A combination of Chinese herbs in use for more than 1,800 years reduced the gastrointestinal side effects of chemotherapy in mice, Yale University researchers have reported. The formula used in the experiment consists of four herbs, called PHY906, and is based on a herbal recipe called Huang Qin Tang, used historically to treat nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. "Chemotherapy causes great distress for millions of patients, but PHY-906 has multiple biologically active compounds which can act on multiple sources of discomfort," said Yung-Chi "Tommy" Cheng, Henry Bronson professor of pharmacology, co-director of the Yale Cancer Center's Developmental Therapeutics program and senior author of the paper. Mice undergoing chemotherapy that were given PHY906 lost less weight and experienced more anti-tumor activity than mice not given the formula, the team reported. The herbal formula reduced toxicity of the chemotherapy by multiple mechanisms, including the inhibiting inflammation and promoting the creation of new intestinal cells, the team reported. This cannot be accomplished by current drugs, which usually target only one mechanism. "This combination of chemotherapy and herbs represents a marriage of Western and Eastern approaches to the treatment of cancer," Cheng said. The study has been published August 18 in the journal Science Translational Medicine.Source: ANI << Predictive Blood Test for TB on the Anvil Scientists Transform Thymus Cells into Skin Cells >> Recommended Reading Chemotherapy 'Chemo' means medicine or 'drug'; 'therapy' means 'treatment'. Chemotherapy refers to the use of cytotoxic drugs in cancer treatment. READ MORE Chemotherapy Drugs Chemotherapy drugs perform like 'magic bullets' to destroy cancer cells in the body. READ MORE Toxoplasmosis Brief overview of a common disease called Toxoplasmosis and its risks in human population READ MORE Acai Berry - Does It Really Work? Although acai berry is a nutritious food, it is the hype that is wrongly making it a magic fruit. READ MORE Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) is one of the most common types of adult leukemia and is considered as one of the ‘good cancers’. READ MORE High Blood Pressure and Herbs Drug intervention need not be the only option to help lower your moderately high blood pressure. Lifestyle changes along with herb remedies such as garlic, arjuna, sarpagandha, and olive can serve the purpose. READ MORE Hodgkins Lymphoma Hodgkins lymphoma or Hodgkins disease has the distinction of being the first cancer to be cured by chemotherapy or by radiotherapy. READ MORE Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma Non Hodgkins Lymphoma is a cancer that affects the lymph tissues. It is made up of a wide array of subtypes. READ MORE Peritoneal Cancer Peritoneal cancer is a rare cancer that develops in the peritoneum. Peritoneal cancers may be primary or secondary and symptoms of peritoneal cancer are vague. READ MORE Rhabdomyosarcoma Rhabdomyosarcoma is a rare type of cancer affecting the striated muscles. It mostly occurs in children. READ MORE Saint Johns Wort Saint John''s Wort is a medicinal herb. It has been used for centuries to treat depression. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Diaphragmatic Hernia Sinopril (2mg) (Lacidipine) A-Z Drug Brands in India More News on: Chronic Lymphocytic LeukemiaHodgkins LymphomaNon-Hodgkins LymphomaChemotherapySaint Johns WortChemotherapy DrugsHigh Blood Pressure and HerbsPeritoneal CancerRhabdomyosarcomaAcai Berry - Does It Really Work?