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1.  World Congress Integrative Medicine & Health 2017: Part one 
Brinkhaus, Benno | Falkenberg, Torkel | Haramati, Aviad | Willich, Stefan N. | Briggs, Josephine P. | Willcox, Merlin | Linde, Klaus | Theorell, Töres | Wong, Lisa M. | Dusek, Jeffrey | Wu, Darong | Eisenberg, David | Haramati, Aviad | Berger, Bettina | Kemper, Kathi | Stock-Schröer, Beate | Sützl-Klein, Hedda | Ferreri, Rosaria | Kaplan, Gary | Matthes, Harald | Rotter, Gabriele | Schiff, Elad | Arnon, Zahi | Hahn, Eckhard | Luberto, Christina M. | Martin, David | Schwarz, Silke | Tauschel, Diethard | Flower, Andrew | Gramminger, Harsha | Gupta, Hedwig H. | Gupta, S. N. | Kerckhoff, Annette | Kessler, Christian S. | Michalsen, Andreas | Kessler, Christian S. | Kim, Eun S. | Jang, Eun H. | Kim, Rana | Jan, Sae B. | Mittwede, Martin | Mohme, Wiebke | Ben-Arye, Eran | Bonucci, Massimo | Saad, Bashar | Breitkreuz, Thomas | Rossi, Elio | Kebudi, Rejin | Daher, Michel | Razaq, Samaher | Gafer, Nahla | Nimri, Omar | Hablas, Mohamed | Kienle, Gunver Sophia | Samuels, Noah | Silbermann, Michael | Bandelin, Lena | Lang, Anna-Lena | Wartner, Eva | Holtermann, Christoph | Binstock, Maxwell | Riebau, Robert | Mujkanovic, Edin | Cramer, Holger | Lauche, Romy | Michalsen, Andres | Ward, Lesley | Cramer, Holger | Irnich, Dominik | Stör, Wolfram | Burnstock, Geoffrey | Schaible, Hans-Georg | Ots, Thomas | Langhorst, Jost | Lauche, Romy | Sundberg, Tobias | Falkenberg, Torkel | Amarell, Catherina | Amarell, Catherina | Anheyer, Melanie | Eckert, Marion | Eckert, Marion | Ogal, Mercedes | Eckert, Marion | Amarell, Catherina | Schönauer, Annette | Reisenberger, Birgit | Brand, Bernhard | Anheyer, Dennis | Dobos, Gustav | Kroez, Matthias | Martin, David | Matthes, Harald | Ammendola, Aldo | Mao, Jun J. | Witt, Claudia | Yang, Yufei | Dobos, Gustav | Oritz, Miriam | Horneber, Markus | Voiß, Petra | Reisenberger, Birgit | von Rosenstiel, Alexandra | Eckert, Marion | Ogal, Mercedes | Amarell, Catharina | Anheyer, Melanie | Schad, Friedemann | Schläppi, Marc | Kröz, Matthias | Büssing, Arndt | Bar-Sela, Gil | Matthes, Harald | Schiff, Elad | Ben-Arye, Eran | Arnon, Zahi | Avshalomov, David | Attias, Samuel | Schönauer, Annette | Haramati, Aviad | Witt, Claudia | Brinkhaus, Benno | Cotton, Sian | Jong, Miek | Jong, Mats | Scheffer, Christian | Haramati, Aviad | Tauschel, Diethard | Edelhäuser, Friedrich | AlBedah, Abdullah | Lee, Myeong Soo | Khalil, Mohamed | Ogawa, Keiko | Motoo, Yoshiharu | Arimitsu, Junsuke | Ogawa, Masao | Shimizu, Genki | Stange, Rainer | Kraft, Karin | Kuchta, Kenny | Watanabe, Kenji | Bonin, D | Büssing, Arndt | Gruber, Harald | Koch, Sabine | Gruber, Harald | Pohlmann, Urs | Caldwell, Christine | Krantz, Barbara | Kortum, Ria | Martin, Lily | Wieland, Lisa S. | Kligler, Ben | Gould-Fogerite, Susan | Zhang, Yuqing | Wieland, Lisa S. | Riva, John J. | Lumpkin, Michael | Ratner, Emily | Ping, Liu | Jian, Pei | Hamme, Gesa-Meyer | Mao, Xiaosong | Chouping, Han | Schröder, Sven | Hummelsberger, Josef | Wullinger, Michael | Brodzky, Marc | Zalpour, Christoff | Langley, Julia | Weber, Wendy | Mudd, Lanay M. | Wayne, Peter | Witt, Clauda | Weidenhammer, Wolfgang | Fønnebø, Vinjar | Boon, Heather | Steel, Amie | Bugarcic, Andrea | Rangitakatu, Melisa | Steel, Amie | Adams, Jon | Sibbritt, David | Wardle, Jon | Leach, Matthew | Schloss, Janet | Dieze, Helene | Boon, Heather | Ijaz, Nadine | Willcox, Merlin | Heinrich, Michael | Lewith, George | Flower, Andrew | Graz, Bertrand | Adam, Daniela | Grabenhenrich, Linus | Ortiz, Miriam | Binting, Sylvia | Reinhold, Thomas | Brinkhaus, Benno | Andermo, Susanne | Sundberg, Tobias | Falkenberg, Torkel | Nordberg, Johanna Hök | Arman, Maria | Bhasin, Manoj | Fan, Xueyi | Libermann, Towia | Fricchione, Gregory | Denninger, John | Benson, Herbert | Berger, Bettina | Stange, Rainer | Michalsen, Andreas | Martin, David D. | Boers, Inge | Vlieger, Arine | Jong, Miek | Brinkhaus, Benno | Teut, Michael | Ullmann, Alexander | Ortiz, Miriam | Rotter, Gabriele | Binting, Sylvia | Lotz, Fabian | Roll, Stephanie | Canella, Claudia | Mikolasek, Michael | Rostock, Matthias | Beyer, Jörg | Guckenberger, Matthias | Jenewein, Josef | Linka, Esther | Six, Claudia | Stoll, Sarah | Stupp, Roger | Witt, Claudia M. | Chuang, Elisabeth | Kligler, Ben | McKee, Melissa D. | Cramer, Holger | Lauche, Romy | Klose, Petra | Lange, Silke | Langhorst, Jost | Dobos, Gustav | Chung, Vincent C. H. | Wong, Hoi L. C. | Wu, Xin Y. | Wen, Grace Y. G. | Ho, Robin S. T. | Ching, Jessica Y. L. | Wu, Justin C. Y. | Coakley, Amanda | Flanagan, Jane | Annese, Christine | Empoliti, Joanne | Gao, Zishan | Liu, Xugang | Yu, Shuguang | Yan, Xianzhong | Liang, Fanrong | Hohmann, Christoph D. | Steckhan, Nico | Ostermann, Thomas | Paetow, Arion | Hoff, Evelyn | Michalsen, Andreas | Hu, Xiao-Yang | Wu, Ruo-Han | Logue, Martin | Blonde, Clara | Lai, Lily Y. | Stuart, Beth | Flower, Andrew | Fei, Yu-Tong | Moore, Michael | Liu, Jian-Ping | Lewith, George | Hu, Xiao-Yang | Wu, Ruo-Han | Logue, Martin | Blonde, Clara | Lai, Lily Y. | Stuart, Beth | Flower, Andrew | Fei, Yu-Tong | Moore, Michael | Liu, Jian-Ping | Lewith, George | Jeitler, Michael | Zillgen, Hannah | Högl, Manuel | Steckhan, Nico | Stöckigt, Barbara | Seifert, Georg | Michalsen, Andreas | Kessler, Christian | Khadivzadeh, Talat | Bashtian, Maryam Hassanzadeh | Aval, Shapour Badiee | Esmaily, Habibollah | Kim, Jihye | Kim, Keun H. | Klocke, Carina | Joos, Stefanie | Koshak, Abdulrahman | Wie, Li | Koshak, Emad | Wali, Siraj | Alamoudi, Omer | Demerdash, Abdulrahman | Qutub, Majdy | Pushparaj, Peter | Heinrich, Michael | Kruse, Sigrid | Fischer, Isabell | Tremel, Nadine | Rosenecker, Joseph | Leung, Brenda | Takeda, Wendy | Liang, Ning | Feng, Xue | Liu, Jian-ping | Cao, Hui-juan | Luberto, Christina M. | Shinday, Nina | Philpotts, Lisa | Park, Elyse | Fricchione, Gregory L. | Yeh, Gloria | Munk, Niki | Zakeresfahani, Arash | Foote, Trevor R. | Ralston, Rick | Boulanger, Karen | Özbe, Dominik | Gräßel, Elmar | Luttenberger, Katharina | Pendergrass, Anna | Pach, Daniel | Bellmann-Strobl, Judit | Chang, Yinhui | Pasura, Laura | Liu, Bin | Jäger, Sven F. | Loerch, Ronny | Jin, Li | Brinkhaus, Benno | Ortiz, Miriam | Reinhold, Thomas | Roll, Stephanie | Binting, Sylvia | Icke, Katja | Shi, Xuemin | Paul, Friedemann | Witt, Claudia M. | Rütz, Michaela | Lynen, Andreas | Schömitz, Meike | Vahle, Maik | Salomon, Nir | Lang, Alon | Lahat, Adi | Kopylov, Uri | Ben-Horin, Shomron | Har-Noi, Ofir | Avidan, Benjamin | Elyakim, Rami | Gamus, Dorit | NG, Siew | Chang, Jessica | Wu, Justin | Kaimiklotis, John | Schumann, Dania | Buttó, Ludovica | Langhorst, Jost | Dobos, Gustav | Haller, Dirk | Cramer, Holger | Smith, Caroline | de Lacey, Sheryl | Chapman, Michael | Ratcliffe, Julie | Johnson, Neil | Lyttleton, Jane | Boothroyd, Clare | Fahey, Paul | Tjaden, Bram | van Vliet, Marja | van Wietmarschen, Herman | Jong, Miek | Tröger, Wilfried | Vuolanto, Pia | Aarva, Paulina | Sorsa, Minna | Helin, Kaija | Wenzel, Claudia | Zoderer, Iris | Pammer, Patricia | Simon, Patrick | Tucek, Gerhard | Wode, Kathrin | Henriksson, Roger | Sharp, Lena | Stoltenberg, Anna | Nordberg, Johanna Hök | Xiao-ying, Yang | Wang, Li-qiong | Li, Jin-gen | Liang, Ning | Wang, Ying | Liu, Jian-ping | Balneaves, Lynda | Capler, Rielle | Bocci, Chiara | Guffi, Marta | Paolini, Marina | Meaglia, Ilaria | Porcu, Patrizia | Ivaldi, Giovanni B. | Dragan, Simona | Bucuras, Petru | Pah, Ana M. | Badalica-Petrescu, Marius | Buleu, Florina | Hogea-Stoichescu, Gheorghe | Christodorescu, Ruxandra | Kao, Lan | Cho, Yumin | Klafke, Nadja | Mahler, Cornelia | von Hagens, Cornelia | Uhlmann, Lorenz | Bentner, Martina | Schneeweiss, Andreas | Mueller, Andreas | Szecsenyi, Joachim | Joos, Stefanie | Neri, Isabella | Ortiz, Miriam | Schnabel, Katharina | Teut, Michael | Rotter, Gabriele | Binting, Sylvia | Cree, Margit | Lotz, Fabian | Suhr, Ralf | Brinkhaus, Benno | Rossi, Elio | Baccetti, Sonia | Firenzuoli, Fabio | Monechi, Maria V. | Di Stefano, Mariella | Amunni, Gianni | Wong, Wendy | Chen, Bingzhong | Wu, Justin | Amri, Hakima | Haramati, Aviad | Kotlyanskaya, Lucy | Anderson, Belinda | Evans, Roni | Kligler, Ben | Marantz, Paul | Bradley, Ryan | Booth-LaForce, Cathryn | Zwickey, Heather | Kligler, Benjamin | Brooks, Audrey | Kreitzer, Mary J. | Lebensohn, Patricia | Goldblatt, Elisabeth | Esmel-Esmel, Neus | Jiménez-Herrera, Maria | Ijaz, Nadine | Boon, Heather | Jocham, Alexandra | Stock-Schröer, Beate | Berberat, Pascal O. | Schneider, Antonius | Linde, Klaus | Masetti, Morgana | Murakozy, Henriette | Van Vliet, Marja | Jong, Mats | Jong, Miek | Agdal, Rita | Atarzadeh, Fatemeh | Jaladat, Amir M. | Hoseini, Leila | Amini, Fatemeh | Bai, Chen | Liu, Tiegang | Zheng, Zian | Wan, Yuxiang | Xu, Jingnan | Wang, Xuan | Yu, He | Gu, Xiaohong | Daneshfard, Babak | Nimrouzi, Majid | Tafazoli, Vahid | Alorizi, Seyed M. Emami | Saghebi, Seyed A. | Fattahi, Mohammad R. | Salehi, Alireza | Rezaeizadeh, Hossein | Zarshenas, Mohammad M. | Nimrouzi, Majid | Fox, Kealoha | Hughes, John | Kostanjsek, Nenad | Espinosa, Stéphane | Lewith, George | Fisher, Peter | Latif, Abdul | Lefeber, Donald | Paske, William | Öztürk, Ali Ö. | Öztürk, Gizemnur | Boers, Inge | Tissing, Wim | Naafs, Marianne | Busch, Martine | Jong, Miek | Daneshfard, Babak | Sanaye, Mohammad R. | Dräger, Kilian | Fisher, Peter | Kreitzer, Mary J. | Evans, Roni | Leininger, Brent | Shafto, Kate | Breen, Jenny | Sanaye, Mohammad R. | Daneshfard, Babak | Simões-Wüst, Ana P. | Moltó-Puigmartí, Carolina | van Dongen, Martien | Dagnelie, Pieter | Thijs, Carel | White, Shelley | Wiesener, Solveig | Salamonsen, Anita | Stub, Trine | Fønnebø, Vinjar | Abanades, Sergio | Blanco, Mar | Masllorens, Laia | Sala, Roser | Al-Ahnoumy, Shafekah | Han, Dongwoon | He, Luzhu | Kim, Ha Yun | In Choi, Da | Alræk, Terje | Stub, Trine | Kristoffersen, Agnete | von Sceidt, Christel | Michalsen, Andreas | Bruset, Stig | Musial, Frauke | Anheyer, Dennis | Cramer, Holger | Lauche, Romy | Saha, Felix J. | Dobos, Gustav | Anheyer, Dennis | Haller, Heidemarie | Lauche, Romy | Dobos, Gustav | Cramer, Holger | Azizi, Hoda | Khadem, Nayereh | Hassanzadeh, Malihe | Estiri, Nazanin | Azizi, Hamideh | Tavassoli, Fatemeh | Lotfalizadeh, Marzieh | Zabihi, Reza | Esmaily, Habibollah | Azizi, Hoda | Shabestari, Mahmoud Mohammadzadeh | Paeizi, Reza | Azari, Masoumeh Alvandi | Bahrami-Taghanaki, Hamidreza | Zabihi, Reza | Azizi, Hamideh | Esmaily, Habibollah | Baars, Erik | De Bruin, Anja | Ponstein, Anne | Baccetti, Sonia | Di Stefano, Mariella | Rossi, Elio | Firenzuoli, Fabio | Segantini, Sergio | Monechi, Maria Valeria | Voller, Fabio | Barth, Jürgen | Kern, Alexandra | Lüthi, Sebastian | Witt, Claudia | Barth, Jürgen | Zieger, Anja | Otto, Fabius | Witt, Claudia | Beccia, Ariel | Dunlap, Corina | Courneene, Brendan | Bedregal, Paula | Passi, Alvaro | Rodríguez, Alfredo | Chang, Mayling | Gutiérrez, Soledad | Beissner, Florian | Beissner, Florian | Preibisch, Christine | Schweizer-Arau, Annemarie | Popovici, Roxana | Meissner, Karin | Beljanski, Sylvie | Belland, Laura | Rivera-Reyes, Laura | Hwang, Ula | Berger, Bettina | Sethe, Dominik | Hilgard, Dörte | Heusser, Peter | Bishop, Felicity | Al-Abbadey, Miznah | Bradbury, Katherine | Carnes, Dawn | Dimitrov, Borislav | Fawkes, Carol | Foster, Jo | MacPherson, Hugh | Roberts, Lisa | Yardley, Lucy | Lewith, George | Bishop, Felicity | Al-Abbadey, Miznah | Bradbury, Katherine | Carnes, Dawn | Dimitrov, Borislav | Fawkes, Carol | Foster, Jo | MacPherson, Hugh | Roberts, Lisa | Yardley, Lucy | Lewith, George | Bishop, Felicity | Holmes, Michelle | Lewith, George | Yardley, Lucy | Little, Paul | Cooper, Cyrus | Bogani, Patrizia | Maggini, Valentina | Gallo, Eugenia | Miceli, Elisangela | Biffi, Sauro | Mengoni, Alessio | Fani, Renato | Firenzuoli, Fabio | Brands-Guendling, Nadine | Guendling, Peter W. | Bronfort, Gert | Evans, Roni | Haas, Mitch | Leininger, Brent | Schulz, Craig | Bu, Xiangwei | Wang, J. | Fang, T. | Shen, Z. | He, Y. | Zhang, X. | Zhang, Zhengju | Wang, Dali | Meng, Fengxian | Büssing, Arndt | Baumann, Klaus | Frick, Eckhard | Jacobs, Christoph | Büssing, Arndt | Grünther, Ralph-Achim | Lötzke, Désirée | Büssing, Arndt | Jung, Sonny | Lötzke, Désirée | Recchia, Daniela R. | Robens, Sibylle | Ostermann, Thomas | Berger, Bettina | Stankewitz, Josephin | Kröz, Matthias | Jeitler, Mika | Kessler, Christian | Michalsen, Andreas | Cheon, Chunhoo | Jang, Bo H. | Ko, Seong G. | Huang, Ching W. | Sasaki, Yui | Ko, Youme | Cheshire, Anna | Ridge, Damien | Hughes, John | Peters, David | Panagioti, Maria | Simon, Chantal | Lewith, George | Cho, Hyun J. | Han, Dongwoon | Choi, Soo J. | Jung, Young S. | Im, Hyea B | Cooley, Kieran | Tummon-Simmons, Laura | Cotton, Sian | Luberto, Christina M. | Wasson, Rachel | Kraemer, Kristen | Sears, Richard | Hueber, Carly | Derk, Gwendolyn | Lill, JR | An, Ruopeng | Steinberg, Lois | Rodriguez, Lourdes Diaz | la Fuente, Francisca García-de | De la Vega, Miguel | Vargas-Román, Keyla | Fernández-Ruiz, Jonatan | Cantarero-Villanueva, Irene | Rodriguez, Lourdes Diaz | García-De la Fuente, Francisca | Jiménez-Guerrero, Fanny | Vargas-Román, Keyla | Fernández-Ruiz, Jonatan | Galiano-Castillo, Noelia | Diaz-Saez, Gualberto | Torres-Jimenez, José I. | Garcia-Gomez, Olga | Hortal-Muñoz, Luis | Diaz-Diez, Camino | Dicen, Demijon | Diezel, Helene | Adams, Jon | Steel, Amie | Wardle, Jon | Diezel, Helene | Steel, Amie | Frawley, Jane | Wardle, Jon | Broom, Alex | Adams, Jon | Dong, Fei | Yu, He | Liu, Tiegang | Ma, Xueyan | Yan, Liyi | Wan, Yuxiang | Zheng, Zian | Gu, Xiaohong | Dong, Fei | Yu, He | Wu, Liqun | Liu, Tiegang | Ma, Xueyan | Ma, Jiaju | Yan, Liyi | Wan, Yuxiang | Zheng, Zian | Zhen, Jianhua | Gu, Xiaohong | Dubois, Julie | Rodondi, Pierre-Yves | Edelhäuser, Friedrich | Schwartze, Sophia | Trapp, Barbara | Cysarz, Dirk
doi:10.1186/s12906-017-1782-4
PMCID: PMC5498855
2.  Mutations of the phenylalanine hydroxylase gene in patients with phenylketonuria in Shanxi, China 
Genetics and Molecular Biology  2012;35(4):709-713.
The variation in mutations in exons 3, 6, 7, 11 and 12 of the phenylalanine hydroxylase (PAH) gene was investigated in 59 children with phenylketonuria (PKU) and 100 normal children. Three single nucleotide polymorphisms were detected by sequence analysis. The mutational frequencies of cDNA 696, cDNA 735 and cDNA 1155 in patients were 96.2%, 76.1% and 7.6%, respectively, whereas in healthy children the corresponding frequencies were 97.0%, 77.3% and 8.3%. In addition, 81 mutations accounted for 61.0% of the mutant alleles. R111X, H64 > TfsX9 and S70 del accounted for 5.1%, 0.8% and 0.8% mutation of alleles in exon 3, whereas EX6-96A > G accounted for 10.2% mutation of alleles in exon 6. R243Q had the highest incidence in exon 7 (12.7%), followed by Ivs7 + 2 T > A (5.1%) and T278I (2.5%). G247V, R252Q, L255S, R261Q and E280K accounted for 0.8% while Y356X and V399V accounted for 5.9% and 5.1%, respectively, in exon 11. R413P and A434D accounted for 5.9% and 2.5%, respectively, in exon 12. Seventy-two variant alleles accounted for the 16 mutations observed here. The mutation characteristics and distributions demonstrated that EX6-96A > G and R243Q were the hot regions for mutations in the PAH gene in Shanxi patients with PKU.
doi:10.1590/S1415-47572012005000069
PMCID: PMC3526075  PMID: 23271928
gene mutation; phenylalanine hydroxylase; phenylketonuria
3.  Research Capacity at Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Centers in China: A Survey of Clinical Investigators 
Background. The development of an evidence-based approach to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), which depends on the generation of good quality evidence, requires an adequate workforce. However, the research capacity of TCM investigators is not known. Study Design. This cross-sectional study was conducted to describe the research capacity of TCM clinical investigators in China. Participants. A total of 584 participants from TCM hospitals and research centers were included. They were asked about the academic and research characteristics, needs for research capacity building, and barriers to clinical research. Results. The majority (80.82%) were qualified to at least a Master's degree, whilst a smaller proportion (40.24%) held a senior professional title. We found that academic outputs were low with the majority (62.16%) authoring less than five publications in total. The most pressing needs for building research capacity identified were training in research methodology (97.43%) and identification of research questions (86.81%), whilst the highest ranking barriers to conducting research were limited motivation, funding (40.72%), and time (37.15%). Conclusion. The methodology training, along with investment in the research workforce, needs to be urgently addressed to improve investigators' research capacity and the development of an evidence-based approach of TCM.
doi:10.1155/2017/4231680
PMCID: PMC5360939  PMID: 28373888
4.  Oral administration of Chinese herbal medicine during gestation period for preventing hemolytic disease of the newborn due to ABO incompatibility: A systematic review of randomized controlled trials 
PLoS ONE  2017;12(7):e0180746.
