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Randomized controlled trial assessing a traditional Chinese medicine remedy in the treatment of primary dysmenorrhea

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Author: Kennedy, S. · Jin, X. · Yu, H. · Zhong, S. · Magill, P. · Vliet, T. van · Kistemaker, C. · Voors, C. · Pasman, W.
Type:article
Date:2006
Institution: TNO Kwaliteit van Leven
Source:Fertility and Sterility, 3, 86, 762-764
Identifier: 239443
doi: doi:10.1016/j.fertnstert.2006.02.092
Keywords: Health · Analytical research · Biomedical research · Angelica sinensis extract · Corydalis yanhusuo extract · ibuprofen · Paeonia lactiflora extract · placebo · plant extract · unclassified drug · adult · Angelica sinensis · article · Chinese medicine · clinical article · clinical trial · controlled clinical trial · controlled study · Corydalis · disease duration · double blind procedure · drug efficacy · drug safety · dysmenorrhea · female · headache · human · Paeonia · patient compliance · priority journal · randomization · randomized controlled trial · tablet · visual analog scale · Adolescent · Adult · Drugs, Chinese Herbal · Dysmenorrhea · Female · Humans · Medicine, Chinese Traditional · Middle Aged · Pilot Projects · Placebo Effect · Treatment Outcome

Abstract

A proof-of-concept study to assess the safety and efficacy of a traditional Chinese medicine formula as treatment for primary dysmenorrhea showed no statistically significant benefit over placebo. However, some efficacy parameters suggested possible superiority of the active treatment and so a larger study needs to be performed to determine whether this remedy has a role in the treatment of dysmenorrhea. © 2006 American Society for Reproductive Medicine.