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Month: July 2012

Chinese herbs and Hypertension

Effect of Chinese herbal medicine for calming GAN and suppressing hyperactive hang on arterial elasticity function and circadian rhythm of blood pressure in patients with essential hypertension Study: Zhong GW, Chen MJ, Luo YH, Xiang LL, Xie QY, Li YH, Zhang C, Gao F. Source Institute of Integrated Traditional and Western Medicine, Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, Changsha, China. zgw7512@sina.com Location: China Treatment The treatment received a modified Tian Ma Gou Teng Yin given to subjects as a granule extract formula in 200ml boiling water: 10g Rhizoma Gastrodiae (Tian Ma) 20g, Ramulus Uncariae cumuncis  (Gou Teng) 30g,… Read more Chinese herbs and Hypertension

Chinese herbs and Cough

Effective of Chinese Medicine preparation in the treatment of cough in uncomplicated upper respiratory tract infection Study: Effectiveness of a Chinese herbal medicine preparation in the treatment of cough in uncomplicated upper respiratory tract infection Location of trials: Hong Kong Year of Trial: 2003 Type of Trial: Randomised double-blinded placebo controlled trial Medical Condition Acute cough is a common symptom of upper respiratory tract infections (URTI). The subjects in this trial presented the typical variations of cough symptoms including: night cough; sputum; nasal congestion, hoarseness, sore throat and other symptoms experienced with… Read more Chinese herbs and Cough

TCM and Non-acute bronchial Asthma complicated with gastroesophageal reflux

A review of effectiveness and safety of TCM treatments for bronchial asthma and gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) Study: Zhao Yu-Hao, LIU Zhao-hua, JIANG Sheng-hua, SHI Cheng-he: Systematic review of randomized controlled trials of traditional Chinese medicine treatment of non-acute bronchial asthma complicated by gastroesophageal reflux. Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine: 32(1):12-18 Location of trials: All trials in this review were conducted in China Treatment This review looked at  randomized, controlled trials that compared TCM treatments to western medical treatments such as anti-inflammatory drugs, bronchodialators for asthma and drugs to inhibit gastric acid production and promote… Read more TCM and Non-acute bronchial Asthma complicated with gastroesophageal reflux

Acupuncture and Headache

A systematic review of Acupuncture for the management of Chronic Headaches Study: Conducted by Department of Anethesiology, Duke University Medical centre. Treatment This was  a review of efficacy of acupuncture to treat chronic headaches. The review involved looking at clinical trials that used true acupuncture over a course  ranging from 6 to 12 weeks and one more treatment sessions a week. The majority of the selected trials used sham acupuncture in the control group. A few trials compared true acupuncture with other treatments including physiotherapy, massage and relaxation and commonly… Read more Acupuncture and Headache