Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Liver Diseases


Publishing date
25 Oct 2013
Status
Published
Submission deadline
07 Jun 2013

Lead Editor

1State Key Laboratory of Biotherapy, West China Hospital, West China Medical School, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610041, China

2Suez Canal Medical School, Suez Canal University, Ismailia, Egypt

3Department of Oncology and Radiology, West China Hospital of Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan, China


Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Liver Diseases

Description

Liver disease is a general term for any damage that reduces the functioning of the liver. It indicates any disease or disorder that causes the liver to function improperly or cease functioning. In recent years, complementary and alternative therapies gain popularity worldwide and have been used in a variety of diseases including those of the liver. However, their efficacy, safety, and mechanisms of action remain insufficiently understood even controversial. Therefore, there is an urgent need for clarifying their efficacy, quality assurance, and reproducibility. Moreover, definite proof of their efficacy in liver diseases is scarce.

We invite authors to contribute original research and review articles that will stimulate the exertion to explore the field of complementary and alternative medicine for liver diseases by basic research, clinical practice, and clinical research to improve the efficacy of these therapies. In this special issue, we particularly take an interest in manuscripts that evaluate and discuss the rationale, methods, preliminary mechanism, clinical practice guideline, or expert consensus for complementary and alternative therapies in liver diseases. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Recent developments in complementary and alternative therapies in liver diseases
  • Ex vivo and in vivo studies related to the treatment of liver diseases by the complementary and alternative therapies
  • Randomized controlled clinical trials with well-selected end points to assess the role of a therapy for liver diseases
  • Prevention of a liver disease by complementary and alternative medicine
  • Curative therapy and prevention of recurrence
  • Antiviral therapy for prevention of postoperative recurrence of liver cancer
  • Combination use of conventional and alternative methods in treatment for liver diseases
  • Clinical trial protocols for alternative treatment of liver diseases
  • Evidence supporting the use of alternative treatment of liver diseases
  • Safety, licensing regulations, and pharmacovigilance regarding alternative treatment of liver diseases
  • Herbs-induced autoimmune-like liver injury

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal's Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/ecam/liver/ according to the following timetable:


Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 656192
  • - Editorial

Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Liver Diseases

Yong-Song Guan | Mohammad Ahmad Al-Shatouri | Qing He
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 121725
  • - Research Article

Fermented Wheat Germ Extract Induced Cell Death and Enhanced Cytotoxicity of Cisplatin and 5-Fluorouracil on Human Hepatocellular Carcinoma Cells

Cheng-Jeng Tai | Wen-Ching Wang | ... | Chen-Jei Tai
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 567045
  • - Research Article

Jiao Tai Wan Attenuates Hepatic Lipid Accumulation in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

Zhaoyi Huang | Xiaohu Xu | ... | Lijun Xu
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 434823
  • - Research Article

Pectinesterase Inhibitor from Jelly Fig (Ficus awkeotsang Makino) Achene Inhibits Surface Antigen Expression by Human Hepatitis B Virus

Yu-Chuen Huang | Chii-Ming Jiang | ... | Yu-Yawn Chen
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 302325
  • - Research Article

High-Frequency Ultrasound Imaging to Evaluate Liver Fibrosis Progression in Rats and Yi Guan Jian Herbal Therapeutic Effects

Wei Chen | Jiun-Yu Chen | ... | Chuan-Mu Chen
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 461478
  • - Research Article

Hepatoprotective Potential of Chestnut Bee Pollen on Carbon Tetrachloride-Induced Hepatic Damages in Rats

Oktay Yıldız | Zehra Can | ... | Sevgi Kolaylı
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 303061
  • - Research Article

Zerumbone, a Natural Cyclic Sesquiterpene of Zingiber zerumbet Smith, Attenuates Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in Hamsters Fed on High-Fat Diet

Thing-Fong Tzeng | Shorong-Shii Liou | ... | I-Min Liu
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 502568
  • - Research Article

Identification of Target Genes Involved in the Antiproliferative Effect of Enzyme-Modified Ginseng Extract in HepG2 Hepatocarcinoma Cell

Sung-Il Jang | Yeon-Weol Lee | ... | Jun-Hyeog Jang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 321234
  • - Review Article

A Current Update on the Rule of Alternative and Complementary Medicine in the Treatment of Liver Diseases

Yong-Song Guan | Qing He
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 869176
  • - Research Article

Ethnomedicinal Practices for Treating Liver Disorders of Local Communities in the Southern Regions of Korea

Hyun Kim | Mi-Jang Song
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
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