(2004; 194 pages)
This document is published as the report of the WHO International Expert Meeting to review and analyse clinical reports on combination treatment for SARS, held in Beijing, China, October 2003.
In the winter of 2002, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) began to spread out to the world. SARS is a newly identified human infection caused by a corona virus unlike any other known human or animal virus in its family.
The major challenges for the treatment of SARS are:
- The source of the SARS virus and mode of transmission are still not well understood
- There are problems with diagnostic tools
- There is no effective treatment, and
- There is no vaccine for SARS.
The above-mentioned difficulties and challenges have motivated national authorities, health workers and scientists to explore the potential of complementary treatment.
In order to better understand the potential of complementary treatment for patient with SARS and to encourage robust clinical research on SARS and its treatment with traditional medicine, WHO convened an International Expert Meeting on Review of Treatment of SARS by Traditional Chinese Medicine, and the Integration of Traditional Chinese Medicine with Western Medicine.
This publication is intended to:
- share experience in the complementary treatment of SARS patients;
- share the experience of clinical studies in the field of traditional medicine for treatment of SARS between the physicians and researchers; and
- further encourage and promote the quality of research in the field of traditional medicine.
- It must be emphasized that the purpose of this document is to report on some clinical studies on treatment and prevention selected by the Chinese government, and to record the review of these studies by an international meeting of experts. Only national health authorities have the right to determine what treatment for SARS can be recommended.
SARS: Clinical Trials on Treatment Using a Combination of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine
Report of the WHO International Expert Meeting to review and analyse clinical reports on combination treatment for SARS
8-10 October 2003
Beijing, People's Republic of China
World Health Organization
WHO Library Cataloguing-in-Publication Data
SARS: Clinical trials on treatment using a combination of Traditional Chinese medicine and Western medicine
1. Severe acute respiratory syndrome -therapy 2. Medicine, Chinese traditional 3. Clinical trials 4. Cross-cultural comparison I. Title.
ISBN 92 4 154643 3
(NLM Classification: WC 505)
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