China and Australia to expand Chinese herbal therapy

14:19, May 07, 2010      

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Based on experiments that successfully used the active ingredient from bitter melons to treat diabetes, China and Australia will cooperate to study the potential for Chinese herbal treatments to cure ailments such as some cancers and nervous system diseases, the Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica under the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Australia announced at a press conference in Sydney on May 6.

David James, a professor from the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Australia, said Garvan has cooperated with colleagues in Shanghai for six years in the field of diabetes treatment and they have successfully extracted the active ingredient from bitter melons. As a cutting-edge science, it is an advanced technology that can be applied to subjects such as chemistry and physiology.

"China's strength is in exploring the active compounds in Chinese herbal medicines, while Australia has advantages in biological sciences and pharmacological targets related with disease. Therefore, they can complement each other," said Ye Yang and Jiang Hualiang, the deputy directors of the Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica under the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

By People's Daily Online


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