Red sage protects against severe cerebrovascular disease

A study published in The American Journal of Chinese Medicine reveals that a certain compound in red sage (Salvia miltiorrhiza) could potentially be used as a promising treatment for managing subarachnoid hemorrhage, a severe cerebrovascular disease. The study looked at the neuroprotective effects of a compound called magnesium lithospermate B (MLB) in red sage.

  • Red sage, also known as Chinese sage, is a traditional Chinese medicinal herb that has been widely used for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases.
  • Earlier studies have shown that MLB, a bioactive ingredient extracted from red sage, has neuroprotective effects on the central nervous system.
  • For the study, researchers from Zhejiang University in China looked at the neuroprotective effects of MLB on brain injury caused by subarachnoid hemorrhage and explored the potential mechanism.
  • To do this, they administered either 25 milligrams per kilogram (mg/kg) or 50 mg/kg of MLB to rats 30 minutes after inducing subarachnoid hemorrhage.
  • The results showed that MLB significantly decreased brain edema and neurological deficits after inducing subarachnoid hemorrhage.
  • In addition, it dose-dependently suppressed the activation of microglia and decreased neuronal apoptosis.
  • MLB also reduced inflammatory markers, preventing inflammation.

In conclusion, these findings suggest that MLB exhibited its powerful neuroprotective effects against subarachnoid hemorrhage by suppressing nerve inflammation and cell death

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Journal Reference:
Peng Y, He P, Fan L, Xu H, Li J, Chen T, Ruan W, Dou Z, Chen G. NEUROPROTECTIVE EFFECTS OF MAGNESIUM LITHOSPERMATE B AGAINST SUBARACHNOID HEMORRHAGE IN RATS. The American Journal of Chinese Medicine. 2018; 46(6): 1225-1241. DOI: 10.1142/S0192415X18500647

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