Ginseng and Cystic Fibrosis
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Nutrient News
August 17, 2000

Ginseng Has Potential for Cystic Fibrosis

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July, 2000

Ginseng may help the lungs of cystic fibrosis patients,
according to a recent Danish study.

Researchers infected mice with P. aeroguinosa bacteria in the lungs, then injected them with either a ginseng or inactive saline solution, once a day for a week. The animals treated with ginseng cleared the bacteria from their lungs much faster and experienced an improvement in their lung condition. In addition, mice treated with ginseng also survived considerably longer than mice treated with saline.

Researchers found the mice treated with ginseng had increased levels of particular cytokines associated with cell-mediated immunity and decreased levels of cytokines associated with humoral (or antibody-mediated) immunity.

Cystic fibrosis patients usually have an antibody immune response, which leads to deposits of immune complexes in the lungs and causes lung damage.

Dr. Zhijun Song of the University Hospital of Copenhagen shared his study's findings at the American Society for Microbiology meeting in late May.

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