Clear Lung and Detox Decoction has been Designated as a Specific Treatment for Covid 19 Pneumonia in China

Clear Lung and Detox Formula is a Special Medicine for Treating New Corona Viral (Covid 19) Pneumonia

The Joint Covid 19 Pneumonia Defense and Control Mechanism of the State Council of China held a press conference on April 17, and Wang Wei, vice-president and professor of Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and a member of the International Eurasian Academy of Sciences, attended the press conference and answered questions from reporters.

For the clinical application of Clean Lung and Detox Decoction, Wang Wei said, through various clinical observations and preliminary basic research showed that this herbal formula is suitable for mild, moderate, and severe patients of new corona virus (Covid 19) pneumonia. It can be the common prescription, with quick-action, efficient and safe characteristics. He believes that the Clean Lung and Detox Decoction is the specific medicine for treating the new corona viral (Covid 19) pneumonia, and welcomes domestic and foreign researchers to do comparative research on Clean Lung and Detox Decoction and other treatment methods.

Wang Wei said that on January 27, the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, based on clinical urgency, practical and utility-oriented, launched an emergency prevention and treatment project for the new coronavirus (Covid 19) pneumonia with Chinese medicine. First clinical emergency observation was carried out in Shanxi, Hebei, Shaanxi and Heilongjiang provinces. The first group observed 214 patients of different ages, and the preliminary observations found that the efficiency was more than 90%.

At present, the Clean Lung and Detox Decoction has been included in the sixth and seventh version of the Diagnosis and Treatment Schedule of New Coronavirus (Covid 19) Pneumonia. It is currently the only one of the prescription that has been widely used in 28 provinces and cities in China. It has gained a better effect, has become an important means to prevent and control the new coronavirus (Covid 19) pneumonia.

Wang Wei said that while clinical treatment of patients with new coronavirus (Covid 19) pneumonia, there are currently 66 designated medical units in 10 provinces and cities to carry out the clinical observation. Up to the middle night of April 12, out of 1,262 patients admitted, 1,253 had been cured and discharged, accounting for 99.28 percent. Of these 1,262 cases, no mild turned to serious, moderate turned to critical conditions, and it blocking the disease from developing to critical illness.

Compared with the National Health Insurance Bureau of China announced that the new coronavirus (Covid 19) pneumonia patients per patient treatment costs of more than RMB 150,000 yuan; from the clinical observation, the use of Clear Lung and Detox Decoction a treatment course of only about 100 yuan. It is also a big savings in the cost of health insurance.

(Translated from Chinese by Dr. QC Zhang)

The Role of Chinese Medicine in Preventing and Treating Covid 19 Infection in China

Covid 19 epidemic has been occurred in China for more than two months. During this time the applications of traditional Chinese medicine in prevention and treatment of this viral infection has gained some experiences and here I am introducing them to readers. This is not to be used as self-treatment. If you have any concern of the viral infection, please consult with qualified health care professional.

Garlic Anti-Virus

Garlic Antivirus, a Story of Lanling people

Though Lanling County of Shandong province, China, has 1.46 million people, not one has contracted Covid-19.  This is despite the fact that more than 10,000 farm workers from Lanling sell their crops, primarily garlic and ginger, in Wuhan, the epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic. Most went home for the Chinese New Year, the Spring Festival, yet they did not bring the coronavirus with them. What sets the people of Lanling apart from those in Wuhan is that the former grow garlic and ingest large quantities of it on a daily basis. Garlic, which has long been recognized as a strong antiviral, keeps the immune systems of the people of Lanling strong and healthy, able to ward off Covid-19. So, don’t be afraid of garlic’s odor and taste. Eat more every day. It could save your life.

“Clear Lung and Detox Formula”” for Coronavirus Infection

The National Chinese Medicine Administration of China announced the “Clear Lung and Detox Formula” for coronavirus infection, the prescription of the formula is here.

China’s Economic Network reported on February 18, 2020 the efficacy of Chinese medicine for the new coronavirus pneumonia, the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine stated on the Feb. 17th, 2020. The Clear Lung and Detox Formula for the coronavirus pneumonia had a good effect. Here is the formula prescription.

