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Traditional Medicinal Herb Sheds Promising Result for MS Patients

February 13, 2017

Long before, some experts believe that mainstream medicine does not guarantee a complete cure for the millions who suffer from crippling autoimmune conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis. In line with the said notion, Chinese scientists have discovered a broad spectrum of applications for those suffering from autoimmune disorders. One of which was the Paeoniflorin (PF), which is a herb component used in Chinese medicine. Paeoniflorin has recently shed light to the auto-immune disease as it has been found to have the ability to improve symptoms and reduce inflammation in a mouse model that recapitulates the human features of multiple sclerosis.

Paeoniflorin is noted as one of the principal bioactive components of the Paeonia lactiflora root, a commonly used herb in traditional Chinese medicine. The researchers of the new study says that it has also been reported that PF exhibits multiple effects, such as anti-inflammation, immune regulation, anti-arthritis, anti-hepatitis, pain-relieving, neuroprotection and anti-hyperglycemia. Furthermore, as of the press time, researchers have investigated the action of PF using an animal model for MS, the experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) model.

Ultimately, the experts said that their study provided insights into the role of PF as a unique therapeutic agent for the treatment of multiple sclerosis and illustrated the underlying mechanism of PF from a new perspective. The researchers involved in the study have also claimed that PF treatment can effectively improve the clinical symptoms and delay the disease onset in EAE.