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Frontiers of Medicine >> 2011, Volume 5, Issue 2 doi: 10.1007/s11684-011-0124-z

Practices, challenges, and opportunities: HIV/AIDS treatment with traditional Chinese medicine in China

Traditional Chinese Medicine Center for AIDS Prevention and Treatment, China Academy of Chinese Medicine Sciences, Beijing 100700, China

Available online: 2011-06-05

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Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has become widely used in the treatment of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) in China in recent years. In this article, we summarize the recent major developments in human immunodeficiency virus/AIDS (HIV/AIDS) treatment with TCM. The use of TCM is associated with preventing or alleviating HIV-related symptoms, reducing treatment side effects, and improving the quality of life. The potential beneficial effects of TCM should be confirmed through extensive and rigorous trials.

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