Is Chinese herbal medicine effective for the treatment of hypertriglyceridaemia (high levels of fat in the blood)?
From: The Cochrane Collaboration
- Liu, Z.L., Li, G.Q., Bensoussan, A., Kiat, H., Chan, K., Liu, J.P., 2013. Chinese herbal medicines for hypertriglyceridaemia, in: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
- 3 trials with 170 participants
- The paper is a systematic review / meta analysis of all relevant trials.
- This means that the data from all similar trials has been grouped together to form an overall outcome.
- Three different herbal medicines were reviewed. These included Zhusuan Huoxue decoction, Huoxue Huayu Tongluo decoction, and Chushi Huayu decoction.
- The review suggests that Chinese herbal medicines may have positive effects on hypertriglyceridaemia.
- However, there was a clear bias in the papers and no long term outcomes. As such, no firm outcome can be determined.