According to the notice issued jointly by the Chinese National Health Commission and the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine on February 6th 2020, the following is the “Clear Lung and Detox Formula” herbal formula.

“Clear Lung and Detox Formula” formulated as a combination and modification of a group of classic formulas of TCM, including Ma Xing Gan Shi formula, She Gan Ma Huang formula, Small Chaihu formula, and Wu ling San and it has a peaceful nature.

Prescription composition and method of administration :

Ma Huang (Ephedra sinica), 9g, Gan Cao (Glycyrrhiza uralensis),   6g, Ku Xing Ren (Semen Armeniacae amarum), 9g, Shi Gao (Gypsum firbrosum), 15-30g (first    fried), Gui Zhi( Cinnamomi Ramulus), 9g,  Ze Xie (Alisma orientale), 9g, Zhu Ling (Polyporus umbellatus), 9g,  Bai Zhu (Atractylodis Macrocephalae Rhizoma), 9g,  Fu Ling (Polyporus, Poria), 15g, Chai Hu (Bupleuri Radix), 16g,  Huang Qin (Scutellariae Radix), 6g,  Ban Xia (Pinelliae Tuber), 9g, Sheng Jiang (Zingiberis Rhizoma),(ginger) 9g, Zhi Wan (Radix asteris), 9g, Kuan Dong Hua (Flos farfarae), 9g,  She Gan (Belamcanda chinensis), 9g, Xi Xin (Asarum heterotropidest), 6g and Shao Yao (Paeoniae Radix), 12 g. 

Make a decoction and drink twice a day (morning and evening, 40 minutes after meals).

Each time after taking the medicine, take a half bowl of rice soup . If there is sign of tongue dryness liquid should be served.  (Note: If the patient does not have fever, the amount of raw gypsum should be reduced, if there is fever or high fever the amount of raw gypsum should be increased ). Three days is a treatment course. After one treatment course, if the symptoms improve but has not cured,   then take a second course of treatment. If the patient has special circumstances  or other basic diseases, the second course of treatment should modify the prescription according to the actual situation. 

Allicin Has Been Used for Opportunistic Infections of AIDS Patients

The Applications of Allicin in Preventing and Treating Opportunistic Infections of AIDS

                                           Qingcai Zhang,

                                            Sino-Med Research Institute

                                           20 East 46th Street, Suite 1402

                                                New York, NY 10017

I. Opportunistic Infections of AIDS

              Immune deficiency caused by HIV infection is not inherently life-threatening.  It creates a milieu for many pathogens to invade and infect the host as opportunistic infections (OIs). The invaders can be bacteria, mycobacteria, fungi, protozoa or viruses. The OIs can be a single or multiple organisms infection. Most AIDS related deaths are due to such opportunistic infections. Consequently, the successful treatment of opportunistic diseases is crucial to the aim of prolonging and improving the HIV-infected person’s life. In recent years, more treatments have become available for the treatment of life-threatening OIs, increasing the life span of AIDS patients. This, however, is a double edged sword: As patients live longer, they are vulnerable to OIs for a longer time span. This provides more opportunities for OIs to occur. That is to say that increased longevity has allowed for an increase in the incidence and prevalence of OIs. In caring for the HIV infected population, treating and preventing OIs assumes greater importance, especially when the CD4 count drops below 200.  Many Chinese herbal remedies have been found to be effective in treating OIs. Some of them can be used as replacement for conventional pharmaceuticals, which usually are more toxic and expensive and others fill gaps in conventional treatments. Allicin is one of the most effective Chinese herbal remedies for treating and preventing the OIs of AIDS.

              When I was searching Chinese herbal remedies for OIs, I speculated that the pathogens of OIs might be less virulent than non-opportunistic germs since they are pitted against a less capable adversary. The common germs can make common people sick, but the OI germs have a higher infection rate in the immune-compromised cohorts. Allicin has been successfully used to treat many kinds of common infectious diseases should be able to treat OIs.

              What would we require of drugs capable of treating OIs? They must have low toxicity. They should be tolerable on a long-term basis, especially after certain OIs have already occurred. The secondary treatment and prevention of relapse must be safe enough to be taken potentially for the duration of the patient’s life. The treatment must have both low acute and minimal cumulative toxicity. Allicin is virtually non-toxic and meets the above criteria.

