A team of researchers in Taiwan said they have determined that an ancient Chinese herbal formula, known as six-flavor tea pills, can help reduce the risk of kidney failure in patients with type 2 diabetes.
The research team at the National Yang-Ming University Institute of Traditional Medicine in Taipei, conducted a study among people with type 2 diabetes (40,163 patients in Taiwan between 1997 and 2008, data from the National Health Insurance Research Database). It was found that the risk of kidney failure was 31 percent lower among those who had been taking the traditional Chinese herbal formula than those who had not been receiving such treatment.
The researchers found that patients who had been taking the traditional Chinese medicine prescription as well as Western medicine did not require dialysis until a year after the patients who had not been taking the formula.
Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners recommend for type 2 diabetes patients:
- to perform medical qigong (ba duan jin exercise) on a regular basis
- to refrain from eating frozen foods, because cold foods are believed to be harmful to the kidney
- the Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners often combine Chinese herbal formula to the treatment
Some chronic diseases can be effectively treated through the combined use of traditional Chinese and modern medicine.
Source: The study was published in volume 156 of the Journal of Ethnopharmacology in October last year.