An article by TechRadars team of experts, looking at the efficacy of Chinese herbal medicines, will be published in the journal Drug Safety.
The study will also be presented at the International Symposium on Antimicrobial Resistance (ISSAR) this week.
Researchers from the University of Queensland in Australia have been working for the past two years to examine the efficacy and safety of a number of different Chinese herbal remedies.
“We were keen to explore how the different herbs work, what they’re effective at, and what they don’t work as well,” said Dr. Jason Jones, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the study’s lead author.
“The study is the first of its kind to investigate whether Chinese herbal therapies are effective in treating a wide range of medical conditions.”
It also explores how the herbs can be used for more than just chronic conditions.
“According to the World Health Organization, more than 70 percent of the world’s population suffers from a chronic illness such as arthritis or chronic pain.
In China, it is estimated that there are more than 10 million chronic pain sufferers.
According to Dr. Jones, Chinese herbal therapy is one of the most widely used medicines worldwide.”
There are about 50,000 different Chinese herbs, and they’re used for everything from diabetes to cancer,” he said.”
They are used in more than 90 countries and they’ve been approved for use for almost every chronic disease on the planet.
“The study was funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the National Cancer Institute.
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