HealthDay News — Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) might have a role to play in treating or preventing cardiovascular disease in the West, according to a review published in the June 20 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Investigators in China reviewed 56 studies that examined use of medications rooted in TCM for conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, and atherosclerosis.

The researchers found that TCM might help prevent or treat these conditions. For patients who can’t tolerate or afford hypertension medications, the research suggested some herbal alternatives: tiankuijiangya, zhongfujiangya, jiangyabao, and jiangya. 

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“Results indicate that TCM might be used as a complementary and alternative approach to the primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease,” the authors write. “However, further rigorously designed randomized controlled trials are warranted to assess the effect of TCM on long-term hard end points in patients with cardiovascular disease.”

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