The report could lead to improved pharmaceutical treatments for neonatal jaundice and also helps close the gap between Western-style medical care and Eastern herbal remedies. In an accompanying commentary, Mitchell Lazar from the University of Pennsylvania discusses some of the differences in Western and Eastern medical philosophies and practices. He states "This is a wonderful example of knowledge gained by applying the Western scientific method to an Eastern herbal remedy. It will be very exciting if a pure compound emerges from the tea leaves as a pharmacological therapy for neonatal jaundice that is complementary to the current Western practice of phototherapy."
TITLE: A traditional herbal medicine enhances bilirubin clearance by activating the nuclear receptor CAR
David D. Moore
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA.
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ACCOMPANYING COMMENTARY: East meets West: an herbal tea finds a receptor
Mitchell A. Lazar
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.