Background
About 85.3% of hemolytic disease of the newborn (HDN) is caused by maternal-fetal ABO blood group incompatibility. However, there is currently no recommended “best” therapy for ABO incompatibility during pregnancy.
Objectives
To systematically assess the safety and effectiveness of oral Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) for preventing HDN due to ABO incompatibility.
Methods
The protocol of this review was registered on the PROSPERO website (No. CRD42016038637).Six databases were searched from inception to April 2016. Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of CHM for maternal-fetal ABO incompatibility were included. The primary outcome was incidence of HDN. The Cochrane risk of bias tool was used to assess the methodological quality of included trials. Risk ratios (RR) and mean differences with 95% confidence interval were used as effect measures. Meta-analyses using Revman 5.3 software were conducted if there were sufficient trials without obvious clinical or statistical heterogeneity available.
Results
Totally 28 RCTs involving3413 women were included in the review. The majority of the trials had unclear or high risk of bias. Our study found that the rate of HDN and the incidence of neonatal jaundice might be 70% lower in the herbal medicine group compared with the usual care group (RR from 0.25 to 0.30).After treatment with herbal medicine, women were twice as likely to have antibody titers lower than 1:64 compared with women who received usual care(RR from 2.15 to 3.14) and the umbilical cord blood bilirubin level in the herbal medicine group was 4umol/L lower than in those receiving usual care. There was no difference in Apgar scores or birthweights between the two groups.
Conclusions
This review found very low-quality evidence that CHM prevented HDN caused by maternal-fetal ABO incompatibility. No firm conclusions can be drawn regarding the effectiveness or safety of CHM for this condition.
doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0180746
PMCID: PMC5515403  PMID: 28719639
5.  The effect of berberine on insulin resistance in women with polycystic ovary syndrome: detailed statistical analysis plan (SAP) for a multicenter randomized controlled trial 
Trials  2016;17:512.
Background
Although Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been widely used in clinical settings, a major challenge that remains in TCM is to evaluate its efficacy scientifically. This randomized controlled trial aims to evaluate the efficacy and safety of berberine in the treatment of patients with polycystic ovary syndrome. In order to improve the transparency and research quality of this clinical trial, we prepared this statistical analysis plan (SAP).
Methods
The trial design, primary and secondary outcomes, and safety outcomes were declared to reduce selection biases in data analysis and result reporting. We specified detailed methods for data management and statistical analyses. Statistics in corresponding tables, listings, and graphs were outlined.
Discussion
The SAP provided more detailed information than trial protocol on data management and statistical analysis methods. Any post hoc analyses could be identified via referring to this SAP, and the possible selection bias and performance bias will be reduced in the trial.
Trial registration
This study is registered at ClinicalTrials.gov, NCT01138930, registered on 7 June 2010.
doi:10.1186/s13063-016-1633-5
PMCID: PMC5073878  PMID: 27769284
Statistical analysis plan; Berberine; Polycystic ovary syndrome; Randomized controlled trial; Traditional Chinese medicine
6.  Methodology guideline for clinical studies investigating traditional Chinese medicine and integrative medicine Executive summary☆ 
This guideline aims to provide a methodological guidance for clinical studies in TCM and integrative medicine in terms of study design, execution, and reporting. The commonly used methods including experimental and observational methods were introduced in this guideline such as randomized clinical trials, cohort study, case-control study, case series, and qualitative method which can be incorporated into above quantitative methods. The guideline can be used for the evaluation of therapeutic effect of TCM therapies or their combination with conventional therapy. TCM therapy refers to one of the followings or their combination: herbal medicine, acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, Taichi/Qigong, and Guasha, Tuina (therapeutic massage). It is also suitable for research and development of ethnopharmaceuticals or folk medicine.
PMCID: PMC4890559  PMID: 26615617
Research methodology; Guideline; Traditional Chinese medicine; Integrative medicine; Randomized trials; Cohort study; Case-control study; Qualitative research
7.  A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials on Oral Chinese Herbal Medicine for Prostate Cancer 
PLoS ONE  2016;11(8):e0160253.
Background
Prostate cancer is the most common malignant tumor associated with male reproductive system.
Objective
The existing eligible randomized controlled trials (RCTs) were critically appraised for the safety and effectiveness of CHM for prostate cancer.
Methods
A literature search was conducted by using PubMed, CENTRAL, CNKI, CBM, VIP and Wanfang databases until August 2015. RCTs of CHM or CHM plus conventional medicine for prostate cancer patients were included. The primary outcomes appraised were survival time, time to progression and quality of life. The risk of bias assessment according to the Cochrane Handbook was used to evaluate the methodological quality of the included trials. Revman 5.3 software was used for data analyses. Risk ratio and mean difference (MD) with a 95% confidence interval (CI) were used as effect measures. Meta-analysis was to be used if sufficient trials without obvious clinical or statistical heterogeneity were available.
Results
A total of 17 RCTs involving 1224 participants were analyzed. One trial was about CHM comparing to no treatment. The remaining 16 trials used CHMs as adjunctive treatment for endocrine therapy. Due to the poor quality of methodologies of most trials, only limited evidence showed that a combination of CHM and endocrine therapy might be more effective in restraining the development of the disease (MD 10.37 months, 95%CI 9.10 to 11.63 months), increasing patients’ survival time (7–15 months) or improving patients’ performance status, when compared to endocrine therapy alone (Karnofsky performance scale average changed 15 scores between groups). No severe adverse event was reported related to CHM.
Conclusion
Due to the insufficient quality of trials that were analyzed, it is not appropriate to recommend any kind of CHMs in treating prostate cancer at the present time. Well-designed trials with high methodological quality are needed to validate the effect of CHMs for patients with prostate cancer.
doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0160253
PMCID: PMC4973922  PMID: 27490098
8.  Cupping therapy versus acupuncture for pain-related conditions: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials and trial sequential analysis 
Chinese Medicine  2017;12:21.
Background
Both cupping therapy and acupuncture have been used in China for a long time, and their target indications are pain-related conditions. There is no systematic review comparing the effectiveness of these two therapies.
Objectives
To compare the beneficial effectiveness and safety between cupping therapy and acupuncture for pain-related conditions to provide evidence for clinical practice.
Methods
Protocol of this review was registered in PROSPERO (CRD42016050986). We conducted literature search from six electronic databases until 31st March 2017. We included randomized trials comparing cupping therapy with acupuncture on pain-related conditions. Methodological quality of the included studies was evaluated by risk of bias tool. Mean difference, risk ratio, risk difference and their 95% confidence interval were used to report the estimate effect of the pooled results through meta-analysis or the results from each individual study. Trial sequential analysis (TSA) was applied to adjust random errors and calculate the sample size.
Results
Twenty-three randomized trials with 2845 participants were included covering 12 pain-related conditions. All included studies were of poor methodological quality. Three meta-analyses were conducted, which showed similar clinical beneficial effects of cupping therapy and acupuncture for the rate of symptom improvement in cervical spondylosis (RR 1.13, 95% CI 1.01 to 1.26; n = 646), lateral femoral cutaneous neuritis (RR 1.10, 95% CI 1.00 to 1.22; n = 102) and scapulohumeral periarthritis (RR 1.31, 95% CI 1.15 to 1.51; n = 208). Results from other outcomes (such as visual analogue and numerical rating scale) in each study also showed no statistical significant difference between these two therapies for all included pain-related conditions. The results of TSA for cervical spondylosis demonstrated that the current available data have not reached a powerful conclusion. No serious adverse events related to cupping therapy or acupuncture was found in included studies.
Conclusion
Cupping therapy and acupuncture are potentially safe, and they have similar effectiveness in relieving pain. However, further rigorous studies investigating relevant pain-related conditions are warranted to establish comparative effectiveness analysis between these two therapies. Cost-effectiveness studies should be considered in the future studies to establish evidence for decision-making in clinical practice.
doi:10.1186/s13020-017-0142-0
PMCID: PMC5525375  PMID: 28770000
Acupuncture; Cupping therapy; Randomized controlled trial; Systematic review; Trial sequential analysis
9.  Prospective registration, bias risk and outcome-reporting bias in randomised clinical trials of traditional Chinese medicine: an empirical methodological study 
BMJ Open  2013;3(7):e002968.
Background
Clinical trials on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) should be registered in a publicly accessible international trial register and report on all outcomes. We systematically assessed and evaluated TCM trials in registries with their subsequent publications.
Objective
To describe the characteristics of TCM trials, estimate bias risk and outcome-reporting bias in clinical trials.
Data sources and study selection
Fifteen trial registries were searched from their inception to July 2012 to identify randomised trials on TCM including Chinese herbs, acupuncture and/or moxibustion, cupping, tuina, qigong, etc.
Data extraction
We extracted data including TCM specialty and treated disease/conditions from the registries and searched for subsequent publications in PubMed and Chinese databases. We compared information in the registries of completed trials with any publications focusing on study design, sample size, randomisation, bias risk including reporting bias from the register protocol.
Results
1096 registered randomised trials were identified evaluating TCM, of which 505 were completed studies (46.1%). The most frequent conditions were pain (13.3%), musculoskeletal (11.7%), nervous (8.7%), digestive (7.1%), circulatory (6.5%), respiratory (6.3%), mental and behavioural disorders (6.2%) and cancer (6.0%). The trial register data identified parallel, phase II/III randomised trials with sample size estimations and blinding, but limited information about randomisation (sequence generation and allocation concealment). Comparing trial registration data of 115 completed trials (22.8%) with their subsequent 136 publications, inconsistencies were identified in one or more of the following: sample size (11%), outcome assessor blinding (37.5%), primary outcomes (29%) and safety (28%) reporting.
Conclusions
Increasing numbers of clinical trials investigating a variety of TCM interventions have been registered in international trial registries. The study design of registered TCM trials has improved in estimating sample size, use of blinding and placebos. However, selective outcome reporting is widespread and similar to conventional medicine and therefore study conclusions should be interpreted with caution.
doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2013-002968
PMCID: PMC3717464  PMID: 23864210
10.  Who are the users of a traditional Chinese sanfu acupoint herbal patching therapy in China? 
Medicine  2016;95(49):e5414.
Abstract
Sanfu acupoint herbal patching (SAHP) is a unique traditional Chinese medicine therapy, which has become popular for preventing acute attack of respiratory diseases such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, in many regions of mainland China. However, the knowledge about its users is lacking, especially the characteristics of the users and their experience and perspectives.
To investigate the demographics of users, conditions for its use and the previous experience of SAHP, as well as users’ perspectives to provide baseline information for its practice.
A cross-sectional consecutive-sample survey was conducted at outpatient departments from 3 traditional Chinese medicine hospitals in northern China. Each participant completed a questionnaire, after informed consent. Data description and analyses were done using SPSS 20.0.
Among 949 SAHP users from 3 hospitals, female was predominant (n = 592; 62.4%), aged from 2 to 96 years (median = 52 years). 64.7% (380/587) of regular users have applied consecutively for 3 years or over, and the self-perceived satisfaction rates of respiratory diseases were from 45.9% to 77.7%. Positive attitude toward traditional Chinese medicine was the top reason for choosing SAHP. 42.4% of users held a motivation of being cured by SAHP and with great outcome expectancy on SAHP (70.8%).
