There’s a chemical found in the Chinese herb known as Han Fang Ji called tetrandrine which switches of the channels the ebola virus uses to enter and infect cells.
These cellular channels known as TCPs (or two pore channels) are what cells use in calcium signalling. In order for the ebola virus to take hold inside the body, these cell switches need to be turned on.
After looking at various other drugs and substances that are used to turn these switches on and off, scientists discovered that tetrandine doesn’t appear to cause any harmful side affects.
Dr Robert Davey, of the department of Immunology and Virology at Texas Biomedical research institute said:
“When tested on mice the drug stopped virus replication and saved most of the mice from the disease”
There also appeared to be no side affects caused by switching off the cells TCPs which was a concern.
“We are very excited about the progress made in this study and the momentum it provides as scientists across the world vigorously search for effective vaccines and treatments against the Ebola virus.” Davey said.
As science develops there is mounting evidence supporting the practice of traditional Chinese medicine.
There are thousands of ailments people are suffering that can all be treated by utilizing the knowledge of traditional Chinese medicine that has been practiced for thousands of years.
Acupuncture, cupping and all other methods of traditional Chinese treatments can ease symptoms and even cure patients from all sorts of ailments.