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Chinese Herbal Remedy Improves Locomotion In Rats With Spinal Cord Injuries

August 19, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
A preclinical study in rats has found that a mix of Chinese herbs ingested for three weeks after spinal cord injury had a therapeutic effect on the neural cells. Researchers in Canada demonstrated that the injured rats had improved locomotor function, reduced tissue damage and preserved neural cell structure compared to control rats. The medicine, Ji-Sui-Kang, targets multiple biochemical and cellular pathways that may help protect against the primary traumatic injury as well as subsequent secondary injuries that evolve over time. For proprietary reasons, the authors did not disclose all of the ingredients in JSK, but some are ginseng, glycyrrhizae radix (gan cao), paeoniae alba radix (bai shao) and cinnamomi cortex (rou gui).
Caixin Su et al., "Effects of a novel herbal formulation JSK on acute spinal cord injury in rats", Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience, August 19, 2013, © IOS Press
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