SAHP users were mainly female adults or elderly population; more than half were regular users, who predominantly used SAHP for various chronic respiratory diseases during their stable stage. The majority of users expressed satisfaction to previous SAHP for their respiratory diseases. 42.4% of users held a motivation of being cured by SAHP and with great outcome expectancy on SAHP (70.8%). The findings from this survey deserve further clinical trials for their clinical effectiveness.
doi:10.1097/MD.0000000000005414
PMCID: PMC5265991  PMID: 27930519
acupoint herbal patching; complementary and alternative medicine; patient perspective; respiratory disease; sanfu; traditional Chinese medicine
11.  Effects of different diets on intestinal microbiota and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease development 
World Journal of Gastroenterology  2016;22(32):7353-7364.
AIM
To study the effects of different diets on intestinal microbiota and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) development at the same caloric intake.
METHODS
Thirty male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomized into five groups (six rats each). The control diet (CON) group and free high-fat diet (FFAT) group were allowed ad libitum access to a normal chow diet and a high-fat diet, respectively. The restrictive high-fat diet (RFAT) group, restrictive high-sugar diet (RSUG) group, and high-protein diet (PRO) group were fed a high-fat diet, a high-sugar diet, and a high-protein diet, respectively, in an isocaloric way. All rats were killed at 12 wk. Body weight, visceral fat index (visceral fat/body weight), liver index (liver/body weight), insulin resistance, portal lipopolysaccharide (LPS), serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT), serum aspartate aminotransferase (AST), and liver triglycerides were measured. The intestinal microbiota in the different groups of rats was sequenced using high-throughput sequencing technology.
RESULTS
The FFAT group had higher body weight, visceral fat index, liver index, peripheral insulin resistance, portal LPS, serum ALT, serum AST, and liver triglycerides compared with all other groups (P < 0.05). Taking the same calories, the RFAT and RSUG groups demonstrated increased body weight, visceral fat index, peripheral insulin resistance and liver triglycerides compared with the PRO group (P < 0.05). The RFAT group also showed increased portal LPS compared with the PRO group (P < 0.05). Unweighted UniFrac principal coordinates analysis of the sequencing data revealed that the intestinal microbiota structures of the CON, FFAT, RSUG and PRO groups were roughly separated away from each other. Taxon-based analysis showed that, compared with the CON group, the FFAT group had an increased abundance of Firmicutes, Roseburia and Oscillospira bacteria, a higher ratio of Firmicutes to Bacteroidetes, and a decreased abundance of Bacteroidetes, Bacteroides and Parabacteroides bacteria (P < 0.05). The RFAT group showed an increased abundance of Firmicutes and decreased abundance of Parabacteroides bacteria (P < 0.05). The RSUG group showed an increased abundance of Bacteroidetes and Sutterella bacteria, higher ratio of Bacteroidetes to Firmicutes, and a decreased abundance of Firmicutes (P < 0.05). The PRO group showed an increased abundance of Bacteroidetes, Prevotella, Oscillospira and Sutterella bacteria, and a decreased abundance of Firmicutes (P < 0.05). Compared with the FFAT group, the RFAT group had an increased abundance of Bacteroidetes, higher ratio of Bacteroidetes to Firmicutes, and decreased abundance of Firmicutes and Oscillospira bacteria (P < 0.05).
CONCLUSION
Compared with the high-protein diet, the NAFLD-inducing effects of high-fat and high-sugar diets are independent from calories, and may be associated with changed intestinal microbiota.
doi:10.3748/wjg.v22.i32.7353
PMCID: PMC4997650  PMID: 27621581
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease; High-fat diet; Restrictive high-fat diet; Restrictive high-sugar diet; High-protein diet; Intestinal microbiota
12.  Complementary therapies for acne vulgaris 
Background
Acne is a chronic skin disease characterised by inflamed spots and blackheads on the face, neck, back, and chest. Cysts and scarring can also occur, especially in more severe disease. People with acne often turn to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), such as herbal medicine, acupuncture, and dietary modifications, because of their concerns about the adverse effects of conventional medicines. However, evidence for CAM therapies has not been systematically assessed.
Objectives
To assess the effects and safety of any complementary therapies in people with acne vulgaris.
Search methods
We searched the following databases from inception up to 22 January 2014: the Cochrane Skin Group Specialised Register, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL; 2014, Issue 1), MEDLINE (from 1946), Embase (from 1974), PsycINFO (from 1806), AMED (from 1985), CINAHL (from 1981), Scopus (from 1966), and a number of other databases listed in the Methods section of the review. The Cochrane CAM Field Specialised Register was searched up to May 2014. We also searched five trials registers and checked the reference lists of articles for further references to relevant trials.
Selection criteria
We included parallel-group randomised controlled trials (or the first phase data of randomised cross-over trials) of any kind of CAM, compared with no treatment, placebo, or other active therapies, in people with a diagnosis of acne vulgaris.
Data collection and analysis
Three authors collected data from each included trial and evaluated the methodological quality independently. They resolved disagreements by discussion and, as needed, arbitration by another author.
Main results
We included 35 studies, with a total of 3227 participants. We evaluated the majority as having unclear risk of selection, attrition, reporting, detection, and other biases. Because of the clinical heterogeneity between trials and the incomplete data reporting, we could only include four trials in two meta-analyses, with two trials in each meta-analysis. The categories of CAM included herbal medicine, acupuncture, cupping therapy, diet, purified bee venom (PBV), and tea tree oil. A pharmaceutical company funded one trial; the other trials did not report their funding sources.
Our main primary outcome was ’Improvement of clinical signs assessed through skin lesion counts’, which we have reported as ’Change in inflammatory and non-inflammatory lesion counts’, ’Change of total skin lesion counts’, ’Skin lesion scores’, and ’Change of acne severity score’. For ’Change in inflammatory and non-inflammatory lesion counts’, we combined 2 studies that compared a low- with a high-glycaemic-load diet (LGLD, HGLD) at 12 weeks and found no clear evidence of a difference between the groups in change in non-inflammatory lesion counts (mean difference (MD) −3.89, 95% confidence interval (CI) −10.07 to 2.29, P = 0.10, 75 participants, 2 trials, low quality of evidence). However, although data from 1 of these 2 trials showed benefit of LGLD for reducing inflammatory lesions (MD −7.60, 95% CI −13.52 to −1.68, 43 participants, 1 trial) and total skin lesion counts (MD −8.10, 95% CI −14.89 to −1.31, 43 participants, 1 trial) for people with acne vulgaris, data regarding inflammatory and total lesion counts from the other study were incomplete and unusable in synthesis.
Data from a single trial showed potential benefit of tea tree oil compared with placebo in improving total skin lesion counts (MD −7.53, 95% CI −10.40 to −4.66, 60 participants, 1 trial, low quality of evidence) and acne severity scores (MD −5.75, 95% CI −9.51 to −1.99, 60 participants, 1 trial). Another trial showed pollen bee venom to be better than control in reducing numbers of skin lesions (MD −1.17, 95% CI −2.06 to −0.28, 12 participants, 1 trial).
Results from the other 31 trials showed inconsistent effects in terms of whether acupuncture, herbal medicine, or wet-cupping therapy were superior to controls in increasing remission or reducing skin lesions.
Twenty-six of the 35 included studies reported adverse effects; they did not report any severe adverse events, but specific included trials reported mild adverse effects from herbal medicines, wet-cupping therapy, and tea tree oil gel.
Thirty trials measured two of our secondary outcomes, which we combined and expressed as ’Number of participants with remission’. We were able to combine 2 studies (low quality of evidence), which compared Ziyin Qinggan Xiaocuo Granule and the antibiotic, minocycline (100 mg daily) (worst case = risk ratio (RR) 0.49, 95% CI 0.09 to 2.53, 2 trials, 206 participants at 4 weeks; best case = RR 2.82, 95% CI 0.82 to 9.06, 2 trials, 206 participants at 4 weeks), but there was no clear evidence of a difference between the groups.
None of the included studies assessed ’Psychosocial function’.
Two studies assessed ’Quality of life’, and significant differences in favour of the complementary therapy were found in both of them on ’feelings of self-worth’ (MD 1.51, 95% CI 0.88 to 2.14, P < 0.00001, 1 trial, 70 participants; MD 1.26, 95% CI 0.20 to 2.32, 1 trial, 46 participants) and emotional functionality (MD 2.20, 95% CI 1.75 to 2.65, P < 0.00001, 1 trial, 70 participants; MD 0.93, 95% CI 0.17 to 1.69, 1 trial, 46 participants).
Because of limitations and concerns about the quality of the included studies, we could not draw a robust conclusion for consistency, size, and direction of outcome effects in this review.
Authors’ conclusions
There is some low-quality evidence from single trials that LGLD, tea tree oil, and bee venom may reduce total skin lesions in acne vulgaris, but there is a lack of evidence from the current review to support the use of other CAMs, such as herbal medicine, acupuncture, or wet-cupping therapy, for the treatment of this condition. There is a potential for adverse effects from herbal medicines; however, future studies need to assess the safety of all of these CAM therapies. Methodological and reporting quality limitations in the included studies weakened any evidence. Future studies should be designed to ensure low risk of bias and meet current reporting standards for clinical trials.
doi:10.1002/14651858.CD009436.pub2
PMCID: PMC4486007  PMID: 25597924
13.  Is traditional Chinese medicine recommended in Western medicine clinical practice guidelines in China? A systematic analysis 
BMJ Open  2015;5(6):e006572.
Background
Evidence-based medicine promotes and relies on the use of evidence in developing clinical practice guidelines (CPGs). The Chinese healthcare system includes both traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and Western medicine, which are expected to be equally reflected in Chinese CPGs.
Objective
To evaluate the inclusion of TCM-related information in Western medicine CPGs developed in China and the adoption of high level evidence.
Methods
All CPGs were identified from the China Guideline Clearinghouse (CGC), which is the main Chinese organisation maintaining the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health of China, the Chinese Medical Association and the Chinese Medical Doctors’ Association.
TCM-related contents were extracted from all the CPGs identified. Extracted information comprised the institution issuing the guideline, date of issue, disease, recommendations relating to TCM, evidence level of the recommended content and references supporting the recommendations.
Results
A total of 604 CPGs were identified, only a small number of which (74/604; 12%) recommended TCM therapy and only five guidelines (7%) had applied evidence grading. The 74 CPGs involved 13 disease systems according to the International Classification of Diseases 10th edition. TCM was mainly recommended in the treatment part of the guidelines (73/74, 99%), and more than half of the recommendations (43/74, 58%) were related to Chinese herbal medicine (single herbs or herbal treatment based on syndrome differentiation).
Conclusions
Few Chinese Western medicine CPGs recommend TCM therapies and very few provide evidence grading for the TCM recommendation. We suggest that future guideline development should be based on systematic searches for evidence to support CPG recommendations and involve a multidisciplinary approach including TCM expertise.
doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2014-006572
PMCID: PMC4458581  PMID: 26041487
COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE; TRANSPLANT MEDICINE; GENERAL MEDICINE (see Internal Medicine)
14.  Andrographis paniculata (Chuān Xīn Lián) for symptomatic relief of acute respiratory tract infections in adults and children: A systematic review and meta-analysis 
PLoS ONE  2017;12(8):e0181780.
