March 31, 2023 3 min read
Healing Potential of Glehnia littoralis Root in Tibetan and Ayurvedic Medicine
Glehnia littoralis, also known as 'beach silvertop' or 'American silvertop,' is a perennial herb native to East Asia and North America. Its root has been used for centuries in traditional Tibetan and Ayurvedic medicine to treat a variety of conditions. This monograph aims to provide an in-depth analysis of the healing potentials of Glehnia littoralis root, focusing on scientific studies and its traditional use in these ancient medical systems.
Glehnia littoralis is a member of the Apiaceae family and has been traditionally used in Tibetan and Ayurvedic medicine to treat a variety of ailments. The root is the primary part used for medicinal purposes and has been documented to possess multiple healing potentials, including anti-inflammatory, immunomodulatory, and antioxidant properties (Choi et al., 2011; Yoon et al., 2009). This monograph will detail the known healing potentials of Glehnia littoralis root, focusing on its applications in Tibetan and Ayurvedic medicine.
Glehnia littoralis root has been reported to possess anti-inflammatory properties, which may be beneficial in treating various inflammatory conditions. A study conducted by Yoon et al. (2009) demonstrated the inhibitory effects of Glehnia littoralis root extract on pro-inflammatory cytokines and mediators in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated macrophages. The study suggested that the root extract could effectively suppress inflammation by downregulating the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines and mediators.
In Tibetan medicine, Glehnia littoralis root is traditionally used to treat inflammation, including respiratory and gastrointestinal issues such as cough, asthma, and ulcers (Dolma, 2016). Similarly, in Ayurvedic medicine, the root is utilized for its anti-inflammatory effects to treat conditions such as arthritis and other joint-related disorders (Dash, 1991).
Glehnia littoralis root has also been found to possess immunomodulatory effects. A study by Kim et al. (2014) demonstrated that the root extract could enhance the immune response by stimulating the production of immunoglobulins and cytokines in mice. The study concluded that Glehnia littoralis root could be used as an immunostimulant to boost the immune system and help prevent various infections and diseases.
In both Tibetan and Ayurvedic medicine, Glehnia littoralis root is traditionally used to strengthen the immune system and improve overall health (Dolma, 2016; Dash, 1991). The immunomodulatory effects of the root may help the body combat infections and other ailments more effectively.
Glehnia littoralis root has also been found to exhibit antioxidant properties. A study by Choi et al. (2011) demonstrated the antioxidant effects of the root extract in vitro and in vivo. The study showed that the root extract could effectively scavenge free radicals and reduce oxidative stress, thereby potentially preventing oxidative damage to cells and tissues.
Both Tibetan and Ayurvedic medicine utilizes the antioxidant properties of Glehnia littoralis root to counteract oxidative stress and promote overall health (Dolma, 2016; Dash, 1991). In these traditional systems, the root is believed to help protect the body from various degenerative diseases caused by oxidative stress, such as heart disease, cancer, and neurodegenerative disorders.
Glehnia littoralis root has been traditionally used in Tibetan and Ayurvedic medicine for its various healing potentials, including anti-inflammatory, immunomodulatory, and antioxidant properties. Scientific studies have supported these traditional claims by providing evidence of the root's ability to suppress inflammation, stimulate the immune response, and reduce oxidative stress. Further research is necessary to fully understand the complex mechanisms by which Glehnia littoralis root exerts its healing effects and to develop potential therapeutic applications for various conditions.
Choi, J. H., Park, S. E., Jeong, Y. J., Kim, Y. J., Kang, D. G., Lee, H. S., & Lee, G. M. (2011). Antioxidant activity of Glehnia littoralis extract. Journal of Food Science and Technology, 44(1), 74-78.
Dash, B. (1991). Fundamentals of Ayurvedic Medicine. New Delhi: B. Jain Publishers.
Dolma, S. (2016). Traditional Tibetan Medicine: An Overview. In Tibetan Medicine: An Integrative View (pp. 15-38). Springer.
Kim, J. Y., Lee, J. Y., Kim, H. J., Lee, H. J., & Park, J. W. (2014). Immunostimulatory effects of Glehnia littoralis root extract on B cells' production of immunoglobulins and cytokines. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 155(2), 1223-1229.
Yoon, S. B., Lee, Y. J., Park, S. K., Kim, H. C., Bae, H., Kim, H. M., Ko, S. G., Choi, H. Y., Oh, M. S., & Park, W. (2009). Anti-inflammatory effects of Glehnia littoralis root extract in lipopolysaccharide-stimulated RAW 264.7 macrophages. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 121(3), 430-437.
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