Journal article

Efficacy of a Chinese herbal medicine in the treatment for patients with knee osteoarthritis: A randomised, double blind, placebo controlled pilot trial

Bin Hua, Peter Ryan, Dinesh Varma, Regina Belski, Lisa Nelson, Alan Hayes, Kylie O'Brien

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2013

Abstract

Introduction: Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) is a popular alternative therapy for osteoarthritis (OA), however the majority of CHM efficacy studies have been methodologically inadequate. This study was the first randomised, double-blind, and placebo-controlled clinical trial of a CHM formula in an Australian OA population. Methods: Eligible participants were randomised to receive either CHM or placebo over 12 weeks, with a one month follow-up. Each subject attended a total of six clinic visits. Study participants and investigators were both blinded to the block randomisation number code until the statistical analyses were completed. The Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Arthritis (WOM..

View full abstract

University of Melbourne Researchers

Grants

Funding Acknowledgements

This study formed part of the PhD candidature of the first author and was supported by Victoria University and Nucleus Network (Baker Medical Research Institute), Melbourne, Australia. The support of these institutions is gratefully acknowledged. This clinical trial was registered with the Australian and New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry (ACTRN12608000468325).