Sporadic diarrhea occurring predominantly in infants and young children is a significant illness of worldwide importance. Rotaviruses are the etiologic agents for 47% of the cases of infantile diarrhea in Seoul, Korea. This research was undertaken to investigate the inhibitory effect of traditional herbal medicines on rotatvirus infection. Among tested 50 kinds of herbal medicines, Coptidis Rhizoma was best on inhibitory activity of rotavirus infection, followed by Astragali Radix and Anthrisci Radix. The active component of Coptidis Rhizoma was berberine.
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