Assessing the effect of traditional Chinese medicine on CD4+ lymphocyte count of 807 HIV/AIDS cases


National Free Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) HIV/AIDS Treatment Program had been carried out for more than 5 years, treating 9267 cases accumulately by 2009. We report the 3-year outcome on CD4+ lymphocyte count of 807 cases of HIV/AIDS enrolled in the National Free TCM HIV/AIDS Treatment Pro- gram, the CD4+ lymphocyte count were measured every 6 month at 7 time points (0, 6, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36 month). The results showed that the overall CD4+ ly mphocyte count maintained stable at the 6th month and the 12th month, declined significantly at the 18th month, 24th month and 30th month, then elevated to the pre-treatment level at the 36th month. Patients with pre-treatment CD4+ lymphocyte count level < 200/mm3, who possibly combined HAART therapy, had CD4+ lymphocyte count elevated significantly after all visits. Patients with pre-treatment CD4+ lymphocyte count level between 200 and 350/mm3 mainta- ined stable before the 36th month, and then rosed significantly, which implicated the long-term effect of TCM. Patients with pre-treatment CD4+ lymphocyte count level > 350/mm3 had CD4+ lymphocyte count declined significantly after all visits. In summary, combined treatment of Chinese herbal medicine and conventional therapy on HIV/AIDS suggested promising effect, but more evidences from larger, rigorous designed studies still needed to support the affirmative effect of TCM in the future.

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Wang, J. , Zou, W. , Liu, Y. , Xu, L. , Lu, F. , Wang, Y. , Zhang, G. , Lu, J. and Zhou, J. (2010) Assessing the effect of traditional Chinese medicine on CD4+ lymphocyte count of 807 HIV/AIDS cases. Journal of Biomedical Science and Engineering, 3, 833-836. doi: 10.4236/jbise.2010.39112.

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