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Extracts from Chinese herbs are capable of reversing multi-drug resistance in cancer cells, which is currently a major obstacle to successful anti-cancer therapy.

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Chinese researchers have found that an extract of the Chinese herb Tu Jing Pi (Cortex Pseudolaricis) has potent antifungal activity and may be a potential therapeutic agent for oral candidiasis.

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A flavonoid extracted from the Japanese raisin tree, Hovenia dulcis (Chi Chu Tzu), may counter the detrimental effects of alcohol consumption and offer a potential anti-hangover supplement, according to research from the USA.

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An active component extracted from the herb Chang Shan (Dichroae Radix) may be useful in the treatment of autoimmune disorders.

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Evidence is emerging that the malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum, is becoming resistant to the drug artemisinin.

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A Nature Outlook supplement focusing on traditional Asian medicine includes a number of interesting articles, including one on how Chinese herbal medicines interact synergistically with microbes in the human gut.

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Chinese herbal medicine theory holds that herbs in a prescription potentise each other and that the doses described in classical prescriptions are crucial to their effect.

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An overview of systematic reviews of Chinese herbal medicines (CHM) published in the Cochrane Database has identified areas that could be improved in future studies.

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A pilot study carried out in Hong Kong has found that a formula containing the Chinese herb Gou Teng (Uncaria rhynchophylla) can help patients with Parkinson’s disease carry out their daily living activities.

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Triptolide, isolated from the Chinese herb Lei Gong Teng (Tripterygii wilfordii Radix) could be a source of potential new anticancer drugs.

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