by on February 6, 2019

(Natural News) The influenza A virus, better known as the flu virus, is a leading cause of seasonal disease around the world, mainly because of the limited number of drug therapies available to treat it. In a study in Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B, researchers have found a potential treatment for the flu virus in a herbal pellet known as the Compound Yi-Zhi-Hao (CYZH). The pellet is well known in traditional Chinese medicine, and it has also been included the Complication of National Standard for Traditional Chinese Medicine as a treatment for the common cold.

In the study, researchers have found that CYZH also possesses anti-influenza properties and virus and protein inhibitors. CYZH was determined to protect cells from oxidative damage as well. CYZH is composed of three dried raw materials: Ban lan gen (Isatis tinctoria, Isatidis radix); Yi zhi hao (Artemisia rupestris L., Artemisiae Rupestridis Herba); and Da qing ye (Isatis tinctoria, Isatidis folium).

While traditional Chinese medicine has long been to treat many types of diseases, it is just recently that the Western world has opened up to scientifically determining the success factors of these medicines — and are discovering that these natural herbal remedies can make a great contribution in a world dominated by big pharmaceutical companies and profit-driven medicine markets. Currently available treatments for influenza are touted to be convenient but are limited to the point that the viruses causing the flu are becoming immune to it. The importance of the discovery of alternative medicines such as these traditional Chinese medicines offers a way towards a more natural concoction of medicines that are successful in eliminating diseases.

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