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Chinese medicine for vascular dementia
Lane Simonian
Posted: Saturday, December 5, 2015 7:30 PM
Joined: 12/12/2011
Posts: 5088

This study is for ginseng, ginkgo, and saffron for the treatment of vascular dementia but it is likely an effective treatment for Alzheimer's disease and perhaps for other forms of dementia as well.

People suffering from the mental condition dementia in Australia may benefit from a new Chinese herbal medicine that can help reduce the impact of the disease on memory and learning.

Researchers from the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences (CACMS) Xiyuan Hospital and Western Sydney University's National Institute of Complementary Medicine (NICM) are set to conduct testing for a new treatment for dementia called Sailuotong (SLT).

The herbal medicine is derived from a combination of saffron, ginkgo and ginseng.

It has been studied in laboratory settings systematically and has gone through clinical trials for the past 10 years.

Now, the developers of Sailuotong are about to carry out trials for the new dementia drug involving more the 200 people living in Australia.

The new drug has been shown to be particularly effective at improving the cognitive skills of patients and retarding the effects of memory impairment typically associated with the onset of vascular dementia.

There is yet to be a specific vascular dementia treatment, but Chang said that if the larger clinical trial on SLT proves successful, the herbal drug could become a first stage treatment for the many people around the world who suffer from the debilitating condition.