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LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) — Recent clinical trials in Beijing show traditional Chinese medicine is effective in preventing and curing the A/H1N1 virus, commonly known as “swine flu,” according to a report Thursday in Chinese state media.

The report cited the Beijing Municipal Health Bureau as saying traditional cures were validated by five months of research, prompting the city to reserve 2 million doses of the unspecified treatment.

“The Beijing municipal government has invested 10 million yuan ($1.4 million) to test the effectiveness and safety of [traditional Chinese medicine] to treat A/H1N1 flu since May,” the report quoted the city’s chief of traditional medicine Zhao Jing as saying.

Zhao said that as of Sept. 1, a total 326 of 845 confirmed cases of A/H1N1 in Beijing had been cured with traditional treatments, adding that such cures proved “very effective” in combination with Western medicine.

The report also quoted Wang Yuguang, a senior expert with Beijing Ditan Hospital, as saying: “Clinical tests have showed that [traditional medicine] doses help reduce symptoms of fever, sore throat and cough. … No side effects and adverse reactions have been reported.”


SWINE flu, or more accurately A-H1N1 flu, has alerted people around the world and in China where many people take anti-viral medication to prevent catching flu.

But anti-viral medicine is ineffective since flu strains mutate, and it can also be detrimental to health by building resistance, according to a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine.

TCM practitioners urge people to take the standard precautions – primarily frequent hand washing, airing of rooms. If you feel sick, see a doctor.

TCM regards and treats ailments as energy imbalances. It does not have a “germ theory of disease” but perceives pathogens as environmental factors such as pathogenic heat, cold, wind and damp.

Improving one’s healthy energy (qi) and boosting immunity can help defending against the flu, according Dr Wu Yingen, a member of the Shanghai Expert Panel on Preventing and Controlling A-H1N1 flu. He is the chief physician of Longhua Hospital attached to Shanghai University of TCM.

The ordinary flu virus usually attacks the respiratory system or digestive system, but A-H1N1 can attack one or both, says Dr Wu.

Although it is highly contagious – the virus can survive for up to 48 hours on surfaces – it is generally not fatal and is often mild. Patients exhibit some of the usual flu symptoms, including coughing, sore throat, headache, fever, weakness, muscle aches, diarrhea and vomiting.

A few patients develop very high fever (39 degrees Celsius or above), pneumonia, kidney failure or septicemia, which can be fatal.

Dr Wu advises those with symptoms to see a doctor right away, avoid public places, and wear a mask.

“The flu is likely caused by invasion of pathogenic heat, pathogenic cold and pathogenic dampness, according to its different symptoms,” says Dr Wu.

Sore throat and fever suggest pathogenic heat, aches and pains suggest pathogenic cold, while diarrhea and stomach ache indicate pathogenic damp, he says.

Dispelling the pathogenic energies while strengthening healthy energy is the strategy agreed upon by the panel to treat A-H1N1, he says.

To treat patients with respiratory symptoms, herbs like jiu ma huang (Chinese ephedra) and chai hu (Chinese thorowax) are recommended. There are also effective Chinese patent drugs including Banlangen chongji (radix isatidis medicinal granules), Shuanghuanglian (oral liquid composed of honeysuckle, baikal skullcap root and forsythia), and Zheng chaihu yin keli (Chinese thorowax granules).

To relieve digestive system symptoms, TCM recommends herbs like ge gen (radix puerariae) and ageratum. People can take patent drugs such as Huoxiang zhengqi zhiji (ageratum oral liquid) and Gegen qinlian (pills composed of radix puerariae, baikal skullcap root, coptis root and liquorice).

For those with high fever, chest congestion, irritability and breathing problems, TCM recommends patent drugs like Qingkailing pills and Angong niuhuang wan, mainly composed of herbs like cow-bezoar, cornu bubali, musk and baikal skullcap root.

These medicines are effective in treating other kinds of flu, according to Dr Wu. They only treat symptoms, however, and do not prevent people from catching flu.

Though A-H1N1 is highly infections, people in China don’t need to worry too much at this time, says Dr Wu.

“There are two peaks of annual flu attacks in China, one in January and February while the other in August and September,” says Dr Wu. “We are now in a low season and the flu has been controlled well so far.”

