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The Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine is a university in Nanjing, capital of China's Jiangsu province. It was established in 1954, making it the oldest university in China dedicated to the study of traditional Chinese medicine. The school offers 17 undergraduate majors, in addition to 29 masters and 22 doctoral degree programs. It enrolls approximately 15,000 students, including a number of international students. Wikipedia.

Xiao H.,Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Zhongguo Zhong xi yi jie he za zhi Zhongguo Zhongxiyi jiehe zazhi = Chinese journal of integrated traditional and Western medicine / Zhongguo Zhong xi yi jie he xue hui, Zhongguo Zhong yi yan jiu yuan zhu ban | Year: 2011

To observe the effect of modified Sijunzi Decoction (SJZD) on immune function in patients with colorectal cancer undergoing chemotherapy (CM) with FOLFOX4 protocol (oxaliplatin + calcium folinate + 5-fluorouracil). Forty-five patients with colorectal cancer were randomly assigned to two groups, the 22 in the control group treated with CM alone and the 23 in the treated group treated with CM plus SJZD. The therapeutic course for both groups was 2 chemotherapy cycles. Immunologic indices, including T-lymphocyte subgroup and NK cell proportion were detected before and after treatment using immunofluorescence stain and flow cytometry. Meantime, patients' quality of life (QOL) was scaled by KPS scoring, body mass was weighed, side and toxic effects of chemotherapy were recorded. Compared with pre-treatment, CD4 and CD4/CD8 significantly decreased after treatment in the control group (P < 0.05), while in the treated group, CD3, CD4 and CD4/CD8 increased significantly (P < 0.05). In addition, CD4 and CD4/CD8 were much higher in the treated group than in the control group (P < 0.05). Compared with the control group, the treated group had stabilized KPS score and body weight, and reduced chemotherapeutic toxicity shown as higher level of leucocyte amount, less symptoms of nausea and vomiting (P < 0.05). SJZD could improve the immune function and QOL of colorectal cancer patients undergoing FOLFOX4, and reduce the side effects of CM. Source

Ma H.,Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Biological & pharmaceutical bulletin | Year: 2010

Despite the health risks for postmenopausal women, the indications and ideal candidates for hormone replacement therapy remain unclear. The present study used ovariectomized rats to examine the safety and effects of the Chinese herbal formula Menoprogen (MPG), which is prescribed for menopausal syndrome. Daily oral MPG (1000 mg/kg body weight) for 2 weeks significantly recovered uterine and adrenal gland atrophy and restored serum estradiol, estrone and progesterone levels that were decreased in rats by bilateral ovariectomy. However, yeast two-hybrid and nuclear receptor cofactor assays showed that MPG did not bind estrogen receptors alpha (ERalpha) and beta, and immunohistochemical staining revealed that unlike 17beta-estradiol, MPG did not stimulate the protein expression of ERalpha, progesterone receptor, c-jun and c-fos in the uterus. No side effects of MPG were confirmed in vivo. These findings suggest that MPG would be useful for treating women with premenopausal and postmenopausal syndromes. Source

He H.H.,Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Zhongguo Zhong xi yi jie he za zhi Zhongguo Zhongxiyi jiehe zazhi = Chinese journal of integrated traditional and Western medicine / Zhongguo Zhong xi yi jie he xue hui, Zhongguo Zhong yi yan jiu yuan zhu ban | Year: 2012

To observe the clinical effects of Qingchang Huashi Recipe (QHR) for treating active ulcerative colitis (UC) patients of inner-accumulation of damp-heat syndrome (IADHS), and to evaluate its safety. Using a central random system, 60 patients with mild-to-moderately initial onset or relapsed active UC of IADHS were assigned to the test group (30 cases) and the control group (30 cases). Patients in the test group took QHR (Rhizoma Coptidis 6 g, Radix Scutellariae 10 g, Radix Pulsatillae 10 g, Radix Aucklandiae 10 g, parched Radix Angelicae sinensis 10 g, Radix Paeoniae alba 20 g, Cortex Cinnamomi 3 g, Radix Glycyrrhizae 6 g, and so on), 1 dose each time, decocted twice, mixed to 300 mL, taken in two portions. The components were modified according to the condition of illness. Enema of Guanchang Recipe (GCR) was combined (Cortex Phellodendri 30 g, Radix Sophorae flavescentis 10 g, Radix Sanguisorbae 30 g, Rhizoma bletillae 9 g, Radix notoginseng 3 g, Xilei powder 1.5 g), decocted twice, mixed and concentrated to 120 mL, applied before sleep every evening, with an interval of 12 days after 12 successive days). Those in the control group took Mesalazine Enteric-coated Tablet (MECT, 0.25 g/tablet), 1 g each time, 4 times daily. The therapeutic course for all was 8 weeks. The symptom integral, the colonoscopic results, the pathological efficacy, and the remission rate were compared between the two groups. The medication safety was monitored. By the end of the treatment the improvement of symptoms was superior in the test group to that of the control group (P<0.05). The colonoscopic and pathological results were improved in the two groups, but with no statistical difference (P>0.05). There was no statistical difference in the mucosal healing rate (50.0% vs 43.3%) and the remission rate (36.7% vs 30.0%) between the two groups. Only 1 patient of the control group had moderate increase of ALT during the whole test. QHR was effective and safe in treating active UC patients of IADHS. Besides, its effect on improving the symptoms was better than that of MECT. Source

