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Memory Impairment, Dementia, and Alzheimer’s Disease in Traditional Chinese Medicine

Memory Impairment, Dementia, and Alzheimer’s Disease in Traditional Chinese Medicine

Objectives of this Study:Bell's Palsy Alzheimer's Disease

To identify and analyse records of the treatment of dementia and memory disorders in the classical Chinese medical literature that were consistent with the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, with the aim of determining which traditional herbal medicines have histories of use for these disorders.

Methods of this Study:

Encyclopedia of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Zhong Hua Yi Dian), a database of more than 1000 classical and premodern Chinese medical books, was systematically searched. Search terms were identified from dictionaries, medical nomenclatures, guidelines, and specialist clinical manuals on aging, neurology, or brain disorders. Inclusion and exclusion criteria were used to identify citations of conditions whose signs and symptoms were consistent with the clinical features of Alzheimer’s disease. Passages of text identified by these terms were copied to Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, together with the identity of the source book and all relevant information on the disorder and the intervention. Each distinct passage of text was considered a citation. The frequencies of the traditional formulas used as interventions and their constituent ingredients were calculated.

Results of this Study:

The selection criteria identified 1498 citations of dementia and memory impairments derived from 277 different books written from circa 363 to 1945 AD. In 91 of these citations, memory impairment was associated with aging and was broadly consistent with the clinical features of Alzheimer’s disease. Although the interventions varied in name, Poria cocos, Polygala tenuifolia, Rehmannia glutinosa, Panax ginseng, and Acorus species consistently appeared as ingredients in multiple formulas for memory impairment in the context of aging.

Conclusions of this Study:

Memory impairment in older age was a recognized condition in the classical Chinese medical literature. Many of the traditional medicines frequently used as ingredients in classical formulas for memory impairment consistent with clinical features of Alzheimer’s disease remain in contemporary use, and experimental studies suggest biological activities relevant to Alzheimer’s disease.

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  • May BH
  • Feng M
  • Zhou IW
  • Chang SY
  • .Lu SC
  • Zhang AL
  • Guo XF
  • Lu CJ
  • Xue CC

J Altern Complement Med. 2016 Sep;22(9):695-705. doi: 10.1089/acm.2016.0070. Epub 2016 Jul 27

Yu Ping Feng San for Allergic Rhinitis (Hay Fever)

Yu Ping Feng San for Allergic Rhinitis (Hay Fever)

Potential effectiveness of the Chinese herbal medicine Yu ping feng san for allergic rhinitis: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.

Allergic rhinitis is commonly known as hay fever. It is an allergic response when the nose or eyes come into contact with substances they are allergic to.

Background for this study:

The Chinese herbal medicine formula Yu ping feng san is commonly used for allergic rhinitis. The aim of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of Yu ping feng san in treating adult allergic rhinitis using the most recent evidence.

Methods of this study:

Seven databases were searched from their inceptions to September 2017. Randomized controlled trials evaluating Yu ping feng san for allergic rhinitis were included.

Results of this study:

Twenty-two randomized controlled trials involving 23 comparisons were included in this review. The combination of Yu ping feng san with pharmacotherapy seemed more effective than pharmacotherapy alone. Further, Yu ping feng san combination treatment seemed more beneficial when it was used for more than three weeks. In addition, Yu ping feng san was well-tolerated for treating adult allergic rhinitis.

Conclusions of this study:

The Chinese herbal medicine formula Yu ping feng san seems beneficial for adult allergic rhinitis. This potential benefit needs to be further evaluated by more rigorous randomized controlled trials.

©  The Author(s)

  • Qiulan Luo,
  • Claire Shuiqing Zhang,
  • Lihong Yang,
  • Anthony Lin Zhang,
  • Xinfeng Guo,
  • Charlie Changli Xue
  • Chuanjian Lu

Contributed equally

BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine BMC series – open, inclusive and trusted 201717:485


©  The Author(s). 2017

  • Received: 15 July 2017
  • Accepted: 22 October 2017
  • Published: 6 November 2017


Natural Hay Fever Relief with Acupuncture

Natural Hay Fever Relief with Acupuncture

Do you know someone who gets red, itchy and watery eyes; someone who sneezes a lot, but also gets congested sinuses, a heavy-head feeling, and suffers low energy every spring? It is possible that they are suffering from fay fever. These hay fever symptoms are an allergic response by their body to certain plant pollens that are released every spring.  Hay fever is also called allergic rhinitis. Allergies can also be triggered by dust, animal hair, fungal spores or air pollutants.

The good news is that natural hay fever relief with acupuncture and Chinese medicine can ease the symptoms of hay fever. Exciting research from Australia indicates relief is possible from the symptoms of allergic rhinitis with the use of acupuncture. Acupuncture can be used to stimulate the body’s own natural antihistamines to reduce local inflammation in the sinuses and nasal passages. It is theorised that acupuncture is able to activate the body’s immune system to produce its own natural anti-inflammatory response.

If you or someone you know is experiencing hay fever symptoms, you may recommend them trying acupuncture which is now scientifically prooved to help with this condition.

