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World J Diabetes. Oct 15, 2022; 13(10): 851-860
Published online Oct 15, 2022. doi: 10.4239/wjd.v13.i10.851
Advances in traditional Chinese medicine as adjuvant therapy for diabetic foot
Fa-Shun Liu, Yue Li, Xian-Shan Guo, Rui-Chen Liu, Hong-Ya Zhang, Zhen Li
Fa-Shun Liu, Yue Li, Zhen Li, Department of General Surgery, Yangpu Hospital, Tongji University School of Medicine, Shanghai 200090, China
Xian-Shan Guo, Department of Endocrinology, Xinxiang Central Hospital, Xinxiang 453000, Henan Province, China
Rui-Chen Liu, Binhai College, Nankai University, Tianjin 300450, China
Hong-Ya Zhang, Central Laboratory, Yangpu District Control and Prevention Center, Shanghai 200090, China
Author contributions: Liu FS wrote the paper; Li Y, Guo XS, and Liu RC performed the collected the data; Li Z reviewed the article; all authors have read and approved the final version.
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Corresponding author: Zhen Li, MD, Chief Physician, Surgeon, Department of General Surgery, Yangpu Hospital, Tongji University School of Medicine, No. 450 Tengyue Road, Yangpu District, Shanghai 200090, China.
Received: June 16, 2022
Peer-review started: June 16, 2022
First decision: July 14, 2022
Revised: July 31, 2022
Accepted: August 26, 2022
Article in press: August 26, 2022
Published online: October 15, 2022
Core Tip

Core Tip: Diabetic foot (DF) is a serious complication of diabetes and has become a major global health problem. Despite the emergence of many new therapies, amputation and mortality rates remain high. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has proved effective for various diseases, and more studies have observed its value of Traditional as adjuvant therapy. We review the role of TCM adjuvant therapy for DF, including external application, acupuncture, moxibustion, massage, acupoint injection, foot bath, and fumigation.