Xie W.,Tsinghua University | Zhao Y.,Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine | Du L.,Tsinghua University
Journal of Ethnopharmacology | Year: 2012

Ethnopharmacological relevance: Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) formulas have been widely used in China since ancient times to treat certain diseases (e.g., phlegm, dampness and blood stasis). Recently, the effects of these medicines have been increasingly demonstrated to be helpful for hyperlipidemic patients. Aim of the study: This manuscript aims to describe the scientific evidence for the efficacy of TCM and attempts to identify potential TCM formulas for treating hyperlipidemia. Materials and methods: TCM formulas approved by the State Food and Drug Administration of China (SFDA) were sourced from the official SFDA website (http://www.sda.gov.cn/). Human and animal evidence for the hypolipidemic effects of herbs from TCM formulas were reviewed via the Internet (Elsevier, ACS, Wiley Online Library, SpringerLink, PubMed, Web of Science, CNKI, Baidu, and Google) and libraries up to October 31, 2011. Results: More than 50 TCM formulas have been used to treat hyperlipidemia. These herbs can primarily be grouped into three categories: (1) herbs promoting excretions, generally by reducing food retention, enhancing purgative effects, and promoting diuresis and choleretic effects, e.g., Fructus Crataegi (), Radix Polygoni Multiflori (), Semen Cassiae (), and Radix et Rhizoma Rhei (), Rhizoma alismatis (), and Herba Artemisiae Scopariae (); (2) herbs acting on the cardiovascular system, generally by improving blood circulation based on TCM theories, e.g., Radix Salviae Miltiorrhizae (), Radix Puerariae (), Rhizoma Chuanxiong (), Flos Carthami (), and Folium Nelumbinis (); and (3) herbs that have tonic effects, e.g., Fructus Lycii (), Radix Ginseng (), and Radix Astragali (). Conclusions: Three basic approaches, including excretory function enhancement, cardiovascular system improvement, and tonic effect reinforcement, are emerging among TCM formulas for the treatment of hyperlipidemia. These approaches may be useful in controlling blood lipid levels, preventing cardiovascular complications, and adjusting bodily functions in hyperlipidemic patients. However, solid evidence of the efficacy of these treatments is required. © 2012 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved. Source

Huang M.Y.,Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Zhongguo Zhong xi yi jie he za zhi Zhongguo Zhongxiyi jiehe zazhi = Chinese journal of integrated traditional and Western medicine / Zhongguo Zhong xi yi jie he xue hui, Zhongguo Zhong yi yan jiu yuan zhu ban | Year: 2013

To study the pharmacodynamic interaction of nourishing and tonifying blood effects of the herb pair consisting of Angelica sinensis and Ligusticum chuanxiong by response surface method. The blood deficiency rat model was induced by injecting N-acetylphenylhydrazine and cyclophosphamide. The effects of Angelica sinensis and Ligusticum chuanxiong in different proportions (0:1, 1:5, 2:5, 2:3, 1:1, 3:2, 5:2, 5:1, and 1:0) and at different concentrations on the peripheral blood index and the organ indices were observed. Then all indices were integrated to the total nourishing effect value by comprehensive index method. The interaction was analyzed by response surface method. The model parameters were estimated with nonlinear regression. The three-dimensional response surfaces were constructed with Matlab Software. In the response surface, most compatibility of Angelica sinensis and Ligusticum chuanxiong showed synergistic action, some showed addition action, and few of them showed obvious antagonist action. The proportion of Angelica sinensis and Ligusticum chuanxiong from 4:1 to 2:1 and the dose of Angelica sinensis and Ligusticum chuanxiong from low to high showed addition action, while the other proportions showed obvious addition action at low dose and synergistic action at high dose. The research results could provide scientific evidence for reasonable application of Angelica sinensis and Ligusticum chuanxiong in clinics of Chinese medicine. The quantitative analysis on drug interactions of herbal compatibility by response surface method could provide reference for relative studies. Source

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