              Due to the patient’s immune-compromised condition, the OIs are usually caused by multiple agents including combinations of bacteria, protozoa, fungi and viruses.  Therefore, the remedies must have a very broad anti-infection spectrum. Most pharmaceuticals are designed specifically for one kind of infectious agent. This requires the patient has to receive panoply of different drugs. Overlapping and potentially cumulative toxicities of these drugs can render such regimens unsafe, intolerable and, therefore, unacceptable. Sometimes conventional antibiotics which suppress bacterial infection are made from fungi, which then can facilitate the growth of a fungus. In the same way, Western anti-fungal drugs sometimes encourage bacterial infections. Instead of solving a problem, a new one is created. Pharmacological studies have found that Allicin has a very wide spectrum of anti-infectious ability that can cover bacteria, protozoa, fungi and viruses. It is an ideal candidate to use for the scenario of multi-agent co-infection.

              For OIs’ prevention, I like the concept– MOPPS — Multi Opportunistic Pathogen Prophylaxis. MOPPS is an active concept. It was designed as a treatment protocol to prevent multiple pathogens opportunistic co-infections. Any medicine can be used as a MOPPS must meet the above discussed conditions. Allicin is an ideal herbal candidate for MOPPS.

 II. Allicin Pharmacology

              Thanks to the integration of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and modern Western medicine in China, the pharmacology and pharmacokinetics of many commonly used Chinese herbs, such as garlic, are now known. Utilizing pharmacological data of herbal remedies, we can use herbs almost in the same way as we do with pharmaceutical drugs. For many key herbs, we know their physiological effects, the correct therapeutic dose, their metabolism and toxicity. We can also use an understanding of the therapeutic mechanism of an herbal remedy to broaden its application to diseases similar to the prototypic application.  This method was used to research the applications of allicin in AIDS.

              Allicin is a highly purified and concentrated garlic essence. Garlic bulb contains volatile oil, of which allitin is the major constituent. When the fresh bulb was smashed, allitin is decomposed into allicin by allinase. Allicin produces garlic’s characteristic odor. Many deodorized garlic products are promoted but are not useful for against infections. The odor of the garlic is the responsible part of anti-infection properties. Chinese scientists have purified this active ingredient of garlic and determined its molecular formula to be C6H10S3. Chemically, is called diallyl trisulfide and it is chemically stable.  

              Pharmacological studies found that Allicin has a very broad anti-infectious spectrum. It has anti-bacterial, anti-mycobacterial, anti-fungal, anti-protozoa, and anti-viral properties.  Its 0.5% aqueous solution is lethal to Salmonella typhi within five minutes after contact. It is significantly bacteriostatic or bactericidal against the following: Staphpyloccocci, Neisseria meningitides, Streptococcus pneumonia, Shigella dysentery, Corynebaccterium diphtheriae, Escherichia coli, Salmonella typhi and paratyphi, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, var. hominis, and Vibrio cholerae.  Bacteria resistant to penicillin, streptomycin, chloramphenicol, or chlortetracycline are sensitive to allicin. Antifungal action was observed in vitro, such as Schlemm’s Dermatomyces flavosa, Trichophyton vilaceum, and Candida albicansIn vitro bacterostatic tests proved that 1-125 mcg/ml of diallyl thiosulfonate was as inhibitory to Candida albicans as 0.05-1 mcg/ml was to Cryptococcus rubrae and 3.2-12.5 mcg/ml was to Cryptococcus.   The minimum inhibitory concentration of allicin on fungi was 1 mcg/ml. Its effects were about the same as that of amphotericin B, but was far less toxic. The mechanism of the antibacterial action of diallyl thiosulfonate involves the binding of the oxygen atom of its molecule with cystein to avert the formation of cysteine, thus interrupting oxidation and reduction in the bacteria.

              Allicin (diallyl thiosulfonate) also has antiprotozoal effects.  Ameba trophozoites soon lost their activity upon direct contact with the 5-15% aqueous suspension of the bulb. Experiments using direct contact and fumigation methods showed that garlic juice killed all Trichomonas organisms in 10-25 minutes, and the volatile components in 90-180 minutes, whereas 0.5% of the bulb filtrate acting for five minutes deactivated Trichmonas vaginalis. Besides anti-infectious effects, allicin has antineoplastic, immune enhancing and blood lipid reducing effects.

