January 18, 2016

The Nobel Prize and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Youyou Tu, a researcher in Traditional Chinese Medicine, received the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2015 for development of the anti-malarial drug Artemisinin. It is said to save 100,000 lives a year.

Tu Youyou Chinese Medicine
Tu Youyou wins Nobel Prize after years of researching Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Attributing her inspiration to ancient Chinese medical texts, Tu has researched Chinese herb for dozens of years. The anti-malarial breakthrough was found in a 1700 year old Chinese herbal prescription. You can hear her Nobel lecture with English translation here:

You can also hear a summary of her contributions to medicine below:

Jeffrey Russell, MS, DOM, practices  Chinese Medicine and acupuncture in Louisville, KY. You can reach him at his clinic, Abacus Chinese Medicine, 502 299-8900.