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Open Access Traditional Chinese Medicine Is Widely Used for Cardiovascular Disease

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A review article by Hao et al. (J Am Coll Cardiol 2017;69(24):2952–66) has had huge repercussions among those familiar with traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in the international academic community. It evaluated the efficacy and safety of TCM for cardiovascular disease and the pharmacological effect of active TCM ingredients on the cardiovascular system and potential mechanisms. We have several comments: Firstly, we give a brief summary addressing nonpharmacotherapy in TCM, including acupuncture, moxibustion, Qigong, and Tai Chi. Secondly, we have added traditional antiarrhythmic drug–related randomized controlled trials to make the coverage more comprehensive. Lastly, we support the concept that research into, development of, and application of active ingredients is part of modern TCM.

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Guang’ Anmen Hospital, Chinese Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing 100053, China 2: Global Genetics Corporation, Ventura, CA 93003, USA 3: Department of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Research Institute, Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University, Wuhan 430060, China

Publication date: January 1, 2018

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