Study: TCM and Treating Cardiac Disease

Shi Wing Wong measures herbs for packaging at Wing Kong Tong Herbes de Chine on Clarke avenue in Chinatown. A recent study shows traditional Chinese medicine may effectively treat cardiac diseases.

Presse Canadienne More from Presse Canadienne Published on: June 13, 2017 | Last Updated: June 13, 2017 4:31 PM EDT PHIL CARPENTER / Montreal Gazette

Traditional Chinese medicine, or TCM, may help treat patients with cardiac diseases, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Researchers analyzed a random set of studies conducted over the last 10 years on the use of traditional Chinese medicine in treating such illnesses as hypertension, diabetes, dyslipidemia, atherosclerosis and chronic heart failure. All the studies concluded that traditional Chinese medicine performed as the researchers expected when treating these diseases. Many Chinese products, for example, seemed to effectively treat hypertension. These results offer interesting alternatives for patients who cannot use or are unable to afford Western medicine. Further long-term studies are necessary to determine whether these treatments are beneficial in the long term. The author of the study noted that products used in traditional Chinese medicine are often complex mixtures that are then adjusted to suit each individual patient.

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