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Herbal medicines for cancer cachexia: protocol for a systematic review
  1. Bongki Park,
  2. Ji Hee Jun,
  3. Jeeyoun Jung,
  4. Sooseong You,
  5. Myeong Soo Lee
  1. Medical Research Division, Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine, Daejeon, South Korea
  1. Correspondence to Dr Myeong Soo Lee; drmslee{at}


Introduction To assess the efficacy of herbal medicines as a treatment of cancer cachexia.

Methods and analysis We will search the following 13 electronic databases from their inception. MEDLINE (PubMed), the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), EMBASE, Allied and Complementary Medicine Database (AMED), China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI), Wanfang, Journal Integration Platform (VIP) and six Korean Medical Databases (KoreaMed, the Korean Traditional knowledge Portal, OASIS, DBPIA, the Research Information Service System and the Korean Studies Information Service System) without restrictions on time or language. The data will be extracted independently by two authors using predefined criteria. Disagreements will be resolved by discussion between the authors. The risk of bias will be assessed using the Cochrane risk of bias tool.

Dissemination The review will be published in a journal. The review will also be disseminated electronically and in print. An update of the review will be conducted to inform and guide healthcare practice and policy.

Trial registration number PROSPERO 2013:CRD42013006612.

  • Complementary Medicine

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