Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

School of Chinese Medicine

Title

The quintessence of traditional Chinese medicine: Syndrome and its distribution among advanced cancer patients with constipation

Language

English

Abstract

Constipation is a common problem in advanced cancer patients; however, specific clinical guidelines on traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) syndrome (Zhang) are not yet available. In this cross-sectional study, the TCM syndromes distribution and their common symptoms and signs among 225 constipated advanced cancer patients were determined. Results showed that 127 patients (56.4%) and 7 patients (3.1%) were in deficient and excessive patterns, respectively, while 91 patients (40.4%) were in deficiency-excess complex. The distributions of the five syndromes were: Qi deficiency (93.3%), Qi stagnation (40.0%), blood (Yin) deficiency (28.9%), Yang deficiency (22.2%), and excess heat (5.8%). Furthermore, age, functional status, and level of blood haemoglobin were factors related to the type of TCM syndrome. A TCM prescription with the functions on replenishing the Deficiency, redirecting the flow of Qi stagnation and moistening the dryness caused by the blood (Yin) deficiency can be made for the treatment of advance cancer patients with constipation. Robust trials are urgently needed for further justifying its efficacy and safety in evidence-based approaches. © 2012 Chung-Wah Cheng et al.

Publication Date

2012

Source Publication Title

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Volume

2012

Start Page

739642-1

End Page

739642-7

Publisher

Hindawi Publishing Corporation

DOI

10.1155/2012/739642

Link to Publisher's Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/739642

ISSN (print)

1741427X

ISSN (electronic)

17414288

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