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Chinese medicine gets a second look from science

December 25, 2012

Chinese medicine gets a second look from science

Chinese medicine gets a second look.

A study conducted at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) has revealed the science behind the ancient Chinese medicine Chang Shan. Chang Shan is an herbal concoction that has been used to treat fevers that develop from malaria for thousands of years. Now, scientists have uncovered what makes the medicine so successful by looking at a high-resolution picture of its structure.

In the most recent edition of the journal Nature, the researchers explain how an image of a two-headed compound that makes up the active ingredient of Chang Shan is responsible for the medicine’s healing properties. Previously, scientists were aware that this two headed compound, known as halofuginone, which is a derivative of the febrifugine, worked to decrease the power of the immune system. However, until now, no one had discovered just how this drug worked.

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