Chang shan (常山) is a medicinal herb that has been used for well over 2000 years in traditional Chinese medicine for the treatment of malaria. Its popularity has dwindled as the popular Artemisinin herb (青蒿素) has replaced much of its use. However, it has recently been discovered that Chang shan has a selective suppressive effect on the immune system. This property has led to its use in a range of autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and thyroiditis. In the past week I visited five different traditional chinese clinics with a hope to find out more information about this herb and its clinical use. All of the doctors I spoke to were aware of its use in malaria but were not aware of its recent application to autoimmune diseases. It seems as though this information has not yet trickled back down into the traditional Chinese medical community. To view full article click here!
Chang Shan ....... "In The News"
Feb. 12, 2012 -- A new discovery about a 2,000-year-old Chinese herbal remedy derived from the roots of the blue evergreen hydrangea may pave the way for a new generation of targeted treatments for autoimmune disorders.
A new study suggests the Chinese herb known as Chang Shan selectively weakens the runaway immune response implicated in many autoimmune disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and psoriasis.
Researchers say the active ingredient in the Chinese herbal remedy, halofuginone (HF), blocks the development of a harmful type of immune cell called Th17 cells without disabling the immune system altogether. To view full article click here!
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