Table 14: Frequencies of baseline TCM patterns of the 43 participants.

TCM patterns*FrequencyProportion of the total (%)

Spleen deficiency3376.7
Liver qi stagnation2558.1
Kidney yin deficiency920.9
Kidney qi deficiency49.3
Phlegm and damp accumulation1637.2
Blood stasis1330.2
Food stagnation614.0
Heart heat1432.6
Heart qi deficiency511.6
Stomach yin deficiency1534.9

*Manifestations of different TCM patterns may coexist in one individual.