Geum japonicum for muscle recovery

I was cleaning today and came across two abstracts I pulled off MDConsult last year. Both deal with the effects of Geum japonicum, an herbal, on muscle recovery. In the first, an extract from the plant was found to promote muscle regeneration following "severe injury." In the second, an extract was found to be effective in promoting recovery from heart attack. Results of the study found a 35-45% reduction in size of infarct. That seems like a pretty big improvement to me. I think it's a shame that there isn't a little more leeway for using these things in the medical community. As far as I can tell, Geum japonicum is used in some bodybuilding products but isn't available as an herbal supplement by itself.

  1. Cheng L, Gu X, Sanderson JE, Wang X, Lee K, Yao X, Liu H, Cheung WL, Li M. (2006). A new function of a previously isolated compound that stimulates activation and differentiation of myogenic precursor cells leading to efficient myofiber regeneration and muscle repair. International Journal of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, 38(7), 1123-1133.
  2. Li M, Yu CM, Cheng L, Wang M, Gu X, Lee KH, Wang T, Sung YT, Sanderson JE. (2006). Repair of infarcted myocardium by an extract of Geum japonicum with dual effects on angiogenesis and myogenesis. Clinical Chemistry, 52(8), 1460-1468.

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