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The Official Journal of China Anti-Cancer Association
Editor-in-Chief: XZ Wu, PhD
ISSN 2413-3973
1Traditional Medicine Research is an international peer-reviewed, Open Access journal. It is dedicated to report the research progress in clinical efficacy, action mechanism and theoretical research on traditional medicine, including traditional Chinese medicine, traditional Indian medicine, Persian medicine and other traditional medicine around the world. In addition to the editorial, review, basic research and clinical research, letters, news and comment, the following topics are also welcome: comparative research, academic hypothesis, methodological research, traditional literature research, annual advances, standard and guideline. Researches of traditional medicine which have definite historical records, ethnic feature, and regional distribution are welcome especially. In order to focus on breakthrough research in a field, TMR insist on publishing special issues around a topic related to traditional medicine. ... More

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1025 A.D. · The Canon of Medicine
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Tu Youyou:A scientist moving forward in controversy
Editor Group of Traditional Medicine Research
1Traditional Medicine Research. 2019, 4 (6): 288-289.   https://doi.org/10.12032/TMR20190922136
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The 13th National People's Congress Standing Committee was held in Beijing on Sept. 17, 2019. President of China Xi Jinping signed a presidential decree to award individuals, national medals and honorary titles. Tu Youyou, the winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine, was awarded the Medal of the Republic [1].

As the winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine, Tu Youyou and her team, discovered that artemisinin and dihydroartemisinin could be used to treat malaria [2]. Although Tu Youyou won the Nobel Prize in 2015, she didn’t have a Ph.D. degree. In 2017, she did not been admitted to the Chinese Academy of Sciences again [3].

As early as Oct. 9, 2015, <em>The New York Times</em> reported, “Q. and A.: Tu Youyou on Being Awarded the Nobel Prize”: “Q: Are you disappointed not to have been admitted to the Chinese Academy of Sciences? A: I applied many times, because people told me I should. I did receive a few awards for the discovery. At the National Science Conference in 1978, my team was given an award. As the team leader, I accepted on behalf of the team. The Minister of Public Health personally recommended me for academy membership. However, many factors must come into play. It’s complicated [4].”

Usually, the Nobel Prize is awarded to individuals only [5]. Research of artemisinins has been carried out since the early 1970s, by hundreds of scientists all together under the “whole nation" system. For example, Xu Liu of Guilin Pharmaceutical Company designed and synthesized dihydroartemisinin C10-monoesters of diacids [6]. “Tu was the first to show that this component, later called Artemisinin, was highly effective against the malaria parasite, both in infected animals and humans.”the Nobel Committee said [7].

In 2011, Tu Youyou was awarded by the Lasker Foundation. The Lasker Award is often seen as a precursor to the Nobel Prize. This event reignited a controversy over whether one person should be recognized for developing the drug. Some Chinese scientists even co-authored letters to the Nobel Committee, stating that "We would rather no-one have this Nobel Prize, rather than Tu Youyou have it alone [8, 9]." 

It is noted that Tu Youyou turned to ancient texts of Chinese medicine named <em>Zhouhou Beiji Fang</em> and discovered clues to identify and extract the active component of the Chinese herbal medicine Qinghao (<em>Artemisia carvifolia</em>&nbsp;Buch.-Ham. ex Roxb. Hort. Beng.). She then delivered her Nobel Lecture titled “Discovery of Artemisinin - A Gift from Traditional Chinese Medicine to the World” on Dec. 17, 2015 at Aula Medica, Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm [10]. This made traditional medical practitioners, especially Chinese medicine practitioners very excited as they hoped it would bring some positive publicity to usefulness of traditional medicine. However, the Prize motivation on official website is still just "for her discoveries concerning a novel therapy against Malaria [2]."

On May 30, 2019, the latest research results of the Tu Youyou team were published on <em>The New England Journal of Medicine</em> titled A Temporizing Solution to “Artemisinin Resistance" [11]. In addition, the application for the "Clinical trial of dihydroartemisinin tablet in the treatment of systemic lupus erythematosus and discoid systemic lupus erythematosus" submitted by the Institute of Chinese Materia Medica, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, where the Tu Youyou team is located, has been approved. Kunming Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is the responsible party [12].