Introduction
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a substantial threat to public health. Safe and effective alternatives are required to reduce unnecessary antibiotic prescribing. Andrographis Paniculata (A. Paniculata, Chuān Xīn Lián) has traditionally been used in Indian and Chinese herbal medicine for cough, cold and influenza, suggesting a role in respiratory tract infections (RTIs). This systematic review aimed to evaluate the clinical effectiveness and safety of A. Paniculata for symptoms of acute RTIs (ARTIs).
Materials and methods
English and Chinese databases were searched from their inception to March 2016 for randomised controlled trials (RCTs) evaluating oral A. Paniculata without language barriers (Protocol ID: CRD42016035679). The primary outcomes were improvement in ARTI symptoms and adverse events (AEs). A random effects model was used to pool the mean differences and risk ratio with 95% CI reported. Methodological quality was evaluated using the Cochrane risk of bias tool; two reviewers independently screened eligibility and extracted data.
Results
Thirty-three RCTs (7175 patients) were included. Most trials evaluated A. Paniculata (as a monotherapy and as a herbal mixture) provided commercially but seldom reported manufacturing or quality control details. A. Paniculata improved cough (n = 596, standardised mean difference SMD: -0.39, 95% confidence interval CI [-0.67, -0.10]) and sore throat (n = 314, SMD: -1.13, 95% CI [-1.37, -0.89]) when compared with placebo. A. Paniculata (alone or plus usual care) has a statistically significant effect in improving overall symptoms of ARTIs when compared to placebo, usual care, and other herbal therapies. Evidence also suggested that A. Paniculata (alone or plus usual care) shortened the duration of cough, sore throat and sick leave/time to resolution when compared versus usual care. No major AEs were reported and minor AEs were mainly gastrointestinal. The methodological quality of included trials was overall poor.
Conclusions
A. Paniculata appears beneficial and safe for relieving ARTI symptoms and shortening time to symptom resolution. However, these findings should be interpreted cautiously owing to poor study quality and heterogeneity. Well-designed trials evaluating the effectiveness and potential to reduce antibiotic use of A. Paniculata are warranted.
doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0181780
PMCID: PMC5544222  PMID: 28783743
15.  Ulcerative colitis as a polymicrobial infection characterized by sustained broken mucus barrier 
To reduce medication for patients with ulcerative colitis (UC), we need to establish the etiology of UC. The intestinal microbiota of patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) has been shown to differ from that of healthy controls and abundant data indicate that it changes in both composition and localization. Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth is significantly higher in IBD patients compared with controls. Probiotics have been investigated for their capacity to reduce the severity of UC. The luminal surfaces of the gastrointestinal tract are covered by a mucus layer. This normally acts as a barrier that does not allow bacteria to reach the epithelial cells and thus limits the direct contact between the host and the bacteria. The mucus layer in the colon comprises an inner layer that is firmly adherent to the intestinal mucosa, and an outer layer that can be washed off with minimal rinsing. Some bacteria can dissolve the protective inner mucus layer. Defects in renewal and formation of the inner mucus layer allow bacteria to reach the epithelium and have implications for the causes of colitis. In this review, important elements of UC pathology are thought to be the intestinal bacteria, gut mucus, and the mucosa-associated immune system.
doi:10.3748/wjg.v20.i28.9468
PMCID: PMC4110578  PMID: 25071341
Ulcerative colitis; Mucus; Infection; Bacteria; Etiology
16.  Using a partially randomized patient preference study design to evaluate the therapeutic effect of acupuncture and cupping therapy for fibromyalgia: study protocol for a partially randomized controlled trial 
Trials  2014;15:280.
Background
Conducting randomized controlled trials on traditional Chinese non-drug therapies has been limited by factors such as patient preference to specific treatment modality. The aim of this study is to investigate the feasibility of applying a partially randomized patient preference (PRPP) trial model in evaluating the efficacy of two types of traditional Chinese medicine therapies, acupuncture and cupping, for fibromyalgia while accounting for patients’ preference of either therapeutic modality.
Methods
This protocol was approved by the Institutional Ethics Committee of affiliated Dongfang Hospital, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine (approval number: 2013052104-2). One hundred participants with fibromyalgia will be included in this study. Diagnosis of fibromyalgia will be based on the American College of Rheumatology criteria. Before treatment, participants will be interviewed for their preference toward acupuncture or cupping therapy. Fifty participants with no preference will be randomly assigned to one of the two groups and another 50 participants with strong preference to either acupuncture or cupping will receive what they choose. For acupuncture and cupping therapy, the main acupoints used will be tender points (Ashi). Treatment will be three times a week for 5 consecutive weeks with a follow-up period of 12 weeks. Outcome measures will be qualitative (patient expectation and satisfaction) and quantitative (pain intensity, quality of life, depression assessment).
Trial registration number
NCT01869712 (in clinicaltrials.gov, on 22nd May 2013).
doi:10.1186/1745-6215-15-280
PMCID: PMC4226966  PMID: 25012121
Partially randomized patient preference; Fibromyalgia; Acupuncture; Cupping therapy; Feasibility study; Traditional Chinese medicine
17.  Acupoint Stimulation for Acne: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials 
Medical Acupuncture  2013;25(3):173-194.
Abstract
Background
Acupoint stimulation—including acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, acupoint injection, and acupoint catgut embedding—has shown a beneficial effect for treating acne. However, comprehensive evaluation of current clinical evidence is lacking.
Objective
The aim of this review was to assess the effectiveness and safety of all acupoint stimulation techniques used to treat acne vulgaris.
Design
A systematic review was conducted. It included only randomized controlled trials on acupoint stimulation for acne. Six electronic databases were searched for English and Chinese language studies. All searches ended in May 2012. Studies were selected for eligibility and assessed for quality. RevMan 5.1 software was used for data analysis with an effect estimate presented as risk ratios (RR) or mean difference (MD) with a 95% confidence interval (CI).
Patients
Studies with subjects who were diagnosed with acne vulgaris, or papulopustular, inflammatory, adolescent, or polymorphic acne—regardless of gender, age, and ethnicity—were included.
Intervention
Interventions included any acupoint stimulation technique—such as acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, acupoint injection, and acupoint catgut embedding—compared with no treatment, placebo, or conventional pharmaceutical medication.
Main Outcome Measure
Reduction of signs and symptoms and presence of adverse effects were examined.
Results
Forty-three trials involving 3453 patients with acne were included. The methodological quality of trials was generally poor in terms of randomization, blinding, and intention-to-treat analysis. Meta-analyses showed significant differences in increasing the number of cured patients between acupuncture plus herbal medicine and herbal medicine alone (RR: 1.60; 95% CI: 1.19–2.14; P=0.002), and between acupuncture plus herbal facial mask and herbal facial mask alone (RR: 2.14; 95% CI: 1.29–3.55; P=0.003). Cupping therapy was significantly better than pharmaceutical medications for increasing the number of cured patients (RR: 2.11; 95% CI: 1.45–3.07; P<0.0001). Serious adverse events were not reported in all included trials.
Conclusions
Acupoint stimulation therapies combined with other treatments appears to be effective for acne. However, further large, rigorously designed trials are needed to confirm these findings.
doi:10.1089/acu.2012.0906
PMCID: PMC3689157  PMID: 24761172
Acne; Acupoint Stimulation; Systematic Review
18.  World Congress Integrative Medicine & Health 2017: part two 
