According to an Australian study, meat bone tea, or pork rib soup, can cause liver failure when used in combination with Western medicine.
Bak kut teh is a popular Chinese dish that literally translates into manga kut teh. However, there is no tea in the dish made of pork ribs stewed in herb and spice soup. Instead, the name refers to the strong oolong tea served with the soup, with the belief that it cuts the large amount of fat consumed in this pork-containing dish.
It is believed to come from Fujian Province, China. However, soup is widely consumed throughout Asia.
Dr. Roger Beard, a professor at the University of Adelaide and a forensic expert, created four different versions of the soup, including those offered at Adelaide restaurants, and added them to the culture of liver cancer cells.
He used materials such as dried hawthorn, goji berries, ginseng, bark and dried mushrooms.
“When mixed with liver cells, the ingredients killed up to 83 percent in one concentrated soup formula,” Byard said.
“For the first time in a laboratory study by the University of Adelaide, it has been shown that foods containing herbs, such as meat bone tea, can also be toxic to hepatocytes.”
He warns people that warnings have been in place for some time and that herbal medicines and treatments can have harmful side effects that can include liver damage and even death. Said.
Chinese herbal medicine and COVID-19
Earlier, Byard questioned recent research on Chinese herbal remedies for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19.
In an editorial published in Forensic Science, Medicine and Pathology in 2021, Byard and his co-author, Ian Musgrave, said that certain traditional herbal preparations can “alleviate symptoms” of infections such as muscle aches and fever. There is sex. ” Evidence that herbs can prevent infection is “not very convincing.”
However, the authors have stated that they have not completely rejected herbal remedies.
“This editorial does not suggest that traditional herbal preparations may not play a role in treating the symptoms of viral infections,” Byard said.
“But instead, we are paying attention to the fact that herbal preparations sometimes have serious side effects and that these can be exacerbated by the intake of multiple herbs and the concomitant use of Western medicines. . “
He advised members of the community not to follow the “unproven theory” of COVID-19 herbal remedies. This is especially true for children who are susceptible to side effects due to immature metabolic pathways and physiological processes.
Byard said those who underlie liver disease and who are taking prescription drugs need to be warned of the potential side effects of liver damage.
“All such preparations should include accurate labeling of the ingredients until further research is done to identify certain toxic herbal substances,” he advised.
However, there are many recent studies supporting the therapeutic effect of Chinese herbs on COVID-19.
A paper published in 2021 reviewed studies investigating herbal formulations for the treatment of COVID-19 and found promising results in the prevention and alleviation of symptoms.
The review found that ginger, lemon, orange, vitamin C, honey, garlic, ginger, turmeric, chili, lemon and salted water all had a significant impact on the management of COVID-19.
“Various Chinese herbs can interfere with COVID-19 by inhibiting the replication of SARS-CoV-2 and its invasion into host cells,” the study said.
Researchers have also discovered successful uses in parallel with modern medicine and vaccination from India to Saudi Arabia and Ethiopia.
University lecturers want to bring ancient herbal remedies to the clinic
Modern medicine focuses on illness, and while medical students have been studying the sick body and the illness itself at school for many years, traditional and ancient medical practices that use food as medicine are a major pillar. There is one.
Kamal Dua, a senior pharmacy instructor at the University of Technology Sydney, is looking to blend modern medicine with traditional herbal medicine.
He said herbal plants and remedies have been used in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicines for thousands of years, but they are not widely used in clinics.
He has designed a method using nanoparticles to deliver berberine, a natural compound found in turmeric, barberry and red wine, which has been shown to be effective in the treatment of lung cancer. The new delivery is aimed at reducing the dose and therefore the side effects of herbal supplements.
Questions about the safety of Chinese herbal medicine
Another problem with traditional Western herbal medicine is that many ingredients are imported from China.
China’s regulations are loose, and the communist regime regularly seeks to cover up domestic food scandals.
Vegetables are no exception and are high in chemical pesticides, fertilizers and preservatives to give them a healthy look.
There is no way to know if the same mixed vegetables in China were exported to the United States, but the US Food and Drug Administration inspects less than 3% of imported products for violations or defects.