MrSuccess wrote:speaking of Asian country's ...... I read with great interest recently , of an ancient Chinese medication [ herb ] prescribed for -what ? - a thousand years ...... to treat malaria. And guess what ?
Modern medicine found out it's property's worked on malaria..... as it was similar to what modern medicine contained.
Please don't ask me for all the details .... I've long forgotten them.
Regardless ..... do you think this " cure " would be passed on and down for so long ...... if it did not work ?
The story I read seemed legit ' .
Who am I to call " bullshit " on a 1000 year old remedy.
Hey ......... you never know ...........
You're right Mr. S. According to this, the herb is ging hao. Naturally, the drug companies have jumped on the bandwagon and deveveloped a a"marketable extract" Yet, there is no evidence this works any better than cooking the whole herb. Sound familiar?
Scientists have discovered that the Chinese herb, qing hao (artemesia), long used for malarial disorders, works far better than currently used anti-malarials. To better profit from this herb, drug companies have produced a marketable extract called artemisinin.
Yet there is no evidence that artemisinin works any better than does cooking the whole herb or using a simple water extract of the herb.
Here's a link to more info: http://www.drshen.com/herbsformalaria.htm
Hmm, I wonder how long it will be before pharmas are developing a cinnamon drug at a cost of $20,000 for MS.