A new study has found that traditional Chinese medicine can be very effective in treating respiratory problems in children. No parent wants to see their child sick, they want them to be the perfect picture of health at all times. However, this is not realistic and it is normal to expect that children will sometimes have health problems. It can be something as simple as a bug, or something more serious, like a respiratory illness that needs treatment. Studies and work are still ongoing to see what is the best way to treat children and how they can be helped.
According to Medical Xpress, traditional Chinese medicine has been shown to be effective in children with recurrent respiratory infections. This study was carried out by a large group of researchers in China, and their work can be read in the medical journal here.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been used for centuries and may have started as early as the 14th century BC. Only now are professionals examining it extensively to see how it works in the medical world compared to more modern forms of healthcare.
The researchers wanted to look specifically at Yupingfeng (YPF). YPF is known to help improve immune function, but there wasn’t much evidence on its effectiveness when used against respiratory infections in children, especially in children who have had them multiple times.
The researchers wanted to explore this link, and they did a study to look at the effectiveness of YPF, and then did a double-blind study. The study recruited more than 350 children with recurrent respiratory infections, and they were all between 2 and 6 years old. They were divided into three groups.
The first group received YPF, the second group received a more conventional drug, and the third group received a placebo.
None of the participants, or their healthcare providers, knew which group they had been placed in because they wanted to eliminate as much bias as possible. They followed their treatment plans for 8 weeks, then there was a follow-up of 52 weeks. In the placebo group, only 39% returned to the “normal” norm. That may seem like a substantial number, but not compared to other bands.
In the group that had the conventional treatment, 67% returned to normal, but in the group that had the FJP, 73% returned to normal levels. It shows that there is promise and more work is likely to follow.
Sources: Medical Xpress, Wiley Online Library