Use of traditional medicines for the treatment of cancer is applied in many countries. In the middle of commercial, alternative and complementary medicines, traditional Chinese medicine have well reputed treatment techniques. In a study the clinical trials results of traditional Chinese medicines currently conducted in clinical practice in China was demonstrated1.
A number people have used various forms of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) in order to support their conventional cancer treatment2. Among the various forms of CAM, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is one of the few that has a well constructed theoretical framework and established treatment approaches for diseases including cancer3.
Chinese traditional medicine usage goes back to Shang Dynasty, 3500 years ago. Over the course of time various improvement and interventions have been implied in cancer treatment4. Over the decades a substantial increase in Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs) has been increased5. Scientist reviewed some scientific evidence in this line.
The research has displayed that the traditional Chinese medicine is effective in the supportive cancer care in neoadjuvant and adjuvant chemotherapy. Substantiations show that mixing Chinese and Western medicine may usually improve survival outcomes through escalating effectiveness and minimizing toxicity of chemotherapy, both in neoadjuvant chemotherapy and adjuvant chemotherapy6.
Neoadjuvant chemotherapy includes; Fukangling granules, Jinlong capsule, Kanglaite injection, Tao-hong Si-wu decoction. Adjuvant approach includes; Gongkang decoction, Jianpi Yiqi decoction, Kang-ai injection, Stove subsoil and Wuwei decoction.
From these evidences it can demonstrated that there was a significant increase in survival for those who used various traditional Chinese medicine decoction, injection and granules plus chemotherapy compared to those who used chemotherapy alone. They also reduced side effects of conventional chemotherapy and improved the patient’s quality of life.
Confirmation of these results at a larger scale is required for better comprehension and sustainability. Further well designed treatments are needed provide ultimate scientific confirmation to determine the optimal doses, duration and timing of their interventions that will modulate cancer patients’ immunologic function, reduced tumor burden, improve quality of life and prolong survival rate. Along with these it minimizes the side effects such as; anorexia, fatigue, nausea and vomiting caused by major of conventional treatments.
Written by: Rabeeia
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18 March, 2019