and I am
presenting one famous study here.
In a report from China News Daily, Ditan Hospital in Bei-
jing has been designated to treat swine flu patients since May.
The government has allocated $1.5 Million to research the
treatment of H1N1 using Traditional Chinese Herbs along with
a clinical study using Tamiflu with these herbs. All non-critical
patients were given the anti-viral drug Tamiflu plus the herbal
combination below. After one month it was determined that the
herbal formula was effective by itself with absolutely no side ef-
fects. It was noted that the recovery period was shorter for those
who received the herbal formula and far less expensive, with a
daily cost of just $1.76 compared to Tamiflu at a cost of $8.20.
The advantage of using TCM is that doctors can gear their
herbal prescriptions to the specific needs of his/her patient so
more critical patients would receive different care. Chinese
Herbals are the first line of approach to illness before resorting
to Western Medicine, which may have risks associated with it,
in many Asian Societies and hopefully it will continue to grow
in the U.S. The herbs for this study are as follows.
Lonicera Japonica Thund. (Honeysuckle Flower) 3 gms:
Laboratory investigations of Lonicera have mainly focused on
demonstrating anti-inflammatory actions. In vitro and animal
studies indicate antibacterial and antiviral activity (mainly
tested for seasonal influenza). In traditional Chinese medicine
it is used almost exclusively for prevention and treatment of
the common cold and upper respiratory tract infections, sore
throats and general flu-like symptoms.
Isatis Indigodica 3 gm: Also known as Woad root, this herb
is thought to have very broad anti-infection properties, which
partly explains its repeated use in flu formulas. It contains the
dye indigo which has been used worldwide as an antimicrobial
medicine.
Mentha Haplocayx Brip (Mint) 3gm: These are Chinese pep-
permints and were described by the Chinese as early as 470 AD
in the Oriental Materia Medica as a treatment for fever, head-
aches, excessive tearing, sore throat, oral and skin lesions, rash,
and toothache. The principal active constituents of mentha are
the essential oils, which comprise about 1% of the herb.
Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) 3gmTherapeutic use of lic-
orice dates back to the Roman Empire. Hippocrates (460BC)
extolled its use as an expectorant and gas reliever. It is one of
the most commonly used herbs in the Chinese Materia Medica
and is traditionally said to “harmonize” a formula in Chinese
medicine, acting as a guide herb to enhance the activity of other
ingredients, reducing toxicity, as well as improving flavor.
Laura Mignosa, NCCH, is a Nationally Certified Chinese Her-
bologist who is both Western and China trained. She is the
Director of Connecticut Institute of Herbal Studies, since 1992
and brings adventurers to explore the wonder of the Chinese
Culture each November. Laura was a co-investigator on a clini-
cal trial at UConn Medical Center to evaluate the effectiveness
of Chinese herbs for menopausal symptoms and breast cancer
and her private practice is maintained at the school where she
successfully treats all types of disharmonies. Presently she is
authoring her book titled, "DeCoding TCM".
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