Bing de ling, a Chinese herbal formula, stimulates multifaceted immunologic responses in mice

DNA Cell Biol. 2000 Aug;19(8):515-20. doi: 10.1089/10445490050128449.


Bing de ling is a Chinese herbal formula most commonly used in complementary medical settings against viral disorders. We have found that bing de ling potentiates upregulation of immune activity when administered to mice in dosages proportional to those used clinically. These mice demonstrated significant elevation of interleukin-2 (IL-2) and interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma) production in splenocytes and enhancement of macrophage, natural killer cell, and lymphokine-activated killer cell cytotoxicity. These data are consistent with bing de ling's clinically observed efficacy against viruses and identify the formula as a promising candidate for clinical trials against diverse diseases that may respond to increased immunologic activity.

MeSH terms

  • Adjuvants, Immunologic / pharmacology*
  • Animals
  • Antiviral Agents / pharmacology*
  • Cytotoxicity, Immunologic / drug effects
  • Drugs, Chinese Herbal / pharmacology*
  • Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay
  • Female
  • Interferon-gamma / biosynthesis
  • Interleukin-2 / biosynthesis
  • Killer Cells, Lymphokine-Activated / drug effects
  • Killer Cells, Natural / drug effects
  • Macrophages, Peritoneal / drug effects
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred BALB C
  • Spleen / cytology
  • Spleen / drug effects
  • Tumor Cells, Cultured


  • Adjuvants, Immunologic
  • Antiviral Agents
  • Drugs, Chinese Herbal
  • Interleukin-2
  • Interferon-gamma