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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2014, Article ID 642128, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/642128
Research Article

History and Experience: A Survey of Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatment for Alzheimer's Disease

1Key Laboratory of Traditional Chinese Medicine Resource and Compound Prescription of the Ministry of Education, Hubei University of Chinese Medicine, Wuhan 430065, China
2Key Laboratory of Senile Dementia (Xing Nao Yi Zhi), State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine of the People’s Republic of China, Hubei University of Chinese Medicine, Wuhan 430065, China

Received 16 September 2013; Revised 4 December 2013; Accepted 17 December 2013; Published 29 January 2014

Academic Editor: Chun Fu Wu

Copyright © 2014 Ping Liu 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

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is practiced in the Chinese health care system for more than 2,000 years. In recent years, herbal medicines, which are used to treat Alzheimer's disease (AD) in China based on TCM or modern pharmacological theories have attracted considerable attention. In this paper, we discuss etiology and pathogenesis of AD, TCM therapy, and herbal extracts for the treatment of AD. There is evidence to suggest that TCM therapy may offer certain complementary cognitive benefits for the treatment of AD. Chinese herb may have advantages with multiple target regulation compared with the single-target antagonist in view of TCM.