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The effect of Chinese food therapy on community dwelling Chinese hypertensive patients with Yin-deficiency.
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PMID:  20492045     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study are to evaluate the effectiveness of Chinese food therapy in correcting the Yin-deficiency and to examine its impact on the patients' quality of life and hypertension control. BACKGROUND: Epidemiological studies have shown 14-50% of people with hypertension have Yin-deficiency. Whether restoring the Yin-Yang balance by means of Chinese food therapy can help to better manage patients with hypertension has yet to be examined. DESIGN: Two groups randomised controlled trial. METHODS: Eighty-five hypertensive patients recruited from two community health service centre were divided into two groups. The intervention group (n = 48) received specific dietary instructions and corresponding management of their antihypertensive medication if indicated and brief health education, whilst the control group (n = 37) received routine support involving only brief health education. Data were collected at baseline, after intervention at four, eight, 12 and 16 weeks follow-up. Comparisons were made to examine the effects of Chinese food therapy on Yin-deficiency symptoms, blood pressure and quality of life of hypertensive patients. RESULTS: The intervention group had reduction in the numbers of antihypertensive medication taken as well as improvement in most of the Yin-deficiency symptoms after 12 weeks of Chinese food therapy and mean scores of several SF-36 dimensions were higher than that of in the control group after 12 and 16 weeks follow-up. Significant difference was found in systolic blood pressure in the intervention group when it was compared from baseline to after four and eight weeks respectively. CONCLUSION: Chinese Food Therapy can restore body constitution with Yin-Yang imbalance and may potentially improve hypertensive patients' quality of life. It is also beneficial in controlling blood pressure in hypertensive patients. RELEVANCE TO CLINICAL PRACTICE: Chinese food therapy may become a complementary therapy in health care and it should be a component of nursing education and health education.
Cuizhen Shen; Samantha Mei-Che Pang; Enid Wai-Yung Kwong; Zhiqing Cheng
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Multicenter Study; Randomized Controlled Trial    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of clinical nursing     Volume:  19     ISSN:  1365-2702     ISO Abbreviation:  J Clin Nurs     Publication Date:  2010 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-05-24     Completed Date:  2010-08-26     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9207302     Medline TA:  J Clin Nurs     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1008-20     Citation Subset:  N    
School of Nursing, The Zhe Jiang Chinese Medical University, Hang Zhou, China 310053.
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MeSH Terms
Body Constitution
Health Education
Hypertension / diet therapy*,  nursing
Medicine, Chinese Traditional / methods*
Middle Aged
Prospective Studies
Quality of Life
Yin Deficiency / diet therapy*,  nursing

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