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Chinese herb Dan Shen can treat acute pancreatitis - TCM

Updated: 28 May 2010
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The Chinese herb dan shen or Salvia miltiorrhiza.
TCM NEWS - A common Chinese herb dan shen (丹参, Salvia miltiorrhiza) may help patients with severe acute pancreatitis, in which the pancreas is dying from the acute inflammation, by controlling the serum levels of cytokines that play a key role in advancing inflammation to mulitple organs.

In the present study by researchers at the Department of Gastroenterology of Yingtan 184 Hospital in Jiangxi, China, 36 patients with severe acute pancreatitis were randomly divided into dan shen-treated group and non-danshen-treated group with eighteen patients in each group. 14 age-matched healthy volunteers were assigned to control group.

Controlling the levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines thus becomes a crucial way to prevent inflammation to advance to multiple organs.

The results of the present study show that serum levels of the three cytokines were significantly decreased in both dan shen-treated group and non-dan shen-treated group after 7-day treatment. The declining of the serum levels of the three cytokines in danshen-treated group was more obvious than that in non-dan shen-treated group.

The researchers thus conclude that by reducing serum levels of the three cytokines, dan shen can treat patients with severe acute pancreatitis.
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