Study: 1,800-year-old Chinese Brew Combats Intestinal Damage

by: cancercompass

According to a new study published in Science Translational Medicine, Huang Qin Tang, an 1,800-year-old four-herb Chinese medicinal formula, lowers gastrointestinal toxins caused by irinotecan - a chemotherapy drug.

"Irinotecan reduces tumor growth by itself but if you combine with PHY906, it will further reduce tumor growth," Yung-Chi Cheng, lead author at the Yale University School of Medicine, told Reuters. PHY906 is the laboratory name of Huang Qin Tang.

The ancient concoction has been used to treat symptoms like diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever and vomiting. The formula contains peonies, a flower called skullcap, licorice and fruit from a buckhorn tree.

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