Chinese Medicinal Herbs Targeting the Gut–Liver Axis and Adipose Tissue–Liver Axis for Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Treatments: The Ancient Wisdom and Modern Science

Shuwei Zhang, Yui Tung Wong, Ka Yu Tang, Hiu Yee KWAN, Tao Su*

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Abstract

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is one of the most common chronic liver diseases worldwide. The pathogenesis of NAFLD is complex. Frontline western medicines only ameliorate the symptoms of NAFLD. On the contrary, the uniqueness of Chinese medicine in its interpretation of NAFLD and the holistic therapeutic approach lead to a promising therapeutic efficacy. Recent studies reveal that the gut–liver axis and adipose tissue–liver axis play important roles in the development of NAFLD. Interestingly, with advanced technology, many herbal formulae are found to target the gut–liver axis and adipose tissue–liver axis and resolve the inflammation in NAFLD. This is the first review summarizes the current findings on the Chinese herbal formulae that target the two axes in NAFLD treatment. This review not only demonstrates how the ancient wisdom of Chinese medicine is being interpreted by modern pharmacological studies, but also provides valuable information for the further development of the herbal-based treatment for NAFLD.

Original languageEnglish
Article number572729
JournalFrontiers in Endocrinology
Volume11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sep 2020

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

User-Defined Keywords

  • adipose tissue–liver axis
  • Chinese medicinal herbs
  • gut–liver axis
  • non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
  • pathogenesis

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