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Lupus: Clinical Research on TCM

Systemic lupus erythematosus is an autoimmune disease that is typically treated in the United States with steroid therapy, but with generally poor control. Lu Youzhi treated 27 cases of lupus with an herbal decoction (rehmannia, hoelen, moutan, astragalus, codonopsis, tang kuei, millettia, and licorice), along with oral prednisone. A control group of 24 patients received prednisone alone. In the herb-plus-prednisone group, the effective rate was 92.6 percent, while in the prednisone-only group it was 55.6 percent. United States practitioners can readily obtain the herbs used in this study.

 

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From THE BEST ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: WHAT WORKS? WHAT DOES NOT? by Dr. Kenneth R. Pelletier.
Copyright © 2000 by Dr. Kenneth R. Pelletier, Inc.
Reprinted by permission of Simon & Schuster, Inc., New York, New York.

 


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