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The research of acupuncture on the treatment of alcohol dependence: hope and challenge
Xue Yang
1Traditional Medicine Research. 2019, 4 (6): 290-292.   https://doi.org/10.12032/TMR20191009138
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Acupuncture, a well-known form of alternative therapy, has been used for treating various disorders including pain, certain drug addiction, and withdrawal syndromes [1-5]. Although there is not any histological or physiological evidence of traditional Chinese medical concepts such as Qi, meridians and acupoints, there is clear scientific evidence that acupuncture relates to endogenous opioid peptides release, and acupuncture can increase the activity of dopaminergic neuron in mesolimbic brain region through the endogenous opioid peptides [6-8]. Till today, there is no convincing evidence to illustrate the nature of acupoints and also no clear mechanism explaining how the signals transport to the central nervous system from the special acupoints. However, recent research have found that the afferent impulses induced by acupuncture can be transmitted by Aβ and AΔ fibers [9, 10], which sent the itch and tactile sensation to the brain; then the signals activate spinal cord, midbrain and pituitary-hypothalamus, which lead to the release of three endorphins and other monoamines [11-13]. These results suggest that acupuncture can indeed activate neurons in the brain to perform physiological functions.
Special Issue on Endocrine and Metabolism
A systematical review of traditional Ayurvedic and morden medical perspectives on Ghrita (clarified butter): a boon or bane
Vd. Varnika Singh, Vd. Shalini Rai, Vd. Vijay Kumar Rai
1Traditional Medicine Research. 2019, 4 (6): 293-304.   https://doi.org/10.12032/TMR20190325111
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Ghrita (clarified butter), treated as the culprit of a number of diseases, has been depicted incorrectly for a long time. This review presents the complete picture in view of Ayurvedic perspective and recent researches on Ghrita to let the readers contemplate again on Ghrita.

Traditionality

Ghrita, also called as clarified butter in Sanskrita, has been used for more than 5, 000 years throughout the Indian subcontinent and has been an inevitable part of diet in the Indian cuisine. It has also been traditionally associated with a number of health benefits recorded in Charaka (the most ancient written text of Ayurveda dating to second century B.C.), such as promoting strength and longevity, promoting appetite and digestion, increasing cognition, etc.

Abstract

Background: For long dietary guidelines, it is recommended to avoid foods rich in saturated fatlike Ghrita, also named clarified butter or ghee, which is considered as the culprit of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, stroke, etc. Contradictory to the modern medical science, Ayurveda advocated for numerous benefits of the usage of Ghrita in the judicious manner. This paper systematically reviews and analyses the scientific researches that carried out on the benefits and harms associated with the usage of Ghrita. Methods and Findings: A search over the various search engines like Pubmed, Google was made. The relevant articles and chapters from books retrieved in English language were saved to a folder and analysed for their utility relevant to the topic and the matter was presented in a systematic manner. Results: Ghrita consisted various fats (saturated, monosaturated and polyunsaturated), fatty acids, minerals, vitamins etc. And the composition of Ghrita varies along with the method of preparation. Scientific researches carried out on Ghrita plain as well as medicated have reported about the depressant effects of medicated Ghrita in gross behavioural tests, potentiated phentobarbitone sleeping time, analgesic effect and stimulatory effect on cognition. Further, studies conducted to evaluate the effect of Ghrita on the serum lipid levels showed a dose dependant decrease in the total cholesterol, low density lipoproteins, and very low density lipoproteins. Ghrita was also reported to have wound healing activity. Conclusion: The results of the study suggest the beneficial effects of plain as well as medicated Ghrita on the various components of health and break the myth associated to the exclusion of Ghrita in diet. These researches also substantiate the claims made by the classical texts of Ayurveda.


Traditionality
Ghrita, also called as clarified butter in Sanskrita, has been used for more than 5, 000 years throughout the Indian subcontinent and has been an inevitable part of diet in the Indian cuisine. It has also been traditionally associated with a number of health benefits recorded in Charaka (the most ancient written text of Ayurveda dating to second century B.C.), such as promoting strength and longevity, promoting appetite and digestion, increasing cognition, etc.
Effects of Siwei Yuganzi decoction on LXRα and CYP7A1 in hyperlipidemic rats
Ru-Yi Yang, Hong-Bin Wang, Pan-Pan Zhou
1Traditional Medicine Research. 2019, 4 (6): 305-313.   https://doi.org/10.12032/TMR20191024142
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A Tibetan (one of the ethnic minorities in China) compound preparation, Siwei Yuganzi decoction, can improve the serum levels of TC, TG, and LDL-C in the hyperlipidemic animal model via increasing the expression of both LXRα and CYP7A1 mRNA and proteins in the liver tissue.

Traditionality

Siwei Yuganzi decoction is an adaptation of a classical prescription of the Tibetan medicine called Sanguo decoction, which is recorded in the classic ancient book of Tibetan medicine entitled Sibu Jingdian, written by the famous Tibetan medical scientist named G.yuthog Rnyingma·Yontan Mgonpo in 800 C.E..