              Allicin’s pharmacokinetics has been well studied. After intake of 35S-labeled allicin orally, the total radioactivity in organs peaked in four hours, and in eight hours declined to half the peak value. Ten minutes after intravenous injection of allicin into mice, serum drug concentration was highest in the lungs, and, in descending order, in the heart, intestines, blood, fat, brain, muscles, spleen, and liver. The metabolism of allicin in the body was very rapid. Most of the intravenous dose was transformed into water-soluble metabolites within 10 minutes. The major route of excretion was via the urine and partly the feces.

              Allicin has almost no toxicity with an LD50 is 134.9 mg/kg in mice which is 134.9 times higher than its therapeutic dose (1 mg/kg). In animal studies, rabbits were fed a 0.15% solution of allicin at a dose of 3 ml/kg twice daily for 10 weeks. The animals were euthanized and post-mortem examination was performed. No pathological changes were observed in the liver, spleen, adrenal glands, and lungs. Allicin is a very safe substance with an extraordinary therapeutic index.

III. Clinical Applications in AIDS

              Garlic has a long history of medical applications.   In Chinese medicine, it is described as to have an acrid taste and a “warm” property. Traditionally, it is used as a Qi (vital energy) stimulant. It has stomach-warming, digestant, anti-inflammatory, detoxicant, and antihelminthic effects. It is used for indigestion, edema, diarrhea, dysentery, whooping cough, carbuncle, furuncle, tinea capitis, snake bites, and insect stings.

              For more than 20 years Chinese hospitals have produced a highly purified form of Allicin which has been administered as an intravenous infusion for bacillary dysentery, amebic dysentery, deep fungal infections, whooping cough, endobronchial tuberculosis, oxyuriasis and trichomonas vaginitis. For most conditions, the cure rate is 80 percent or better. I have used it extensively in my practice. It is potent enough to treat many common infections in non-immune-deficient patients and also for many different kinds of OIs in AIDS patients. The following is a brief summary of the clinical applications of allicin.

              1) Allicin as a MOPPS. For every patient whose CD4 count < 200, or whose CD4 percentage < 20% of lymph cells, I use allicin as the primary prophylaxis. I have designed two forms of aerosolized allicin treatments for the protection of the respiratory tract. With equipment similar to that employed for pentamidine inhalation, the patient inhales a nebulized allicin solution for 20 to 30 minutes to saturate the respiratory tract. As an alternative, an aerosol spray is carried by the patient and used as prescribed. Both forms use a concentration of 500 mcg allicin/ml. Most germs can be inhibited with a concentration of only 1 – 25 mcg/ml. This method can prevent and treat airborne infections.

              To prevent infections from food and other oral sources, an allicin vial containing 30 mg allicin/2ml solution is provided. This solution must be diluted to 8 to 10 oz with water. The diluted solution is used as a gargle and then swallowed or given as retention enema. For most patients, without acute infections, this treatment can be done twice a week. When there is an acute infection, this treatment can be done twice a day.  Recently, I helped a Chinese company developed a new, enterically coated, time release capsule of allicin. Each capsule contains 25mg of allicin. This form avoids the stimulation of gastric peristalsis and keeps the blood level of allicin more stable. Using this capsule, a patient can take much bigger dose and hence achieve better therapeutic and preventive effects.

              The majority of OIs are associated with two pathways. If we protect the respiratory and digestive tracts most infections can be prevented. From my personal observations, all patients who complied with these treatments, rarely complained of any dangerous new infections, such as Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP).    In a few patients whose CD4 cell count was less than 10, serious OIs were avoided for years as long as they adhered to these treatments on a regular basis.             

2) I have used allicin aerosol and nebulization inhalation to treat respiratory tract infections such as sinusitis, laryngitis, sore throat, bronchitis and residual symptoms of pneumonia. This inhalation treatment plus Chinese herbal formulas, such as Blue Dragon Combination, can very effectively treat most respiratory tract infections. One of QCZ’s HIV patients, who had suffered common bacterial pneumonia with high temperature, used high dose of allicin capsules (180 mg/day) plus three to four nebulized inhalations a day and thus was able to avoid hospitalization.

