Traditional Medicine Research

Traditional Medicine Research

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  • Publisher: Hong Kong Gold Orchid Science and Technology Co., Limited
  • Country of publisher: china
  • Date added to EuroPub: 2019/Jan/04

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  • LCC Subject Category: Medicine
  • Publisher's keywords: Traditional Medicine, National Medicine, Herbal Medicine, Acupuncture and Massage, Rehabilitation, Diet Therapy, Yoga
  • Language of fulltext: english

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  • Year open access content began: 2016
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This journal has '140' articles

Complementary and alternative medicine for cancer treatment: magic or fraud?

Complementary and alternative medicine for cancer treatment: magic or fraud?

Authors: Editor Group of TMR
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Quanjian Group, one of biggest health companies in China, is accused of making huge profits by misleading consumers. 18 suspects -- including Shu Yuhui, the largest shareholder of Quanjian Nature Medicine Technology Development Company-- have been arrested by Tianjin prosecutors.

Keywords: Complementary and alternative medicine|Cancer treatment
Annual advances of integrative pharmacology in 2018

Annual advances of integrative pharmacology in 2018

Authors: Ke-Wu Zeng
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A number of researches concerning pharmacology of traditional medicine and active natural products over the past 12 months have outlined the importance of reviewing the progress. This annual integrative pharmacology review evaluates researches published during 2018 in different diseases including cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases, cancers, diabetes and metabolic diseases, and so on. The emphasis is on bioactive compounds and extracts from traditional herbs, as well as the novel molecular targets and mechanisms. Moreover, some traditional prescriptions in China and other geographical locations have also been included.

Keywords: Traditional medicine|Natural product|Herb|Cancer|Inflammation|Cardiovascular diseases
Advances in research on the anticancer mechanism of the natural compound cucurbitacin from Cucurbitaceae plants: a review

Advances in research on the anticancer mechanism of the natural compound cucurbitacin from Cucurbitaceae plants: a review

Authors: Jing Liang,Dan Chen
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Cucurbitacins are highly oxidized tetracyclic triterpenoids that are widely found in plants belonging to Cucurbitaceae family and exert various pharmacological effects. Many cucurbitacin derivatives are available, of which cucurbitacins B, D, E, and I are important members of the cucurbitacin family and exert anticancer effects against various cancers. This review summarizes the advances in research on cucurbitacins B, D, E, and I in inducing tumor cell apoptosis, cytoskeletal destruction, cell cycle arrest, and autophagy and in regulating various cancer-related signaling pathways. In addition, this review summarizes the latest research on the synergistic effects of the combination of cucurbitacins and clinically approved chemotherapeutic drugs. The findings summarized in this review suggest that cucurbitacins are multi-targeting and multi-functional anticancer drugs and that their complex anticancer mechanisms should be examined in future studies. Because of their proven benefits, cucurbitacins have the potential to be used as anticancer drugs in the clinical setting.

Keywords: Natural compound|Cucurbitacins|Anticancer
What are the challenges facing cancer therapy base on the dissipative structure theory

What are the challenges facing cancer therapy base on the dissipative structure theory

Authors: Yue Yang, Ning-Ning Liu, Ming-Yu Sun
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Cancer therapy is facing challenges. Since current theory could not have a breakthrough, we ought to find a new way to conquer cancer by exploring the emerging theory in cancer therapy. The complexity science, emerging in the 1980s, is the new stage of the system science development. It raises a series of transformation from humanities to natural science. Dissipative structure theory as a major science of complexity science, when applied to medical field, probable provide opportunity and inspiration referring to treatment. Dissipative structure theory, in brief, claims that a dissipative structure transform chaos to relatively stable non-equilibrium state through non-equilibrium phase transition. From the microscopic order, cancer composed by tumor cells is a dissipative structure, whose external environment is the human body. From the macroscopic order, the human body is a dissipative structure, whose external environment is the natural and social environment. The reason for tumor occurrence and progression is relatively non-equilibrium disrupted and negative entropy is not enough to correct high positive entropy. Survival with the tumor is to enhance negative entropy to resist highly positive entropy and then build a new relative non-equilibrium state. Innovative angle from the theory may enlighten us make the better use of dissipative structure theory in clinical cancer therapy.

