Traditional Chinese medicine for Parkinson’s disease: a review of Chinese literature.
Behavioural Pharmacology. 2006-09-01; 17(5-6): 403-410
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Traditional Chinese medicine for Parkinson’s disease: a review of Chinese
Li Q(1), Zhao D, Bezard E.
(1)Laboratory Animal Research Centre, China Agricultural University, Beijing,
Occidental medicine has a given definition for Parkinson’s disease and knowledge
of Parkinson’s disease pathophysiology has led to development of its therapeutic
management. Parkinson’s disease, however, is likely to have always existed in
different parts of the world. Description and management of this
neurodegenerative condition could be found in ancient medical systems. Here, we
introduce the philosophical concepts of traditional Chinese medicine and the
description, classification and understanding of parkinsonian symptoms in
traditional Chinese medicine. We have conducted an in-depth review of Chinese
literature reporting anti-parkinsonian and anti-dyskinetic efficacy of more than
60 traditional medicines in Parkinson’s disease patients. A number of issues,
however, plague the relevance of these reports and call for a scientific
re-evaluation of these therapies in preclinical models of Parkinson’s disease
before proposing traditional Chinese medicine-based symptomatic treatment of
PMID: 16940761 [Indexed for MEDLINE]