School of Chinese Medicine
In continuation of the last year’s special issue “TCM Zheng Classification and Clinical Trials,” the time for 2014 issue has come. Now we are on the way from TCM Zheng classification in clinical trial to development of clinical practice guideline. Clinical effectiveness is what matters most in any treatment, including traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Many clinical trials have been conducted in China to evaluate the effectiveness of TCM, but many of the studies are with poor quality and may be inaccessible to non-Chinese scientists. As shown in Figure 1, the number of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) for TCM is small in PubMed database. The situation may be partly due to the methodological difficulties, such as trial design and implementation of blinded trials of TCM Zheng classification (Bian Zheng, syndrome differentiation) treatments. These facts and figure illustrate that the present special issue focuses on an intractable topic in TCM research.
Source Publication Title
Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Copyright © 2015 Aiping Lu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Link to Publisher's Edition
Lu, Aiping, Charlie Xue, Zhaoxiang Bian, and William C. S. Cho. "TCM Zheng classification and clinical trials 2014." Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2015 (2015): 538989.