Sunday, May 17, 2009

Ginseng as antiinflammatory medicine?

We did know about many uses of Ginseng, (like rejuvenating, aphrodisiac, CNS-stimulant & even diabetes mellitus type 2), but this is something new, ginseng as antiinflammatory medicine !. Allan Lau and co workers from University of Hong Kong, have come up with some interesting claims. The researchers have identified seven ginseng constituents, ginsenosides, which showed immune-suppressive effects. The anti-inflammatory role of ginseng may be due to the combined effects of these ginsenosides, targeting different levels of immunological activity, and so contributing to the diverse actions of ginseng in humans. Of the nine ginsenosides they identified, seven could selectively inhibit expression of the inflammatory gene CXCL-10. To substantiate the claim though, detailed studies are needed (to examine the potential beneficial effects of ginsenosides in the management of acute and chronic inflammatory diseases in humans) , its a good beginning..

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