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Prescription patterns of Chinese herbal products for post-surgery colon cancer patients in Taiwan.
J Ethnopharmacol. 2014 Aug 08; 155(1):702-8.JE

Abstract

ETHNO-PHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is commonly provided to cancer patients, however, the patterns of prescriptions for this type of medicine in Taiwan are unclear. This study aimed to evaluate the use of traditional Chinese medicine products in colon cancer patients post-surgery in Taiwan and to research patterns of TCM.

MATERIAL AND METHODS

This was a cross-sectional study of newly diagnosed colon cancer patients who received surgery between 2004 and 2008 identified from the National Health Insurance Research Database of Taiwan. The prescription patterns and reasons for the use of TCM for colon cancer were analyzed.

RESULTS

The results showed that "symptoms, signs and ill-defined conditions" (23.3%) and diseases of the digestive system (16.9%) were the most common reasons for using Chinese herbal medicine. Xiang-sha-liu-jun-zi-tang (7.1%), Bu-zhong-yi-qi-tang (4.3%), Jia-wei-xiao-yao-san (4.1%), Shen-Ling-Bai-Zhu-San (3.7%), Ban-Xia-Xie-Xin-Tang (3.4%), Gui-pi-tang (2.4%), Ping-Wei-San (2.4%), Gan-Lu-Yin (2.0%), Bao-He-Wan (1.9%), and Zhen-Ren-Huo-Ming-Yin (1.8%) were the most commonly prescribed single Chinese herbal formulae (CHF) for colon cancer patients post-surgery. Hedyotis diffusa Willd (Bai Hua She She Cao) (5.1%) and Scutellaria barbata (Ban Zhi Lian)(4.8%) were the most commonly prescribed single Chinese herbs.

CONCLUSIONS

This study identified patterns of TCM use in colon cancer patients post-surgery in Taiwan. The herbal ingredients were most commonly used for stimulate ghrelin secretion to increase food intake and had potential anti-tumor effect. However, further research is required to evaluate any beneficial effects which could identify leads for the development of new treatment strategies using TCM.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Surgery, Taichung Veterans General Hospital, Taichung 40705, Taiwan, ROC; Department of Veterinary Medicine, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan, ROC.Division of Critical Care & Respiratory Therapy, Department of Internal Medicine, Taichung Veterans General Hospital, Taichung 40705, Taiwan, ROC; Institute of Health Policy and Management, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC.School of Chinese Medicine, China Medical University, Taichung 404, Taiwan, ROC; Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Taichung Veterans General Hospital, Taichung 407, Taiwan, ROC.Department of Medical Research, Taichung Veterans General Hospital, #160, Section 3, Chung-Kang Rd., Taichung, Taichung 407, Taiwan, ROC.Department of Veterinary Medicine, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan, ROC.Department of Medical Research, Taichung Veterans General Hospital, #160, Section 3, Chung-Kang Rd., Taichung, Taichung 407, Taiwan, ROC. Electronic address: epid@vghtc.gov.tw.No affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

24945402

Citation

Chao, Te-Hsin, et al. "Prescription Patterns of Chinese Herbal Products for Post-surgery Colon Cancer Patients in Taiwan." Journal of Ethnopharmacology, vol. 155, no. 1, 2014, pp. 702-8.
Chao TH, Fu PK, Chang CH, et al. Prescription patterns of Chinese herbal products for post-surgery colon cancer patients in Taiwan. J Ethnopharmacol. 2014;155(1):702-8.
Chao, T. H., Fu, P. K., Chang, C. H., Chang, S. N., Chiahung Mao, F., & Lin, C. H. (2014). Prescription patterns of Chinese herbal products for post-surgery colon cancer patients in Taiwan. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 155(1), 702-8. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jep.2014.06.012
Chao TH, et al. Prescription Patterns of Chinese Herbal Products for Post-surgery Colon Cancer Patients in Taiwan. J Ethnopharmacol. 2014 Aug 8;155(1):702-8. PubMed PMID: 24945402.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Prescription patterns of Chinese herbal products for post-surgery colon cancer patients in Taiwan. AU - Chao,Te-Hsin, AU - Fu,Pin-Kuei, AU - Chang,Chiung-Hung, AU - Chang,Shih-Ni, AU - Chiahung Mao,Frank, AU - Lin,Ching-Heng, AU - ,, Y1 - 2014/06/16/ PY - 2014/01/22/received PY - 2014/06/03/revised PY - 2014/06/04/accepted PY - 2014/6/20/entrez PY - 2014/6/20/pubmed PY - 2015/4/8/medline KW - Chinese herbal formula (CHF) KW - Colon cancer KW - Prescription patterns KW - Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) SP - 702 EP - 8 JF - Journal of ethnopharmacology JO - J Ethnopharmacol VL - 155 IS - 1 N2 - ETHNO-PHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is commonly provided to cancer patients, however, the patterns of prescriptions for this type of medicine in Taiwan are unclear. This study aimed to evaluate the use of traditional Chinese medicine products in colon cancer patients post-surgery in Taiwan and to research patterns of TCM. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study of newly diagnosed colon cancer patients who received surgery between 2004 and 2008 identified from the National Health Insurance Research Database of Taiwan. The prescription patterns and reasons for the use of TCM for colon cancer were analyzed. RESULTS: The results showed that "symptoms, signs and ill-defined conditions" (23.3%) and diseases of the digestive system (16.9%) were the most common reasons for using Chinese herbal medicine. Xiang-sha-liu-jun-zi-tang (7.1%), Bu-zhong-yi-qi-tang (4.3%), Jia-wei-xiao-yao-san (4.1%), Shen-Ling-Bai-Zhu-San (3.7%), Ban-Xia-Xie-Xin-Tang (3.4%), Gui-pi-tang (2.4%), Ping-Wei-San (2.4%), Gan-Lu-Yin (2.0%), Bao-He-Wan (1.9%), and Zhen-Ren-Huo-Ming-Yin (1.8%) were the most commonly prescribed single Chinese herbal formulae (CHF) for colon cancer patients post-surgery. Hedyotis diffusa Willd (Bai Hua She She Cao) (5.1%) and Scutellaria barbata (Ban Zhi Lian)(4.8%) were the most commonly prescribed single Chinese herbs. CONCLUSIONS: This study identified patterns of TCM use in colon cancer patients post-surgery in Taiwan. The herbal ingredients were most commonly used for stimulate ghrelin secretion to increase food intake and had potential anti-tumor effect. However, further research is required to evaluate any beneficial effects which could identify leads for the development of new treatment strategies using TCM. SN - 1872-7573 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/24945402/Prescription_patterns_of_Chinese_herbal_products_for_post_surgery_colon_cancer_patients_in_Taiwan_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0378-8741(14)00460-7 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -