In 2014, Dr. Clove published an article of mine on [dog-eat-dog patch], At the end of the article, [Presumably next year’s dog days in the traditional Chinese medicine hospital will still be as lively as ever, If you do not believe, Let’s wait and see, See you on the dog days next year.] The situation I expected will be staged as scheduled this year, and there will be new changes I did not expect-all localities have already started to publicize the “dog days” through the media in early July. At the same time, there will be new statements such as “adaptation stickers” and “enhancement stickers” 10 days before the dog days. Is the “dog days” really what? Search for information about the dog-eat-dog stickers casually, Most commonly, It is the theory of treating winter diseases in summer. Because there are many categories involved in treating winter diseases in summer, Unable to analyze one by one, Therefore, we choose the widely used cough patch as an example, Look at this so-called “cure winter diseases and summer diseases” gourd, What is sold is what medicine. The principle of the sticker says: According to the theory of internal diseases and external treatment and the principle of meridian conduction treatment in traditional Chinese medicine, Combining the far infrared light wave technology with the moderate magnetic field strength and other physical factors, An external patch successfully developed. According to Chinese medicine, The human body is a harmonious organic unity, Meridians and collaterals are pathways that run qi and blood to regulate zang-fu functions. Activate cell tissues, Increasing local blood flow, Improve blood circulation, Improve metabolic function, In order to achieve the purpose of treatment and health care. This set of rhetoric of combining local and foreign countries, which makes people clear by its faintness, can really frighten the layman one leng one leng, but in fact it is neither Chinese nor Western. Anyone with at least medical training and scientific knowledge will scoff at this [principle], but it is just [witchcraft] of the new era. How judges whether [dog-eat-dog patches] are useful? However, regardless of how’s change rhetoric, the most basic reason is still the same, whether it is [treating winter diseases in summer], [preventing winter diseases in winter] or [strengthening before falling down], what is the evidence? The evidence I am talking about is, of course, reliable evidence that conforms to the principles of evidence-based medicine, rather than one’s specific feelings or evaluations. Many readers may say that this is a treatment method that belongs to the theoretical system of traditional Chinese medicine. Why should it be evaluated by the standards of the modern medical system? We all know that there are mathematics, physics and chemistry in this world, but there are no Chinese mathematics, physics and chemistry. But in terms of disease treatment, why do many Chinese firmly believe that we have a set of treatment methods and efficacy evaluation criteria different from the so-called Western medicine (which is actually a fallacy of modern medicine)? Evidence 1: Not included in the treatment guidelines, refer to the < Guidelines for Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Cough in Children > jointly formulated by the Editorial Committee of the Respiratory Group of the Pediatrics Branch of the Chinese Medical Association < < Chinese Journal of Pediatrics > >, Not only is there no trace of this [cough patch] in its treatment part, but even the part of traditional Chinese medicine is missing. If the method of [treating winter diseases in summer] is really as [curative effect is remarkable] as some so-called experts say, why is there not even a place to stand upright in this authoritative guideline for children’s chronic cough? Evidence 2: Cough is sometimes a self-limiting process. Some parents think it is effective. But they didn’t realize that, Cough itself is self-limiting in some cases, There is the possibility of healing without treatment. The process of self-healing takes some time. If some method is applied during this period of time, Patients are likely to attribute the self-healing (or just improvement) of cough to the magic of dog patches. A doctor of traditional Chinese medicine once said, [Generally speaking, After 3-5 years of continuous treatment, The body’s resistance can be greatly improved, The occurrence of winter diseases will be significantly reduced]. But the problem is, If it is a child, after a few years, Originally it was also a development process from childhood to puberty, Even if no drugs are used during this period, The overall incidence rate is also decreasing year by year. Evidence 3: Placebo Effect the pathogenesis of many diseases is related to psychiatric factors. Studies have found that, Even if a placebo with no practical effect is used for such patients, The curative effect can reach 10% ~ 30%, Some doctors who are highly trusted by patients, Placebo can even achieve 50% ~ 80% of the curative effect. In order to shield this placebo effect, In the process of modern drug development, Researchers will set up control groups and use blind methods to eliminate possible bias. In a carefully designed clinical trial program, The patients were divided into groups, And at the same time began to receive treatment, Each group of patients should have the same disease, And the severity, development stage and physical condition of the disease are basically similar. In order to eliminate artificial experimental errors, Neither the doctor nor the patient, except the data analyst, knew whether they were taking a new drug or a placebo. The truly effective drugs would stand out and help the doctor to treat the patient. Only drugs or treatments that have undergone this test process can be considered reliable. Evidence 4: Nationwide regardless of latitude? There are words for antitussive stickers: the “dog-eat-dog stickers” used for treating winter diseases and summer diseases are the first, second and third volts of the lunar calendar [dog-eat-dog days] every year; The “39 stickers” for the prevention of winter diseases and winter diseases are the 19, 29 and 39 days of the lunar calendar every year. Does this mean that no matter how high or low the dimensions of the northern and southern hemispheres are, no matter what the actual local climate conditions are, they must be posted on the same day? After these days, it will not work. Does plaster still depend on the auspicious day of the yellow calendar? I have heard that it is a farce to choose experts from hospitals for medical treatment. In order to improve the disease-resistant function of the whole human body, for example, basic measures such as regular diet and physical exercise should be taken in spring, summer, autumn and winter in what. This reminds me of Lu Xun’s article, The Chinese medicine doctor who treated his father asked him to find the original cricket for his son. There are also legends that the harvesting and cutting of certain medicinal materials, Must be on the full moon night of a month, Herbal collectors need to wrap the soles of their shoes with cotton cloth. Don’t let the noise of your steps frighten you, It is even more necessary to cut it with an extremely fast knife. Otherwise, the [Yuan Shen] drug effect is not good… All this, In fact, it is a mystery, just to enhance the effect of psychological suggestion of patients. Please believe that scientific mystery and mysterious medical methods are not unique to China. In medieval Europe, people deeply believed that constellations would affect the balance of body fluids, so depicting organ diagrams corresponding to constellation systems became a reference tool for doctors at that time. The oldest medical god in Mesopotamia was the Moon God, In charge of the growth of herbs, Therefore, some drugs can only be collected in moonlight. With the advent of modern science and clinical medicine, All kinds of absurdity in traditional medicine of other nationalities are gradually abandoned. Medicine is a special [consumer], The lack of professional knowledge makes patients unable to choose drugs. Compared with various consumer groups, Patients who are direct [consumers] of drugs are obviously at a disadvantage. Although the cough stickers mentioned earlier have legal batch numbers in China, However, its therapeutic effect has not been recognized by the mainstream medical profession. Some hospitals are playing the card of “treating winter diseases in summer”, which is nothing more than taking advantage of the ignorance of the majority of the people and the protection of domestic policies. Is there any method of “treating winter diseases in summer”, including cough stickers, that can pass strict evidence-based medical tests? For many Chinese, the more magical = the more effective. It is precisely for this reason that such intentional or unintentional scams as “dog-eat-dog stickers” continue today.