Kanker bestrijden met groene thee, Reishi extracten
Fighting cancer with green tea, reishi extracts.
Bron: Business Times Weekend, Singapore, 27 oktober 2007.

Most people believe that traditional Chinese medicine does have a beneficial impact on our health. MELISSA HENG looks at recent findings of the effect of herbs on cancer while CHEAH UI-HOON discovers that TCM need not be a bitter brew to swallow.

SCIENTISTS have long suspected that certain traditional Asian herbs such as lingzhi and green tea contain components that can effectively fight a range of cancers.
Scientifically proven: Dr Zhu led a team that started research in 2004 taking extracts from green tea and reishi. They realised that both herbs have beneficial selective functions. Together, they help to kill off cancer cells and arrest tumour growth

Now, a research team helmed by Dr Josh Zhu, senior director of Pharmacology and Clinical Affairs at the Pharmanex Clinical and Pharmacology centres in Beijing, has found conclusive evidence that a combination of green tea and reishi (another term for lingzhi) extracts inhibits cancer growth and may even postpone certain death.

Explaining his team's findings, Dr Zhu says: 'We started the research in 2004 taking extracts from green tea and reishi. We realised that both these herbs have beneficial selective functions. Together, they help to kill off cancer cells and arrest tumour growth.'

The team had inoculated laboratory mice with cancer cells before treating them with green tea and reishi extracts. According to Dr Zhu, results showed that the treated mice had 'prolonged lives' compared to their untreated counterparts.

The fact that green tea is beneficial isn't new; neither is the claim that reishi aids the immune system, but this is the first time supplements of the two had been tested in a rigid, clinical setting and found effective, explains Dr Zhu, who was formerly medical director at Beijing Friendship Hospital.

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