Not for one moment has my brain ever got to grips with any aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Too much apparent mumbo jumbo, too much poor translation into English, too much opportunity for charlatans and sharks. And not enough grey matter in my skull. At the same time, it has been quite obvious that, at least as practised within China, TCM has the ability to successfully treat many patients.
Mind, it hasn't only been me finding it difficult. There seems to be quite problem for medics trying to take the best from both systems. Somewhere around there seems to be the basis for this paper. Obviously, what grabbed my attention was the mention of "thyroid function", then "energy metabolism" followed shortly after by "gene and protein expression". Hmm. To what extent does TCM actually agree with those of us who see thyroid issues behind so very many other disorders/diseases?
Zhong Xi Yi Jie He Xue Bao. 2012 Dec;10(12):1328-35. doi: 10.3736/jcim20121202.
Research progress in biological basis of cold and heat essence of Chinese medicine.
[Article in Chinese]
Yin YT, Li XW, Dong Y, Shi JR.
Teaching and Experiment Center, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine,
Shanghai 201203, China.
Cold-heat problem is one core of traditional Chinese medicine theory. This paper summarizes the experimental research related to the biological basis of cold-heat essence in cold-heat syndrome, cold-heat body constitution and cold-heat property of Chinese herbs. In view of the classical physiological and biochemical indices, gene expression, protein expression and metabolic differences, differences in cold-heat syndrome or cold-heat constitution are mainly based on neurotransmitter, thyroid function, sex hormone, cyclic nucleotide system, and energy metabolism relating to the corresponding gene and protein expression. Furthermore, this paper analyses the change of correlation indices that accompany with a dynamic development process of "constitution-syndrome-herbal intervention", implying that the research of biological basis of cold-heat essence has turned from single index to multiple indices, and from dispersion research to system research.
PMID: 23257124 [PubMed - in process]
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