Lactobacillus fermentation makes Jaeum ganghwa-Tang more potent
Is Jaeum ganghwa-Tang a ‘jack of all trades’?
The abbreviation JGT, sounds like a new model of a car, made by a sleek big cat car company. JGT, or to give it its full name, Jaeum ganghwa-Tang is not a top of the range car, but it is top of the range in the world of herbal medicine. This traditional Asian herbal complex has been used for thousands of years to treat an astonishing number medical problems. Its use as a treatment targets everything from bronchitis, diabetes & allergies problems to pain, prostate hyperplasia and cancers. Given such a huge treatment range, it would be logical to think it may be a medical case of ‘Jack of all trades and master of none’. But this would be wrong. There is, in fact, a lot of evidence for JGT as a treatment for prostate hyperplasia, as well as respiratory and inflammatory problems. However, until now, research into its ability to suppress cancer growth has been quite limited.
JGT - a potent potion
JGT is a mix of 13 Asian herbs each of which contain many different active substances. The full count of active compounds has still not been identified nor have the complex interactions and synergy of action of the substances between them. JGT mixes can vary slightly depending on the country of origin. The herbal complex is also known as Zi-yin-jiang-huo-tang in Chinese and Jiin-koka-to in Japanese. Generally they are a mix of the following:
Scientific name (Latin name)
Paeonia lactiflora Paeoniae Radix
Angelica gigas Angelicaie Gigantis Radix
Rehmannia glutinosa Rehmanniae Radix Preparata
Asparagus cochinchinensis Asparagi tuber
Atractylodes japonica Atractylodis Thizoma Alba
Liriope platyphylla Liriopis Tuber
Rehmannia glutinosa Rehmanniae Radix Crudus
Citrus unshiu Citri Unshius Percarpium
Anemarrhena aspholoides Anemmarhenae Rhizoma
Phellodendron amurense Phellodendri Cortex
Glycyrrhhiza uralensis Glycyrrhizae Radix et Rhizoma
Zingiber officinale Zingerberis Rhizoma Crudus
Zizyphus jujube Zizyphi fructus
JGT turns turbo
Lactic acid fermentation is the process that converts glucose and other sugars into energy, crating lactate in the process. It is also the process by which yoghurt is made using the Lactobacillus family of bacertia. Lactobacillus is one of the important friendly bacteria that is present in the human gut. New Evidence published this month reveals that if JGT is fermented with the well-known probiotic Lactobacillis, it makes the anti-cancer properties even more potent. A Korean research team investigated the effects of JGT on human fibrosarcoma cells in two different environments, a test tube environment and in an animal experimental model. Both standard JGT and a JGT that had been fermented with Lactobacillus were tested. In the test tube environment the cells treated with the fermented JGT and the standard JGT gave similar results. In the animal model the standard JGT suppressed tumour growth by 70%, whereas the Lactobacillus fermented JGT suppressed tumour growth by a huge 90%.
Lactobacillus and probiotics could aid JGT in the fight against cancer.
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