Ginseng Reduces Allergy Symptoms


Ginseng Reduces Allergy Symptoms

Ginseng (the root of Panax ginseng C.A. Meyer, Araliaceae) has been reported to possess various biological activities, including anti-inflammatory and antitumor actions. In this study, we investigated the antiallergic activity of ginsenosides isolated from ginseng. 

Methods:

We isolated ginsenosides by silica gel column chromatography and examined their in vitro and in vivo antiallergic effect on rat peritoneal mast cells and on IgE-induced passive cutaneous anaphylaxis (PCA) in mice. The in vitro anti-inflammatory activity of ginsenoside Rh1 (Rh1) in RAW264.7 cells was investigated.

Results:

Rh1 potently inhibited histamine release from rat peritoneal mast cells and the IgE-mediated PCA reaction in mice. The inhibitory activity of Rh1 (87% inhibition at 25 mg/kg) on the PCA reaction was found to be more potent than that of disodium cromoglycate (31% inhibition at 25 mg/kg); Rh1 was also found to have a membrane-stabilizing action as revealed by differential scanning calorimetry. It also inhibited inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) and cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) protein expression in RAW 264.7 cells, and the activation of the transcription factor, NF-kappaB, in nuclear fractions.

Conclusion:

The antiallergic action of Rh1 may originate from its cell membrane-stabilizing and anti-inflammatory activities, and can improve the inflammation caused by allergies. Copyright 2004 S. Karger AG, Basel

Author

PubMed Link – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14739579

Journal International Archives of Allergy and Immunology. 2004 Feb; 133(2):113-20. Epub 2004 Jan 21
Title Ginsenoside Rh1 possesses antiallergic and anti-inflammatory activities
Authors Park EK, Choo MK, Han MJ, Kim DH
Institution College of Pharmacy, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Republic of Korea