Ee, Carolyn | Thuraisingam, Sharmala | Pirotta, Marie | French, Simon | Xue, Charlie | Teede, Helena | Kristoffersen, Agnete E. | Sirois, Fuschia | Stub, Trine | Engler, Jennifer | Joos, Stefanie | Güthlin, Corina | Felenda, Jennifer | Beckmann, Christiane | Stintzing, Florian | Evans, Roni | Bronfort, Gert | Keefe, Daniel | Taberko, Anna | Hanson, Linda | Haley, Alex | Ma, Haiwei | Jolton, Joseph | Yarosh, Lana | Keefe, Francis | Nam, Jung | Evans, Roni | Ojala, Liwanag | Kreitzer, Mary J. | Hanson, Linda | Fink, Careen | Kraft, Karin | Flower, Andrew | Lewith, George | Harman, Kim | Stuart, Beth | Bishop, Felicity L. | Frawley, Jane | Füleki, Lilla | Kiss, Eva | Vancsik, Tamas | Krenacs, Tibor | Funabashi, Martha | Pohlman, Katherine A. | Mior, Silvano | Thiel, Haymo | Hill, Michael D. | Cassidy, David J. | Westaway, Michael | Yager, Jerome | Hurwitz, Eric | Kawchuk, Gregory N. | O’Beirne, Maeve | Vohra, Sunita | Gaboury, Isabelle | Morin, Chantal | Gaertner, Katharina | Torchetti, Loredana | Frei-Erb, Martin | Kundi, Michael | Frass, Michael | Gallo, Eugenia | Maggini, Valentina | Comite, Mattia | Sofi, Francesco | Baccetti, Sonia | Vannacci, Alfredo | Di Stefano, Mariella | Monechi, Maria V. | Gori, Luigi | Rossi, Elio | Firenzuoli, Fabio | Mediati, Rocco D. | Ballerini, Giovanna | Gardiner, Paula | Lestoquoy, Anna S. | Negash, Lily | Stillman, Sarah | Shah, Prachi | Liebschutz, Jane | Adelstein, Pamela | Farrell-Riley, Christine | Brackup, Ivy | Penti, Brian | Saper, Robert | Sampedro, Isabel Giralt | Carvajal, Gilda | Gleiss, Andreas | Gross, Marie M. | Brendlin, Dorothea | Röttger, Jonas | Stritter, Wiebke | Seifert, Georg | Grzanna, Noelle | Stange, Rainer | Guendling, Peter W. | Gu, Wen | Lu, Yan | Wang, Jie | Zhang, Chengcheng | Bai, Hua | He, Yuxi | Zhang, Xiaoxu | Zhang, Zhengju | Wang, Dali | Meng, Fengxian | Hagel, Alexander | Albrecht, Heinz | Vollbracht, Claudia | Dauth, Wolfgang | Hagel, Wolfgang | Vitali, Francesco | Ganzleben, Ingo | Schultis, Hans | Konturek, Peter | Stein, Jürgen | Neurath, Markus | Raithel, Martin | Hagel, Alexander | Vollbracht, Claudia | Raithel, Martin | Konturek, Peter | Krick, Bianka | Haller, Heidemarie | Klose, Petra | Dobos, Gustav | Kümmel, Sherko | Cramer, Holger | Haller, Heidemarie | Saha, Felix J. | Kowoll, Anna | Ebner, Barbara | Berger, Bettina | Dobos, Gustav | Choi, Kyung-Eun | He, Lisha | Wang, Han | He, X. | Gu, C. | Zhang, Y. | Zhao, Linhua | Tong, Xiaolin | He, Lisha | Wang, Han | He, Xinhui | Gu, Chengjuan | Zhang, Ying | Zhao, Linhua | Tong, Xiaolin | He, Lisha | Wang, Han | He, Xinhui | Gu, Chengjuan | Zhang, Ying | Zhao, Linhua | Tong, Xiaolin | Ho, Robin S. T. | Chung, Vincent C. H. | Wu, Xinyin | Wong, Charlene H. L. | Wu, Justin C. Y. | Wong, Samuel Y. S. | Lau, Alexander Y. L. | Sit, Regina W. S. | Wong, Wendy | Holmes, Michelle | Bishop, Felicity | Calman, Lynn | Holmes, Michelle | Bishop, Felicity | Lewith, George | Newell, Dave | Field, Jonathan | Htut, Win L. | Han, Dongwoon | Choi, Da I. | Choi, Soo J. | Kim, Ha Y. | Hwang, Jung H. | Huang, Ching W. | Jang, Bo H. | Chen, Fang P. | Ko, Seong G. | Huang, Wenjing | Jin, De | Lian, Fengmei | Jang, Soobin | Kim, Kyeong H. | Lee, Eun K. | Sun, Seung H. | Go, Ho Y. | Ko, Youme | Park, Sunju | Jang, Bo H. | Shin, Yong C. | Ko, Seong G. | Janik, Hubert | Greiffenhagen, Natalie | Bolte, Jürgen | Kraft, Karin | Jaworski, Mariusz | Adamus, Miroslawa | Dobrzynska, Aleksandra | Jeitler, Michael | Jaspers, Jessica | von Scheidt, Christel | Koch, Barbara | Michalsen, Andreas | Steckhan, Nico | Kessler, Christian | Jin, De | Huang, Wen-jing | Pang, Bing | Lian, Feng-Mei | Jong, Miek | Baars, Erik | Glockmann, Anja | Hamre, Harald | Kainuma, Mosaburo | Murakami, Aya | Kubota, Toshio | Kobayashi, Daisuke | Sumoto, Yasuhiro | Furusyo, Norihiro | Ando, Shin-Ichi | Shimazoe, Takao | Kelber, Olaf | Verjee, S. | Gorgus, Eva | Schrenk, Dieter | Kemper, Kathi | Hill, Ellie | Kemper, Kathi | Rao, Nisha | Gascon, Gregg | Mahan, John | Kienle, Gunver | Dietrich, Jörg | Schmoor, Claudia | Huber, Roman | Kim, Weon H. | Han, Dongwoon | Ahmed, Mansoor | He, Luzhu | Hwang, Jung Hye | Kiss, Eva | Vancsik, Tamas | Meggyeshazi, Nora | Kovago, Csaba | Krenacs, Tibor | Klaus, Anne K. | Zerm, Roland | Pranga, Danilo | Ostermann, Thomas | Reif, Marcus | von Laue, Hans Broder | Brinkhaus, Benno | Kröz, Matthias | Klaus, Anne K. | Zerm, Roland | Pranga, Danilo | Recchia, Daniela Rodrigues | Ostermann, Thomas | Reif, Marcus | von Laue, Hans B. | Brinkhaus, Benno | Kröz, Matthias | Klein-Laansma, Christien T. | Jong, Mats | von Hagens, Cornelia | Jansen, Jean P. | van Wietmarschen, Herman | Jong, Miek C. | Ko, Youme | Sun, Seung-Ho | Go, Ho-Yeon | Jeon, Chan-Yong | Song, Yun-Kyung | Ko, Seong-Gyu | Koch, Anna K. | Rabsilber, Sybille | Lauche, Romy | Kümmel, Sherko | Dobos, Gustav | Langhorst, Jost | Cramer, Holger | Koch, Anna K. | Trifunovic-Koenig, Milena | Klose, Petra | Cramer, Holger | Dobos, Gustav | Langhorst, Jost | Koster, Evi | Baars, Erik | Delnoij, Diana | Kroll, Lena | Weiss, Kathrin | Kubo, Ai | Hendlish, Sarah | Altschuler, Andrea | Connolly, Nancy | Avins, Andy | Lauche, Romy | Recchia, Daniela Rodrigues | Cramer, Holger | Wardle, Jon | Lee, David | Sibbritt, David | Adams, Jon | Ostermann, Thomas | Lauche, Romy | Sibbritt, David | Park, Crystal | Mishra, Gita | Adams, Jon | Cramer, Holger | Lechner, Johann | Lee, Inseon | Chae, Younbyoung | Lee, Jisu | Cho, Seung H. | Choi, Yujin | Lee, Jee Y. | Ryu, Han S. | Yoon, Sung S. | Oh, Hye K. | Hyun, Lyun K. | Kim, Jin O. | Yoon, Seong W. | Lee, Ju-Yeon | Shin, Sang-Hoon | Jang, Min | Müller, Indra | Park, So-Hyun Janson | Lestoquoy, Anna S. | Laird, Lance | Negash, Lily | Mitchell, Suzanne | Gardiner, Paula | Li, Xiaofei | Wang, Yunhui | Zhen, Jianhua | Yu, He | Liu, Tiegang | Gu, Xiaohong | Liu, Hui | Ma, Weiguo | Zhang, Chengcheng | Shang, Xuezheng | Bai, Yu | Meng, Fengxian | Liu, Wei | Rooney, Collin | Smith, Amos | Lopes, Shirlene | Demarzo, Marcelo | do Patrocínio Nunes, Maria | Lorenz, Peter | Gründemann, Carsten | Heinrich, Miriam | Garcia-Käufer, Manuel | Grunewald, Franziska | Messerschmidt, Silke | Herrick, Anja | Gruber, Kim | Beckmann, Christiane | Knödler, Matthias | Huber, Roman | Steinborn, Carmen | Stintzing, Florian | Lu, Taoying | Wang, Lixin | Wu, Darong | Luberto, Christina M | Hall, Daniel L. | Chad-Friedman, Emma | Lechner, Suzanne | Park, Elyse R. | Luberto, Christina M. | Park, Elyse | Goodman, Janice | Luer, Sonja | Heri, Matthias | von Ammon, Klaus | Frei-Erb, Martin | Ma, Weiguo | Meng, Fengxian | Maggini, Valentina | Gallo, Eugenia | Landini, Ida | Lapucci, Andrea | Nobili, Stefania | Mini, Enrico | Firenzuoli, Fabio | McDermott, Clare | Lewith, George | Richards, Selwyn | Cox, Diane | Frossell, Sarah | Leydon, Geraldine | Eyles, Caroline | Raphael, Hilly | Rogers, Rachael | Selby, Michelle | Adler, Charlotte | Allam, Jo | Meng, Fengxian | Gu, Wen | Zhang, Chengcheng | Bai, Hua | Zhang, Zhengju | Wang, Dali | Bu, Xiangwei | Zhang, Honghong | Zhang, Jianpeng | Liu, Hui | Mikolasek, Michael | Berg, Jonas | Witt, Claudia | Barth, Jürgen | Miskulin, Ivan | Lalic, Zdenka | Miskulin, Maja | Dumic, Albina | Sebo, Damir | Vcev, Aleksandar | Mohammed, Nasr A. A. | Han, Dongwoon | Ahmed, Mansoor | Choi, Soo Jeung | Im, Hyea Bin | Hwang, Jung Hye | Mukherjee, Anwesha | Kandhare, Amit | Bodhankar, Subhash | Mukherjee, Anwesha | Kandhare, Amit | Thakurdesai, Prasad | Bodhankar, Subhash | Munk, Niki | Evans, Erica | Froman, Amanda | Kline, Matthew | Bair, Matthew J. | Musial, Frauke | Kristoffersen, Agnete E. | Alræk, Terje | Hamre, Harald J. | Stub, Trine | Björkman, Lars | Fønnebø, Vinjar M. | Pang, Bing | Lian, Feng-mei | Ni, Qing | Tong, Xiao-lin | Li, Xin-long | Liu, Wen-ke | Feng, Shuo | Zhao, Xi-yan | Zheng, Yu-jiao | Zhao, Xue-min | Lin, Yi-qun | Pang, Bing | Lian, Feng-mei | Tong, Xiao-lin | Zhao, Tian-yu | Zhao, Xi-Yan | Phd, Hui Che | Zhang, Chen | Pang, Bing | Liu, Feng | Tong, Xiao-lin | Zhao, Lin-hua | Zhao, Xue-min | Ye, Ru | Gu, Cheng-juan | Pang, Bing | Ni, Qing | Tong, Xiao-lin | Lian, Feng-mei | Zhao, Xi-yan | Jin, De | Zhao, Xue-min | Zheng, Yu-jiao | Lin, Yi-qun | Peng, Wenbo | Lauche, Romy | Sibbritt, David | Adams, Jon | Peng, Wenbo | Wardle, Jon | Cramer, Holger | Mishra, Gita | Lauche, Romy | Pohlman, Katherine A. | Mior, Silvano | Funabashi, Martha | De Carvalho, Diana | El-Bayoumi, Mohamed | Haig, Bob | Kelly, Kimbalin | Wade, Darrell J. | O’Beirne, Maeve | Vohra, Sunita | Portalupi, Emanuela | Gobo, Giampietro | Bellavita, Luigi | Guglielmetti, Chiara | Raak, Christa | Teuber, Myriam | Molsberger, Friedrich | von Rath, Ulrich | Reichelt, Ulrike | Schwanebeck, Uta | Zeil, Sabine | Vogelberg, Christian | Veintimilla, Dolores Rodríguez | Vollbracht, Claudia | Mery, Guerrero Tapia | Villavicencio, Marisol Maldonado | Moran, Sandra Herrera | Sachse, Christian | Gündlin, Peter W | Stange, Rainer | Sahebkarkhorasani, Monirsadat | Azizi, Hoda | Schumann, Dania | Lauche, Romy | Sundberg, Tobias | Leach, Matthew J. | Cramer, Holger | Seca, Susana | Greten, Henry | Selliah, Sugir | Shakya, Anu | Han, Dongwoon | Kim, Ha Yun | Choi, Da I. | Im, Hyea B. | Choi, Soo J. | Sherbakova, Anna | Ulrich-Merzenich, Gudrun | Kelber, Olaf | Abdel-Aziz, Heba | Sibinga, Erica | Webb, Lindsey | Ellen, Jonathan | Skrautvol, Kari | Nåden, Dagfinn | Song, Rhayun | Grabowska, Weronika | Osypiuk, Kamila | Diaz, Gloria V. | Bonato, Paolo | Park, Moonkyoung | Hausdorff, Jeffrey | Fox, Michael | Sudarsky, Lewis R. | Tarsy, Daniel | Novakowski, James | Macklin, Eric A. | Wayne, Peter M. | Song, Rhayun | Hwang, Inok | Ahn, Sukhee | Lee, Myung-Ah | Wayne, Peter M. | Sohn, Min K. | Sorokin, Oleg | Steckhan, Nico | Heydeck, Dagmar | Borchert, Astrid | Hohmann, Christoph-Daniel | Kühn, Harmut | Michalsen, Andreas | Kessler, Christian | Steckhan, Nico | Hohmann, Christoph-Daniel | Cramer, Holger | Michalsen, Andreas | Dobos, Gustav | von Scheidt, Christel | Kirschbaum, Clemens | Stalder, Tobias | Stöckigt, Barbara | Teut, Michael | Suhr, Ralf | Sulmann, Daniela | Brinkhaus, Benno | Streeter, Chris | Gerbarg, Patrica | Silveri, Marisa | Brown, Richard | Jensen, John | Stritter, Wiebke | Rutert, Britta | Eggert, Angelika | Längler, Alfred | Seifert, Georg | Holmberg, Christine | Sun, Jin | Deng, Xin | Li, Wen-Yuan | Wen, Bin | Robinson, Nicola | Liu, Jian-Ping | Sung, Hyun K. | Yang, Narae | Go, Ho Y. | Shin, Seon M. | Jung, Hee | Kim, Young J. | Jung, Woo S. | Park, Tae Y. | Suzuki, Kiyoshi | Ito, Toshinori | Uchida, Seiya | Kamohara, Seika | Ono, Naoya | Takamura, Mitsuyuki | Yokochi, Ayumu | Maruyama, Kazuo | Tapia, Patricio | Thabaut, Katarzyna | Brinkhaus, Benno | Stöckigt, Barbara | Thronicke, Anja | Kröz, Matthias | Steele, Megan | Matthes, Harald | Herbstreit, Cornelia | Schad, Friedemann | Tian, Jiaxing | Lian, Fengmei | Yang, Libo | Tong, Xiaolin | Tian, Tian | Zhang, Hewei | Tian, Xia | Wang, CongCong | Chai, Qian Yun | Zhang, Lijuan | Xia, Ruyu | Huang, Na | Fei, Yutong | Liu, Jianpin | Trent, Natalie | Miraglia, Mindy | Dusek, Jeffrey | Pasalis, Edi | Khalsa, Sat B. | Trifunovic-König, Milena | Klose, Petra | Cramer, Holger | Lauche, Romy | Koch, Anna | Dobos, Gustav | Langhorst, Jost | Uebelacker, Lisa | Tremont, Geoffrey | Gillette, Lee | Epstein-Lubow, Gary | Strong, David | Abrantes, Ana | Tyrka, Audrey | Tran, Tanya | Gaudiano, Brandon | Miller, Ivan | Ullmann, Gerhild | Ullmann, Gerhild | Li, Yuhua | Vaidya, Sujata | Marathe, Vinod | Vale, Ana C. | Motta, Jacquelyne | Donadão, Fabíola | Valente, Angela C. | Valente, Luana C. Carvalho | Ghelman, Ricardo | Vesovic, Dusan | Jevdic, Dragan | Jevdic, Aleksandar | Jevdic, Katarina | Djacic, Mihael | Letic, Dragica | Bozic, Drago | Markovic, Marija | Dunjic, Slobodan | Vesovic, Dusan | Jevdic, Dragan | Jevdic, Aleksandar | Jevdic, Katarina | Djacic, Mihael | Letic, Dragica | Bozic, Drago | Markovic, Marija | Ruscuklic, Gordana | Baksa, Dezire | Dunjic, Slobodan | Vesovic, Dusan | Jevdic, Dragan | Jevdic, Aleksandar | Jevdic, Katarina | Djacic, Mihael | Letic, Dragica | Bozic, Drago | Markovic, Marija | Ruscuklic, Gordana | Baksa, Dezire | Dunjic, Slobodan | Vesovic, Dusan | Jevdic, Dragan | Jevdic, Aleksandar | Jevdic, Katarina | Djacic, Mihael | Letic, Dragica | Bozic, Drago | Markovic, Marija | Ruscuklic, Gordana | Baksa, Dezire | Dunjic, Slobodan | Vesovic, Dusan | Jevdic, Dragan | Jevdic, Aleksandar | Jevdic, Katarina | Djacic, Mihael | Letic, Dragica | Bozic, Drago | Markovic, Marija | Vrca, Kenan | Dunjic, Slobodan | Vincent, Ann | Wahner-Roedler, Dietlind | Whipple, Mary | Vogelius, Maria M. | Vollbracht, Claudia | Friesecke, Iris | Gündling, Peter W. | Wahner-Roedler, Dietlind | Mahapatra, Saswati | Hynes, Rebecca | Van Rooy, Kimberly | Looker, Sherry | Ghosh, Aditya | Bauer, Brent | Cutshall, Susanne | Walach, Harald | Flores, Ana Borges | Walach, Harald | Ofner, Michael | Kastner, Andreas | Schwarzl, Gerhard | Schwameder, Hermann | Alexander, Nathalie | Strutzenberger, Gerda | Wang, Jie | Lu, Yan | Gu, Wen | Zhang, Chengcheng | Bu, Xianwei | Zhang, Honghong | Zhang, Jianping | He, Yuxi | Zhang, Xiaoxu | Meng, Fengxian | Wang, Shang | Yu, He | Shi, Jinfeng | Hao, Yu | Liu, Tiegang | Wu, Jun | Qiu, Zeji | Gu, Xiaohong | Wang, Yuh-Hai | Lou, Chi-Jung | Watts, Sam | Wayne, Peter | Osypiuk, Kamila | Vergara-Diaz, Gloria | Bonato, Paolo | Gow, Brian | Hausdorff, Jeffrey | Miranda, Jose | Sudarsky, Lewis | Tarsy, Daniel | Fox, Michael | Macklin, Eric | Wode, Kathrin | Bergqvist, Jenny | Bernhardsson, Britt-Marie | Nordberg, Johanna Hök | Kienle, Gunver | Sharp, Lena | Henriksson, Roger | Woo, Yeonju | Hyun, Min K. | Wu, Hao | Wang, Tian-Fang | Zhao, Yan | Wei, Yu | Tian, Lei | He, Lei | Wang, Xue | Wu, Ruohan | Feng, Shuo | Han, Mei | Caldwell, Patrina H. Y. | Liu, Shigang | Zhang, Jing | Liu, Jianping | Xia, Ruyu | Chai, Qianyun | Fei, Yutong | Guo, Zhongning | Wang, Congcong | Liu, Zhijun | Li, Xun | Zhang, Ying | Liu, Jianping | Yang, I. J. | Lincha, V. Ruberio | Ahn, S. H. | Lee, D. U. | Shin, H. M. | Yang, Lu | Sibbritt, David | Peng, Wenbo | Adams, Jon | Yang, N. | Sung, H. | Shin, S. M. | Go, H. Y. | Jung, H. | Kim, Y. | Park, T. Y. | Yap, Angela | Kwan, Yu H. | Tan, Chuen S. | Ibrahim, Syed | Ang, Seng B. | Yayi, Alfred | Han, Dongwoon | Im, Hyea Bin | Hwang, Jung Hye | Choi, Soo Jeung | Yoo, Jeong E. | Yoo, Ho R. | Jang, Sae B. | Lee, Hye L. | Youssef, Ala’a | Ezzat, Shahira | Motaal, Amira Abdel | El-Askary, Hesham | Yu, Xiaotong | Cui, Yashan | Zhang, Ying | Lian, Fengmei | Yun, Younghee | Ko, Youme | Ahn, Jin-Hyang | Jang, Bo-Hyung | Kim, Kyu-Seok | Ko, Seong-Gyu | Choi, Inhwa | Zerm, Roland | Glinz, Augustina | Pranga, Danilo | Berger, Bettina | ten Brink, Fadime | Reif, Marcus | Büssing, Arnd | Gutenbrunner, Christoph | Kröz, Matthias | Zerm, Roland | Helbrecht, Bert | Pranga, Danilo | Brinkhaus, Benno | Michalsen, Andreas | Kröz, Matthias | Zhang, Honghong | Fang, Tiesheng | Wang, Jie | Zhang, Chengcheng | He, Yuxi | Zhang, Xiaoxu | Zhang, Zhengju | Wang, Dali | Meng, Fengxion | Zhang, Jianping | Zhang, Chengcheng | Bai, Hua | Shen, Zhiming | Ma, Weiguo | Liu, Hui | Bai, Yu | Shang, Xuezheng | Meng, Fengxian | Zhang, Ruixin | Wu, Fan | Li, Ming | Xuan, Xinyun | Shen, Xueyong | Ren, Ke | Berman, Brian | Zhen, Jianhua | Li, Xiaofei | Gu, Xiaohong | Yu, He | Zheng, Zian | Wan, Yuxiang | Wang, Yunhui | Ma, Xueyan | Dong, Fei | Liu, Tiegang | Zhen, Jianhua | Li, Xiaofei | Gu, Xiaohong | Yu, He | Zheng, Zian | Wan, Yuxiang | Wang, Yunhui | Ma, Xueyan | Dong, Fei | Liu, Tiegang | Zick, Suzie | Harris, Richard | Bae, Go E. | Kwon, Jung N. | Lee, Hye Y. | Nam, Jong K. | Lee, Sang D. | Lee, Dong H. | Han, Ji Y. | Yun, Young J. | Lee, Ji H. | Park, Hye L. | Park, Seong H. | Bocci, Chiara | Ivaldi, Giovanni B. | Vietti, Ilaria | Meaglia, Ilaria | Guffi, Marta | Ruggiero, Rubina | Gualea, Marita | Longa, Emanuela | Bonucci, Massimo | Croke, Sarah | Rodriguez, Lourdes Diaz | Caracuel-Martínez, Juan C. | Fajardo-Rodríguez, Manuel F. | Ariza-García, Angélica | la Fuente, Francisca García-De | Arroyo-Morales, Manuel | Estrems, Maria S. | Gómez, Vicente G. | Estrems, Maria S. | Sabater, Mónica Valero | Ferreri, Rosaria | Bernardini, Simonetta | Pulcri, Roberto | Cracolici, Franco | Rinaldi, Massimo | Porciani, Claudio | Firenzuoli, Fabio | Baccetti, Sonia | Di Stefano, Mariella | Monechi, Maria V. | Gallo, Eugenia | Maggini, Valentina | Gori, Luigi | Rossi, Elio | Fisher, Peter | Hughes, John | Mendoza, Ariadna | MacPherson, Hugh | Witt, Claudia | Filshie, Jacqueline | Lewith, George | Di Francesco, Antonia | Bernardini, Alberto | Messe, Monica | Primitivo, Vincenzo | Iasella, Piera A. | Ghelman, Ricardo | Taminato, Monica | Alcantara, Jaqueline Do Carmo | De Oliveira, Katia R. | Rodrigues, Debora C. De Azevedo | Mumme, Juliana R. Campana | Sunakozawa, Olga K. Matsumoto | Filho, Vicente Odone | Seifert, Georg | Goldenberg, Joshua | Day, Andrew | Sasagawa, Masa | Ward, Lesley | Cooley, Kieran | Gunnarsdottir, Thora | Hjaltadottir, Ingibjorg | Hajimonfarednejad, Mahdie
doi:10.1186/s12906-017-1783-3
PMCID: PMC5498867
19.  Huperzine A for Alzheimer’s Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Clinical Trials 
PLoS ONE  2013;8(9):e74916.
Background
Huperzine A is a Chinese herb extract used for Alzheimer’s disease. We conducted this review to evaluate the beneficial and harmful effect of Huperzine A for treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.
Methods
We searched for randomized clinical trials (RCTs) of Huperzine A for Alzheimer’s disease in PubMed, Cochrane Library, and four major Chinese electronic databases from their inception to June 2013. We performed meta-analyses using RevMan 5.1 software. (Protocol ID: CRD42012003249)
Results
20 RCTs including 1823 participants were included. The methodological quality of most included trials had a high risk of bias. Compared with placebo, Huperzine A showed a significant beneficial effect on the improvement of cognitive function as measured by Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) at 8 weeks, 12 weeks and 16 weeks, and by Hastgawa Dementia Scale (HDS) and Wechsler Memory Scale (WMS) at 8 weeks and 12 weeks. Activities of daily living favored Huperzine A as measured by Activities of Daily Living Scale (ADL) at 6 weeks, 12 weeks and 16 weeks. One trial found Huperzine A improved global clinical assessment as measured by Clinical Dementia Rating Scale (CDR). One trial demonstrated no significant change in cognitive function as measured by Alzheimer’s disease Assessment Scale-Cognitive Subscale (ADAS-Cog) and activity of daily living as measured by Alzheimer’s disease Cooperative Study Activities of Daily Living Inventory (ADCS-ADL) in Huperzine A group. Trials comparing Huperzine A with no treatment, psychotherapy and conventional medicine demonstrated similar findings. No trial evaluated quality of life. No trial reported severe adverse events of Huperzine A.
