blood

Chinese herb lowers blood pressure, reduces hypertension

Saturday, February 10, 2007 by: David Gutierrez, staff writer
Tags: chinese herbs, healing herbs, hypertension

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 now clearly a government cover-up: All evidence contradicts official story
White House admits staging fake vaccination operation to gather DNA from the public
10 other companies that use the same Subway yoga mat chemical in their buns
High-dose vitamin C injections shown to annihilate cancer
Irrefutable proof we are all being sprayed with poison: 571 tons of toxic lead 'chemtrailed' into America's skies every year
EXCLUSIVE: Natural News tests flu vaccine for heavy metals, finds 25,000 times higher mercury level than EPA limit for water
Truvia sweetener a powerful pesticide; scientists shocked as fruit flies die in less than a week from eating GMO-derived erythritol
Senator who attacked Doctor Oz over dietary supplements received over $146,000 in campaign contributions from Big Pharma mega-retailer and Monsanto
Global warming data FAKED by government to fit climate change fictions
HOAX confirmed: Michelle Obama 'GMOs for children' campaign a parody of modern agricultural politics
U.S. treating meat with ammonia, bleach and antibiotics to kill the '24-hour sickness'
Ben and Jerry's switches to non-GMO, Fair Trade ice cream ingredients
Battle for humanity nearly lost: global food supply deliberately engineered to end life, not nourish it
Diet soda, aspartame linked to premature deaths in women
Russia taking McDonald's to court, threatens countrywide shutdown
Cannabis kicks Lyme disease to the curb
Elliot Rodger, like nearly all young killers, was taking psychiatric drugs (Xanax)
Harvard research links fluoridated water to ADHD, mental disorders
Delicious
(NaturalNews) An herb called danshen -- traditionally used in China as a medicine for high blood pressure -- has been shown to reduce hypertension in hamsters, according to a study published in the "American Journal of Physiology."

Researchers at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey administered danshen's active ingredient the chemical tanshinone IIA to hamsters with hypertension. The hamsters' blood vessels dilated in response, and their blood pressure decreased as a result. Researchers hypothesize that danshen causes this effect by increasing the body's production of nitric oxide.

Danshen, known by the scientific name Salvia miltiorrhiza, is a variety of sage.

David Kim, author of the study and assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology, is a licensed acupuncturist who prescribes danshen to his own high-blood-pressure patients. "Traditionally, we knew this was working for high blood pressure," he said, "but we didn't know what the mechanism was."

Kim says he wants to further study how long danshen's effects last after it is administered.

"In Western medicine, [a treatment] works fast but doesn't last long," he said. "In Oriental medicine, it works slowly, but it lasts."

Researchers say that tanshinone IIA could eventually be used to produce a new hypertension drug.

"Danshen has been used for thousands of years in Chinese Medicine to move blood," said consumer health advocate Mike Adams, author of "Natural Health Solutions."

"Western medicine is finally beginning to catch up by learning things about medicinal herbs that the Chinese have known for millennia," he said.

Lixing Lao, co-president of the Society for Acupuncture Research, cautioned against rushing to turn danshen into a pharmaceutical product.

"More research on drug toxicity and adverse effects will be needed to evaluate the safety of this remedy," Lao said. He advised in particular that patients on blood thinning medication use danshen with caution.

###

Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.