Herbal Medicine Alters Genes, Cell Mitosis and Epigenome

Genetics researchers from Taiwan’s National Central University have determined that over a third of herbal medicines used in Traditional Chinese Medicine – and nearly all leading therapeutic herbs – alter our genes or alter enzymes that alter our genetic material.

The researchers analyzed 3,294 traditional Chinese medicines – combinations of herbs – and found that 1,170 or 36% will interact with enzymes that alter the histones that lie within our chromosome material.

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