Posted by: Lauren Cylkowski | March 15, 2009

Chinese Herb tested to treat HIV and AIDS

Huang Qi, Astragalus Root

Huang Qi, (otherwise known as Astragalus Root) is a popular Chinese Herb that is currently being tested by scientists at the UCLA AIDS Institute to treat Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and has had great results.

“This has the potential to be either added to or possibly even replace the HAART (highly active antiretroviral therapy), which is not tolerated well by some patients and is also costly,” co-author Rita Effros, a professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and member of the UCLA AIDS Institute, said in a press statement…

… Not only did the researchers find that the astragalus-derived TAT2 slowed the shortening of telomeres, but it also boosted the CD8 T-lymphocytes production of soluble factors called chemokines and cytokines. And these substances have been shown in other research to shown to block the replication of the HIV virus.

Source: AIDS Breakthrough: Astragalus Root Could Replace HIV Drugs

Huang Qi could possibly become a much cheaper and safer method of treating HIV and AIDS than ever before. It has no reported adverse effects and has been used for thousands of years in Chinese Medicine for anything from boosting immunity to chronic hepatitis.



  1. This is really neat. Good to see such a natural helper to the problem.

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