Public release date: 15-Aug-2011
The antiviral, oseltamivir has been used to reduce severity of and mortality from H1N1 influenza. In rural China, where there is limited access to medications such as oseltamivir, traditional Chinese medicine has been used to treat seasonal flu. To compare the efficacy and safety of oseltamivir and maxingshigan-yinqiaosan (a Chinese herbal remedy) for treating uncomplicated H1N1 influenza, researchers assigned 410 young adult patients in 11 Chinese hospitals to receive either oseltamivir alone, oseltamivir plus maxinghigan- yingiaosan, maxinghigan-yingiaosan alone, or no treatment for five days. Fever resolved sooner in all three therapeutic groups compared with the group that received no treatment. Among patients with mild H1N1 infection, the Chinese herb maxingshigan-yinqiaosan can be used as an alternative treatment to oseltamivir.