The research for natural hay fever relief with acupuncture is located here: (www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2013/591796/abs/)

John L. McDonald, Allan W. Cripps, Peter K. Smith, Caroline A. Smith, Charlie C. Xue and Brenda Golianu, “The anti-Inflammatory Effects of Acupuncture and Their Relevance to Allergic Rhinitis: A Narrative Review and Proposed Model”, Evidence- Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol. 2013, Article ID 591796, 12 pages, 2013. https://doi.org/10.1155/2013/591796

Lots of helpful Related Reading:

Hayfever and Allergies

Yu Ping Feng San for Allergic Rhinitis

Chinese Medicine and Hay Fever

Chinese Medicine Hay Fever management

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis with Acupuncture

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis with Acupuncture

A comparative study of three conservative treatments in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis: lumbar spinal stenosis with acupuncture and physical therapy study (LAP study)

Lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) is usually associated with neurological symptoms and intermittent claudication in the lower extremities due to narrowing of the intervertebral foramen and spinal canal. Because of these symptoms, LSS is an important risk factor for decreased quality of life, particularly in the elderly. With aging of the society, the number of patients with LSS is predicted to rapidly increase.

Background for this study:Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Although the efficiency of conservative management for lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) has been examined, different conservative management approaches have not been compared. This study performed the first comparative trial of three types of conservative management (medication with acetaminophen, exercise, and acupuncture) in Japanese patients with LSS.

Methods of this study:

Patients with L5 root radiculopathy associated with LSS who visited this study hospital for surgical treatment were enrolled between December 2011 and January 2014. In this open-label study, patients were assigned to three treatment groups (medication, exercise, acupuncture) according to the visit time.

Results of this study:

Thirty-eight, 40, and 41 patients were allocated to the medication, exercise, and acupuncture groups, respectively. No patient underwent surgical treatment during the study period. The symptom severity scores improved significantly after treatment in the medication, exercise and acupuncture groups. The physical function score improved significantly in the acupuncture group, but not in the medication and exercise groups. The mean reduction in the score for physical function was significantly greater for acupuncture than for exercise. The mean score for treatment satisfaction was significantly greater for acupuncture than for medication.


Acupuncture was significantly more effective than physical exercise according to the physical function score. Acupuncture was significantly more effective than medication according to the satisfaction score. The present study provides new important information that will aid decision making in LSS treatment.

Trial registration

This study was registered with the UMIN Clinical Trials Registry (UMIN000006957).

©  The Author(s). 2018

  • Hiroyuki Oka
  • Ko Matsudaira,
  • Yuichi Takano,
  • Daichi Kasuya,
  • Masaki Niiya,
  • Juichi Tonosu,
  • Masayoshi Fukushima,
  • Yasushi Oshima,
  • Tomoko Fujii,
  • Sakae Tanaka and
  • Hirohiko Inanami

BMC Complementary and Alternative MedicineBMC series – open, inclusive and trusted201818:19


©  The Author(s). 2018

  • Received: 3 February 2017
  • Accepted: 14 January 2018
  • Published: 19 January 2018


Acupuncture in Patients with Allergic Asthma

Acupuncture in Patients with Allergic Asthma

Acupuncture in Patients with Allergic Asthma: A Randomized Pragmatic TrialBell's Palsy Allergic Asthma

Background: Although the available evidence is insufficient, acupuncture is used in patients suffering from chronic asthma. The aim of this pragmatic study was to investigate the effectiveness of acupuncture in addition to routine care in patients with allergic asthma compared to treatment with routine care alone.

Methods: Patients with allergic asthma were included in a randomized controlled trial and randomized to receive up to 15 acupuncture sessions over 3 months, or to a control group receiving routine care alone.

Conclusions: In patients with allergic asthma, additional acupuncture treatment to routine care was associated with increased disease-specific and health-related quality of life compared to treatment with routine care alone.

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Benno Brinkhaus
Stephanie Roll
Susanne Jena
Katja Icke
Daniela Adam
Sylvia Binting
Fabian Lotz
Stefan N. Willich
Claudia M. Witt

Published Online:1 Apr 2017 https://doi.org/10.1089/acm.2016.0357
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine Vol. 23, No. 4

Herbal medicine Zengru Gao to promote breastfeeding

Herbal medicine Zengru Gao to promote breastfeeding

Recent research reviewed the efficacy of the Chinese herbal medicine Zengru Gao to promote breastfeeding in a multicenter randomized controlled trial.

Background:after childbirth breastfeeding

Breastfeeding, also known as nursing, is recommended worldwide to provide ideal food to newborns, but not fully practiced. The first week after childbirth is regarded as a critical period for increasing breast milk production. The aim of this study was to investigate whether the Chinese herbal medicine Zengru Gao would result in more women breastfeeding in the first week after childbirth.

Study Methods:

A multicenter randomized controlled trial was conducted of 588 mothers considering breastfeeding in China. Among the mothers of the intervention group, the intervention included Chinese herbal medicine Zengru Gao; and among those of the control group, it did not. 


Chinese Herbal medicine Zengru Gao enhanced breastfeeding success during one week postpartum. The approach is acceptable to participants and merits further evaluation.

©  The Author(s). 2018

  • Shuaishuai Wang,
  • Chi Zhang,
  • Cuishan Li,
  • Daocheng Li,
  • Ping He,
  • Zhaojuan Su,
  • Yanling Li,
  • Yiling Ding and
  • Aiping Lu

BMC Complementary and Alternative MedicineBMC series – open, inclusive and trusted201818:53


©  The Author(s). 2018

  • Received: 14 November 2016
  • Accepted: 30 January 2018
  • Published: 6 February 2018