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The Evaluation of Chinese Therapeutic Food for the Treatment of Moderate Dyslipidemia

Sun, Shu and Xu, Hong and Ngeh, Lawrence (2012) The Evaluation of Chinese Therapeutic Food for the Treatment of Moderate Dyslipidemia. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2012. ISSN 1741-427X (print) 1741-4288 (online)

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Abstract

The clinical efficacy of the Chinese therapeutic food (specifically hawthorn fruit and Chinese kiwifruit-extract compound) on dyslipidemia was evaluated in this placebo-controlled, double blind, paired clinical trial conducted in Melbourne, Australia. Forty-three participants diagnosed with moderate dyslipidemia and met the study criteria were randomly assigned to Group A or B, with baseline characteristics matched. Twenty-seven participants completed all the tests, the blood lipid profile including total cholesterol (TC), high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-c), low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-c), and triglycerides (TG) was analysed. The traditional Chinese medicine diagnosis was made based on participants’ symptoms and signs. The results indicate that a four-week intake of the compound increased the serum HDL-c levels by 5% () and decreased the ratios of TC/HDL-c and LDL-c/HDL-c ( and , resp.). The placebo intake did not significantly change the blood lipid profile. In the initial 43 participants with dyslipidemia, 76.7% of them were diagnosed with “Spleen deficiency” and 58.1% with “Liver qi stagnation.” The intake of hawthorn fruit and Chinese kiwifruit extract compound may increase the serum levels of HDL-c and decrease the ratios of TC/HDL-c and LDL-c/HDL-c, therefore, may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID25747, Chinese therapeutic food, Chinese kiwifruit, Chinese medicine, dyslipidemia, atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1104 Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Science and Engineering
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Health and Biomedicine
Depositing User: Yimin Zeng
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2014 03:23
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2014 01:48
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/23222
DOI: 10.1155/2012/508683
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