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Hospital seeking volunteers for study on plant

Hospital seeking volunteers for study on plant

A local hospital is seeking 50 volunteer patients with the metabolic syndrome to take part in a three-month study aimed at understanding the possible medical applications of the plant kakorots on patients suffering from problems in metabolism.
Cheng Ching Hospital in Taichung City, tasked by the Cabinet-level National Science Council (國科會), is currently conducting research on the potential effectiveness of the plant, which is used in India to treat diabetes, to balance the level of blood sugar.
The metabolic syndrome is a term used to describe early signs of metabolism malfunction in the body that could eventually lead to diseases such as diabetes and hypertension.
Some patients suffering from the syndrome are not eligible to receive medication at the early stage, though signs of blood vessel abnormality may have already appeared in them, according to Tsai Chung-huang, chairman of the family medicine division of the hospital's Jhonggang branch.
Patients facing such conditions are usually recommended by doctors to watch their diet or to exercise to avoid the syndrome being aggravated to diabetes and heart diseases, but it is not easy to succeed without strong will and expert assistance, Tsai explained.
If research findings prove the plant's effectiveness in treating people suffering from the syndrome, Tsai said, kakorots can then serve as a useful dietary supplement for such patients.
Tsai noted that a research and development project executed by National Taiwan University on health food derived from kakorots has shown good results, and that the Cabinet-level Council of Agriculture has also cultivated refined breeds of the plant after years of efforts.
The plants have been processed into health food as well.
However, there is still a lack of convincing evidence on the medical effectiveness presented from human research, Tsai said, prompting the need for such an experiment.
Volunteers interested in the experiment may contact the hospital at 04-2463-2000 ext. 5134.


Updated : 2021-05-18 09:51 GMT+08:00