Chronic Hepatitis B and Traditional Chinese Medicines

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Chronic hepatitis B (CHB) is a crucial worldwide health issue. Worldwide, more than two billion populations have got contaminated the hepatitis B virus (HBV), and about 400 million folks are chronic carriers of the virus. Chronic infection with HBV can greatly affect the quality of life and life expectancy of patients because of the potential for disease advancement, which can lead to fibrosis, cirrhosis of the liver, liver failure, and malignant hepatoma. It is approximated that worldwide more than 600000 humans die from HBV-related liver disease every year. In People's Republic of China alone, there are at least 120,000,000 individuals carrying HBV.

The Yellow Emperor's Internal Classic, an old Scripture bearing records of traditional Chinese medicines (TCMs), points that TCMs have been practiced to address chronic liver disease in China at least since 475 BC. Nowadays, TCMs are all the same used extensively for the handling of CHB in China. Thousands of various herbaceous plants have been employed in several TCM formulations for the handling of CHB. These TCM preparations are founded on the assembled wiseness of Chinese clinicians and practicians, conjugated with hundreds of amassed experience.

The worldwide philosophic underpinning of Chinese medication and use of TCMs is that of holistic practice of medicine. Clinicians in China congratulate themselves on handling CHB cases using TCM and at the same time treat the body, mind, and the emotional state of the patient. TCM preparations are normally chosen founded on the reputed separate attributes of the herbaceous plant and their capacity to act upon in complementary manner with additional herbs in the concoction. For example, a general scheme fundamental the TCM handling of CHB is to alleviate anxiety and symptoms and amend the quality of life of the patients, ease inflammation, check hepatic fibrosis, improve immune function and improve lipid metabolic process.

Millions of people continue to use herbal merchandises and dietary supplements, including those with prolonged viral hepatitis and other liver diseases. The practice of medicine in China and the west are not different, despite the great social divide. The use of TCMs in China is supported with clinical observations and wisdom amassed across centuries of use and practice.

Herbs that are most widely used in China for Chronic hepatitis B

Astragalus (Huang Qi)

Salvia miltiorrhiza (Dan Shen)

Largehead atractylodes rhizome (Bai Shu)

Radix bupleuri (Chai Hu)

Polygonum cuspidatum (Hu Zhang)

Oldenlandia diffusa (Bai Hua She She Cao)

Radix glycyrrhizae (Gan Cao)

Herba artemisiae capillaries (Yin Chen)

Radix paeoniae rubra (Chi Shao)

Radix cureumae wenyujin (Yu Jin)

Poria (Fuling)

Radix paeoniae alba (Bai Shao)

Radix angelicate sinensis (Dang Gui)

Radix codonopsis (Dang Shen)

Radix et rhizoma rhei (Da Huang)

Radix isatidis (Ban Lan Gen)

Fructus schisandrae chinensis (Wu Wei Zi)

Lycium chinensis mill (Gou Qi Zi)

Fructus ligustri lucidui (Nv Zhen Zi)

Herba sedi sarmentosi (Chui Pen Cao)

Radix sophorae flavescentis (Ku Shen)

Hawkthorn (Shan Zha)

Fructus gradeniae (Zhi Zi)

Pericarpium citri reticulatae (Chen Pi)

Semen coicis (Yi Yi Ren)

Phyllanthus urinaris (Zhen Zhu Cao)

Carapax trioycis (Bie Jia)

Radix scutellariae baicalensis (Huang Qin)

Herba scutellariae (Ban Zhi Lian)

Radix polygoni multiflori (He Shou Wu)


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EDWIN 5 years ago

please can you direct me on how to procure the alternative chinese treatment for hepatitis B.

How effective are drugs and for how long will one have to be on the treatment before obtaining significant resul

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