To prevent A-H1N1 flu, some people turn to medicines like anti-viral oral liquid, even though they are completely healthy. But this is unnecessary and unhelpful because it doesn’t work and extensive self-dosing can cause drug-resistance and make future treatment difficult.

TCM drugs like radix isatidis medicinal granules can help relieve symptoms, but don’t prevent this new flu or other flus, says Dr Wu.


Name of Formula: Influenza Preventing Herbal Tea (provided by the Health Department of City of Shen Zhen, Guangdong, China)
Medical function of formula: strengthen the body to rid of infection.

Composition of formula:

huang qin 5g, huang qi10g, huo xiang 10g, fang feng 5g,
ge gen 20g, sheng gan cao 5g.
Simmer with water for 45 minutes. Use as tea. One package per day. Use for 3 days.
The tea is being brewed and provided free by the Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital of City of Shen Zhen, Guangdong, China for the public.
(These are common herb available in Chinese herb stores. Scroll down for Chinese writing).
This tea formula is based on the two H1N1 influenza (swine flu) prevention formulae prescribed by the Health Department of Shen Zhen City, Guangdong province of China. These formulae are for improvement the body to resist flu infection.
The 2 formulae:
Formula 1
Suitable for: those with strong body type or artificially hyper due to smoking tobacco or drinking alcohol.
ge gen15g, huang qin10g, huo xiang10g, raw yi yi ren10g, raw gan cao 5 g.
Simmer with water for 45 minutes and use as tea.

Formula 2
Suitable for:weak body type or those with instant sweating and easy to get influenza.
huang qi 20g, fang feng10g, bai zhu10g, jin yin huang10g, raw gan cao 5 g.
Simmer with water for 45 minutes and use as tea.



葛根15克,黃 芩10克,藿 香10克,生薏 苡仁10克 ,生甘 草5克。

藥方名:防感湯2號 方

功效:寓清於補,防止苦寒傷中,並借宣發之品,振奮衛陽,抵御外邪 。


黃耆20克 ,防 風10克,白 朮10克,金 銀花10克,生甘 草5克。

藥方名:防感湯 (出處:深圳市衛生局,深 圳市中醫院)

功效: 此方扶正祛邪,解表祛濕。


黃芩 5克,黃 耆10克,藿 香10克,防 風5克,葛 根20克,甘 草5克。


消息来源:2009年05月01日 00:01 中國日報



Acubalance recommended some natural preventions against the swine flu. See below…

“…A few years ago when the SARS pandemic virus infection broke out across the world, hospitals in China developed some preventative herbal formulas for their hospital staff. According to the University of Hong Kong, School of Chinese Medicine, none of the staff at their clinics who had been taking these herbal teas for more than a month became infected. Many of the herbs in the formulas have broad anti-viral properties and, as well, immune enhancing abilities to protect the individual. (see updated post on hebs and prevention)

Below we have suggested some Chinese herbs that can be used in a formula as preventative measures for any form of flu.

Flu Prevention formula for general use: If you are already seeing a practitioner of Chinese Medicine they may
modify the formula, or give you a different one, according to
your individual constitution (the true strength of Chinese Medicine!).

Huang Qi (Astragalus) 10-15g
Isatis root (banlangen) 12 g
Lonicera (jinyinhua) 15 g
Forsythia (lianqiao) 15 g
Coix (yiyiren) 15 g
Pseudostellaria (taizishen) 15 g
Atractylodes (baizhu) 15 g
Licorice (gancao) 9 g

For those with a weaker constitution and/ or digestion complaints add the following two ingredients:
Pogostemon, Hou Xiong 15 g
Eupatorium, Pei Lan 9

For a preventative dietary method try:

Dice one 6 inch piece of white radish (Daikon) diced in small bits.
Chop up a small bunch of scallions (including roots).
Add to a pot with 4-5 cups of water and bring to a boil.
Simmer for 20 minutes to make a soup and drink a half cup of it. (You can eat the radish and scallions as well!)
This preparation is enough for 5 people for a day. You can also store it in the fridge and warm when needed.”



BEIJING, April 30 (Xinhua) — To eat pork or not to eat pork, that’s the question for many Chinese consumers as swine flu, or the H1N1 influenza epidemic, spreads globally.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has raised its level of pandemic alert from phase 4 to 5, indicating that a pandemic is “imminent.” The virus is suspected of killing more than 150 people in North America.

