Cardiovascular Risk Factors: Clinical
Research on TCM
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
- 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
- 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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BEST ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: WHAT WORKS? WHAT DOES NOT? by Dr. Kenneth R.
Copyright © 2000 by Dr. Kenneth R. Pelletier,
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