Cancer: Clinical Research on TCM
by Tian Qiong evaluated the use of dilong capsule, with earthworm as its main
active ingredient, in conjunction with chemotherapy, in ten people who had
liver cancer. A control group of ten people received chemotherapy alone.
Earthworm extract appeared to enhance the beneficial effects, and reduce the
side effects, of chemotherapy. Dilong, available in the United States, has been
evaluated pharmacologically and reported to have significant effects on immune
- For another study, by Lin Chuanrong, an
herbal decoction containing fifteen herbs was given to 25 people with cancer
who were suffering from pain. These people also received chemotherapy. A
control group of 25 similar cases received chemotherapy alone. Pain relief was
achieved in 68 percent of the people receiving herbs, but in only 40 percent of
those on chemotherapy alone. Reduction of pain was partly associated with
cancer remission. Eighty percent of the herb group had some degree of cancer
remission, with complete remission in five cases, while only 52 percent of the
people on chemotherapy alone showed some remission, with three cases of
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BEST ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: WHAT WORKS? WHAT DOES NOT? by Dr. Kenneth R.
Copyright © 2000 by Dr. Kenneth R. Pelletier,
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