Herbs and adaptogens to protect against Parkinson's disease
Overview Chen2007chh offers a list of natural medicines and plants TCM with a potential effect against Parkinson's disease: ginseng , ginkgo ( Ginkgo biloba ) , knotweed ( Polygonum ) triptolid of Tripterygium wilfordii sharply poisonous oleander ( Nerium indicum ), lingzhi mushroom ( Ganoderma lucidum) , huperzin (from vrance, Huperzia ), promising stefolidin (from Corydalis ambigua used in TČM) and tea polyphenols / catechins.
Ginseng is very effective for Parkinson's disease
Ginseng generally protects neurons from dying, but ginsenoside Rd has been specifically described as a dopaminergic neuron-protecting agent in cell culture in vitro with experimental activation of the microglia lipopolysaccharide ( Lin2007gra ). The total ginseng extract protected the dopaminergic neurons of rats and mice from neurotoxin-inducing neurotoxin MPTP ( 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine ) and its metabolite MPP + ( VanKampen2003nag ). According to Watanabe1991epg, the ginseng water extract prevented the reduction of the number of dopamine receptors in the brain of aging rats. Overall, the effects of ginseng against Parkinson's disease are promising, but unclear. Neuroprotective effect on memory (Zhou2012nep , Aguirremoreno2011glr ) and specifically on dopaminergic neurons was found even lingzhi mushroom ( Ding2010gle ).