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Journal of Integrative Medicine ›› 2016, Vol. 14 ›› Issue (6): 480-484.doi: 10.1016/S2095-4964(16)60283-2

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China's growing contribution to military Chinese medicine (2005-2014): A ten-year literature survey

Zheng Gana, Ge-liang Yanga, Yi-fu Fan, Hong-yun Chen, Wei Gu, Chang-quan Ling   

  1. Changhai Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Second Military Medical University, Shanghai 200433, China
  • Received:2016-07-21 Accepted:2016-09-11 Online:2016-11-15 Published:2016-11-15
  • Contact: Wei Gu, Associate Professor, MD; E-mail: sam6116@163.com. Chang-quan Ling, Professor, MD; E-mail:changquanling@smmu.edu.cn;Zheng Gan and Ge-liang Yang contributed to this work equally.

Objective

In China, people have relied on traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for thousands of years to keep healthy and treat diseases. TCM also plays an important role in military health services and now forms a new discipline called military Chinese medicine (MCM). However, the type, quality and focus of research articles about MCM have not been reported. The present study was performed to analyze the growing trends of MCM and investigate China's contribution to military health services.

Methods

China's MCM publications were retrieved from the PubMed database, as well as China National Knowledge Infrastructure, Wanfang Data and Chongqing VIP database from 2005 to 2014.

Results

The study found that the number of published articles increased markedly from 2005 to 2014. Basic research studies comprised a small percentage of the literature. Among these studies, military training injury and special military environmental medicine were the most common research subjects in MCM. Military hospitals were the main institutions generating MCM literature.

Conclusion

The quality of MCM research is generally low, as indicated by the proportion of publications in core journals. Studies on MCM still lack high-quality publications and international cooperation.

Key words: Medicine, Chinese traditional, Military Chinese medicine, Literature survey

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