Traditional Chinese plants and medicines might seem like an unusual way to treat a serious illness. However, these historic remedies have caught the eye of medical researchers. The latest research from Samuel Waxman, M.D., of Mount Sinai Hospital states that traditional Chinese medicine could be as advantageous to chemotherapy in the treatment of some forms of cancer including leukemia.
Arsenic trioxide, traditionally used in Chinese medicine, was approved as a treatment for leukemia in 2000 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Following this approval, research later proved that patients that were given chemotherapy followed by arsenic trioxide did better than the patients that received the standard chemotherapy alone.