Zhi Zi (梔子 – Gardeniae Fructus): An Anti-inflammatory Herb
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The objective of this article is to investigate the commonly-used Chinese herb Zhi Zi (Gardeniae Fructus), and ask whether it is effective and safe in the treatment of inflammatory diseases. The potential clinical uses of Zhi Zi are analysed according to the latest biochemical and pharmacological research. Commonly used Western drugs are not always convenient or effective for the treatment of inflammation due to their adverse side-effects. Thus, safe and effective treatment options from natural sources with fewer side-effects are needed. Chinese herbal treatment, as a supplement to conventional treatment or as a stand-alone therapy, can be effective in the treatment of inflammatory diseases. By knowing the advantages and disadvantages of Western and Chinese treatment options, the most beneficial treatment can be given to patients.
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