Abstract

Background: Hyperlipidemia (HLP) is a disorder in which lipids in the blood are disturbed due to abnormal lipid metabolism. Statins and fibrates lipid-regulating drugs prevent the generation of lipids and improves HLP, thereby reducing the likelihood of developing cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases. However, their adverse reactions and side effects limit a wide range of clinical applications. Tibetan medicine compound preparation Siwei Yuganzi decoction (SYD) is an adaptation of a classical prescription of the Tibetan medicine Sanguo decoction, that has been proved to have the effect of improving lipid metabolism; however, its possible mechanism remains unknown. Methods: Sixty specific-pathogen free grade Sprague Dawley rats were randomly divided into the blank control group, the HLP group, the Chinese patent medicine Xuezhikang positive control group, and the treatment groups with Tibetan SYD high-, middle-, and low-dosages respectively. Ten rats were assigned to each group. Every rat in these groups was fed with a high-fat emulsion to establish the hyperlipidemic animal model, except for those in the blank control group. Then the rats in the blank control and HLP groups were fed with 0.9% normal saline, those in Xuezhikang group were fed with Xuezhikang suspension at the dose of 0.11 g/kg/d, and those in SYD groups were fed with the SYD suspension at the dosage of 16.2 g/kg/d (high dosage), 10.8 g/kg/d (middle dosage), and 5.4 g/kg/d (low dosage), respectively. After 8 weeks, the levels of serum total cholesterol (TC), triglyceride (TG), low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) were detected by the ELISA. The mRNA and protein expression levels of liver X receptor α (LXRα) and cholesterol 7α-hydroxylase 1 (CYP7A1) were detected using RT-PCR, western blotting, and immunohistochemistry. Results: The serum levels of TC, TG, and LDL-C in the HLP group were higher than those in the blank control group (P < 0.05), whereas the serum levels of HDL-C and the expression levels of both LXRα and CYP7A1 mRNA and proteins in the liver in the HLP group were lower than those in the control group (P < 0.05). After the treatment of the Xuezhikang and SYD, the serum levels of TG, TC, and LDL-C significantly decreased (P < 0.05), whereas the serum levels of HDL-C and the expression levels of both LXRα and CYP7A1 mRNA and proteins in the liver significantly increased compared with those in the HLP group (P < 0.05). Furthermore, The serum levels of TC, TG, and LDL-C in the SYD group at high dosage were lower (P < 0.05), the serum level of HDL-C was higher, and the expression levels of both LXRα and CYP7A1 mRNA and proteins in the liver tissue were higher than those in the Xuezhikang group (P < 0.05). Conclusion: SYD can improve the serum levels of TC, TG, and LDL-C in the hyperlipidemic animal model via increasing the expression of both LXRα and CYP7A1 mRNA and proteins in the liver tissue.


Traditionality 

Siwei Yuganzi decoction is an adaptation of a classical prescription of the Tibetan medicine called Sanguo decoction, which is recorded in the classic ancient book of Tibetan medicine entitled Sibu Jingdian, written by the famous Tibetan medical scientist named G.yuthog Rnyingma·Yontan Mgonpo in 800 C.E..

Effectiveness of health coaching on diabetic patients: A systematic review and meta-analysis
Nashwa Mohamed Radwan, Hisham Al Khashan, Fahad Alamri, Ahmed Tofek El Olemy
1Traditional Medicine Research. 2019, 4 (6): 314-325.   https://doi.org/10.12032/TMR20191024143
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Highlights

Health coaching intervention has a significant effect on hemoglobin A1c and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol of patients with diabetes mellitus.

Traditionality

The first use of the term "coach" arose around 1830 in Oxford University as a slang in relation with an instructor or trainer or tutor who "carried" a student through an exam. The term “coaching” thus refers to the process of transporting people from where they are to where they want to be. In 1915, the National Board of Medical Examiners was founded. In 2002, Wellcoaches partnered with the American College of Sports Medicine. In 2010, the National Consortium for Credentialing Health and Wellness Coaches was founded. In 2017, the International Consortium for Health and Wellness Coaching was established. Coaching as a method to improve healthy lifestyle behaviors has received special attention in recent years.

