Fight against swine flu (H1N1
Since swine flu (A/H1N1) is
attacking Mexico and USA, and it is also spreading to
other countries over the world. Every time when a severe epidemic
disease occurred in China, everybody tried to use Chinese herbal tea to
prevent the widespread of the epidemic condition, also the patients were
treated by TCM. First, let us see what
Chinese people did in the fighting against SARS in 2003 to get some
comparative advantages of traditional Chinese medicine in fighting
In April of
2003, a medical research team made an investigation in the effect of Chinese
medicine for treatment of SARS. The global average mortality rate caused
by SARS was 11%, mainland China was 7%, Taiwan was 27%, Hong Kong and
Singapore was 17%.
The mortality rate
caused by SARS in mainland China is much lower than all the others. One
important reason is traditional Chinese medicine. Combination of Traditional Chinese
Medicine and Western Medicine has played a special role.
The main functions of
Traditional Chinese Medicine combining with Western Medicine are
1. decreasing the
There were more than 50
SARS patients in the First Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou
University of TCM, no death and no infection of health-care personnel.
There were 117 patients admitted in May 2003 treated by Academician
Zhong Nanshan (the chief medical leader of this campaign against SARS in
China), 10 patients were dead. Among those patients, 71 cases
accepted TCM treatment and there was only one death. Guangzhou Hospital
of Traditional Chinese Medicine was the pioneer to use traditional
Chinese medicine and mortality rate was less than 4%, which was the
lowest across China. The mortality rate was about 7% in China.
2. decreasing the cost
The average treatment
cost for one SARS patient by western medicine was 50,000 to 100,000 Yuan
(about US$7,142.00 to US$14,285.00). However, traditional Chinese
medicine as the main treatment method was used in the First Affiliated
Hospital of Guangzhou University of TCM just cost 5 thousand Yuan (about
US$714.00) at most for one patient.
3. decreasing the
Because of large use of
hormone medicine, above one third of patients developed pulmonary
fibrosis and osteonecrosis. However, there is no sequela happened to the
patients mainly treated by traditional Chinese medicine.
The special function and
significance of Chinese medicine for treatment of SARS are recognized by
(WHO) World Health Organization experts. In October 2003, they all agree
that the scientific research of Chinese medicine and its clinical
application rescued many lives of the SARS patients at the
"International Seminar on Combination of Traditional Chinese Medicine
and Western Medicine for SARS Treatment".
the prevention and convalescent treatment, there is no specific method
so far in western medicine but traditional Chinese medicine has its
unique way. Experts unanimously recommended that we should put TCM
treatment into public and urgent event clinical treatment system, set up
research network, make emergency and research preplans.
Thanks to the
comparative advantages of traditional Chinese medicine, TCM
treatment presented such a particular effect and great contribution in
the sudden disaster of SARS.
With the difference from
western medicine's allopathy, although there is no microbiology theory
in Chinese medicine it has its own way to solve viral diseases based on
perverse qi theory. TCM treatment attaches great importance to regulate
and take care of right qi instead of anti-virus. In this way evil cannot
overwhelm the right qi and be eliminated.
Among the patients
treated by western medicine, nearly half of them get necrosis of the
repeatedly performs outstanding contribution in epidemic prevention. In
the Eastern Han Dynasty Jian'an Reign (about 2,000 years ago), typhoid happened and at that time
Zhang Zhongjing put forward Treatise On Febrile Diseases and stopped
spread of the disease effectively. During the period of epidemic
diseases in late Ming Dynasty (about 400 years ago), with the formation and perfection of
febrile disease theory based on TCM Dr. Wu Youke's febrile disease
theory combined with the theory of "defense qi, qi,
construction fluids and blood" presented by TCM Dr. Ye Tianshi, TCM made a big step in
overcoming infectious diseases.
Smallpox was once the
terrible infectious disease in history, human vaccination was invented
to prevent against smallpox in Northern Song Dynasty (AD 960-
AD 1127). Afterwards it was
introduced into Europe and improved it as vaccinia.
never experienced millions of deaths caused by infectious diseases like
western countries, an important reason for this is that Chinese medicine
has played a special role.
There are also
remarkable effects to prevent and treat major diseases with
traditional Chinese medicine in recent decades. Since the 1950s
encephalitis B and measles were prevalent in China repeatedly. Effects
of Traditional Chinese Medicine surpasses the world level and there is
no sequela. The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) made
the statistics and comparison for mortality rate between the traditional
Chinese medicine as the main treatment for HBV/HAV in Shanghai 1988 and
conventional western medicine for similar diseases from 1983 to 1988 in
US. By comparison, it was showed the effective rate for those who
treated with Chinese medicine and western medicine was 0.05% : 11.7%.
That is to say, the comparison of mortality rate in China and America is
1:234. The effect of traditional Chinese medicine in prevention and
treatment for SARS in 2003 was recognized and highly praised by World
Health Organization (WHO).
Therefore, we suggest the corresponding medical hospitals which are
treating swine flu patients to pay attention to adopting TCM to
coordinate with western medicine treatment so that more patients will
recover better from this condition.
the mean time, in order to help healthy people to fight against the
possibility of being affected by this condition, we prescribe a herbal
formula and you could use it as a daily tea. It is simple to use and
just put it into boiling water and drink the tea.
strategy of our tea is to strengthen the qi and detoxicate, including
expelling external wind evil, clearing heat and transforming dampness,
etc. The ingredients include honey suckle, licorice root, wild
chrysanthemum flower, lotus leaf, etc. We put the
daily tea into a gauze pack so that it is convenient for you to use.
month herbal tea is US$100.00, we will air ship to you and the delivery
is within one to two weeks. You could order one month or two months each time
for each person.
Please contact us for ordering our tea
pleasure to be of assistance.
Huaihua Red Cross Hospital, Hunan Province, China.