Keywords: Dissipative structure theory|Complexity science|Oncology
The effect of long-term traditional Chinese medicine treatment on disease-free survival of postoperative stage I-III lung cancer patients: a retrospective cohort study

The effect of long-term traditional Chinese medicine treatment on disease-free survival of postoperative stage I-III lung cancer patients: a retrospective cohort study

Authors: Su-Tong Liu, Su-Fang Zhang,Kai-Qi Su, Ying-Bin Luo, Zhi-Hong Fang, Yuan Fang, Jing Xu, Jian-Chun Wu,Yan Li
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Objective: Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has been extensively used as one of popular alternative therapies for several cancers. However, it remains unclear whether TCM treatment is associated with longer survival in lung cancer patients. In this study, we explored the effect of long-term TCM treatment on patients with different stages of lung cancer. Methods: All information of lung cancer patients with stage I-III disease from January 2007 to September 2015 was collected for this retrospective cohort study. Those who were treated with TCM after surgery were divided into TCM group and the others were into the non-TCM group (control group). All patients were regularly followed up by clinic appointment or phone, and all survival data were collected from databases after the last follow-up in October 2017. Results: A total of 575 patients were included in this study, with 299 patients in the TCM group and 276 in the control group. For all patients, 5-year disease-free survival (DFS) was 62.2% in TCM group and 42.1% in the control group, and 6-year DFSs were 51.8% and 35.4%, respectively (HR = 0.51, 95% CI: 0.40 to 0.66, log-rank P ≤ 0.001). For patients with stage I, 5-year DFSs were 83.7% (TCM group) and 57.5% (control group) and 6-year DFSs were 73.7% and 51.9%, respectively (HR = 0.30, 95% CI: 0.18 to 0.50, log-rank P ≤ 0.001). For patients with stage II in the TCM group and the control group, 5-year DFSs were 59.4% and 17.6% and 6-year DFSs were 44.7% and 17.6%, respectively (HR = 0.31, 95% CI: 0.19 to 0.52, log-rank P ≤ 0.001), and for patients with stage III, 5-year and 6-year DFSs in the TCM group were 18.7% and 12.5% compared with 28.4% and 20.3% in the control group (HR = 1.06, 95% CI: 0.72 to 1.56, log-rank P = 0.76). Conclusions: This study demonstrated that long-term TCM treatment as an adjuvant therapy is able to improve the DFS of postoperative stage I-III lung cancer patients, especially in patients with stage I and II disease. However, these observational findings need being validated by large sample randomized controlled trials.

Keywords: Traditional Chinese medicine|Lung cancer|Disease-free survival|Retrospective study|Cohort study
Total saponins in Rubus parvifolius L. induce lymphoma cells apoptosis through upregulated Bax/Fas and downregulated Bcl-2 in vivo and in vitro

Total saponins in Rubus parvifolius L. induce lymphoma cells apoptosis through upregulated Bax/Fas and downregulated Bcl-2 in vivo and in vitro

Authors: Xiao-Feng Xu,Ru-Bin Cheng,Xue-Jin Zhang,Rui-Lan Gao
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Purpose: To investigate the effect of total saponins of Rubus parvifolius L. (TSRP) on lymphoma Raji cells and further discuss its mechanism. Methods: The model of nude mice bearing Raji cells was established, the volume, weight and inhibition rate of the transplanted tumor were analyzed and compared after different concentrations of TSRP treatment. Cell apoptosis and expression of Bcl-2, Bax, Fas proteins were detected by TUNEL and immunohistochemiscal method respectively. Effects of TSRP on cell proliferation were tested with MTT assay in vitro. Cell apoptosis and expression of Caspase-9, Caspase-3, Bcl-2, Bax and Fas proteins were tested with DAPI staining and Western blot. Results: TSRP significantly reduced the volume and tumor weight of Raji subcutaneous transplanted tumor and induced the apoptosis of Raji cells in vivo. The tumor inhibition rate of high-dose (100 mg/kg) TSRP is 90.84%. The TUNEL test results show that the fluorescence intensity of the tumor issue treated with TSRP is significantly improved. Compared with the control group, the fluorescence intensity of high-concentration TSRP is 82.43 ± 7.81, which is significantly different (P < 0.001). The results of immunohistochemistry test showed that the Bcl-2 expression of Raji cell treated with TSRP is obviously reduced, and Bax expression is obviously increased. Meanwhile, compared with that of control group, Fas expression is obviously reduced. MTT assay showed that TSRP can significantly inhibit proliferation of Raji cells with dose dependence. The inhibition rate of 400 μg/mL TSRP is 53.46 ± 4.90% (P < 0.001). DAPI staining results showed that TSRP can significantly induce cell apoptosis. According to Western blot results, it is found that TSRP can significantly inhibit activity of Bcl-2 and increase Bax expression, and TSRP can also inhibit Fas expression. Meanwhile, expression of Caspase-9 and Caspase-3 is also increased. Conclusion: TSRP could inhibit the proliferation of lymphoma via induction of apoptosis in a time and dose-dependent manner. Apoptotic signaling induced by TSRP was characterized by up-regulating Bax, Fas and Caspase-8 protein expression, and down-regulating of Bcl-2 protein expression.

