Evaluation of the efficacy of a Chinese herbal medicine in the treatment of patients with osteoarthritis of the knee

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Hua, Bin (2011) Evaluation of the efficacy of a Chinese herbal medicine in the treatment of patients with osteoarthritis of the knee. PhD thesis, Victoria University.

Abstract

Osteoarthritis (OA) is common but has no outright cure. Current therapeutic drugs mainly treat OA symptoms and often cause undesirable side effects. Chinese medicine (CM) is a popular alternative therapy for OA, however the majority of CM efficacy studies have been methodologically inadequate. CM has traditionally treated OA under the clinical descriptor of ‘Bi Syndrome’ (painful obstruction syndrome) which includes a range of musculoskeletal disorders. An emerging theory treats OA as a combination of two types of CM Syndromes: Bi Syndrome and Wei Syndrome (atrophy syndrome). There is a lack of objective evidence with respect to possible CM Syndromes of OA, the reliability of CM diagnosis and efficacy of CM treatment guided by this emerging theory.

Item type Thesis (PhD thesis)
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/19407
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Biomedical and Health Sciences
Historical > FOR Classification > 1101 Medical Biochemistry and Metabolomics
Historical > FOR Classification > 1104 Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Keywords TCM, traditional Chinese medicine, herbal treatment, herbs, complementary medicine, alternative medicine, Yin, WOMAC
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