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Cardiovascular Risk Factors: Clinical Research on TCM

Lu Decheng studied the effects of Jianyanling capsule (rehmannia, ho-shou-wu, polygonatum, American ginseng, pearl, succinum, and black sesame seed) in 64 patients for three months. A control group of 64 cases received starch capsules. Statistically significant reductions of fats in the blook, or serum lipids, were found in the treatment group, which achieved significantly lower levels than the control group.

  • In another study of serum lipids, Cao Tiemi treated 124 patients with Ehuang Jiangzhi Tablet (zedoaria, polygonatum, acorus, rhubarb, bupleurum, and crataegus) for one month, and compared the effects with a control group of 37 people who received the drug inositol nicotinate. Herbal treatment was significantly more effective in lowering cholesterol and triglycerides.

  • Conducting a study of people with high blood pressure, by Shi Pei-heng, researchers gave 52 people Dasheng Jiangya Oral Liquid (made with gynostemma, prunella, pueraria, eucommia, gastrodia, and scrophularia). A control group received the drug nifedipine. There was no significant difference in hypertension, but the group treated with herbs showed better responses in capillary bed circulation, higher HDL, and lower total cholesterol.

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From THE BEST ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: WHAT WORKS? WHAT DOES NOT? by Dr. Kenneth R. Pelletier.
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