Keywords: Total Saponins of Rubus parvifolius L|Bcl-2|Bax|Fas|Apoptosis|Lymphoma
Stir up a fire and burn oneself: the secret of fire therapy

Stir up a fire and burn oneself: the secret of fire therapy

Authors: Editor Group of TMR
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On December 25, 2018, Ding Xiang Yuan Weixin Public Platform, a well-known medical academic exchange platform in China, published an article "The Ten-Billion Health Care Empire Quan Jian and the Chinese Families in its Shadow". The article questioned whether Quan Jian Company's fire therapy has any therapeutic effect and cited several cases of death caused by fire therapy of Quan Jian Company. Quan Jian subsequently issued an official statement, stating that the article published by "Dingxiang Doctor", was false information and initiated a lawsuit against the company affiliated with Ding Xiang Yuan, which has now entered the judicial process.

Keywords: Stir up a fire and burn|the secret |fire therapy
Three-step acupuncture and cupping therapy: an effective approach to treat cervicogenic headache

Three-step acupuncture and cupping therapy: an effective approach to treat cervicogenic headache

Authors: Xiong-Zhi Wu
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As early as 1983, Sjaastad proposed the concept of cervicogenic headache (CH) in the World Headache Conference, that is, the pain from upper cervical joints and muscles can be referred to the head. CH is a group of syndromes mainly caused by dysfunction of the upper cervical spine and its component muscles, ligaments,bony, vertebral arteries and/or soft tissue elements,usually not accompanied by neck pain. Therefore, the treatment strategy of CH focuses on pain relief and repair cervical lesions. Patients with painful disorders of upper cervical zygapophysial joints showed significant headache relief after directly treated at disordered cervical joints

Keywords: Three-step acupuncture|cupping therapy|cervicogenic headache
A clinical study on medical cupping for metabolic syndrome with abdominal obesity

A clinical study on medical cupping for metabolic syndrome with abdominal obesity

Authors: Cui-Mei Liang, Xiao-Man Wang, Song-Ge Sun, i Hu
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Objective: To observe the clinical effects of medical cupping for metabolic syndrome (MetS) with abdominal obesity. Methods: In total, 75 patients with MetS with abdominal obesity were randomly divided into three groups: medical cupping, acupuncture, and waiting. Patients in the medical cupping group received smearing of Chinese medicine and cupping twice a week for 8 weeks. Patients in the acupuncture group received acupuncture on regulating the Dai meridian three times a week for 8 weeks. The waiting group was observed without any intervention. Changes in metabolic indices, including waist circumference (WC), blood pressure, fasting triglyceride (TG), high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), fasting blood glucose (FBG), 2-h blood glucose (2hBG), and subcutaneous fat thickness were observed and compared before and after treatment among the three groups. Results: After the treatment, the WC, TG, FBG, and 2hBG in the medical cupping and acupuncture groups were lower than those in the waiting group. No difference was observed between the medical cupping and acupuncture groups. The subcutaneous fat thickness at the upper umbilicus, right side of the umbilicus, and waist in the medical cupping and acupuncture groups were lower than those in the waiting group. The subcutaneous fat thickness at the upper umbilicus and waist in the medical cupping group was lower than that in the acupuncture group. The MetS prevalence in the medical cupping and acupuncture groups was lower than that in the waiting group. Conclusion: medical cupping treatment can effectively alleviate metabolic indices and subcutaneous fat thickness at the abdomen in patients with MetS and abdominal obesity and decrease the MetS prevalence. Its efficacy was better than that of waiting and similar to that of acupuncture. The frequency of medical cupping is lower than that of the acupuncture. Meanwhile, it circumvents some patients’ fear of acupuncture. medical cupping should be clinically promoted.

