Molecules 2013, 18(12), 14670-14693; doi:10.3390/molecules181214670
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Traditional Korean East Asian Medicines and Herbal Formulations for Cognitive Impairment

Department of Biotechnology, College of Biomedical and Health Science, Konkuk University, Chung-ju 380-701, Korea
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Received: 9 September 2013; in revised form: 8 November 2013 / Accepted: 18 November 2013 / Published: 26 November 2013
(This article belongs to the Section Natural Products)
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Abstract: Hanbang, the Traditional Korean Medicine (TKM), is an inseparable component of Korean culture both within the country, and further afield. Korean traditional herbs have been used medicinally to treat sickness and injury for thousands of years. Oriental medicine reflects our ancestor’s wisdom and experience, and as the elderly population in Korea is rapidly increasing, so is the importance of their health problems. The proportion of the population who are over 65 years of age is expected to increase to 24.3% by 2031. Cognitive impairment is common with increasing age, and efforts are made to retain and restore the cognition ability of the elderly. Herbal materials have been considered for this purpose because of their low adverse effects and their cognitive-enhancing or anti-dementia activities. Herbal materials are reported to contain several active compounds that have effects on cognitive function. Here, we enumerate evidence linking TKMs which have shown benefits in memory improvements. Moreover, we have also listed Korean herbal formulations which have been the subject of scientific reports relating to memory improvement.
Keywords: Traditional Korean Medicine; memory; herbal formulations; Acorus gramineus; Sasang Constitutional Medicine

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Kumar, H.; Song, S.-Y.; More, S.V.; Kang, S.-M.; Kim, B.-W.; Kim, I.-S.; Choi, D.-K. Traditional Korean East Asian Medicines and Herbal Formulations for Cognitive Impairment. Molecules 2013, 18, 14670-14693.

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Kumar H, Song S-Y, More SV, Kang S-M, Kim B-W, Kim I-S, Choi D-K. Traditional Korean East Asian Medicines and Herbal Formulations for Cognitive Impairment. Molecules. 2013; 18(12):14670-14693.

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Kumar, Hemant; Song, Soo-Yeol; More, Sandeep V.; Kang, Seong-Mook; Kim, Byung-Wook; Kim, In-Su; Choi, Dong-Kug. 2013. "Traditional Korean East Asian Medicines and Herbal Formulations for Cognitive Impairment." Molecules 18, no. 12: 14670-14693.

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