Published on 05-20-2014
"ChadD" is an acupuncturist and lives in Minneapolis and has authored 365 other posts.
Sjogren's syndrome is a chronic autoimmune based condition where the body attacks its own moisture producing glands. About 4 million people in the US are diagnosed with sjogren's and 90% of those are women. It can lead to chronic debilitating problems.
Within Chinese Medicine both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine have been used to treat a range of autoimmune conditions including things like MS, Chron's, Rheumatoid Arthritis as well as Sjogren's.
Recently, a team of researchers publishing in Molecular Medicine Reports conducted a study evaluating the effectiveness of a particular Chinese Herbal Formula - Zeng Ye Tang. Zeng Ye Tang translated into english means the "increase the fluids formula". It is a relatively simple formula comprised of the following ingredients:
In the study researchers used both an herbal extraction and an herbal formula treatment method. They were specifically looking at aquaporin (AQP)-1 and AQP-5 which are proteins related to fluid production in the body. They found that the herbal formula had a significant protective effect on Sjogren's by upregulating the expression levels of AQP-1 and AQP-5 - essentially increase fluids in the body. While this was a small rat model study the researchers noted that their study "provides a significant reference for the prevention and treatment of primary Sjogren's Syndrome".
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"ChadD" is an acupuncturist from United States of America. With schooling from the New England School of Acupuncture at MCPHS. They joined us in 2021.
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