Breast Lumps: Clinical Research on TCM
following two studies, Chinese herbal treatment was used as an alternative, or
as an adjunct, to hormone therapy, which many patients in the United States
wish to avoid.
- Breast lumps, which are a common concern
among American women, were treated by two TCM doctors (Qiu Xiaogung and Pu
Qing), who used an herbal decoction (consisting of pangolin scales,
fritillaria, oyster shell, sparganium, zedoaria, melia, cyperus, corydalis, tang
kuei, and carthamus).
Two control groups received either the amino acid asparagine or the hormone
methyltestosterone. In the herb group, 87.7 percent reported a reduction of
lumps and a decrease in breast pain, compared with 72.7 percent in the
asparagine group and 69.4 percent in the methyltestosterone group. Herbal
treatment was concluded to be superior to the other two therapies. Both the
herbal treatment and the amino acid treatment were found to be superior to the
hormone therapy, which is of significance to women who wish to avoid hormone
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BEST ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: WHAT WORKS? WHAT DOES NOT? by Dr. Kenneth R.
Copyright © 2000 by Dr. Kenneth R. Pelletier,
Reprinted by permission of Simon &
Schuster, Inc., New York, New York.
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