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H1N1 Chinese Medicine Treatment Video

November 28th, 2009 No comments

I won’t be linking to the video itself, but to the website http://english.cctv.com/program/newshour/20091126/103083.shtml.  Here is the caption from the article:

With growing numbers of A/H1N1 flu cases on the Chinese mainland, many more people are turning to traditional Chinese medicine.

China has released a TCM prescription to prevent A/H1N1. Honeysuckle (shown in picture – Philip) and mulberry leaf are on the list. Both of them are common herbal medicines used to treat influenza. But their price has doubled recently.

Health officials say the sudden surge in demand has triggered the price rise, and heavy snow in the past few weeks has hampered deliveries. They say herbal medicines are just one way to prevent flu. People are advised to go to community hospitals if they suffer flu-like symptoms.

Honeysuckle and Mullberry leaves have been used since the time of Zhang Zhongjing and his Shang Han Lun (treatise on cold induced disorders) but I believe the honeysuckle achieved prominent status in the later Warm Disease School of Wu Jutong and Ye Tianshi et al.

Incidentally, I read in business news that garlic prices have gone up by as much as 40% in some areas.  Garlic is warm and pungent so I believe it is better for external Cold and seasonal flu, while the cooling Honeysuckle may be better in high fever diseases such as epidemic fevers and H1N1.

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