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The Role of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Regenerative Medicine

Authors
Journal
Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
1741-427X
Publisher
Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Publication Date
Volume
2013
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1155/2013/420458
Keywords
  • Editorial
Disciplines
  • Medicine

Abstract

Hindawi Publishing Corporation Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine Volume 2013, Article ID 420458, 2 pages http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/420458 Editorial The Role of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Regenerative Medicine Yueh-Sheng Chen,1 Wei-Chiang Lin,2 and Cheryl Miller3 1 School of Chinese Medicine, China Medical University, Taichung 40402, Taiwan 2Department of Biomedical Engineering, Florida International University, Miami, FL 33174, USA 3Department of Surgery, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO 63103, USA Correspondence should be addressed to Yueh-Sheng Chen; [email protected] Received 1 August 2013; Accepted 1 August 2013 Copyright © 2013 Yueh-Sheng Chen et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Regenerative medicine is the process of replacing or regen- erating animal cells, tissues, or organs to restore or establish normal function. This field has the potential to solve the problem of the shortage of organs available for donation and of organ transplant rejection. Recently, application of Com- plementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) as a means to accelerate the process of regeneration is a new approach. The CAM therapies offer a natural and cost-effective intervention to change the course of chronic disease and may regenerate failing organ systems. The paper by Dr. Y.–J. Chen et al. explores how the Hepatitis B virus-encoded X regulates the expression of epidermal growth factor receptor, an important gene for growth of hepatocytes. Dr. H.–Y. Liu et al. demonstrated the regenerative potentials of deep sea water on osteogenesis, showing that deep sea water could potentially be applied in osteoporosis therapy.Dr. S. –H.Hsu et al. prepared peripheral nerve conduits containing the negatively charged Tremella fuciformis polysaccharide (TF) and success

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