Review of Clinical Studies of Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatment for Growing Pains in China using CNKI Database

CNKI 검색을 통한 중국에서의 성장통의 한의학적 치료에 대한 임상연구 동향

  • Doh, Tae Yun (Department of Korean Pediatrics, Graduate School, Kyung Hee University) ;
  • Park, Sul Gi (Department of Korean Pediatrics, Graduate School, Kyung Hee University) ;
  • Lee, Sun Haeng (Department of Korean Pediatrics, Graduate School, Kyung Hee University) ;
  • Lee, Jin Yong (Department of Korean Pediatrics, Graduate School, Kyung Hee University)
  • 도태윤 (경희대학교 대학원 소아과학교실) ;
  • 박슬기 (경희대학교 대학원 소아과학교실) ;
  • 이선행 (경희대학교 대학원 소아과학교실) ;
  • 이진용 (경희대학교 대학원 소아과학교실)
  • Received : 2019.04.22
  • Accepted : 2019.05.20
  • Published : 2019.05.31


Objectives The purpose of this study is to investigate clinical studies on the effectiveness of Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment on growing pains in China, and to seek better methods to treat and study for growing pains in South Korea. Methods The clinical studies from the China Academic Journal (CAJ) in China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI) that were published up to January 2019 were reviewed. The key word used were '生長痛', '發育期痛', '治療', '中?治療', '中藥'. Then, the literature were analyzed in regards to the treatment methods and results. Results Among the 35 searched studies, 1 randomized controlled trials, 16 case series, and 3 case reports were selected and analyzed. In most of the studies, the effectiveness of Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment on growing pains was significantly positive. The most commonly used herbs for oral administration were Glycyrrhizae Radix et Rhizoma (甘草), Achyranthis Bidentatae Radix (牛膝), Paeoniae Radix Alba (白芍藥), Dioscoreae Rhizoma (山藥), Angelicae Gigantis Radix (當歸), Astragali Radix (黃?), Atractylodis Rhizoma Alba (白朮), Poria Sclerotium (茯?) Rehmanniae Radix Preparata (熟地黃), Lycopodii Herba (伸筋草). Other treatment methods such as, external application of herb medicine, massage, acupuncture were also used to treat growing pains. Conclusion Based on the results of the clinical studies from China, the use of chinese medicine for treatment of growing pains has been shown to be effective. Additional clinical studies are needed to confirm these findings.


Growing pains;Traditional chinese medicine;Chinese journal;Clinical study;Review

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Fig 1. Flow Chart of the Chinese journals selection process

Table 1. Analysis of Articles (RCT)

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Table 3. Analysis of Articles (Case reports)

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Table 4. Pattern differentiations and TCM Treatment of RCT (Treatment group) and Case studies

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Table 5. Frequency of Herb using to treat growing pains (Oral administration, n≥6)

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Table 2. Analysis of Articles (Case series)

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