First Clinical Trial of Ban Lan Gen Herb in Treatment of the Flu
Ban Lan Gen has been used in Chinese medicine for about 1000 years and is now slated to undergo its first random control trial, the gold standard in evidence-based medicine. Chinese Herbs and the Flu is the focus of scientists at Guangzhou Medical University they seek to study the efficacy and safety of Ban-Lan-Gen granules in the treatment against influenza A and B viruses in China. Scientists have started a large-scale clinical trial to comprehensively evaluate the effectiveness and safety of BLG against influenza infection, based on the results of a pilot study. This clinical trial will serve as an example for the study of other traditional herbal medicines in evidence-based clinical trials.
Ban Lan Gen – istatis root is one of the strongest anti-viral herbs in traditional Chinese medicine.used to treat everything from the common cold to the flu. In modern China this herb is used to treat a wide variety of viral infections and it’s been shown in laboratory studies to have antimicrobial effects, antiparasitic affects, and has been used in China in the treatment of encephalitis and treatment of variety of other viral disorders. So far it has no known side effects.
In many common colds or flu formulas, Ban Lan Gen is used in combination with several other herbs. The Ban Lan Gen itself is considered the emperor herb in a Chinese cold and flu formula. Then the next herb is called the minister because every emperor must have a minister, the minister herb is usually Da Qing Ye, which is the leaves and stems of the same Isatis plant. In Chinese medicine, it is believed that the root part of the plant gets germs that grow below the ground and the leaves and stem get germs to grow above the ground. Then the servant herbs
If you wish to do your own trial the Ban Lan Gen is available at most Asian markets and also at my clinic on York Street. See https://www.barefootdoctorsjournal.org/services/acupuncture-clinic/
Read more about the study https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4383212/