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A Medical Breakthrough Made Possible By Ancient Chinese Remedies Just Won A Nobel Prize

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Bernadette Porter (173)
Tuesday October 6, 2015, 12:51 am
Thank you for posting, Kathy!

Evelyn B (62)
Tuesday October 6, 2015, 3:58 am
One of the worst characteristics of Western medicine ("scientific") has been the tendency to arrogantly dismiss centuries of experience ("old wives tales" or similar dismissive phrases).

Yet if they've gone on being used, they can't have been doing much harm and they might well have components that are effective. It is long past time to explore respectfully what has worked in the past ..... and modify minimally rather than produce entirely artificial "equivalents". Nature has much in store for us, if we respond respectfully.

I'm glad to see official recognition for those who seek to build on what nature & our ancestors have to teach us!

Thanks, Kathy

Janis K (126)
Tuesday October 6, 2015, 10:54 am
Thanks for sharing.

Birgit W (160)
Tuesday October 6, 2015, 1:17 pm
Evelyn B. says it all. Thanks.

JM T (24)
Tuesday October 6, 2015, 1:35 pm
Noted, thanks for posting.

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday October 6, 2015, 2:10 pm
Noted. Thanks for posting, Kathy.
I have been a strong supporter of Dr. Andrew Weil, here in the U.S.----he has an "Integrative Medicine Center" here in Tucson that combines traditional with alternative medicine. Since his degree was in botany, he used this education to help formulate a new direction for medicine. Everything old is new again......So glad to see this gain credence with a Nobel Prize.

Mitchell D (87)
Tuesday October 6, 2015, 4:06 pm
This is great, but, nonetheless, the Traditional Chinese phamacoepia (sp?) still has people killing tigers for "medicine" made from their bones, bears for their bile, etc., in mindless pursuit of silly "cures."

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 6, 2015, 4:09 pm
Not so anchent Chinee secret: Charman Mao used western medicine and has a special doctor flowin in from Paris for regular checkups and such. He know chine medicine is quack like duck.

Nelson Baker (0)
Tuesday October 6, 2015, 4:09 pm
Noted. Thank you for the article.

Anne K (139)
Tuesday October 6, 2015, 6:44 pm
Thanks, Kathy.

Julie W (32)
Tuesday October 6, 2015, 8:00 pm
I read this article elsewhere. YouYou Tu's research was published in 1977, and she only just got the Nobel prize ? Are any Western doctors using her medicine, which is an extract from sweet wormwood.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday October 7, 2015, 3:53 am
Thanks Kathy. When folks ask for my assistance, part of my info includes ancient Chinese, Tibetan and info from folk healers all over the globe. Julie W., , to try to answer your question, though I am not licensed, I'm a decades-long self-educated herbalist and into every form of natural alternative medicine. I've been aware of the uses for wormwood for decades. The sweet wormwood oil, (a different species), is a very strong antifungal, antibacterial..
The recipe for the tincture I have, is taken from a 1996 book by medical anthropologist, John Heinerman. I have all of his books, this one being "Healing Herbs and Spices"..Applied externally for pain, circulation. Used for destroying intestinal parasites, as insect repellent, for jaundice, hepatitis, as an anti-tumor, anti-cancer medicine.
Heinerman also said, that in the "Zhou Hou Bei Ji Fang" (A Handbook of Prescriptions For Emergencies), by an herbalist, Ge Hong who lived to be 110 (231-341 AD),: "Take a handful of sweet wormwood, soak it in a Sheng (abot 1 liter) of water, squeeze out the juice and drink it all for malaria."
(****This must be our lady, as Heinerman explained that) : a researcher from the Inst. of Chinese materia Medica of the China Acad. of Traditional Chinese Medicine, perused ancient medical texts in search of new antimalarial drugs, and decided to find out if soaking wormwood had to be done to avoid the loss of antimalarial properties by boiling or brewing instead She and her colleagues not only proved this to be a fact but also were able to actually test the herb on humans afflicted with malaria parasites. Clinical results very good
. Heinerman went on to say that chemists from the Div. of Experimental Therapeutics, part of the Walter Reed Army Inst. of Research in Washington DC, began to conduct their own lengthy investigations into sweet wormwood's ability to reduce fevers by killing intestinal parasites. (Heinermann went on to tell how to administer it.
Heinerman also explains how to make and use it in different forms to protect the liver from lesions produced by ingestion of harmful chemicals, and to treat jaundice, hepatitis, inflammatin of gallbladder, with a recipe for tea, taken internally. It's also available in capsule form. Not to be taken indiscriminately.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday October 7, 2015, 4:35 am
More without side-effects, please

Past Member (0)
Wednesday October 7, 2015, 10:32 am
Janice impress me once more :)
In China I trust. And in Thailand too :)

Ingo Schreiner (8)
Thursday October 8, 2015, 2:24 am

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Tuesday October 13, 2015, 4:38 am
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