The journal Science is a one of the leading scientific publications in the world. Recently, the journal published an account of one researcher using traditional Chinese herbs and food in a powerful way. The research demonstrated that a regular diet of traditional pre-biotic foods, bitter melon (Ku Gua) and Chinese yam (Shan Yao) greatly affected health.
After two years of the introduction of these foods the bacterium, Faecalibacterium prausnitzii, increased significantly. This particular bacteria has strong anti-inflammatory properties. The subject experienced a decrease in blood pressure and cholesterol as this bacteria flourished.
There is so much research happening right now regarding the gut microbiota and health. I believe this research holds the key to greater understanding of many diseases. It exciting to see traditional medicines overlap with this cutting edge work!