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Journal of Chinese Integrative Medicine ›› 2004, Vol. 2 ›› Issue (2): 83-85.doi: 10.3736/jcim20040202

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Integrated traditional Chinese and western medicine should make new contribution to the reproductive health of women

Jin Yu   

  1. Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital, Fudan University, Shanghai 200011, China
  • Online:2004-03-20 Published:2018-10-25

The Obstectrics and Gynecology Hospital attached to Fudan University has made great achievements in the clinical and experimental study of integrated traditional Chinese and western medicine in the past 45 years. Study on induction of ovulation with acupuncture revealed the relationship between circulating estrogen and central β-endorphin, and suggested that the depletion of central β-endorphin resulted in the release of GnRH and ovulation, and the main indication for acupuncture treatment was pubertal dysfunctional uterine bleeding. Acupuncture was also successfully used to treat anorexia nervosa. The successful treatment of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) with Yu's Tonifying Recipe for tonifying the kidney and resolving phlegm was found to be related to the elevation of serum FSH which resulted in ovulation. Good result was obtained in hyperinsulinemia pattern of PCOS treated with Tiangui Recipe for replenishing the kidney and activating blood. In studies on patients and animal model, Tiangui Recipe was found to decrease peripheral androgen and insulin levels and lead to central regulation of proopiomelanocortin, neuropeptide Y and leptin receptor, as well as regulation of neuro-endocrine-metabolic network. Thus it can promote ovulation and reduce body weight. In the studies, a new way to classify PCOS was suggested. Gengnianchun Recipe for women with postmenopausal syndrome was found to be effective in increasing estrogen receptors (ERs) and ER mRNA in hypothalamus and peripheral organs and regulating neuro-endocrine-immune-metabolic network in patients and aging rats. Gongtai was effective for controlling menorrhagia under the mechanism of regulating endometrial prostaglandins. The researches mentioned above indicate that illness is the disorder of some key-links in the life network of the patient which may be affected by factors from the environment. And this idea is different from the ideas in traditional Chinese medicine and biomedicine. It indicates that woman in subclinical health state has already got something incontrollable in her life network, and it also gives a new impact on the treatment and prevention of women's diseases as well as the prevention and treatment of women's reproductive health.

Key words: integrated traditional Chinese and western medicine, gyneco-obstetrical diseases, reproductive health

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  • R2.031
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