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An ancient Chinese brew may help reduce the intestinal damage caused by chemotherapy - Reuters (article link)

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PHY906 is the laboratory formulation of a 1,800-year-old Chinese formula containing peonies, a purple flower called skullcap, licorice and fruit from a buckthorn tree.
- "After a few days of treatment with PHY906, the medicine restored the damaged intestinal linings in the mice."
- "Irinotecan reduces tumor growth by itself but if you combine with PHY906, it will further reduce tumor growth,"
- "By itself, PHY906 does not decrease tumor growth, it has to be used in combination with chemotherapy."

According to the American Cancer Society, the economic impact from colorectal cancer in terms of premature death and disability is US$99 billion annually, excluding direct treatment costs.


Ancient brew may reduce gut damage after chemotherapy
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE67H44B20100818

(Reuters) - An ancient Chinese brew may help reduce the intestinal damage caused by chemotherapy given to colon and rectal cancer patients, researchers said on Thursday.