Author(s): Utsuyama M, Seidlar H, Kitagawa M, Hirokawa K
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Abstract We examined the effect of two Japanese herbal medicines (Kampo-Hozai) on immunological functions and anti-tumor activity in old mice. Hochu-ekki-to (TJ-41) was remarkably effective in the restoration of impaired immune functions of old mice, in terms of number of T cells and NK cells, and anti-SRBC antibody response, while it was not effective in enhancing immune functions of young mice. Juzen-taiho-to was also effective in increasing the number of T cells, remarkably, and NK cells, slightly, in the aged mice. While a significant increase was not observed in young mice. NK activity increased both in young and old mice with the treatment of TJ-48. A significant decrease was observed in metastatic pulmonary colonies of B16 melanoma cells both in young and old mice treated with Juzen-taiho-to for 16 weeks. These results suggested that some of Japanese herbal medicines were useful in restoration of impaired immune functions of old mice and could be recommended for human elderly.
This article was published in Mech Ageing Dev
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