Keywords: Acupuncture|Dai meridian|Medical cupping|TCM external treatment
Dry cupping therapy and the wellness management of health travelers

Dry cupping therapy and the wellness management of health travelers

Authors: Salman Majeed,Mahwash Majeed, Ajike Moshood Ameenat
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Objective: Individuals travel locally and internationally in order to find alternative treatments which are less-toxic and more beneficial to their health and wellness. Despite the popularity of the western system of medicine, cupping therapies are gaining enormous attention in Pakistan as a system of traditional and complementary medicine to ensure the quality of life and wellness notions of the people. The present study aims to examine the effectiveness of dry cupping therapy (DCT) on the health, wellness, and quality of life preferences of health-seeking travelers in a sample of Faisalabad. Methods: DCT was performed for 15 - 20 minutes on subjects by using 3 - 5 disposable cupping glasses. Study participants filled the questionnaires before and after DCT interventions. Partial least square structural equation modeling technique is used in order to statistically analyze the data. Results: A total of 187 subjects participated in two DCT interventions at Coural Wellness Center Faisalabad and provided their final responses after 30 days from 2nd DCT. Respondents’ perceptions of their physical feelings were generally found in a significantly positive and direct relation with DCT and health status (HS), i.e., body pain (β = 0.019), vitality (β = 0.138), and bodily movement (β = 0.207). This trend was observed in the psychological feelings of respondents as well, i.e., emotional feelings (β = 0.169). DCT significantly mediated the overall phenomenon and variance account for values were found between 20% and 80 % for all the study constructs. The scores of all the health and wellness items on the questionnaire were significantly improved in 79.68% of studied participants after 1st and 2nd DCT interventions except for social functioning. Conclusion: Findings of the present study suggest that DCT has an important role in determining the health perceptions and HS of health travelers without potential side-effects. It can improve the health and overall quality of life of the people by positively influencing their physical and psychological health perceptions. It additionally leads to improve travelers’ emotion, behavior, and other daily matters.

Keywords: Wellness management|Health|Dry cupping therapy|Alternative therapies|Traveler behavior|Health and wellness tourism
The effect of hot intermittent cupping on pain, stiffness and disability of patients with knee osteoarthritis

The effect of hot intermittent cupping on pain, stiffness and disability of patients with knee osteoarthritis

Authors: Amir Poorgheysar, Moosa Sajjadi, Habib Shareinia, Moghadam Hosein Mohammdzadeh, Amin Nouroozi
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Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of hot intermittent cupping on pain, stiffness and inability of patients with knee osteoarthritis (KO). Methods: The present study was a clinical trial, which was performed on 38 patients with KO referring to Gonabad Rheumatology Specialty Clinic. Based on permutation block method, the research units were divided into cupping therapy and control groups. For the cupping therapy group, four sessions of cupping therapy were performed every four days. To collect data, the form of demographic information, Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) and the Western Ontario and McMaster (WOMAC) osteoarthritis scale were used, and the data were analyzed by SPSS software v. 16 using descriptive statistics and independent t-test, paired t-test, Chi-square test and Fishers exact test with a significance level of P < 0.05. Results: Findings showed that there was no significant difference between the cupping therapy and control groups in terms of demographic characteristics and they were homogeneous. Findings indicated that, based on VAS, the mean pain intensity in the left (P < 0.001) and the right knees (P < 0.001), as well as based on WOMAC, stiffness (P = 0.006), pain intensity (P < 0.001) and disability (P < 0.001) in the cupping therapy group significantly decreased compared to the control group. Conclusion: Findings showed that hot intermittent cupping therapy reduced the pain intensity, stiffness and disability in patients with KO.

Keywords: Disability evaluation|Hot intermittent cupping therapy|Knee osteoarthritis|Pain|Stiffness
A multi-center randomized controlled clinical trial of three-step acupuncture and cupping therapy for cervicogenic headache

A multi-center randomized controlled clinical trial of three-step acupuncture and cupping therapy for cervicogenic headache

Authors: Kai Zhang,Ge-Li Jiang, Lei Xiao, Li-Tai Chen
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Objective: To assess the clinical efficacy and safety of three-step acupuncture and cupping therapy for cervicogenic headache (CEH). Methods: A randomized, single-blind, multi-center, parallel controlled clinical trial was performed, including 63 patients with CEH who met the study criteria. They were randomly divided into treatment (n = 32) and control groups (n = 31). The treatment group was treated with three-step acupuncture and cupping therapy, and the control group was treated with sham acupuncture. The simplified McGill pain scores, comprising three parts: the pain rating index, visual analogue scale score, and present pain intensity, alongside head and neck stiffness and cervical vertebra range of motion, and a safety evaluation were recorded in the two groups before treatment, immediately after the first treatment, after 10 days of treatment, after 20 days of treatment, and 3 months after the end of treatment. Results: Compared with before treatment, the scores at each follow-up time point were significantly improved after treatment; moreover, the treatment group was significantly better than the control group. When the scores at the 3 months follow-up after the end of the treatment were compared with the scores after 20 days of treatment, there were no significant differences in the treatment group while significant differences from the scores of the control group, suggesting that the treatment group had better long-term benefits than the control group. Conclusion: Compared with the sham acupuncture group, the three-step acupuncture and cupping method has a beneficial effect in the treatment of CEH. It provides rapid benefits, has better short- and long-term efficacy than sham acupuncture, and is associated with a low recurrence rate.

Keywords: Acupuncture therapy|Cervical headache|Randomized controlled trial
In vitro evaluation of transdermal permeation effects of Fu’s cupping therapy via six diffusion kinetics models

In vitro evaluation of transdermal permeation effects of Fu’s cupping therapy via six diffusion kinetics models

Authors: Wei-Jie Xie, Yu-Mei Wu, Shuai-Shuai Chen, Jian Xu, Fang-Fang Yang, Yong-Ping Zhang, Xiao-Bo Sun
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In this study, six kinetics models of indomethacin hydrophilic gel patch transdermal in vitro release was established, including zero-level, first-order, Higuchi-level, Ritger-Peppas, Weibull and Hixcon-Crowell dynamic equations. The chemical permeation enhancers, including 3% and 5% Azone, and iontophoresis were used as the control. Transdermal diffusion tests were performed in vitro and indomethacin was quantified by high performance liquid chromatography system. The transdermal parameter of the Higuchi and Weibull dynamic equations, indicated that Fu’s cupping therapy (FCT) could significantly improve Higuchi and Weibull kinetic parameters in vitro transdermal, increased transdermal rate and permeability coefficient, reduced lagging time. Additionally, statistical analysis speculated the skin barrier function could be restored after 46 h treatment. Hence, as a new physical transdermal drug delivery technology, transdermal permeation effects produced by FCT are obvious, which has the characteristics of traditional Chinese medicine and has important clinical application value.

Keywords: Indomethacin|Diffusion kinetics models|Fu’s cupping therapy|Transdermal permeation technology|Chemical penetration enhancers|Trditional Chinese medicine
When a child is sick, can acupuncturing his/her mother cure a child's illness?

When a child is sick, can acupuncturing his/her mother cure a child's illness?

Authors: Editor Group of TMR
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Recently, an article entitled Exploring Quantum Entanglement and Acupuncture has attracted widespread attention from medical practitioners and the media. This article was published in the November 2017 issue of Chinese Acupuncture Journal. The paper points out that according to the coupling relationship of quantum entanglement theory and transcending space-time, there must be a phenomenon of quantum entanglement between parents and their children and relatives with blood relationship. In response to the reaction this article has produced, author’ affiliation, Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine Dongzhimen Hospital issued a statement, stating that the paper reflects the author's personal opinions and thoery based on relevant principals and phenomenon, from which further experimentation and proof is required. It is not the final clinical research report, nor is it instructive for clinical medicine.

Keywords: acupuncturing| child's illness
The role of Si-Jun-Zi decoction in the management of gastric precancerous lesions and its mechanism

The role of Si-Jun-Zi decoction in the management of gastric precancerous lesions and its mechanism

Authors: Xiong-Zhi Wu
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Gastric cancer remains one of the most common and aggressive malignant tumors worldwide. The occurence of gastric cancer experiences a cascade of multistep gastric carcinogenesis, starting from inflammation, metaplasia, and ultimately to dysplasia and carcinoma. Patients with gastric precancerous lesions, mainly including intestinal metaplasia and dysplasia, are more prone to suffer from gastric adenocarcinoma [1]. Therefore, early prevention and treatment regarding gastric precancerous lesions is an important way to reduce the risk of occurence of gastric cancer.

Keywords: Si-Jun-Zi decoction| gastric precancerous lesions| mechanism

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