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Researchers Find Chinese Herb to Be Effective in Bone Marrow Recovery

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For thousands of years, herbal medicine has been used extensively to treat various health conditions in China. Some traditional Chinese plants have even been proven to be useful in modern medicine. Scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have discovered the potent medicinal properties of a Chinese herbal extract called TSY-1 (Tianshengyuan-1). North Broward, FL, in-home care professionals would like to share information about a five-year study to determine the effect of TSY-1 on red blood cells, which are naturally produced in bone marrow.

Researchers learned this complex ingredient can stimulate the activity of telomerase, which is a type of naturally-occurring ribonucleoprotein. This enzyme plays a vital role in the formation of chromosomes and telomeres in various types of cells, including red blood cells. Healthy cells are supposed to divide rapidly with the help of telomerase and other types of enzymes that define DNA sequences. However, people with bone marrow disorders usually do not have a sufficient supply of red blood cells in circulation. Telomerase can directly stimulate bone marrow to function properly and produce a normal amount of these cells.

Medical experts at UCLA are confident TSY-1 can benefit people who have recently undergone bone marrow transplants. People who undergo such risky and complex procedures are often those who have been diagnosed with leukemia, which is a cancer that first begins to affect white blood cells. After a successful transplant, it might take weeks or months before an individual can have normal production of red blood cells. In some situations, it’s possible an individual’s body might reject the introduction of external bone marrow from a donor. A medication containing TSY-1 might be useful in increasing the success rate of bone marrow transplants. Scientists also hope stem cells and other biotechnological innovations can facilitate the transfer of bone marrow to people who are battling life-threatening forms of blood cell cancer.

Further research on TSY-1 is required before it can be used in the treatment of cancer and blood disorders. In the meantime, if your loved one is living with a serious condition and you feel he or she could benefit from professional in-home care, get in touch with Home Care Assistance. We provide reliable live-in and respite home care. North Broward, FL, seniors can also benefit from our specialized Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Call 954-906-5161 and speak with a Care Manager to learn about our services and schedule a free consultation.