Conclusions
Huperzine A appears to have beneficial effects on improvement of cognitive function, daily living activity, and global clinical assessment in participants with Alzheimer’s disease. However, the findings should be interpreted with caution due to the poor methodological quality of the included trials.
doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0074916
PMCID: PMC3781107  PMID: 24086396
20.  Manual Acupuncture for Treatment of Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials 
PLoS ONE  2013;8(9):e73764.
Objective
Manual acupuncture has commonly been used in China, either alone or in combination with conventional medicine, to treat diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN). The objective of this study was to perform a systematic review to evaluate the potential benefits and harms of manual acupuncture for DPN to justify its clinical use.
Methods
We searched for published and unpublished randomized controlled trials of manual acupuncture for DPN till 31 March 2013. Revman 5.2 software was used for data analysis with effect estimate presented as relative risk (RR) and mean difference (MD) with a 95% confidence interval (CI).
Results
A total of 25 trials involving 1649 participants were included. The methodological quality of included trials was generally poor. Meta-analysis showed that manual acupuncture had better effect on global symptom improvement compared with mecobalamin (RR 1.31, 95%CI 1.21 to 1.42), vitamin B1 and B12 (RR 1.55, 95%CI 1.33 to 1.80), and no treatment (RR 1.56, 95%CI 1.31 to 1.85), and that the combination of manual acupuncture and mecobalamin had better effect compared with mecobalamin alone on global symptom improvement (RR 1.56, 95%CI 1.28 to 1.90). Adverse events were not reported in any trials. The asymmetric funnel plot suggested publication bias.
Conclusions
Despite the number of trials of manual acupuncture for DPN and their uniformly positive results, no clinically relevant conclusions can be drawn from this review due to the trials’ high risks of bias and the possibility of publication bias. Clearly defined and internationally acknowledged outcome measures are required for future study. There remains an urgent need for training Chinese researchers in conducting unbiased trials as well as prospectively registering all initiated Chinese trials to avoid publication bias.
doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0073764
PMCID: PMC3771980  PMID: 24069229
21.  Syndrome Differentiation in Chinese Herbal Medicine for Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Literature Review of Randomized Trials 
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has been commonly used for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Syndrome differentiation is one of the important characteristics of TCM. To assess the application and basic characteristics of syndrome differentiation in randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of Chinese herbal medicine for IBS, we performed this paper. We conducted electronic searches in main Chinese and English databases till March 2012. A total of 735 RCTs involving 67,784 IBS participants were included. 224 (30.5%) studies applied syndrome differentiation. The major syndromes of IBS patients were the syndrome of liver stagnation and spleen deficiency (56.8%), spleen-stomach weakness (49.4%), spleen-kidney yang deficiency (48.1%), and cold and heat in complexity (29.6%). Herbal formulas were prescribed based on syndrome differentiation in 202 studies. Chinese patent medicine was more commonly used in studies that only enrolled patients with a specific syndrome. 15 studies compared the therapeutic effect among different syndromes, of which 6 studies showed that there were significant differences among different syndromes. The low use of TCM syndrome differentiation in randomized trials of Chinese herbal medicine for IBS results in the poor pertinence of treatment. TCM syndrome differentiation should be used in further studies at the stage of recruitment, treatment, and data analyses.
doi:10.1155/2013/232147
PMCID: PMC3608279  PMID: 23554827
22.  Herbal medicines for viral myocarditis 
Background
Herbal medicines are being used for treating viral diseases including viral myocarditis, and many controlled trials have been done to investigate their efficacy.
Objectives
To assess the effects of herbal medicines on clinical and indirect outcomes in patients with viral myocarditis.
Search strategy
We searched the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) in The Cochrane Library Issue 3, 2009, MEDLINE (January 1966 - July 2009), EMBASE (January 1998 - July 2009), Chinese Biomedical Database (1979 - 2009), China National Knowledge Infrastructure (1979 - 2009), Chinese VIP Information (1989 - 2009), Chinese Academic Conference Papers Database and Chinese Dissertation Database (1980 - 2009), AMED (1985 - 2009), LILACS accessed in July 2009 and the trials register of the Cochrane Complementary Medicine Field. We handsearched Chinese journals and conference proceedings. No language restrictions were applied.
Selection criteria
Randomised controlled trials of herbal medicines (with a minimum of seven days treatment duration) compared with placebo, no intervention, or conventional interventions were included. Trials of herbal medicine plus conventional drug versus drug alone were also included. Only trials that reported adequate description of allocation sequence generation were included.
Data collection and analysis
Two review authors independently extracted data and evaluated trial quality. Adverse effects information was collected from the trials.
Main results
Fourteen randomised trials involving 1463 people were included. All trials were conducted and published in China. Quality of the trials was assessed to be low. No trial had diagnosis of viral myocarditis confirmed histologically, and only a few trials attempted to establish viral aetiology. Nine different herbal medicines were tested in the included trials. The trials reported electrocardiogram results, level of myocardial enzymes, cardiac function, symptoms, and adverse effects.
Astragalus membranaceus (either as an injection or granules) showed significant positive effects in symptom improvement, normalisation of electrocardiogram results, CPK levels, and cardiac function. Shengmai injection also showed significant effects in symptom improvement. Shengmai decoction triggered significant improvement in quality of life measured by SF-36. No serious adverse effects were reported.
Authors’ conclusions
Some herbal medicines may lead to improvement of symptoms, ventricular premature beat, electrocardiogram, level of myocardial enzymes, and cardiac function in viral myocarditis. However, interpretation of these findings should be taken with care due to the low methodological quality, small sample size, and limited number of trials on individual herbs. Further robust trials are needed to explore the use of herbal medicines in viral myocarditis.
doi:10.1002/14651858.CD003711.pub2
PMCID: PMC3407372  PMID: 15266498
Astragalus membranaceus; Drug Combinations; Drugs, Chinese Herbal [adverse effects; *therapeutic use]; Myocarditis [*drug therapy; virology]; Phytotherapy [adverse effects; *methods]; Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic; Virus Diseases [*drug therapy]; Humans
23.  Chinese herbal medicines for hypercholesterolemia 
Background
Hypercholesterolemia is an important key contributory factor for ischemic heart disease and is associated with age, high blood pressure, a family history of hypercholesterolemia, and diabetes. Chinese herbal medicines have been used for a long time as lipid-lowering agents.
Objectives
To assess the effects of Chinese herbal medicines on hypercholesterolemia.
Search strategy
We searched the following databases: The Cochrane Library (issue 8, 2010), MEDLINE (until July 2010), EMBASE (until July 2010), Chinese BioMedical Database (until July 2010), Traditional Chinese Medical Literature Analysis and Retrieval System (until July 2010), China National Knowledge Infrastructure (until July 2010), Chinese VIP Information (until July 2010), Chinese Academic Conference Papers Database and Chinese Dissertation Database (until July 2010), and Allied and Complementary Medicine Database (until July 2010).
Selection criteria
We considered randomized controlled clinical trials in hypercholesterolemic participants comparing Chinese herbal medicines with placebo, no treatment, and pharmacological or non-pharmacological interventions.
Data collection and analysis
Two review authors independently extracted data and assessed the risk of bias. We resolved any disagreements with this assessment through discussion and a decision was achieved based by consensus. We assessed trials for the risk of bias against key criteria: random sequence generation, allocation concealment, blinding of participants, incomplete outcome data, selective outcome reporting and other sources of bias.
Main results
We included 22 randomized trials (2130 participants). The mean treatment duration was 2.3 ± 1.3 months (ranging from one to six months). Twenty trials were conducted in China and 18 trials were published in Chinese. Overall, the risk of bias of included trials was high or unclear. Five different herbal medicines were evaluated in the included trials, which compared herbs with conventional medicine in six comparisons (20 trials), or placebo (two trials). There were no outcome data in any of the trials on cardiovascular events and death from any cause. One trial each reported well-being (no significant differences) and economic costs. No serious adverse events were observed. Xuezhikang was the most commonly used herbal formula investigated. A significant effect on total cholesterol (two trial, 254 participants) was shown in favor of Xuezhikang when compared with inositol nicotinate (mean difference (MD) −0.90 mmol/L, 95% confidence interval (CI) −1.13 to −0.68) .
Authors’ conclusions
Some herbal medicines may have cholesterol-lowering effects. Our findings have to be interpreted with caution due to high or unclear risk of bias of the included trials.
doi:10.1002/14651858.CD008305.pub2
PMCID: PMC3402023  PMID: 21735427
24.  Systematic Review of Chinese Herbal Medicines for Preventing in-Stent Coronary Restenosis after Percutaneous Coronary Intervention 
Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with stent placement is a standard treatment for coronary artery disease (CAD). In-stent restenosis after PCI remains a challenging clinical problem. In China, Chinese herbal medicines (CHMs) are widely used for preventing restenosis. This paper systematically reviewed the literature on the effectiveness and safety of CHMs in preventing restenosis after PCI in patients with CAD. Electronic databases were searched for randomized controlled trials that compared CHMs plus RWM with the same RWM plus placebo in preventing restenosis after PCI. A total of 52 trials (4905 patients) on 34 CHMs met the inclusion criteria and were analyzed. Ten trials had low risk of bias. Methodological quality of included trials was generally poor. Meta-analysis showed that at the end of at least 3 months' followup, CHMs plus RWM could significantly reduce restenosis rate, cardiac mortality, recurrence rate of angina, acute myocardial infarction, numbers of repeat PCI, and numbers of coronary artery bypass graft. Reported adverse events included gastrointestinal upset, granulocytopenia, and increased alanine transaminase (ALT). CHMs may help prevent restenosis, thus reducing cardiac mortality after PCI. Caution should be exercised in drawing a definitive conclusion due to the poor methodological quality of the trials reviewed.
doi:10.1155/2012/253409
PMCID: PMC3292238  PMID: 22454659
25.  Fascin promotes the motility and invasiveness of pancreatic cancer cells 
AIM: To explore the role of actin-bundling protein, fascin during the progression of pancreatic cancer.
METHODS: The plasmid expressing human fascin-1 was stably transfected into the pancreatic cancer cell line MIA PaCa-2. The proliferation, cell cycle, motility, scattering, invasiveness and organization of the actin filament system in fascin-transfected MIA PaCa-2 cells and control non-transfected cells were determined.
RESULTS: Heterogeneous overexpression of fascin markedly enhanced the motility, scattering, and invasiveness of MIA PaCa-2 cells. However, overexpression of fascin had minimal effect on MIA PaCa-2 cell proliferation and cell cycle. In addition, cell morphology and organization of the actin filament system were distinctly altered in fascin overexpressed cells. When transplanted into BALB/c-nu mice, fascin-transfected pancreatic cancer cells developed solid tumors at a slightly slower rate, but these tumors displayed more aggressive behavior in comparison with control tumors.
CONCLUSION: Fascin promotes pancreatic cancer cell migration, invasion and scattering, thus contributes to the aggressive behavior of pancreatic cancer cells.
doi:10.3748/wjg.v17.i40.4470
PMCID: PMC3218137  PMID: 22110277
Fascin; Invasiveness; Motility; Pancreatic cancer

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