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Ancient Chinese preparation methods, that involved either soaking and wringing, or pounding and squeezing the fresh herb Qing Hao (Artemesiae Annuaeare Herba) are more effective than the current method of preparing herbal teas...

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Chinese scientists recently performed a comprehensive metabonomic analysis to reveal potential mechanisms of berberine action in the treatment of patients with type 2 diabetes and dyslipidemia. Berberine is an alkaloid with a...

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A Hong Kong team has evaluated Twenty Chinese herbs for their antimicrobial activity against four common oral bacteria, using an in vitro assay. Thirteen herbs demonstrated activity against Porphyromonas gingivalis, including Hou...

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American scientists have developed a biological method of testing the effects of herbal formulae using a laboratory model based on the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. This worm shares genes for aging and other traits with humans...

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Metabonomics is an emerging technology that enables rapid in vivo screening of the metabolic responses of living systems to pathophysiological stimuli. It combines the power of high-resolution nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)...

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Bi-Qi capsules, which are prescribed for rheumatoid arthritis and other osteoarticular diseases, have been found to suppress inflammation via several molecular pathways. The capsules contents include Ma Qian Zi (Strychni Semen),...

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Baicalein is a flavonoid extracted from Huang Qin (Scutellariae Radix) and is found in a wide range of Chinese herbal medicines that have been used historically for their anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and anti-tumor action. Recent...

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Consumption of ephedra (Ma Huang, Ephedrae Herba) extract has both acute and chronic effects on autonomic nervous activity. Twenty healthy Taiwanese subjects were given 1g of ephedra dry extract or placebo once per day for 14 days...

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Beany flavour is a traditional sensory indicator for evaluating the quality of Huang Qi (Astragali Radix). A root with a strong beany flavour is considered to be of good quality in Chinese medicine. A new study from China has...

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American scientists using atomic force microscopy (AFM) have discovered nano-scale fibres in Yunnan Baiyao, the traditional Chinese herbal medicine used to treat wounds. AFM images revealed an abundance of uniform nanofibres,...

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