Research: investigating ancient medical knowledge

At the time that the Chinese classical medical texts were written, they served as the primary medical texts for the treatment of complex diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, malaria, tuberculosis, cholera and polio.  This knowledge has already yielded clinically relevant medical information, for example, a derivative from the herb Qinghao (Artemesiae annuae Herba, Sweet Wormwood), a herbal medicine first used in the treatment of malaria in the 4th century C.E., is now a worldwide treatment for Plasmodium falciparum malaria.  This compound possesses the most rapid action of any known pharmaceutical agent studied to date.  The knowledge contained within the Chinese classical medical texts represents an extensive collection of mostly untapped medical knowledge which holds significant promise in addressing a variety of pressing global healthcare issues.















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