Table 3: TCM therapies for cancer in case series published in Chinese journals.

TCM therapyNo. of publications (a)Frequency (a/1217*)No. of patients (b)Frequency (b/92945)

Herbal medicine110290.55%86,74193.33%
    Formula based on syndrome differentiation70357.76%59,45463.97%
    Self-prescribed formula12710.44%26,63228.65%
    Chinese patent medicine14011.50%12,80413.78%
    Preparation used in specific hospital1078.79%7,0587.59%
    Injection extracted from herbs1149.37%5,7536.19%
    Single-herb preparation302.47%1,2341.33%
    Classical formula or concerted formula221.81%8330.90%
Acupoint stimulation16013.15%8,3719.01%
    Manual acupuncture796.49%3,8014.09%
    Acupuncture point injection574.68%2,9003.12%
    Electroacupuncture110.90%1,0291.11%
    Moxibustion191.56%7990.86%
    Ear acupuncture120.99%7210.78%
    Cupping20.16%920.10%
Dietary therapy120.99%6670.72%
Qigong therapy70.58%2,1172.28%
Massage (Tuina)60.49%2140.23%

*Combination of TCM therapies was described in some reports.