Treatment of Human Parasitosis in Traditional Chinese Medicine

  • Heinz Mehlhorn
  • Zhongdao Wu
  • Bin Ye

Part of the Parasitology Research Monographs book series (Parasitology Res. Monogr., volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Jian-Ping Chen, Xiao-Xiao Chen
    Pages 43-51
  3. Ying Wang
    Pages 53-65
  4. Achim Harder
    Pages 117-139
  5. Xiao-Yi Zou, Bin Ye
    Pages 155-168
  6. Yan Chen, Bin Ye
    Pages 169-183
  7. Jie Wei, Zhongdao Wu
    Pages 215-237
  8. Yu Wu, Xiaoying Zheng, Zhongdao Wu
    Pages 239-253
  9. Xiaoying Zheng
    Pages 255-268
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 269-274

About this book

Introduction

This book intensively examines the efficacy of plant-derived products that have been used for over a thousand years by practitioners of so-called Traditional Chinese Medicine in the light of recent chemotherapeuticals. The chapters were written by renowned Chinese medical researchers and are supplemented by results obtained in German antiparasitic research projects.

 

Parasites and emerging diseases are a major threat of our time, which is characterized by an enormous increase in the size of the human population and by an unbelievably rapid globalization that has led to the daily transport of millions of humans and containers with goods from one end of the earth to the other. Furthermore the slow but constant global warming offers new opportunities for many agents of diseases to become established in new areas. Therefore it is essential that we develop precautions in order to avoid epidemics or even pandemics in overcrowded megacities or at the large-scale farm animal confinements that are needed to secure a steady flow of food in the crowded regions of the world.

 

Of course intensive research in the field of chemotherapy since 1900 has produced unbelievable breakthroughs in therapies for formerly untreatable and thus deadly diseases. However, a large number of untreatable diseases remain, as well as a constantly growing number of agents of disease that have developed resistances to standard chemical compounds.

 

As such, it is not only worthwhile but also vital to consider the enormous amounts of information that have been obtained by human “high cultures” in the past. Examples from the past (like quinine) or present (like artemisinin, a modern antimalarial drug) show that plant extracts may hold tremendous potential in the fight against parasites and/or against vector-transmitted agents of diseases.

Keywords

TCM diagnosis infection malaria parasitosis toxoplasmosis treatment zoonosis

Editors and affiliations

  • Heinz Mehlhorn
    • 1
  • Zhongdao Wu
    • 2
  • Bin Ye
    • 3
  1. 1.Cell Biology and ParasitologyHeinrich Heine University Department of ZoomorphologyDüsseldorfGermany
  2. 2.Department of ParasitologySun Yat-sen University Zhongshan School of MedicineGuangzhouChina, People's Republic
  3. 3.Chongqing Medical University Pathogenic BiologyChongqingChina, People's Republic

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-39824-7
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-39823-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-39824-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-3671
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-368X
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