              3)  I have used allicin for treating cryptosporidiosis and microsporidiosis. They are very common in patients with CD4 cells count lower than 100. Five cases have been successfully treated with allicin. After these initial successes, a research proposal was submitted to the Office of Alternative Medicine of National Institute of Health (NIH). Although it received a very courteous evaluation, no funding was offered. Only after the AIDS Research Alliance of Los Angeles found this treatment has potential, this clinical trial was funded and conducted.   They published their phase I pilot trial in Searchlight of Spring issue of 1996. The primary result was very encouraging and found that allicin can clear cryptosporidium in patients with less than 50 CD4 cells.

              I have used allicin as a protozoa killer and adds some Chinese herbal formulas to stop the diarrhea and re-establish the digestive function and acupuncture on the acu-points: ST-36, ST-25, CV-12, SI-3, SP-6.  The combined treatment has proved more effective than use of allicin alone. A typical patient, Mr. B. with a CD4 count of zero for two years, and Kaposi’s Sarcoma, cryptosporidiosis and microsporidiosis had severe diarrhea. Using the combined treatment, his cryptosporidiosis and microsporidiosis cleared up within two weeks. Following clinical recovery, six stool tests and two colonoscopies found that these two protozoa had been cleared. Recently a larger dose oral of allicin, 180 mg per day was used for another case of cryptosporidiosis. Mr. G. has 30 CD4 cells, with cryptosporidiosis and severe diarrhea. He took 180mg allicin capsule per day and his protozoa were cleared within two weeks, diarrhea stopped and his CD4 count improved to 140.

              4) Allicin has been successfully used for treating an AIDS patient with crypotococcus neoformans meningitis. At the Berlin International AIDS Conference in 1993, Dr. Joan Presterley of Alaska reported one patient who failed to respond to all Western anti-fungal treatments. The patient had been comatose for four days. Following administration of allicin, the patient regained consciousness and recovered from the meningitis. Reported in China more than 10 years previously, this application has been successful in many cases. One of my patients, Mr. N., once had a serum titer of cryptococcus very high, with explosive vomiting and stiff neck. Taking allicin 120 mg per day for two weeks, his symptoms disappeared and the titer nomalized.

              5) Candida albicans infections respond to allicin. It is very effective for oral thrush and candidal esophagitis. For female patients who have frequent vaginal candida infection, using the same concentration of the aerosol solution to wet a tampon and insert into the vagina overnight for a few days will clear the candidiasis.

              6) Allicin can be used to treat mycobacterial infections. Tuberculosis and Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare (MAI) are common infections in advanced AIDS patients. Long-term use of conventional anti-TB and anti-MAI treatments is intolerable for these very weak patients. Allicin has been successfully used in China to treat bronchial TB. Allicin is a very good alternative, especially for drug-resistant TB and MAI.

              7) In my practice, I often see patients with long-term low-grade fever (around 100 degrees F). Many have no definite diagnosis, despite extensive laboratory tests. For these patients, I use an intensive regimen of allicin (nebulization inhalation and oral dose) and herbal formula, which usually normalizes their fever and prevents relapse.

              Allicin is really a wonderful herbal remedy. It is not only very effective in treating many OIs of AIDS, but it has no side effects apart from its somewhat unpleasant odor. Due to the purity of the allicin, however, the odor is short-lived. Moreover, allicin benefits the cardiovascular system and enhances immunity. A recently published study conducted by Chinese researchers concluded that allicin is a very strong anti-oxidant.

(This article was written before 1997. Recently it was edited by Dr. Max Haid, MD, Lic. Ac.

The Article showed that Allicin has wide spectrum of anti-infection effects.)

AI #3 Capsule

AI stands for anti-inflammation or auto-immune and number 3 means it contains three herbs: Mucuna birdwoodiana Caulis, Sargantodoxacuneata Caulis , and Oaederlae scandens (Paederiae Caulis ).