Abstract

Background: Using health coaching to improve the quality of life and health outcomes of the patients with diabetes mellitus, has emerged as a possible intervention. However, the few published randomized controlled trials using health coaching for patients with diabetes mellitus have reported mixed results. The present meta-analysis aimed to determine the effectiveness of health coaching on modifying health status and quality of life among diabetic patients and to clarify the characteristics of coaching delivery that make it most effective. Methods: This study searched for articles on randomized controlled trials of health coaching interventions targeting type 2 diabetic patients that were published in the English language from January 2005 through December 2018 in the Cochrane, Medline, PubMed, Trip, and Embase databases. Patients in the control group received usual diabetes mellitus care, and those in the experimental group received health coaching based on usual diabetes mellitus care. The primary outcomes included Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) and cardiovascular disease risk factors, including systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure, triglyceride, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, total cholesterol, and body weight. The secondary outcomes included quality of life, self-efficacy, self-care skills, and psychological outcomes. Results: Health coaching intervention has a significant effect on HbA1c [mean difference (MD) = -0.35, confidence interval (CI) = -0.47, -0.22, I2 = 83%, P < 0.001] and HDL-C (MD = -0.50, CI = -0.93, -0.07, I2 = 10%, P = 0.02). The most effective strategy for health coaching delivery associated with improvement of HbA1c was decreasing the number of sessions and increasing the duration of each session. However, no significant difference was found for weight, SBP, diastolic blood pressure, triglyceride, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, or total cholesterol. Mixed results were reported for the effect of health coaching on quality of life, self-efficacy, self-care skills, and depressive symptoms outcome. Conclusion: Health coaching intervention has a significant effect on HbA1c and HDL-C, and the most effective strategy is decreasing the number of sessions while increasing session duration. However, these results should be interpreted with caution as the evidence comes from studies at some risk of bias with considerable heterogeneity and imprecision.


Traditionality 

The first use of the term "coach" arose around 1830 in Oxford University as a slang in relation with an instructor or trainer or tutor who "carried" a student through an exam. The term “coaching” thus refers to the process of transporting people from where they are to where they want to be. In 1915, the National Board of Medical Examiners was founded. In 2002, Wellcoaches partnered with the American College of Sports Medicine. In 2010, the National Consortium for Credentialing Health and Wellness Coaches was founded. In 2017, the International Consortium for Health and Wellness Coaching was established. Coaching as a method to improve healthy lifestyle behaviors has received special attention in recent years.

Study on the relationship between the structure of bacterial flora on the tongue and types of tongue coating in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus
Yu-Hong Ding, Xing-Yu Zheng, Wei-Wei Chen, Xin-Fu Lin, Xiao Yang, Jie-Wei Luo, Fang-Meng Huang, Yong-Xi Wu, Shi-Chao Wei
1Traditional Medicine Research. 2019, 4 (6): 326-337.   https://doi.org/10.12032/TMR20190530122
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The incidence of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is related to the imbalance of oral microflora in the human body. The characteristic tongue coating flora structure, containing Prevotella, Fusobacterium, Streptococcus, Neisseria, etc., can influence the formation of yellow thick coating. However, the role of yellow thick coating in the incidence of T2DM needs further investigation.

Traditionality

Diabetes is called “Xiaoke” in traditional Chinese medicine. According to the record of Jin Kui Yao Lue (an ancient book of Chinese medicine published in the Han dynasty of China), the typical clinical symptoms of “Xiaoke” is thirsty for drinking water and dry mouth, suggesting that as early as Han dynasty, Chinese medicine associated the onset of diabetes with the mouth and tongue symptoms. Currently, it is believed that a two-way interaction exists between diabetes and periodontitis, a disease resulted from the imbalance oral microbial community. In 2015, “National Individual Microbiome Detection Project” was launched with the aim of finding biomarkers or risk factors for diseases in oral, skin, and intestinal microbial communities.

Abstract

Objective: To analyze the characteristics of bacterial flora on the tongue and types of tongue coating between healthy individuals and patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) via detecting 16S rDNA of oral tongue coating microbial group. Methods: A total of 42 patients with T2DM were recruited, including 6 with thin white coating, 9 with mirror-like coating, 27 with yellow thick coating (YTC), and 28 healthy individuals. The V4 region of 16S rDNA from the tongue coating microbiota was sequenced using the Linux ubuntu sequencing platform, and the structure of bacterial flora in the tongue was analyzed. Treeplot construction, principal coordinates analysis, redundancy analysis, and linear discriminant analysis were conducted using R software to analyze the differences of bacterial flora in the tongue coating in each group. Results: A total of 8131 different operational taxonomic units (OTUs) were obtained via sequencing, of which 719 OTU samples showed significant differences (P < 0.05). Comparing OTUs with the 16S rDNA database of known species and annotation of parallel species revealed 16 species with differences at the phylum level, 31 at the class level, 54 at the order level, 88 at the family level, and 161 at the genus level. The dominant bacteria found in patients with T2DM included Lactobacillus, Streptophyta, Chloroplast, Cyanobacteria-Chloroplast, and Bifidobacteriaceae, etc. Dominant bacteria in the control group belonged to Pasteurellales, Pasteurellaceae, Leptotrichiaceae, Lachnoanaerobaculum, and Ignavibacteria among other bacterial families. All samples were clustered into three groups, each group characterized by dominant bacteria. The order of dominant bacteria in group 1 were Prevotella > Neisseria > Veillonella > Streptococcus > Fusobacterium > Leptotrichia and so on. The order of dominant bacteria of group 2 were Neisseria > Prevotella > Fusobacterium > Streptococcus > porphyromonas and so on. The dominant bacteria of group 3 were Prevotella > Fusobacterium > Streptococcus > Neisseria > Leptotrichia > Rothia > Veillonella > porphyromonas > f_Pasteurellaceae > Capnocytophaga > Actinomyces > Alloprevotella and so on. Single factor risk estimation: with group 1 used as the reference (OR = 1), the risk of carrying group 2 and group 3 microflora with T2DM increased (OR values were 4.77 and 7.78, respectively). The proportion of group 1 microflora in the control group (25.9%) was higher than that in the T2DM group (5.4%) (χ2 = 3.873, P = 0.049). Compared with group 1 and group 2, group 3 had a significantly dominant microflora structure in YTC group (χ2 = 7.120, P = 0.008). RDA analysis indicated that Neisseria, Fusobacterium, and Prevotella were associated with HbA1c values > 10 mmol/L, whereas Rothia, Streptococcus, and Veillonella were more correlated with HbA1c ≤ 10 mmol/L. Conclusion: The incidence of T2DM is related to the imbalance of oral microflora in the human body. The tongue coating flora structure may influence the formation of different tongue coating types in this metabolic condition. Additionally, flora structures of Prevotella, Neisseria, and Fusobacterium were associated with elevated HbA1c.


