Therapeutic Strategies for Parkinson’s Disease: The Ancient Meets the Future—Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine, Electroacupuncture, Gene Therapy and Stem Cells
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In China, it has been estimated that there are more than 2.0 million people suffering from Parkinson’s disease, which is currently becoming one of the most common chronic neurodegenerative disorders during recent years. For many years, scientists have struggled to find new therapeutic approaches for this disease. Since 1994, our research group led by Drs. Ji-Sheng Han and Xiao-Min Wang of Neuroscience Research Institute, Peking University has developed several prospective treatment strategies for the disease. These studies cover the traditional Chinese medicine—herbal formula or acupuncture, and modern technologies such as gene therapy or stem cell replacement therapy, and have achieved some original results. It hopes that these data may be beneficial for the research development and for the future clinical utility for treatment of Parkinson’s disease.
KeywordsParkinson’s disease Triptolide Electroacupuncture Gene therapy Stem cells
This study was supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (2006C B500700), National Natural Science Foundation of China (30430280, 30472245, 30571704 and 30500255) and Natural Science Foundation of Beijing (kz200510025014).
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