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Perspectives of traditional Chinese medicine in pancreas protection for acute pancreatitis
LI Jun 1,ZHANG Shu 2,ZHOU Rui 2,ZHANG Jian 2,LI Zongfang 2 * #
1. National Local Joint Engineering Research Center of Biodiagnostics and Biotherapy, the Second Affiliated Hospital of Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi'an 710004
2.National Local Joint Engineering Research Center of Biodiagnostics and Biotherapy, the Second Affiliated Hospital of Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi'an 710004
*Correspondence author
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Subject: General Surgery
Funding: Specialized Research Fund for the Doctoral Program of Higher Education (No.No. 20130201130009), Science Research Foundation of the Second Affiliated Hospital of Xi’an Jiaotong University (No.No. YJ(QN)201311)
Opened online:17 May 2017
Accepted by: World J Gastroenterol, 2017, 23(20): 3615-3623.
Citation: LI Jun,ZHANG Shu,ZHOU Rui.Perspectives of traditional Chinese medicine in pancreas protection for acute pancreatitis[J]. World J Gastroenterol, 2017, 23(20): 3615-3623.
 
 
Acute pancreatitis (AP) is one of the most common diseases. AP is associated with significant morbidity and mortality, but it lacks specific and effective therapies. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is one of the most popular complementary and alternative medicine modalities worldwide for the treatment of AP. The current evidence from basic research and clinical studies has shown that TCM has good therapeutic effects on AP. This review summarizes the widely used formulas, single herbs and monomers that are used to treat AP and the potential underlying mechanisms of TCM. Because of the abundance, low cost, and safety of TCM as well as its ability to target various aspects of the pathogenesis, TCM provides potential clinical benefits and a new avenue with tremendous potential for the future treatment of AP.
Keywords:Acute pancreatitis; Traditional Chinese medicine; Alternative therapy; Pancreas protection; Anti-inflammatory
 
 
 

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