Friday, August 24, 2018

Gingko and ginseng

When I was little, I used to help Grandpa and Mum gently hammer the Gingko Biloba aka PAK GOU in Chinese in Mum's pestle and mortar. I have to use the right force, too hard, and I mesh the expensive kernel, and too lightly, the shell of the kernel won't crack open. Then we had to gently peel the skin and finally remove the germ. It is this germ which must be removed as it has a bitter taste and could be poisonous. These are then used to make sweets or the filling for the Chinese Glutinous rice dumpling, our CHUNG. It was tedious work and I vowed I would never buy the stuff when I grew up.

My sister is a qualified Chinese practitioner. Dad had mini stroke before he died, and I am always interest in alternative medicine as a head knowledge.

Vascular dementia is caused by problems with blood circulation to the brain.
Most commonly, patients suffer a series of "mini strokes", which is when there's a sudden blockage or a leak of blood to brain cells causing them to die.This can affect a patient's memory, speech and cognitive ability.
Researchers in Western Sydney are now embracing a Chinese herbal extract that is showing promising signs of helping improve the memory, and daily lives, of those with the condition.
Sailuotongm, or S-L-T, is in the final phase of trials here in Australia.
Chief Investigator of Researchers Dennis Chung, says the team at NICM Health Research Institute will take advantage of this so called "multi-target" approach of traditional medicine
"We have done quite a range of pre-clinical lab studies which has shown that this particular herbal extract can improve blood circulation to the brain and actually can stop the blood from clotting, " Professor Chung said.
"There's no viable option for patients, at the moment, and we really hope that we will be able to confirm the findings from phase two and this will be the last part of the clinical development."
"We're targeting mild to moderate (vascular dementia), it would be too hard if in the advanced stage, so we're recruiting patients who have established diagnosis of vascular dementia," says Professor Chung said.
"The message is to be really open minded...because it’s herbal, there's always people may not actually believe it works but there's lots of science behind it."
Patients on the trial will take two affordable tablets, twice a day, with each capsule made of three herbs - Ginkgo, Ginseng and Saffron.

1 comment:

Sandi said...

"My sister is a qualified Chinese practitioner."

Is this a traditional study or did she attend a school for it?

I think a lot of these things work, with fewer side effects than some of our modern treatments.