Digestive Disorders: Clinical Research on TCM
study by We Dian, people with chronic gastritis received Clearing Heat and
Nourishing Stomach Decoction (containing gentiana, oldenlandia, dandelion, tang
peony, licorice, and curcuma). A control group received the drug furazolidone.
In the herb group, 57 percent were cured and 17 percent were improved. In the
drug group, 36 percent were cured and 14 percent were improved.
- With a study of gastritis by You Deshi,
46 patients received an herbal decoction (bupleurum, red peony, salvia,
dandelion, and dictamnus) along with the drug cimetidine. A control group of 35
patients received cimetidine alone. People receiving the herb plus cimetidine
showed a cure rate of 85 percent, while people receiving only cimetidine had a
cure rate of 23 percent. Six months after treatment, the relapse rate was only
9 percent in the herb-plus-drug group, but 44 percent in the cimetidine-only
- A 1998 study in the special November CAM
issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association focused on irritable
bowel syndrome, which affects up to 20 percent of the population with symptoms
including bloating, abdominal pain, constipation, and diarrhea. For this study,
116 patients with irritable bowel syndrome were treated for sixteen weeks with
herbs or a placebo. This Australian study found that the Chinese herbal
formulation significantly improved irritable bowel syndrome.
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BEST ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: WHAT WORKS? WHAT DOES NOT? by Dr. Kenneth R.
Copyright © 2000 by Dr. Kenneth R. Pelletier,
Reprinted by permission of Simon &
Schuster, Inc., New York, New York.
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