Antsy Rheumatoid Arthritis Antidote?
Compounds in Chinese Ant May Help Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis and Hepatitis, Scientists Say
April 24, 2008 -- Will rheumatoid
arthritis and hepatitis meet their match in a certain type of Chinese
The Chinese ant Polyrhacis lamellidens has painkilling and
anti-inflammatory properties and is used in Chinese folk medicine to treat
rheumatoid arthritis and hepatitis, Chinese and Japanese researchers
Those scientists have now identified two substances, called polyrhacitides A
and B, that may be responsible for the ants' effects. They discovered those
substances by studying an extract made from the ants.
The researchers, who included Zhi-Hong Jiang, PhD, of the School of Chinese
Medicine at Hong Kong Baptist University, didn't test those ant extracts on
arthritis or hepatitis patients. Their report appears in the April 25 edition
of the Journal of Natural Products.