Chinese herbal formula found to protect against Parkinson’s disease

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(Natural News) Nearly one million people in the U.S. have Parkinson’s disease. This makes it the second most common neurodegenerative disease just behind Alzheimer’s disease, according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In a recent study published in the Journal of Integrative Medicine, a team from Fudan University in Shanghai explored which herbs in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) are beneficial for those with Parkinson’s disease.

The team used the following herbs for the study:


For the current study, the researchers mixed the four herbs in different ratios. The formulations were then used in rotenone-exposed neurons, which induced Parkinson’s symptoms.

Based on the findings, the researchers found that having equal ratios of the herbs exhibited significant neuroprotective effects. However, the team stressed this effect may not come from a single active ingredient. (Related: Cinnamon bark, used in Chinese medicine, shown to halt progression of Parkinson’s.)

Exploring the neuroprotective effect of herbs in TCM formulas

In another study, a team from the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine looked at the mechanisms behind the neuroprotective properties of bai shao yao, one of the most frequently used herbs in traditional Chinese medicine. The herb, also known as the Chinese peony (Paeonia lactiflora), is used to enrich the blood, improve liver health and relieve pain.

The researchers identified active ingredients in bai shao yao linked to Parkinson’s disease treatment.

“Taken together, P. lactiflora may retard neurodegeneration by reducing neuroinflammation, inhibiting intrinsic and extrinsic apoptosis, and improve motor and NMS by regulating the level of neurotransmitters,” the researchers wrote. has more on herbs that have neuroprotective properties.

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