Annals of Chinese Medicine 2020-03-10T19:19:45+00:00 Editor-in-Chief Open Journal Systems <p><em>Annals of Chinese Medicine</em> (ACM) is an interdisciplinary multi-lingual journal focusing on clinical studies and basic researches in the field of Chinese Medicine. It aims to be a leading journal to present research advances and achievements in this field and to promote the blending among acupuncture, herbal medicine, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), and bio-medicine. Annals of Chinese Medicine covers all aspects of Chinese Medicine, including acupuncture, moxibustion, herbal medicine and other forms of CAM approaches, e.g. mind-body medicine, diet, Taichi, Qigong, meditation, as well as their integration with the conventional medicine.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis: Kidney-Du-Brain Axis (KIDUBA) Acupuncture Protocol 2020-03-10T19:14:57+00:00 Han Lai Yi Xiang Liu Hui Zhang <p>Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a complex autoimmune disease mediated by an immune response to central nervous system antigens. Conventional immunomodulatory therapies are limited to relieve many of the symptoms, such as weakness, pain and depression, but probably cause side effects. Acupuncture, the most popular approach of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) could improve the quality of life (QoL), fatigue, and pain, and alleviate the side-events of immunosuppresants. The essay summarized the publications and experiences from the leading acupuncture masters in China and clinical trials on acupuncture treatment for MS patients. The review concluded that in Chinese Medicine (CM), the Kidney-DU-Brain Axis (KIDUBA) plays a key role in the pathogenesis of MS. Fundamental acupoints including GB39, SP6, DU4, BL23, SI3, Sishencong are recommended according to the principle of supplementing kidney and marrow and opening blockages in Du channel and the brain. Besides, acupuncture treatment for the side effects of immunomodulatory medications are covered in the protocol.</p> 2019-09-04T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) Discussion on the clinical use of Shi Zao Tang (Ten Jujubes Decoction) 2020-03-10T19:19:45+00:00 Jun Yu He <p>Ascites is a common dangerous and lethal complication of the liver cirrhosis. In Chinese Medicine, the ascites due to the liver cirrhosis belongs to Gu Zhang i.e. drum distention, which can be treated by Shi Zao Tang (Ten Jujubes Decoction). Although the Shi Zao Tang with Wan Yua (<em>Flos Genkwa</em>), Gan Sui (Radix Kansui), and Da Ji (<em>Radix Euphorbiae Pekinensis</em>) drastically purging and expel water, the herbs are toxic, which must be restrained by the proper use of Da Zao (<em>Fructus Jujube</em>). Additionally, Gu Zhang is characterized by deficient Ben-root and excess Biao-branch. Therefore, clinical attention should be given to carefully neutralize the toxicity of the three herbs, based on the correct diagnosis of the Ben-root and Biao -branch.</p> <p><strong>【摘 </strong><strong>要】</strong>腹水是肝硬化最常见的并发症之一,严重威胁患者的健康和生命。肝硬化腹水属于中医“臌胀”的范畴,可运用十枣汤峻下逐水。但需要注意的是芫花、甘遂、大戟药性峻猛有毒,需合理配伍大枣减轻毒性。此外臌胀属于本虚标实之症,临证需要注意:稳中求效、避免攻邪伤正,用药谨守法度、把握“衰其大半而止”的原则,尊古不泥古、灵活变通、中西医结合,辨证求因、谨守病机、治病求本。</p> 2020-03-09T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Annals of Chinese Medicine Acupuncture Treatment for 23 Types of Pain, 2018 (ATP-2018) 2020-03-10T19:07:36+00:00 Hui Zhang <p>The review is aimed to retrospectively evaluate the use of acupuncture to treat pain from the publications in 2018. All publications on this subject were screened from the MEDLINE database of Pubmed, and only clinical reports including randomized control trails and case reports were involved. In 2018, there were 35 publications from 14 academic journals which reported clinical research/trails on the treatment of pain by acupuncture alone or in combination wither other modalities, e.g. moxibustion, electricity, and tuina. Among the 23 types of pain, pain resulting from knee osteoarthritis (5/23) was mostly concerned. Other categories covered dysmenorrhea (3/23), lower back pain (3/23), neck pain (2/23), fibromyalgia (2/23), chemotherapy neuropathy (2/23) and so on (Table 1). Interestingly, knee osteoarthritis patients accounted for 21.16% of the 2760 participants. The main findings, acupoints and procedures were presented in this review as the Chinese Medicine Publication Index (CMPI) for pain treatment with acupuncture. According to the CMPI, a conclusion that acupuncture could be beneficial to treat 23 types of pain can be made.</p> 2020-03-10T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Annals of Chinese Medicine