Herbal Medicines, Integrative Cancer Care

Survival Benefits of Western and Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatment for Patients With Pancreatic Cancer

Survival Benefits of Western and Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatment for Patients With Pancreatic Cancer

We conclude, from this small retrospective study, that TCM treatment was associated with a survival benefit in patients with pancreatic cancer. In addition, TCM in combination with WM would be a better optimal treatment for patients with pancreatic cancer to improve survival time. More importantly, we provide TCM practitioners with a proposal that heat-clearing, diuresis-promoting and detoxification TCM treatment may improve the efficacy of TCM in patients with pancreatic cancer.

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Three Kinds of Supporting TCM Treatment Methods on Pancreatic Cancer and Most Commonly Used Herbs of Each Method
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Acupuncture changes your Neural Network.

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“Acupuncture Therapies and Neuroplasticity” is an annual special issue published in “Neural Plasticity.” You can find many scientific studies in this journal provided at:

https://www.hindawi.com/journals/np/acupuncture.therapies.neuroplasticity/

Medical acupuncture is based on physiology and neuroscience like this. From those studies, you can learn how acupuncture works.

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Herbal Medicines, Integrative Cancer Care

Characteristics of Chinese herbal medicine usage and its effect on survival of lung cancer patients in Taiwan

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Characteristics of Chinese herbal medicine usage and its effect on survival of lung cancer patients in Taiwan

Results

The CHM group was characterized by a longer follow up time and more cases of hyperlipidemia and liver cirrhosis. This group exhibited a lower mortality hazard ratio (0.48, 95% confidence interval [0.39–0.61], p < 0.001), after adjusting for comorbidities. The trend was also observed that the cumulative survival probability was higher in CHM than in non-CHM users (p < 0.0001, log rank test). Analysis of their CHM prescription pattern revealed that Bu-Zhong-Yi-Qi-Tang (BZYQT), Xiang-Sha-Liu-Jun-Zi-Tang (XSLJZT), and Bai-He-Gu-Jin-Tang (BHGJT); and Bei-Mu (BM), Xing-Ren (XR) and Ge-Gen (GG) were found to be the top three formulas and herbs, respectively. Among them, BM was the core CHM of the major cluster, and Jie-Geng (JG) and Mai-Men-Dong-Tang (MMDT) were important CHMs by CHM network analysis.

Conclusion

The use of CHM as an adjunctive therapy may reduce the mortality hazard ratio of lung cancer patients.

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Electro-acupuncture for post-stroke spasticity: a systematic review and meta-analysis

“Electro-acupuncture combined with conventional routine care has the potential of reducing spasticity in upper and lower limb and improving overall and lower extremity motor function and activity of daily living for spasticity patients within 180 days post stroke.”

Electro-acupuncture for post-stroke spasticity: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Data Synthesis

In total, 22 trials met the search criteria and were included involving 1,425 participants. The estimated add-on effects of EA to reduce spasticity in upper limb measured by MAS (SMD: -0.57[-0.84, -0.29]) and improve overall motor function measured by FMA (MD: 10.60[8.67, 12.53]) were significant. It was also found that for spasticity in lower limb, lower-limb motor function and activity of daily living, significant add-on effects of EA were also shown (SMD: -0.88[-1.42, -0.35], MD:4.42[0.06, 8.78] and MD: 6.85[3.64, 10.05] respectively), though with high heterogeneity. For upper-limb motor function, no significant add-on effects of EA was received.

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Medical Acupuncture, TMJ & Spine care

A Randomized Clinical Trial Comparing the Effectiveness of Electroacupuncture versus Medium-Frequency Electrotherapy for Discogenic Sciatica

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“Electric Acupuncture showed greater short-term and long-term benefits for chronic discogenic sciatica than Medium-Frequency Electrotherapy, and the effect of EA was superior to that of MFE.”

 

A Randomized Clinical Trial Comparing the Effectiveness of Electroacupuncture versus Medium-Frequency Electrotherapy for Discogenic Sciatica

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 9502718, 9 pages

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Exploring spatial patterns of acupoint indications from clinical data

We found that each acupoint had a distinct spatial pattern of indications, and that the patterns were strongly associated with routes of the meridian.

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Exploring spatial patterns of acupoint indications from clinical data: A STROBE-compliant article

Jung, Won-Mo KMD, MS; Lee, Soon-Ho KMD; Lee, Ye-Seul KMD, MPD; Chae, Younbyoung KMD, PhD*

Section Editor(s): Hanaoka., Kazuo

doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000006768
Research Article: Observational Study
Abstract: Every acupoint has specific indications for acupuncture treatment. These indications, primarily established based on the meridian system, have spatial patterns of symptoms on the human body. We investigated the associations between acupoints and symptom locations in 75 patients with chronic pain who were asked to sketch the localization of their symptoms on body schemes using the bodily sensation map (BSM) system. Combining the BSM and clinical information, we estimated the statistical parameters of relationships between acupoints and spatial information on symptoms. We further visualized spatial patterns of indications of the representative acupoints on the human body template using a Z score. Using a statistical parametric map method, we observed significant activation patterns of 12 acupoint indications with spatial patterns. The 1st group of patterns was distant from the acupoint locus and was strongly associated with the route of the corresponding meridian. The 2nd group was found around the acupoint locus, the majority of which was located at the trunk or back areas. Intensive investigations of the spatial patterns of acupoint indications would be a novel paradigm to explain point specificity of acupuncture treatment based on the original concept of the meridian system. Future studies should include more meaningful clinical data with larger sample sizes.
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Acupuncture for stroke rehabilitation

Authors’ conclusions

From the available evidence, acupuncture may have beneficial effects on improving dependency, global neurological deficiency, and some specific neurological impairments for people with stroke in the convalescent stage, with no obvious serious adverse events. However, most included trials were of inadequate quality and size. There is, therefore, inadequate evidence to draw any conclusions about its routine use. Rigorously designed, randomised, multi-centre, large sample trials of acupuncture for stroke are needed to further assess its effects.

Source: Acupuncture for stroke rehabilitation – Yang – 2016 – The Cochrane Library – Wiley Online Library

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