Incorporation of traditional Chinese medicine pattern diagnosis in the management of rheumatoid arthritis

Chi Zhang, Miao Jiang, Gao Chen, Aiping LYU*

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Introduction: Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has been continuously developing over thousand years of practice and refined through observations. TCM pattern diagnosis plays an important role in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) treatment and recovery. Methods: This paper provides a comprehensive review of literature and subsequent case study related to the historical evolution on the integration of the TCM pattern and RA disease diagnosis in biomedicine, the methodology of pattern diagnosis for RA, and the biological basis of TCM pattern. Results: TCM pattern is used to classify the patient in the practice of RA treatment, and has been recently incorporated with biomedical diagnosis, resulting in the increasing research interest of TCM pattern among various disciplines of integrative medicine. Conclusion: It is conceivable that incorporation of TCM pattern diagnosis in the management of RA provides better ways to improve efficacy and could yield new insights into the biological sciences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e245-e254
Number of pages10
JournalEuropean Journal of Integrative Medicine
Issue number3
Early online date27 Mar 2012
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2012

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine

User-Defined Keywords

  • Diagnosis
  • Integrative medicine
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Syndrome
  • Traditional Chinese medicine


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