Ginseng - works effectively in mice for UC and cheap!

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   Posted 9/10/2008 7:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Anyone tried ginseng - what were your results
I found this scouring pubmed seems to work for mice and it's £2 for 90 tablets from A$da and I think most other supermarkets as well...

Angelica sinensis, commonly known as "dong quai" or "female ginseng"

Protective effect of polysaccharides from Angelica sinensis on ulcerative colitis in rats.

<!--AuthorList-->Wong VK, Yu L, Cho CH.

Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China.

Ulcerative colitis (UC) involves the dysregulation of intestinal mucosal immunity and imbalance between the reactive oxygen species (ROS) and the endogenous anti-oxidants. While the protective effects of Angelica sinensis (AS) polysaccharides on neutrophil-dependent gastric mucosal damage have been reported, similar protective effects on UC are still uncertain. Hence our study aimed to investigate the effects of AS polysaccharides on rats with acute UC induced by 2,4-dinitrobenzene sulphonic acid (DNBS) evaluated after 24 h. Intrarectal injection of DNBS significantly reduced the glutathione (GSH) content, increased malondialdehyde concentration and raised the amount of apoptotic cells in colon tissues, which were related to oxidative stress and attenuated by AS polysaccharides pretreatment (5 mg/ml and 10 mg/ml). These findings suggest that oxidative stress and GSH depletion are highly associated with the pathological mechanism of UC, and the protective effects of AS polysaccharides are closely related to the prevention of oxidative stress, which may occur during neutrophil infiltration in the pathological process of UC.


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   Posted 9/10/2008 2:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Another interesting study. Has anyone tried this?
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day; Rowasa nightly; Canasa weekly; Viactiv; Metamucil wafers; multivitamin

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   Posted 9/10/2008 3:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I tried it, it was the expensive kind brought to me directly from Korea, I really never noticed any differences in any ways at all actually and I drank it faithfully for months...even added fresh ginger to it as I was instructed to and nothing as far as results.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)

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   Posted 9/10/2008 6:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Apparently anything will "cure" UC in mice. Too bad we're not mice, lol.
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