08/24/2010 // US // TiffNews10 // News Desk
Washington – A new study suggests kudzu extract, which has traditionally been used in some cultures to treat alcoholism, may be useful in treating cocaine addiction. As reported by Reuters, Gilead Sciences Inc researchers recently revealed their findings of testing on rats, which showed the vine’s qualities could lead to them no longer giving themselves the drug.
Lina Yao, Ivan Diamond and colleagues, are quoted by Reuters as writing of their findings, “There is no effective treatment for cocaine addiction despite extensive knowledge of the neurobiology of drug addiction…. We propose that a safe, selective, reversible ALDH-2 inhibitor such as ALDH2i may have the potential to attenuate human cocaine addiction and prevent relapse.”
More information about the research may be available in the Nature Medicine journal.
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