Traditionality

Diabetes is called “Xiaoke” in traditional Chinese medicine. According to the record of Jin Kui Yao Lue (an ancient book of Chinese medicine published in the Han dynasty of China), the typical clinical symptoms of “Xiaoke” is thirsty for drinking water and dry mouth, suggesting that as early as Han dynasty, Chinese medicine associated the onset of diabetes with the mouth and tongue symptoms. Currently, it is believed that a two-way interaction exists between diabetes and periodontitis, a disease resulted from the imbalance oral microbial community. In 2015, “National Individual Microbiome Detection Project” was launched with the aim of finding biomarkers or risk factors for diseases in oral, skin, and intestinal microbial communities.

Treatment of diabetic foot ulcer with medicinal leech therapy and honey curcumin dressing: a case report
Shirbeigi Laila, Eghbalian Fatemeh, Bakhtyari Lida
1Traditional Medicine Research. 2019, 4 (6): 338-344.   https://doi.org/10.12032/TMR20190728128
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Wound healing impairment and ulcers in the foot, with pain and disability, are common complications of diabetes. The present case report shows the effectiveness of leech therapy in combination with honey and curcumin dressing on disease progression in a patient with diabetic foot ulcer.

Traditionality

In Iranian traditional medicine, leeches are used to treat many diseases. Natural honey and curcumin are available for dressing all types of ulcers. Hakim Aghili reported several operative properties that make them appropriate for wounds. Medicinal leech therapy was first documented in a painting of an Egyptian tomb in 1500 B.C.E. Subsequently, the use of leech therapy for medicinal purposes increased dramatically in the 17th and 18th centuries in Europe and Asia. In 1960s, leeches were used in reconstructive surgery to eliminate intravenous congestion. In 1970s, leech therapy was used only in microsurgeries. The Food and Drug Administration legalized medicinal leech therapy in 2004.

Abstract

Background: Diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) are common in patients with diabetes. The mortality rate of DFUs is ranked the highest after cancer. With advancements in modern medicine, leech therapy, a traditional treatment method for chronic wounds in Iranian medicine, has proven effective in relieving venous congestion. Herein, we aimed to observe the curative effects of leech therapy in combination with honey and curcumin dressing in a 77-year-old patient with a diabetic foot ulcer (UFC). Methods: Two medium-sized medicinal leeches were placed surrounding a grade 2 wound, based on Wagner’s classification system, located on the right first toe. The patient reported a visual analogue scale (VAS) score of 8. After leech therapy, the wound was covered with honey and curcumin, followed by oral administration of ciprofloxacin for 10 days. Results: Pain increased immediately after leech therapy (VAS: 9-10) but decreased significantly (VAS: 6) 2 days after the therapy. At the end of the 2nd day, pain completely disappeared. After 3 weeks, there was no wound on the toe. After 12 weeks, there were no traces of the wound. Conclusion: Leech therapy in combination with honey and curcumin dressing is effective against disease progression in patients with DFUs.