The main ingredient of the AI #3 Capsule is a group of various plant glycosides extracted from these herbs.  In China these botanical glycosides have been well studied and clinically utilized as anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory substances. They were diminutively called “herbal steroid”. Their pharmalogical activity is produced by a variety of components such as terpene lactone, alkaloids, and triterpenoids…etc., which have the selective autoimmune suppression and immune regulatory effects and at the same time many toxic components had been identified and removed. Pharmacological studies found that they have anti-inflammatory, autoimmune-suppression, immunomodulatory, and anti-tumor effects. The mechanism is that the glycosides can block the production of inflammation-inducing substances, such as 5-hydroxytryptamine, histamine, prostaglandin E2, improve capillary permeability, thus inhibiting swelling (exudation), chronic cell over growing (hyperplasia) of inflammation; It can also inhibit the immune response of the body from various ways, such as inhibiting the production of interleukin-2 and its receptor, interfering with the life cycle of lymphocytes, inducing apoptosis of activated lymphocytes, inhibiting the activity of nuclear factor κB, etc.

Clinically the glycosides have achieved remarkable therapeutic effect of rheumatoid arthritis. In recent years, with more clinical research, its application scope has been expanded.In China they have now been used for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, primary glomerular nephropathy, nephrotic syndrome, purpura, lupus nephritis, renal proteinuria, lupus erythematosus, subacute and chronic active hepatitis, allergic skin vasculitis, dermatitis and eczema, as well as psoriatic arthritis, leprosy reaction, Bechet syndrome, Sjogren’s syndrome, recurrent oral sores, ankylosing spondylitis and so on. It has been commonly used in the treatment of non-bacterial inflammation and immune disorders, the efficacy is similar of corticosteroids, but there are no adverse reactions of steroids.

TGP Capsule

To regulate immunity, we designed and use TGP Capsule, AI #3 Capsule, Cordyceps Capsule, Puerarin Capsule and Circulation P Capsule. They have immune regulation and general health support effects. Chronic LD has a lot of the symptoms overlap with CFS (chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome), therefore, the immune regulation and general health support can also be helpful for CFS.

Total glucosides of paeony is extracted and purified from the root of Paeonia Iactiflora Pall and it has anti-inflammatory, analgesic (pain releasing), anti-stress and immune-modulation, liver preservation and suppression of autoimmune effects. Multi-channel suppression of autoimmune response, as well as anti-inflammatory, and other pharmacological effects. Treatment of rheumatoid arthritis has a definite effect. Animal model studies found that it enhanced effects on both IL-1, IL-2 production by the celiac macrophages of rats. TGP has inducing effect on the proliferation of spleen lymphocytes and in AA (alko alcohol) rats and can restore it to close to the normal level. Lymphocyte proliferation indicates that the two-way immune-modulation effect of TGP which is dose dependent. Anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcer, anti-allergic effect of TGP (50mg/kg) on the rat adjuvant-induced arthritis and ankle swelling has an inhibitory and preventive effect.

Clinical studies had shown that the efficacy of the TGP in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis is similar to that of methotrexate (MTX), but its adverse reactions are significantly less and lighter than MTX and it has been approved as new medication for rheumatoid arthritis in China.

Modernization of Traditional Chinese Medicinal Herbology

Modernization of Traditional Chinese Medicinal Herbology

TCM herbology is the mainstay of Chinese medicine, and its modernization is a major contribution to the overall integration process. Advanced technologies in phytochemistry and phytopharmacology have been applied to Chinese materia medica so that the use of herbs in MCM is based, not only on TCM principles, but also on the features of the herb’s pharmacology.

The traditional way of making a decoction from dried, raw herbs is subject to great variation. The herbal species, soil and other growing conditions, time of collection, and processing procedures can all vary, and the raw herbs may be tainted by herbicides and other contaminants. By employing phytochemistry techniques to extract active ingredients and purify them, variation and contamination are eliminated. Scientists have isolated the specific active ingredients that are responsible for the therapeutic effects of the herbs and have determined the molecular structure of most of these ingredients. Their physiological actions and metabolism in the body, possible toxicity and adverse reactions, clinical dosage, and treatment courses have thus been studied. In this way, MCM practitioners know exactly what and how much to administer to individual patients. The potency of herbal remedies has thus been standardized to enhance consistency and quality, assuring the predictability of the therapeutic effect and allowing for the replication of clinical outcomes. These studies also permit observation of the interactions between herbal remedies and conventional Western pharmaceuticals with the aim of avoiding harmful side effects. Pills and capsules make the administration of herbal medicine far more convenient and palatable than preparing and drinking bitter decoctions, as has been done for thousands of years. 

