A Chinese herbal medicine called "Yangzhen Xiaoji" has recently undergone scientific testing by experts from Cardiff and Peking Universities.
Yangzhen Xiaoji, a formula consisting of 14 herbs, has previously been shown to be beneficial to cancer patients, but the way that it works has been a mystery. However, recent research has revealed that it blocks a pathway to stop the spread of cancer cells in the body.
Traditional Chinese herbal medicine has been practiced successfully for centuries in East Asia, but lack of scientific explanation has lead to skepticism from the West. With new research to prove the efficacy of such treatments, scientists from the Cardiff University-Peking University Joint Cancer Institute hope that Chinese medicine can be used in combination with traditional methods to realize more positive outcomes for patients.
Professor Jiang, the director of the joint cancer institute, says that clinical trials for combined treatments on cancer patients have already begun and are providing positive results.