[Controlled clinical trials of therapeutic effects of Chinese herbs promoting blood circulation and removing blood stasis on the treatment of reflex sympathetic dystrophy with type of stagnation of vital energy and blood stasis].Zhongguo Gu Shang. 2009 Dec; 22(12):920-2.ZG
To observe clinical results of Chinese herbs promoting blood circulation and removing blood stasis on the treatment of reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) with type of stagnation of vital energy and blood stasis.
RSD with type of stagnation of vital energy and blood stasis was distinguished as erubescence, high temperature, perspiration, damp and acro-edema, with middle level pain. From 2006 to 2008, 58 patients with RSD of stagnation of vital energy and blood stasis were randomly divided into the treatment group (30 cases) and the control group (28 cases). The former were treated with Chinese medicine to activate blood circulation and improve bone and muscle nourishment. Chinese medicine includes: Caesalpinia Sappan 10 g, Ligusticum Chuanxiong 6 g, Frankincense 6 g, Angelica 10 g, Safflower 6 g, Myrrh 6 g, Ground Beetle 10 g, Araliaceae 3 g, Radix Paeoniae Rubra 10 g, Pericarpium Citri Reticulatae 5 g, Lawn Pennywort Herb 15 g, Manis Pentadactyla 10 g, Corydalis Yanhusuo 10 g, Rhizoma Drynariae 15 g, which were boiled into decoction and the patients were take orally everyday with a course of treatment for 10 days, together with the boiled Chinese traditional medicine of stretching muscle and activating blood circulation to fume and wash the limbs twice everyday. The compatibility of medicines in prescription includes: Lycopodium Japanicum Grass 10 g, Gentiana Macrophylla Pall 10 g, Radix Angelicae Pubescentis 10 g, Angelica 10 g, Uncaria 10 g, Frankincense 6 g, Myrrh 6 g, Safflower 6 g. Control group were treated with a placebo of the same color for oral use and external application. The delivery times, method and the time of therapy were all the same as the treatment group. After 30 days' treatment, the effective indexes of VAS pain score and swelling condition were observed in both groups.
VAS pain score: the treatment group decreased (3.8 +/- 0.8) points and the control group decreased (1.0 +/- 0.3) points, the difference between the two groups was significantly (P < 0.01). There was significantly difference in volume decrease of the swelling limb between treatment group (21.8 +/- 2.5) ml and the control group (10.3 +/- 2.1) ml (P < 0.01). The efficiency difference between treatment group and control group was significantly(P<0.01).
With the different treatment based on different syndrome and emphasis on the nourishment of bone and soft tissue, treated by Chinese medicine to promote blood circulation and remove blood stasis in stagnation of vital energy and blood stasis, RSD get a favorable result.