Traditional Chinese medicine is an important tumor-assisted treatment.
Classical formula has a good effect in colorectal treatment, but the mechanism is not clear.
Classical Chinese medicine prescriptions are widely used in cancer treatment. Although obvious therapeutic effects have been observed in clinical practice, laboratory evidence is still lacking. Clinically effective prescriptions may become the research direction for the development of cancer therapeutic drugs.
ShanghanZabingLun, an acient book of Chinese medicine that published in Han dynasty (219 C.E.), is the first monograph in China that has the principles of prescription and treatment. Modern physicians flexibly applied many classical prescriptions recorded on this acientd book, such as BanxiaXiexin decoction, DaChengqi decoction, YiyiFuziBijiang decoction and Wumeipill for the treatment of colorectal cancer and its complications, and made some progress in clinical and experimental research. Studies have shown that classical prescriptions alone or in combination with other therapies can improve immunity, prevent cancer from recurrence and metastasis, reduce the side effects of anticancer drugs, improve quality of life, and prolong the survival of cancer patients. However, the current clinical and mechanistic studies on the treatment of classical prescriptions still need to explore in depth. This study aims to summarize the clinical and research progress in the treatment of colorectal cancer with classical prescriptions in recent years.