Huang Qi prevents injury to the intestinal wall

The body protects itself against infection in different ways. One of these ways is through the intestinal mucosa, which prevents pathogens from entering the blood. Some pathogens induce damage on the intestinal mucosa by promoting excessive inflammation. A group of researchers from Heilongjiang Bayi Agricultural University discovered that the traditional Chinese medicine Huang Qi (Astragalus membranaceus) protects the intestinal wall from injury by inhibiting inflammation. In their study, which was published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the protective effects of Huang Qi were determined in mice with lipopolysaccharide-induced intestinal mucosal damage.

  • Gram-negative bacteria have lipopolysaccharides in their cell wall that promote the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines. This leads to excessive systemic inflammation.
  • Huang Qi is a medicinal herb that is widely used for its ability to protect the organs, reduce oxidative stress, improve blood sugar levels, and inhibit viral infections. Previous studies have shown that Huang Qi aids in repairing damaged tissues.
  • For this study, the researchers evaluated the ability of Huang Qi to repair lipopolysaccharide-induced intestinal mucosal damage based on the presence of inflammatory cytokines and pathology of intestinal tissue.

Results of the study show that Huang Qi significantly reduces intestinal mucosa damage caused by lipopolysaccharides. Additionally, Huang Qi inhibits pro-inflammatory cytokine production, consequently promoting tissue repair.

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Journal Reference:

Cui Y, Wang Q, Sun R, Guo L, Wang M, Jia J, Xu C, Wu R. ASTRAGALUS MEMBRANACEUS (FISCH.) BUNGE REPAIRS INTESTINAL MUCOSAL INJURY INDUCED BY LPS IN MICE. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 3 August 2018;18(230). DOI: 10.1186/s12906-018-2298-2

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