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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2012, Article ID 835686, 8 pages
Review Article

Management of Hepatic Encephalopathy by Traditional Chinese Medicine

1Guangxi College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Nanning, Guangxi 530001, China
2Department of Nutrition, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, North Carolina Research Campus, Kannapolis, NC 28081, USA
3Institute of Liver Diseases, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai 201203, China

Received 3 February 2012; Accepted 9 February 2012

Academic Editor: Aiping Lu

Copyright © 2012 Chun Yao et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


In spite of the impressive progress in the investigation of hepatic encephalopathy (HE), the complex mechanisms underlying the onset and deterioration of HE are still not fully understood. Currently, none of the existing theories provide conclusive explanations on the symptoms that link liver dysfunction to nervous system disorders and clinical manifestations. This paper summarized the diagnostic and therapeutic approaches used for HE in modern medicine and traditional Chinese medicine and provided future perspective in HE therapies from the viewpoint of holistic and personalized Chinese medicine.