The potential contributions of traditional Chinese medicine to emergency medicine

He, Jun & Hou, Xiang-Yu (2013) The potential contributions of traditional Chinese medicine to emergency medicine. World Journal of Emergency Medicine, 4(2), pp. 92-97.

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BACKGROUND: Despite the fact that traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has been developed and used to treat acute and urgent illness for many thousands of years. TCM has been widely perceived in western societies that TCM may only be effective to treat chronic diseases. The aim of this article is to provide some scientific evidence regarding the application of TCM in emergency medicine and its future potential.

METHODS: Multiple databases (PubMed, ProQuest, Academic Search Elite and Science Direct) were searched using the terms: Traditional Chinese Medicine/ Chinese Medicine, Emergency Medicine, China. In addition, three leading TCM Journals in China were searched via Oriprobe Information Services for relevant articles (published from 1990—2012). Particular attention was paid to those articles that are related to TCM treatments or combined medicine in dealing with intensive and critical care.

RESULTS: TCM is a systematic traditional macro medicine. The clinical practice of TCM is guided by the TCM theoretical framework – a methodology founded thousands of years ago. As the methodologies between TCM and Biomedicine are significantly different, it provides an opportunity to combine two medicines, in order to achieve clinical efficacy. Nowadays, combined medicine has become a common clinical model particular in TCM hospitals in China.

CONCLUSIONS: It is evident that TCM can provide some assistance in emergency although to combine them in practice is stillits infant form and is mainly at TCM hospitals in China. The future effort could be put into TCM research, both in laboratories and clinics, with high quality designs, so that TCM could be better understood and then applied in emergency medicine.

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ID Code: 60780
Item Type: Review
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: As the imaging of TCM has been twisted by western society, the initial aim of this article is to convey information regarding what is TCM by exploring the history of TCM, by giving the definition of TCM, and by introducing the potential form of combining bio-medicine with TCM. In addition, this article raises a significant issue why TCM should be integrated and how it be possible integrated while medicine has been dominated by bio-medicine.
Keywords: Traditional Chinese Medicine, Emergency medicine
ISSN: 1920-8642
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 World Journal of Emergency Medicine
Deposited On: 13 Jun 2013 22:24
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2013 03:34

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