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Progress in clinical application of Kinesio taping
Xiong-Zhi Wu
9TMR Non-Drug Therapy. 2019, 2 (2): 35-35.   https://doi.org/10.12032/TMRND201902012
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Kinesio taping is actually a kind of elastic treatment band which is stuck on the skin surface and is used for treating sports injuries and various other conditions. Kinesio taping was first invented and created by Dr. Kenzo Kase in 1973 and applied in the field of sports medicine. After improvement, it has become an elastic patch with low allergy and no drug ingredients. It has certain air permeability and waterproof characteristics. it is mainly made of waterproof elastic cotton cloth, release material and medical acrylic glue. The application of kinesio taping is not only limited to sports injuries with obvious clinical symptoms, but also widely used in prevention and treatment of sports injuries, improvement of sports performance and treatment of lymphedema in clinical.
Physiotherapy therapy
Kinesio tape in the treatment of postoperative lymphedema of breast cancer
Fu-Yu Leng, Zhu Yang, Feng-Xi Long, Li Luo, Wen-Yu Wu, Dong-Xin Tang
9TMR Non-Drug Therapy. 2019, 2 (2): 36-41.   https://doi.org/10.12032/TMRND201902011
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Kinesio tape has the advantages of convenient use, short operation time without affecting the mobility of limb, long curative effects and less side-effects and good patient's compliance. It is a new treatment for patients with lymphedema after breast cancer surgery.

Editor’s Summary

This paper analyzes the effects of Kinesio tape on breast cancer postoperative lymphedema, which will provide evidences for its clinical effects on lymphedema limbs. Kinesio tape has the advantages of short cure period, no pain, not easy to be repeated, economical, convenient and easy to operate, without any effects on limbs mobility. Kinesio taping has become a very popular treatment for several health conditions over the last decade. However, when choosing intramuscular patch to treat lymphedema after breast cancer surgery, strict screening should be carried out to prevent adverse effects caused by inferior products from aggravating diseases.

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The Kinesio tape, originally developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase, a Japanese chiropractor, was used for pain of joint and muscle. The elastic tape is capable of stretching up to 130-140% of its resting static length ensuring free mobility of the applied muscle or joint. It is claimed that Kinesio tape supports injured muscles and joints and helps relieve pain by lifting the skin and allowing improved blood and lymph flow. Therefore, Kinesio Taping has become a very popular treatment for several health conditions over the last decade. Nowadays, lymphatic drainage is a new function of Kinesio taping in the field of physical therapy. This article explores the application of Kinesio tape in breast cancer-related lymphedema in order to provide a new treatment for patients with lymphedema after breast cancer surgery.

Acupuncture and moxibustion therapy
Non-drug interventions for cancer-related fatigue: an updated review
Yan-Qiu Huang, Guo-Zhi Yang, Chang-De Jin, Sheng Gao
9TMR Non-Drug Therapy. 2019, 2 (2): 42-47.   https://doi.org/10.12032/TMRND201902009
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With the characters of easy operation, no damage and significant therapeutic effects, non-drug intervention for cancer-related fatigue can enhance drug therapeutic effects, improve life quality, reduce the financial burden of patients as well. Non-drug interventions are recommended for treating cancer related-fatigue.

Editor’s Summary

This paper reviews the effects of some non-drug interventions on cancer-induced fatigue. Non-drug interventions can improve the physical condition of patients, establish the confidence to overcome the disease, thereby reducing the severity of fatigue in cancer patients. The combination of drug treatment and non-drug intervention should be used to help patients to obtain the best therapeutic effects.

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Non-drug interventions are easy operation, no damage and with significant therapeutic effects for cancer-related fatigue (CRF), which also can reduce the economic burden of cancer patients and improve the quality of life. This paper reviews the effects of non-drug interventions on CRF including exercise intervention, long distance healthy education, cognitive behavior intervention, traditional Chinese medicine intervention and emotional intervention to provide reference for clinical medical staff and relevant scholars. These non-drug intervention can enhance the therapeutic effects of conventional medicine, improve life quality and reduce the financial burden of patients with CRF. However, non-drug intervention for patients with CRF is only an adjuvant treatment method, and it can not completely replace conventional medicine treatment. The combination of conventional medicine treatment and non-drug intervention should be used to help patients with CRF to obtain the best therapeutic effects.

Kinematic improvement after the external-application herbs combine rehabilitation in upper-limb spasticity due to stroke
Xiao Ding, Zhen-Yao Wang, Hu Zhang, Xin-Wei Wang, Wei-Hao Fang, Da-Wei Zhang
9TMR Non-Drug Therapy. 2019, 2 (2): 48-54.   https://doi.org/10.12032/TMRND201902010
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TCM compress combined with modern rehabilitation is obviously superior to single rehabilitation training, which serves as a safe, simple, fast and effective therapeutic method for motor function rehabilitation of stroke patients.

Editor’s Summary

For stroke patients, combined with non-drug therapy can significant improve the therapeutic effects of conventional medicine treatment. However, the standard of the treatment should be noteworthiness.

