http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/06/scien ... .html?_r=0
A Medical Breakthrough Made Possible By Ancient Chinese Remedies Just Won A Nobel PrizeDr. Tu was inspired by Chinese traditional medicine in discovering Artemisinin, a drug that is now part of standard anti-malarial regimens and that has reduced death rates from the disease.
http://thinkprogress.org/health/2015/10 ... -medicine/
I wish there was more research into the traditional medicine/herbal medicine like this, so that the active components of the herbs can be identified and a more potent medicine can be developed. I know there is a lot of snake oil in the herbal medicine realm, but I still think there is value in some of the herbal medicines that is under utilized by western medicine.“From a large-scale screen of herbal remedies in malaria-infected animals, an extract from the plant Artemisia annua emerged as an interesting candidate. However, the results were inconsistent, so Tu revisited the ancient literature and discovered clues that guided her in her quest to successfully extract the active component from Artemisia annua,” the Nobel Prize committee said on its website.
Artemisia is one of the ingredients in the Byron White formula A-L (anti-Lyme), but interestingly enough not the A-BAB formula (anti-babesia).