TRADITIONAL Chinese medicine featuring herbs, minerals and other natural ingredients has proven useful in the treatment of SARS patients, especially when coupled with Western therapy.
So far, more than half of SARS patients in Beijing had been treated with a combined Chinese-Western therapy. Statistics showed these patients had a fever for an average of two days less than those treated only with Western medicine, according to the city's health authorities.
Local experts found that traditional therapies could help accelerate the absorption of inflammation by the human body and had recommended eight kinds of ready-made traditional drugs for the treatment of the disease.
Professor Cheng Yung-Chi, with the Yale University School of Medicine, agreed that traditional Chinese medicine could be effective in easing SARS symptoms, or could even help improve the human body's immunity, but he still doubted whether traditional drugs could be used to resist the virus.
Prof Cheng was also experimenting with a 1,800-year old prescription of herbal medicine, hoping that it could help reduce the side effects of chemical treatment on cancer patients.
Lai Xiaoping, director of the R&D centre of the Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, said that the SARS outbreak would be a good opportunity for traditional medicine to enter the international market. – People's Daily
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