Research: ZHOU and COLLEAGUES,

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ZHOU and COLLEAGUES, (1)Department of Health Care Studies, Daemen College, Amherst, NY 14226, USA. reviewed the literature with an emphasis upon randomized controlled trials, clinical trials, and meta-analyses of topical and systemic oriental medicine (OM) treatments for chronic wounds.


In East Asian countries, oriental medicine (OM) has been used for thousands of years to manage a wide variety of chronic wounds, but in western countries the role of OM in wound care remains to be established.


To summarize current practices and available evidence of OM in the management of chronic wounds, a search of Chinese and English databases was conducted and summarized with an emphasis on randomized controlled trials, clinical trials, and meta-analyses of topical and systemic OM treatments. Hundreds of reports were identified, mostly in the Chinese literature, but few randomized controlled clinical studies have been conducted.


Available preclinical and clinical evidence suggests there may be a role for OM modalities, especially herbal medicine, in the management of chronic wounds. Before conducting the needed rigorous clinical studies, wound care experts should agree on and help standardize herbal formulations - a unique challenge for the usually individualized OM approach to care.


However, the literature suggests uncovering pathways for future research may help patients all over the world benefit from the thousands of years of documented experience managing chronic wounds with OM.


Zhou K(1), Brogan MS, Yang C, Tutuska J, Edsberg L. Oriental medicine and chronic wound care: theory, practice, and research .  Ostomy Wound Manage. 59(1):36-46. Jan 2013.

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