This Chinese Herb May Battle Alzheimer’s
Researchers have made another health breakthrough in the area of Alzheimer’s disease, and this time, we look to Chinese herbal medicine for answers. In a study done on mice, researchers found that a natural chemical within a particular herb might help slow down or even treat Alzheimer’s disease.
The compound is called “tetrahydroxystilbene glucoside” (TSG), and it is found within the herb Polygonum multiflorum Thunb. The study found that TSG reduced the amount of a protein (α-synuclein) found in the brain, which in high levels is linked to dementia.
In mice, we’ve learned that α-synuclein increases with age, it builds up in the hippocampus, and it is implicated in several conditions, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease and dementia.