• Chinese herb (Ganoderma lucidum) could treat obesity

slimBBC report:   Chinese well-known herb, Ganoderma Lucidum, could eventually be used in the treatment of obesity.

Commonly referred to as Ling Zhi, this ancient Chinese herb is a mushroom that is used to enhance longevity and boost health in Traditional Chinese Medicine.  In China, it has been widely used to heal and fight allergies, liver disease, lung problems, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.

The recent research, published in Nature Communications, suggested the mushroom reduces body weight, inflammation and insulin resistance in mice feed a high-fat diet.    In their report, the team said mushroom extract  “may be used as pre-biotics to reduce body weight gain, chronic inflammation and insulin resistance [type 2 diabetes] in obese individuals.

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• Chinese Herb 金银花 “Honeysuckle Flower” could fight flu

The Telegraph  reports on 7th Oct 2014 that Trials showed that Chinese Herbs , Honeysuckle Flower, could be effective against several variants of flu which have caused major public health scares in recent years .

According to the study held by Nanjing University ,drinking honeysuckle tea could help ward off flu. Boiled and drunk the Chinese herb helped suppress the effects of the influenza virus in mice, effectively acting as a “virological penicillin”, said the report in the Cell Research journal. Trials showed that it could be effective against several variants of flu which have caused major public health scares in recent years, including H1N1 “Spanish Flu” and H5N1 avian flu.

This result is the the first scientific evidence to support the old Chinese tradition of using honeysuckle to beat flu.

• Traditional Chinese herbal mixture could be ‘cure’ for eczema

shizhenDaily Mail reports:  Dermatologists at the Chinese University of Hong Kong found the mixture of Chinese herbs – which contained Japanese honeysuckle (金银花) , peppermint(薄荷), root bark of tree peony(牡丹皮), underground stem of the atractylodes herb(苍术) and bark from an Amur cork tree(黄柏) – had a dramatic improvement on eczema sufferers aged five to 21.

During the study, 85 patients were given either a tablet containing the herbs or a placebo.  Patients who took the Chinese herbal mixture felt their quality of life improved by a third, while those taking the placebo reported no improvement, the British Journal of Dermatology reports.


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