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Developing the evidence base for Traditional and Complementary Medicine

Guested edited by Dr Joanna Harnett and Dr Carolina Oi Lam Ung 

This series is currently open for submissions. Please refer to the call for papers here.

A thematic series published in Chinese Medicine

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Many scientists and clinicians around the world are working on developing and building the evidence base for the safety and efficacy of Traditional and Complementary Medicine (T&CM). Despite the substantial effort to evaluate the efficacy and safety of T&CM medicinal products and practices, often in the form of randomized controlled trials, there remains a general consensus that “for most conditions, there is not enough rigorous scientific evidence to know whether T&CM methods work for the conditions for which they are used”. Traditional Medicine practices that are indigenous to specific regions and cultures around the world are also considered to be largely under-investigated or under-reported. The global acceptance of T&CM as a preferred choice of healthcare is evidenced by the substantial global prevalence of use. Recently, the inclusion of Traditional Chinese Medicine into the ICD-11 represents an opportunity for T&CM to become an integral part of global health care in the UN member states and beyond. Therefore, it is critical to gather evidence that informs the development and execution of rigorous scientific research and regulatory processes that subsequently facilitates the effective and appropriate integration of T&CM into health care around the world.

In order to contribute to the evidence base that supports rigorous research, scientific regulation and appropriate integration of traditional medicines and therapies, we are delighted to host this thematic series “Developing the evidence base for Traditional and Complementary Medicine”. The overall goal is to highlight the importance of adopting an inter-disciplinary approach that strategically builds the evidence-base for T&CM approaches to health care.

  1. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) encompasses numerous herbal formulas which play critical therapeutic roles through “multi-components, multi-targets and multi-pathways” mechanisms. Exploring the interaction ...

    Authors: Daiyan Zhang, Yun Zhang, Yan Gao, Xingyun Chai, Rongbiao Pi, Ging Chan and Yuanjia Hu

    Citation: Chinese Medicine 2020 15:25

    Content type: Research

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  2. Ophiorrhiza pumila, belonging to the genus Ophiorrhiza (Rubiaceae), is distributed throughout tropical and subtropical Asia. In this study, we evaluated for the first time the anti-proliferation and anti-migratio...

    Authors: Hui Liu, Wanqin Liao, Lixia Fan, Zhaoguang Zheng, Dahai Liu, Qing-Wen Zhang, Anping Yang and Fang Liu

    Citation: Chinese Medicine 2020 15:11

    Content type: Research

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  3. The standards for reporting interventions in clinical trials of cupping (STRICTOC), in the form of a checklist and explanations for users, were designed to improve reporting of cupping trials, particularly the...

    Authors: Xuan Zhang, Ran Tian, Wai Ching Lam, Yuting Duan, Fan Liu, Chen Zhao, Taixiang Wu, Hongcai Shang, Xudong Tang, Aiping Lyu and Zhaoxiang Bian

    Citation: Chinese Medicine 2020 15:10

    Content type: Research

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  4. The potential adverse effects of conventional oral pharmacotherapy of osteoarthritis (OA) restrict their long-term use. Topical application of a Chinese herbal paste for relieving OA knee pain can be effective...

    Authors: Wing Sum Siu, Wai Ting Shum, Wen Cheng, Chun Wai Wong, Hoi Ting Shiu, Chun Hay Ko, Ping Chung Leung, Christopher Wai Kei Lam and Chun Kwok Wong

    Citation: Chinese Medicine 2019 14:55

    Content type: Research

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