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D. A Promising Future for Chinese Medicine and Conventional Therapy

Narrator: This is Science Today. A recent University of California, Berkeley study suggests that combining Chinese herbal medicine with standard therapy is an effective treatment for chronic hepatitis B, which affects 350 million people worldwide. Researcher Michael McCulloch says they looked into whether adding Chinese herbal medicines to the standard treatment of interferon, improved the outcomes of patients with chronic hepatitis B.

McCulloch: The way in which treatment for hepatitis B is measured is through hepatitis B surface antigen, the E antigen and hepatitis B viral DNA. What we found was that in each of those three different outcomes, adding Chinese herbal medicine to interferon increased the effectiveness of alpha-interferon by one and half to two times.

Narrator: McCulloch offers this advice to individuals seeking a Chinese medicine treatment plan for chronic hepatitis B.

McCulloch: Review that treatment plan with their liver disease specialist, so that everybody agrees on what's being done and everyone's aware of the full treatment plan.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.