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 beebola research 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.

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