Traditionality 

Diabetes is called “Xiaoke” in traditional Chinese medicine. According to the record of Jin Kui Yao Lue (an ancient book of Chinese medicine published in the Han dynasty of China), the typical clinical symptoms of “Xiaoke” is thirsty for drinking water and dry mouth, suggesting that as early as Han dynasty, Chinese medicine associated the onset of diabetes with the mouth and tongue symptoms. Currently, it is believed that a two-way interaction exists between diabetes and periodontitis, a disease resulted from the imbalance oral microbial community. In 2015, “National Individual Microbiome Detection Project” was launched with the aim of finding biomarkers or risk factors for diseases in oral, skin, and intestinal microbial communities.

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1Traditional Medicine Research. 2019, 4 (6): 345-345.   https://doi.org/10.12032/TMR20191022140
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  • The marriage of Chinese Imperial Medicine and China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences: privilege and benefits for the people 
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    On September 27, 2019, the Palace Museum and China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences held a signing ceremony of strategic cooperation at Jingsheng Zhai (The studio of esteemed excellence) in the garden of Jianfu Gong (The palace of established happiness) at the Palace Museum.

    This cooperation will focus on the vast collection of cultural relics on traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in the Palace Museum and represents a joint venture into the scientific study of TCM cultural relics from the court of the Qing dynasty of China (1636 C.E.-1912 C.E.) [1].

    Tai Yi Ling (Chief imperial physician) was recorded in the Records of Shiji (the Grand Historian) (Figure 1a) [2, 3]. The famous doctor Bian Que died in 310 B.C.E, who’s exact death details are unclear until now. But there is a thought that he was assassinated by Li Xi, who was a chief imperial physician in the state of Qin, and the reason of the murder was jealousy [3] .

    The name of the Tai Yi Yuan (Imperial medical academy) originated from the Jin dynasty of China (1115 C.E.-1234 C.E.), and was inherited from the Tai Yi Shu (Imperial medical office) and Tai Yi Ju (Imperial medical bureau) of the Tang (618 C.E.-907 C.E.) and Song dynasties of China (960 C.E.-1279 C.E.). Between 1078 C.E. and 1085 C.E. of the Song dynasty, the imperial medical bureau collated and published its formula blueprints under the title Taiyiju Fang (Formulary of the imperial medical bureau). After several rounds of revision and supplementation, the text was eventually finalized after final additions were made between 1225 C.E. and 1227 C.E. as well as 1241 C.E. and 1252 C.E., becoming the current popularized version known as Taiping Huimin Hejiju Fang (Formulary to benefit the people from the pharmaceutical bureau of the Taiping reign) (Figure 1b) [4]. The medical classics named Yuyaoyuan Fang (Formulary of the imperial pharmacy) of the Yuan dynasty (1279 C.E.-1368 C.E.) was revised and edited by Xu Guozhen and others using Yuyaoyuan Fang (Formulary of the imperial pharmacy) (Figure 1c) of the Jin dynasty as base text. It was finalized in 1267 C.E. and is an important material for studying the medical formulae of the courts of the Jin and Yuan dynasties (1271 C.E.-1368 C.E.) [5].

    Imperial medical academies were established in all subsequent dynasties [2]. The Imperial medical academy of the Ming dynasty of China (1368 C.E.-1644 C.E.) was a central institution that managed the diagnosis and pharmacy services of the court and nobility [6]. Li Shizhen, a famous medical scientist in ancient China, was appointed an official at the imperial medical academy in Beijing at 27 years old. In 1549 C.E., the 28th year of Jiajing emperor of the Ming dyansty, Li Shizhen resigned from his position at the imperial medical academy at the age of 32 and returned to Ganzhou city of China. He wrote the medical classics named Bencao Gangmu (Compendium of materia medica) in his later years (Figure 1d) [7].
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  • Jian-Gan-Xiao-Zhi decoction ameliorates high-fat high-carbohydrate diet-induced non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and insulin resistance by regulating the AMPK/JNK pathway 
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    Highlights 
    This study demonstrated that a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) formula, Jian-Gan-Xiao-Zhi (JGXZ) decoction, improved liver function and reduced steatosis of the hepatocytes in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) model rats. Moreover, JGXZ improved insulin resistance in NAFLD model rats. The possible mechanism underlying the effects of JGXZ on NAFLD and IR is the modulation of the AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK)/c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) pathway. 


    Traditionality 

    Jian-Gan-Xiao-Zhi decoction (JGXZ) is a formula of TCM established by Dr. Wen Weibo in the Yunnan Provincial Hospital of TCM, China. It is an adaptation of a classical prescription of TCM, Jiajian Huangqin decoction, which is recorded in the ancient book of TCM named Make Huoren, written by Yuqiong Xie in 1748 C.E. (Qing dynasty of China). 

