Tripterygium Wilfordii Slows Down the Progression of Glomerulonephritis
Glomerulonephritis refers to the inflammation of glomeruli featured with proteinuria, hematuria etc. Some researches prove that tripterygium wilfordii has some effect in slowing the progression of glomeruli.
Tripterygium wilfordii is a kind of traditional Chinese medicine and has been used for centuries as an-inflammatory agent. It contains the active constituents which are diterpenoids like triptolide and tripdiolide, alkaloids etc. The diterpene triptolide is considered the major active component in tripterygium wilfordii.
Tripterygium wilfordii has an anti-inflammation function and plays the role of immunosuppressive drugs.
In Glomerulonephritis, the immune complexes in glomeruli can cause trigger an inflammation thus damaging the epithelial cells, mesangial cells etc. Tripterygium wilfordii can inhibit the abnormal inflammation and relive the damage to renal tissues and cells. Also, tripterygium wilfordii also can block the abnormal immune response and reduce the immune complexes formation to some extent.
In addition, tripterygium wilfordii can provide some effective ingredients which can promote the self-repairing of the epithelial cells. Therefore, it can reduce the leakage of protein to some extent.
As tripterygium wilfordii is a kind of natural herb medicine, it does not cause any adverse side effects to the patients with Glomerulonephritis.
Although tripterygium wilfordii has so many effects in the treatment of Glomerulonephritis, the patients can not get a good recovery just relying on this single herb medicine. In fact, in traditional Chinese medicine, every prescription is composed of four to sixty types of herb medicines. Those herb medicines are interacted and influenced to act and treat the disease from many aspects.
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