Could wolf-berry and ginseng be the answer to the AIDS pandemic or are we dealing with another wild exaggeration? A three-year medical trial at Guang’anmen Hospital, using Chinese medicine to combat HIV/AIDS, has announced a breakthrough in their studies.
Concentrating their studies on 565 patients with AIDS, the patients’ symptoms and immune systems have allegedly improved since the beginning of the trail in 2008. Further trials on animals (they don’t have it easy, do they?) have shown that the unique treatment could hinder the multiplication of the HIV-1 virus. In contrast to western methods, which involve blitzing your blood of all viruses, the traditional Chinese method strengthens the immune system.
However, this breakthrough failed to have the desired effect on a few critics. A staff member from a Hong Kong-based traditional Chinese medicine company argues
“Government experts receive special funding from the nation. If they work hard and invent a cure, they will lose their funding,”
The Chinese government sets overly strict rules on medical trials, he said. In this way, private organizations like his own were effectively ruled out of conducting AIDS research, he said.
This staff member also reported that in their experiments the antigen turned negative, indicating that they had found a cure as well.
Don’t get your hopes up though, remember this guy? Note that this breakthrough study has only been covered by one, and only one, publication. Fake handbags aren’t the only signs of rampant deception in this country, with academic fraud and pseudoscience catching up on the trend, leaving us to question these wild claims.