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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2013, Article ID 275279, 13 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/275279
Review Article

Trends in the Treatment of Hypertension from the Perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine

1Department of Cardiology, Guang’anmen Hospital, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beixiange NO. 5, Xicheng District, Beijing 100053, China
2Department of Cardiology, Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital of Beijing, Beijing 100010, China
3Department of Endocrinology, Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital of Mentougou District, Beijing 102300, China

Received 9 October 2012; Revised 3 June 2013; Accepted 10 June 2013

Academic Editor: Keji Chen

Copyright © 2013 Xingjiang Xiong 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.

Abstract

Hypertension is a major public-health issue. Much consensus has been reached in the treatment, and considerable progress has been made in the field of antihypertensive drugs. However, the standard-reaching rate of blood pressure is far from satisfaction. Considering these data and the seriousness of the effects of hypertension on the individual and society as a whole, both economically and socially, physicians must look for more effective and alternative ways to achieve the target blood pressure. Could treatment of hypertension be improved by insights from traditional Chinese medicine? As one of the most important parts in complementary and alternative therapies, TCM is regularly advocated for lowering elevated blood pressure. Due to the different understanding of the pathogenesis of hypertension between ancient and modern times, new understanding and treatment of hypertension need to be reexplored. Aiming to improve the efficacy of Chinese herbal medicine in treating hypertension, the basis of treatment is explored through systematically analyzing the literature available in both English and Chinese search engines. This paper systematically reviews the trends in emerging therapeutic strategies for hypertension from the perspective of traditional Chinese medicine.