Although the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), as well as Chinese health officials, have said there is no proof the flu virus is found in pigs or can be contracted through eating pig meat or other pork products, the disease has nevertheless cast shadows over China’s pork market.


In central Henan Province, one of the country’s leading swine exporters, vendors have felt the chill.

“Normally, I sell about 130 kg pork everyday at this time of year,” said Feng Jianwei, in Zhengzhou, capital of Henan. “But business has slumped.”

Feng’s daily sales average 100 kg pork. “I believe it was affected by the swine flu,” he said.

The H1N1 influenza epidemic also threatens the economy of the southwestern Sichuan Province, which is recovering from the devastating earthquake in May last year.

When survivor Wang Jiawen borrowed money from his neighbors to buy two piglets to raise in May, the farmer never expected flu could dash his hopes of a new beginning.

“Now I just hope that I can break even,” Wang said.

“The pork price has fallen amid the global financial crisis and pig raisers in Sichuan cannot afford another hit,” said Lan Jianming, vice head of the Sichuan Provincial Animal Husbandry and Food Administration.

“With the possible further development of the H1N1 influenza epidemic, the fortunes of Sichuan’s pig industry may worsen,” he said.

A similar situation could be seen in the market of Nanchang, capital of the eastern Jiangxi Province.

Pork prices have dropped by about 10 percent at the city’s Bayiqiao market, but that still failed to lure cautious consumers, vendor Deng Shen said.

However, fish and chicken are gaining popularity at the market.

“I won’t consider buying pork in the near future, though no swine flu cases have been reported in our country,” shopper Wu Qinghua told Xinhua.

“After all, it won’t affect my health even if I don’t eat pork. I can choose chicken or fish,” he said.

But not all consumers are pessimistic.

At the Yongchang market in Changchun, capital of northeastern Jilin Province, residents were seen thronging the pork stands Thursday afternoon.

“It sells very well today, better than normal,” vendor Jiang Lihui told Xinhua. “I think it’s because the May Day holiday is coming and people need more pork for celebrations.”

Shopper Guan Shaoshan said he had no special feeling about swine flu.

“Of course I will cook the pork before eating it in case of infection. On the other hand, I know the government is taking preventive measures,” he said.

Nationwide, the swine flu outbreak has not affected pork markets significantly, according to a Xinhua-operated monitoring system on prices of the country’s farm and sideline products.

The supply and sale of pork were normal, and pork prices showed no big fluctuations despite a slight fall Thursday.

The sales volume in some provinces dropped to different extents, but the upcoming May Day holiday again spurred pork sales, the monitoring system shows.

In Guangzhou, capital of southern Guangdong Province, most consumers interviewed by Xinhua expressed optimism and confidence.

“Pork is a daily necessity for my family. We won’t eat less pork just because of the swine flu outbreak in other countries,” resident Guan Jian said.

“But for the sake of safety, I only go to supermarkets to buy pork now instead of crowded outdoor markets,” he said.


Although China has no reported human-infected H1N1 cases, Health Minister Chen Zhu told reporters Thursday that the possibility of the virus entering the country could not be ruled out.

He said China had developed an effective method for the instant diagnosis of possible H1N1 infection, and the new detection method would be available at disease control and prevention offices across the country.

The Health Ministry has issued and distributed a guideline for diagnosis for H1N1 and its variants to health departments nationwide, mandating local authorities to train medical personnel as soon as possible.

It has also published a self-protection manual on its website for the public, who are expected to participate in group activities in the upcoming May Day holiday.

The manual, in Chinese, details the basic preparations people must take before joining tours and urges them to maintain good personal hygiene.

The State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine also asked all local health authorities to involve traditional Chinese medicine experts in the health emergency responding teams in order to take full advantage of traditional remedies.

Customs posts across the country have been told to conduct strict checks of imported pigs and pork products, especially those from countries and regions affected by swine flu, the General Administration of Customs (GAC) announced Thursday.

Products without valid quality certification will be banned from coming into China. At the same time, the GAC urged customs at all levels to crack down on the smuggling of pork products.

Meanwhile, the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) has ordered greater market supervision of domestic pork markets.