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Background: Spasm is one of the most serious physical impairment after stroke. The external-application of herbs has showed the curative effects on the spasm to some degree. This study was conducted to evaluate the effects of external-application of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) based on both conventional medicine therapy and rehabilitation therapy in upper limb spasticity after stroke. Methods: A total of 100 patients with upper limb spasm after stroke (stroke occurred less than 1 month), have been recruited in Shunyi Hospital of Beijing Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital. Patients were randomly allotted to two groups respectively (n = 50, respectively): the control group (conventional medicine therapy and rehabilitation therapy), and the treatment group (external-application of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) based on conventional medicine therapy and rehabilitation therapy). The two groups were administered once a month for three months. The primary outcome were Modified Ashworth score and Fugl-Meyer assessment for upper limb. Results: Muscle tension and motor function were evaluated before and 4 weeks after treatments. There was a significant improvement in muscle tension and motor function in patients with stroke after the therapy of external-application herbs combined with conventional medicine therapy and rehabilitation therapy (P < 0.05). Conclusion: Patients’ kinematic function can be improved after the external-application of herbs and modern rehabilitation therapy in upper limb.

The effects of TCM nursing intervention on the life quality of cancer patients with pain: a review of recent research
Pei-Yao Li, Yun-Lan Jiao, Chun-Hua Zhang, Ling Wang, Wen-Wen Zhao, Hui-Xin Ding, Chun-Guang Yu
9TMR Non-Drug Therapy. 2019, 2 (2): 55-61.   https://doi.org/10.12032/TMRND201902007
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As a complementary and alternative therapy to Western analgesics, traditional Chinese medicine nursing has unique advantages in relieving pain in patient with cancer and can effectively improve quality of life.

Editor’s Summary

The conventional analgesics are selected to relieve pain in patient with cancer; however, their adverse reactions seriously affect the patient’s quality of life (QOL). Traditional Chinese medicine nursing can improve clinical symptoms and QOL through massage, external treatment of Chinese herbs, auricular therapy, etc. as well as reduce the toxic side effects of analgesics, making it worthy of clinical popularization and application.

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Tumor pain is common in patients with advanced cancer, 70-80 % have varying degrees of pain. Treatment of cancer pain has become a difficult issue in oncology, poor pain control often seriously affects the patients' quality of life (QOL). Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) nursing intervention can improve symptoms and QOL through massage, external treatment of TCM, and auricular therapy, which have unique curative effects such as regulating Qi (a vital force that forms part of living entity in traditional Chinese culture) and blood, stabilizing the mind, and enhancing immunity. Not only does TCM nursing intervention prevent disease but also cultivates the mind, helps achieve systemic relaxation, and reduces the pain of cancer patients and the toxic side effects of painkillers, so as to improve QOL and satisfaction, making it worthy of clinical popularization and application. At present, there is an urgent need to carry out high-quality, multi-center, large-sample randomized controlled trials and develop a standardized TCM nursing intervention implementation scheme and efficacy standards to promote its application.

Effects of moxibustion on cancer-related fatigue: a meta-analysis
Yuan Jia, Si-Yuan Yang, Li-Min Guo, Xue Bai, Ya-Nan Wang, Fan-Jie Meng
9TMR Non-Drug Therapy. 2019, 2 (2): 62-70.   https://doi.org/10.12032/TMRND201902013
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Moxibustion can improve cancer-related fatigue (CRF) and enhance immune function. With the advantages of simplicity, convenient, efficacy, inexpensiveness, and lack of side effects, moxibustion appeared to be efficacious auxiliary therapeutic method for CRF.

Editor’s Summary

The conclusion has some limitations as there exist few but rigorous randomized controlled trials and no trials in English, they were all from China. Much more high-quality studies with adequate design and power are in need urgently to confirm the therapeutic value of moxibustion for cancer-related fatigue profoundly.

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Objective: To systematically evaluate the efficacy of moxibustion in the treatment of cancer-related fatigue (CRF). Methods: Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) using moxibustion to treat cancer-related fatigue in Cochrane Library, PubMed, China Knowledge Network, Wanfang and VIP databases were searched. Two reviewers independently searched, reviewed the literature, extracted data, and evaluated the methodological quality. RevMan5.3 software was used for meta-analysis. Results: A total of 942 patients were included in 11 RCTs. The meta-analysis results showed that moxibustion can reduce fatigue score [MD = -2.04, 95% CI (-4.06, -0.33), P < 0.001], improve the score of quality of life QLQ-C30 [(MD = 8.44, 95% CI (1.85, 15.03), P < 0.001], also boost the number of differentiation antigen of T cells , such as CD3 [MD = 7.82, 95% CI (3.14, 12.49), P = 0.01], CD8 [MD = -3.15, 95% CI (-11.36, 5.06), P < 0.001], and the number of NK cells [MD = 5.88, 95% CI (3.56, 8.20), P = 0.01].Conclusion: Moxibustion can improve the degree of CRF, improve the quality of life and enhance immune function.

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