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

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Sun, Shu, 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)

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
URI http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/23222
Identification Number https://doi.org/10.1155/2012/508683
Official URL http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2012/508683/
Subjects Current > FOR Classification > 1104 Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Current > Division/Research > College of Science and Engineering
Current > Division/Research > College of Health and Biomedicine
Keywords ResPubID25747, Chinese therapeutic food, Chinese kiwifruit, Chinese medicine, dyslipidemia, atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease
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