Dang gui and Astrocytoma

 
Posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2007
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Biological inhibitory effects of the Chinese herb danggui on astrocytoma by Jay Edward Thomas, Cancer Monthly Staff Writer

Dang gui (Angelica sinensis) also called Chinese angelica, dong quai, and tang kuei, is highly respected in Traditional Chinese Medicine.  At the National Defense Medical Center in  Taipei, Taiwan, extracts were studied invitro on cultured glioblastoma multiforme 8401 cells and invivo on tumors in nude mice.  The results indicated that dang gui inhibits the proliferative activity of GBM 8401 cultured cells by 30-50%.  In nude mice, the growth of the tumor was inhibited by up to 60%.  The researchers concluded that, “Danggui may inhibit tumor growth by reducing the level of VEGF and the proapoptotic protein, cathepsin B. Thus, danggui may be useful in the treatment of high-grade astrocytomas.”

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