Chinese Plant Dung Of The Devil May Kill Swine Flu
Ferula Asafetida, a plant used by the Chinese to protect against the Spanish Flu in 1918 may be effective in fighting the swine flu, or H1N1. The plant is known as Dung of the Devil due to its foul smell.
Researchers found that Ferula Asafetida contained more than 230 natural healing compounds, and killed the H1N1 virus better than strong anti-viral drugs in lab tests. The plant grows mainly in Iran, Afghanistan and China.
In an article published in the American Chemical Society's Journal of Natural Products, the researchers said the compounds "may serve as promising lead components for new drug development" against this type of flu.