    Abstract 

    Background: Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) can cause insulin resistance (IR) and diabetes. Our previous studies have demonstrated that Jian-Gan-Xiao-Zhi decoction (JGXZ) could be effective for the treatment of NAFLD and IR. However, the possible mechanism underlying the effects of JGXZ on NAFLD and IR remains unknown. Methods: Fifty rats received a high-fat high-carbohydrate (HFHC) diet for 12 weeks to induce NAFLD. After 4 weeks of HFHC treatment, rats were orally treated with JGXZ (8, 16, and 32 g/kg weight) for 8 weeks. Ten rats in the control group received standard chow. In the positive control group, rats were orally treated with metformin (90 mg/kg weight) for 8 weeks. After JGXZ and metformin treatment, H&E staining was conducted on rat livers and serum biochemical markers, including alanine aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST), triglyceride (TG), and total cholesterol (TC), were measured using test kits. Moreover, a fasting blood glucose test and an oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) were conducted. Serum levels of insulin were determined using ELISA kit, and the homeostatic model assessment of insulin resistance (HOMA-IR) was calculated. The levels of total insulin receptor substrate-1 (IRS1), AMP-activated protein kinase-α (AMPKα) and c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) as well as the levels of phosphorylation of IRS1 (p-IRS1), phosphorylation of AMPK (p-AMPK) and phosphorylation of JNK (p-JNK) were measured using western blotting. Results: The body weights in JGXZ low-, middle-, and high-dose groups were lower than those in the model group (P < 0.05, P < 0.01, P < 0.01, respectively). The serum levels of AST (P < 0.05 in JGXZ middle- and high-dose groups), ALT (P < 0.01 in JGXZ middle-dose group and P < 0.05 in JGXZ high-dose group), TG (P < 0.01 in JGXZ middle- and high-dose groups), and TC (P < 0.01) upon JGXZ treatment were lower those than in NAFLD model rats. H&E staining showed that JGXZ treatment reduced steatosis of the hepatocytes in NAFLD model rats. JGXZ decreased the levels of fasting blood glucose (P < 0.01), HOMA-IR (P < 0.01), AUC (area under the curve) of the OGTT (P < 0.05) and p-IRS1 (P < 0.01 in JGXZ middle- and high-dose groups, P < 0.05 in JGXZ low-dose groups). Moreover, JGXZ regulated the hepatic AMPKα/JNK pathway in NAFLD model rats, which reflected the induction of p-AMPKα and inhibition of p-JNK. Conclusion: This study showed that JGXZ improved liver function and reduced steatosis of the hepatocytes in NAFLD model rats. Moreover, JGXZ improved IR in NAFLD model rats. The possible mechanism underlying the effects of JGXZ on NAFLD and IR involves the modulation of the AMPK/JNK pathway.

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    Xue-Hua Xie, Jia-Bao Liao, Fang Fang, Jie Zhao, Yong-Jun Cao, Huan-Tian Cui, Hong-Wu Wang, Zhai-Yi Zhang, Zhao-Hui Sun, Yuan Yin, Wei-Bo Wen
  • Acupuncture and/or moxibustion for the treatment of lumbar disc herniation: quality assessment of systematic reviews 
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    Highlights 
    In the current systematic review on acupuncture and/or moxibustion for lumbar disc herniation (LDH), the methodology and quality of evidence and reports were evaluated via AMSTAR list, GRADE system and PRISMA statement and conclusion is that acupuncture and/or moxibustion have some advantages in terms of efficacy and safety with regard to LDH treatment. 
    Traditionality 
    LDH belongs to the category of low back pain (LBP) in Chinese medicine theory. LBP was recorded in the earliest Chinese medical classic Huangdi Neijing published in Qinhan period of China (the time of writing is unknown). Subsequently, evidence on the use acupuncture for the treatment of LBP by a large number of scholars of Ming dynasty of China was recorded in Jingyue Quanshu, Zhenjiu Dacheng, and other ancient books on acupuncture. With the development of modern medicine, National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines published in 2012 highlighted the need for a treatment course of acupuncture of up to 10 sessions over 12 weeks for patients with LBP. 

