World Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine

REVIEW ARTICLE
Year
: 2020  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 152--162

Xihuang pills, a traditional chinese preparation used as a complementary medicine to treat cancer: An updated review


Christian Bailly 
 OncoWitan, Lille (Wasquehal) 59290, France

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Christian Bailly
OncoWitan, Lille (Wasquehal) 59290
France

The traditional Chinese medicine, Xihuang pills (XHP), has long been used for the management of cancers, both to limit tumor cells proliferation and dissemination, and to protect nontumor cells from damages induced by conventional therapeutic agents. XHP is made from two plant extracts (from Boswellia carteri and Commiphora myrrha) and two animal-derived products (from Moschus moschiferus and Calculus bovis). Recent advances into the mechanism of action of XHP and its clinical efficacy are reviewed here to highlight its potential to treat breast and colon cancers in particular. The immunoregulatory effects of XHP are underlined. Similar traditional medicinal preparations containing Boswellia and Commiphora are discussed, as well as the activities of the major natural products found in XHP including abietic acid, acetyl-keto-boswellic acid, and muscone. Pharmacological and clinical studies of XHP and similar medicinal preparations, such as the Korean medicine HangAmDan-B, are encouraged.


How to cite this article:
Bailly C. Xihuang pills, a traditional chinese preparation used as a complementary medicine to treat cancer: An updated review.World J Tradit Chin Med 2020;6:152-162


How to cite this URL:
Bailly C. Xihuang pills, a traditional chinese preparation used as a complementary medicine to treat cancer: An updated review. World J Tradit Chin Med [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Aug 7 ];6:152-162
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