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Application of Chinese Medicine in Acute and Critical Medical Conditions.

Authors
  • Luo, Yun1, 2, 3
  • Wang, Chong-Zhi2, 3
  • Hesse-Fong, Julia2, 3
  • Lin, Jaung-Geng4
  • Yuan, Chun-Su2, 3, 5
  • 1 Key Laboratory of Modern Preparation of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ministry of Education, Jiangxi University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Nanchang 330004, P. R. China. , (China)
  • 2 Tang Center for Herbal Medicine Research, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 60637, USA.
  • 3 Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care, Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 60637, USA.
  • 4 School of Chinese Medicine, China Medical University, Taichung 40402, Taiwan. , (China)
  • 5 Committee on Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacogenomics, Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 60637, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
The American journal of Chinese medicine
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2019
Volume
47
Issue
6
Pages
1223–1235
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1142/S0192415X19500629
PMID: 31505937
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Western medicine is routinely used in developed nations as well as in Eastern countries, where traditional medicine is frequently used by a selection of patients or family member as a complement to mainstream Western medicine. Chinese medicine plays an important role in the treatment of chronic diseases, especially when Western medicine is not very effective. Many published reports have shown that Chinese medicine could also be successfully used in the management of acute and critical illnesses. Chinese medicine has a holistic view of the human body, and emphasizes individualization based on body balance and mind-body interaction and employs herbal medicines and acupuncture. This review paper gives a brief overview of Chinese medicine theory and therapeutic modality and then addresses the application of Chinese medicine in the treatment of acute and critical medical conditions, including epidemics. Using this ancient therapy as a complementary medicine, the management of serious medical conditions, such as SARS, acute heart diseases, and ischemic cerebral stroke, are presented. In order to promote more widespread application of Chinese medicine, well-designed controlled clinical trials are urgently needed to prove its safety and effectiveness.

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