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    Objective: In the current systematic review on acupuncture and/or moxibustion for lumbar disc herniation (LDH), we evaluated the methodology and quality of evidence and reports to provide necessary information for accurate clinical decision-making regarding acupuncture and/or moxibustion for LDH. Methods: From databases such as CBM (Chinese biomedical literature database), VIP (China science and technology journal database), CNKI (China national knowledge infrastructure), WF (Wanfang database), Web of Science, Embase, Medline, and Cochrane Library, systematic reviews on acupuncture and/or moxibustion for LDH were retrieved, and the methodological quality of the literature was evaluated according to the assessment of multiple systematic reviews (AMSTAR) list. Furthermore, the grading of recommendations assessment, development and evaluation (GRADE) system was used to grade the quality of evidence and the preferred reporting items for systematic reviews and meta-analyses (PRISMA) statement to evaluate the quality of the report. Results: A total of 18 systematic reviews were included, and the conclusion is that acupuncture and/or moxibustion have some advantages in terms of efficacy and safety with regard to LDH treatment. According to the AMSTAR score, there were 4 high-quality studies, 13 moderate-quality studies, and 1 low-quality study. GRADE showed that quality of evidence such as total effective rate of LDH and VAS was low and that of other forms of evidence was lower. The PRISMA statement showed that 8 articles were in line with 20 or more of the 27 items, and 10 articles were in line with 10-19 of the 27 items. Conclusion: At present, acupuncture and/or moxibustion for LDH has a good curative effect. More importantly, its methodological quality was of moderate level and the report quality was generally good and relatively complete. However, the poor quality of the original research results was reflected in the quality of evidence. More studies are needed to make sure whether acupuncture is more effective than other treatment methods.



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    Zi-Han Yin, Chao-Xi Zhu, Gui-Xing Xu, Cheng Ying, Ai-Ling Huang, Ya-Nan Fu, Jiao Chen, Ling Zhao, Fan-Rong Liang
  • Clinical distribution and molecular profiling on postoperative colorectal cancer patients with different traditional Chinese medicine syndromes 
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    Highlights

    The identification of syndrome conditions had different impacts on CRC prognosis, and which may be related with different mRNA expression levels. Our results prelimitarily uncovered that some oncogenes and pro-inflammatory cytokines were highly expressed in Dampness Heat group but not other syndrome types and CRC patients with Dampness Heat syndrome may might have a poor prognosis. 

    Traditionality 

    TCM Syndrome syndrome is a kind of pathological profiles that reflect signs and symptoms at a certain stage of a disease, which is the most essential guidelines for the prescription of Chinese herbal formulae and also an important classification for CRC TCM therapy. A clear understanding biological basis of TCM syndrome will help the clinical diagnosis and the treatment for CRC patients hopefully. 

    Abstract 

    Background: Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) syndrome, also named syndrome, are comprehensive and integral analyses of clinical information which helps to guide different individualized treatment prescriptions. Methods: Thirty healthy controls and 80 colorectal cancer (CRC) patients (including 33 Spleen Qi Deficiency syndrome, 23 Dampness heat Heat syndrome, 17 Blood stasis Stasis syndrome and 7 other syndrome) were enrolled into this study. Human mRNAs were extracted from peripheral blood mononuclear cells. The gene expression for CRC patients with different TCM syndrome was determined by microarray and qRT-PCR. Results: Spleen Qi Deficiency, Dampness Heat and Blood Stasis were the most common syndromes in CRC patients. There is a significant difference was found in mRNA expression levels (especially for PIK3CA, STAT3, SOX9 and KDM5C) among Spleen Qi Deficiency, Dampness Heat and Blood Stasis syndrome groups. The higher mRNA levels of JNK1, TP53, MLH1, MSH6, PMS2, SOCS3, TCF7L2, FAM123B, PSAP, FBXW7, SALL4 and the lower expression of inflammatory cytokine IL-6 were found in Spleen Qi Deficiency group but not other syndrome types. The higher mRNA levels of KRAS, MUC16, EGFR, GRASP65, PIK3CA, MAPK7, CD24, STAT3, SLC11A1, Bcl-2, TXNDC17 and some inflammatory cytokines (IL-6, IL-23, TNF-a, CXCR4) were found in Dampness Heat group but not other syndrome types. Blood Stasis syndrome showed higher expression of SOX9, MLH1, MSH6, KDM5C, PCDH11X, PSAP and SALL4, and lower mRNA levels of PIK3CA, CD24, STAT3, CXCR4, TXNDC17 and TP53. The CRC patients with Dampness Heat syndrome may might have a poor prognosis than other syndrome types. Conclusion: The identification of syndrome conditions had different impacts on CRC prognosis, and which may might be related with different mRNA expression levels. Some oncogenes and pro-inflammatory cytokines were highly expressed in Dampness Heat group but not other syndrome types, suggesting that the CRC patients with Dampness Heat syndrome may might have a poor prognosis. Our results prelimitarily uncovered the molecular basis of syndrome differences in CRC prognosis, a better understanding for TCM treatment of CRC.

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    Li-Jun Jin, Ying Liu, Ming-Ming Zhang, Xue-Meng Han, Qiu-Jie Li, Yu Xiang, Bing-Tao Zhai, Peng Chen, Xia-Ying Chen, Wen-Gang Wang, Shui-Ping Liu, Duan Ting, Jiao Feng, Tian Xie, Xin-Bing Sui

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