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[Effect of astragalus injection on immune function in patients with congestive heart failure].

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Affiliated Liyuan Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430077.



To study the effect of Astragalus Injection (AI) on the humoral immunity (IgG, IgA and IgM), cellular immunity (T-lymphocyte subsets) and soluble interleukin-2 receptor (sIL-2R) in patients with congestive heart failure (CHF).


Sixty-two in-patients with CHF, whose heart function belonged to NYHA grade II-IV, were randomly divided into two groups. The treated group was treated with AI 30 ml (equivalent to 60 g crude drug), and the control group was treated by nitroglycerine injection 10 mg, the drugs were administered respectively by adding in 5% glucose solution 500 ml for intravenous dripping, once a day, 20 days as one therapeutic course. Venous blood from cubital vein was collected before and after treatment to detect the IgG, IgA, IgM, T-lymphocyte subsets and sIL-2R, and the clinical effect of treatment was evaluated.


The clinical heart function markedly improved rate and total effective rate in the treated group was 25.8% and 74.2% respectively, significantly better than those in the control group respectively (P < 0.05 or P < 0.01), the left ventricular ejecting fraction (LVEF) and end syctolic volume (ESV) were improved in both groups (P < 0.05, P < 0.01), and the improvement in the treated group was superior to that in the control group (P < 0.05). In the treated group after treatment, the CD4 level and CD4/CD8 ratio increased (P < 0.05), levels of sIL-2R, IgG and IgA lowered (P < 0.05) significantly, while those in the control group were not changed significantly (P > 0.05).


AI could improve the immune function of CHF patients, and can be taken as an important auxiliary treatment for CHF.

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