In our practice we have developed our own herbal products to ensure their quality, safety, and efficacy. Our standards follow:

  • The active ingredient is identifiable.
  • The potency is measurable.
  • The clinical action is predictable.
  • The clinical outcome is repeatable.

Modern research methods applied to traditional medicinal herbs have enhanced the effectiveness of TCM. MCM can treat some diseases that are difficult for both TCM and WM. MCM herbs can be used to enhance the therapeutic effects and/or mitigate the side effects of Western pharmaceuticals. This strategy has been routinely applied in China. From these studies the herb’s indication for treatment of diseases is expanded. For example, the artemisinin extracted from Chinese herb Qing Hao (Herba Artemisiae annuae) and its molecular derivatives, such as artesunate and artemether were originally developed as anti-malaria medicine and now we have used them for treating babesiosis a malaria-like protozoa co-infection of Lyme disease and even for cancer as non-cytotoxic anti-cancer medicine, which can promote cancer cell undergo apoptosis without hurting normal cells.  Recently the discoverer of artemisinin who win 2015 Nobel Prize and her team announced that these substances can also be effectively used to treat systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and rheumatoid arthritis.  

What is MCM – 2 Comparation & Integration of Chinese and Western Medicines

WM was codified during the Industrial Age and so considers the body in terms of its physical and chemical properties. In contrast, TCM developed in the prescience era and is, therefore, based on the observation of nature. In the more than 5,000 years of Chinese civilization, a unique way of thinking has developed, which has deeply influenced every aspect of Chinese life, including medicine. The three main philosophies are Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism, all of which have profoundly influenced Chinese thought, behavior, and health care. TCM emerged from this milieu.

The main principle of Taoism is to follow the way of nature and attempt to live in harmony with it. TCM’s definition of health and disease is based on the harmonization or the disharmony, respectively, of the body with the nature of the body itself. When the body is in balance with the outside world and within itself, the person is considered healthy. Disease is a deviation from balance, and the TCM treatment is to restore balance. TCM treatment entails regulatory adjustment of the body. In conventional WM, disease is defined as an abnormal disorder of structure or function associated with specific symptoms and signs and caused by external factors such as pathogens and internal dysfunctions such as cancer cells. Treatment is aimed at suppression or elimination, i.e. allopathic.

Confucianism dictates the social hierarchy insofar as the nation rules over society at large, and societal order holds a superior position in relation to the family, which in turn takes precedence over the individual. For example, when the Chinese address an envelope, we put the country first, followed by the province, the city, the street, and then the person—just the opposite of the Western way. When we look at a disease, we consider the diseased tissue, organ, or bodily system as part of the whole body, understanding that the parts affect the whole and vice versa. We do not extract the disease from the system to address it in isolation because the sick part is an element of the collective body. This is the root of holism in TCM. When we treat the infection, we think of it in terms of the entire body not just the pathogens; we would never think of treating the pathogens in isolation. In contrast, the philosophy of Western individualism has given rise to isolating the disease from the rest of the body and dealing with the disease without considering how the whole body affects the diseased part or the diseased part affects the entire body. Thus, a Western-trained doctor will primarily or exclusively focus on the anti-infectious agents and thereby lose sight of the global environment in which the infectious disease is affecting the human body, thereby only using various antibiotics to address the microbials.

Buddhism came from India to China, where it evolved into its own religion, i.e. Zen. Buddhism holds that there is no savior coming from heaven, and so the individual must save him- or herself. TCM follows this concept and stresses self-healing. TCM proposes that health is a birthright and that the body has the power to heal itself. Healing is done by the mind and the body and helped by external medical interventions. Medications and procedures can only help the body heal; they cannot take over the task of healing. This is very different from WM, which is overly reliant on external intervention; managing the disease is the main concern, and health maintenance is too often ignored. These differences showed on different protocols these two medicines adopted. MCM try to integrating them.