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The traditional Chinese medicine prescription pattern of patients with primary dysmenorrhea in Taiwan: a large-scale cross sectional survey.
J Ethnopharmacol 2014; 152(2):314-9JE

Abstract

ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), when given for symptom relief, has gained widespread popularity among women with primary dysmenorrhea (PD). The aim of this study was to analyze the utilization of TCM among PD women in Taiwan.

METHODS

The use, service frequency and Chinese herbal products prescribed for PD women were evaluated using a cross sectional survey of 23,118 beneficiaries who were recruited from the National Health Insurance Research Database. The logistic regression method was employed to estimate the odds ratios (ORs) for utilization of TCM.

RESULTS

Overall, 53.4% (N=12,349) of PD women utilized TCM and 92.2% of them sought TCM with the intention of treating their menstruation-related pain symptoms. PD women who do not take prescription painkillers (aOR=35.75, 95% CI:33.20-38.49) were more likely to seek TCM treatment than those who took pain medication (aOR=1.00). There were a total of 213,249 TCM visits due to PD, of which more than 99% were treated with Chinese herbal products (CHPs). Dang-gui-shao-yao-san (Tangkuei and Peony Powder) was the most frequently prescribed formula for treating PD.

CONCLUSION

Primary dysmenorrhea women tended to use Chinese herbal products to deal with pain-related symptoms, rather than use acupuncture. Dang-gui-shao-yao-san, which containing both sedative and anti-inflammatory agents, is the most commonly prescribed Chinese herbal formula for the treatment of PD. A well designed, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study to further evaluate the efficacy of Dang-gui-shao-yao-san as a treatment women with primary dysmenorrhea is warranted.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Institute of Traditional Medicine, School of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei 112, Taiwan.Institute of Traditional Medicine, School of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei 112, Taiwan.Institute of Traditional Medicine, School of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei 112, Taiwan; Department of Chinese Medicine, Taipei City Hospital, Yangming Branch, Taipei 111, Taiwan. Electronic address: kareny@ms10.hinet.net.Department of Pharmacy, China Medical University Hospital, Taichung 404, Taiwan.Department of Chinese Medicine, Taipei City Hospital, Yangming Branch, Taipei 111, Taiwan.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

24417866

Citation

Pan, Jung-Chuan, et al. "The Traditional Chinese Medicine Prescription Pattern of Patients With Primary Dysmenorrhea in Taiwan: a Large-scale Cross Sectional Survey." Journal of Ethnopharmacology, vol. 152, no. 2, 2014, pp. 314-9.
Pan JC, Tsai YT, Lai JN, et al. The traditional Chinese medicine prescription pattern of patients with primary dysmenorrhea in Taiwan: a large-scale cross sectional survey. J Ethnopharmacol. 2014;152(2):314-9.
Pan, J. C., Tsai, Y. T., Lai, J. N., Fang, R. C., & Yeh, C. H. (2014). The traditional Chinese medicine prescription pattern of patients with primary dysmenorrhea in Taiwan: a large-scale cross sectional survey. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 152(2), pp. 314-9. doi:10.1016/j.jep.2014.01.002.
Pan JC, et al. The Traditional Chinese Medicine Prescription Pattern of Patients With Primary Dysmenorrhea in Taiwan: a Large-scale Cross Sectional Survey. J Ethnopharmacol. 2014 Mar 14;152(2):314-9. PubMed PMID: 24417866.
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TY - JOUR T1 - The traditional Chinese medicine prescription pattern of patients with primary dysmenorrhea in Taiwan: a large-scale cross sectional survey. AU - Pan,Jung-Chuan, AU - Tsai,Yueh-Ting, AU - Lai,Jung-Nien, AU - Fang,Ruei-Chi, AU - Yeh,Chia-Hao, Y1 - 2014/01/10/ PY - 2013/11/19/received PY - 2013/12/31/revised PY - 2014/01/02/accepted PY - 2014/1/15/entrez PY - 2014/1/15/pubmed PY - 2014/11/5/medline KW - Chinese herbal product KW - Dang-gui-shao-yao-san KW - Dysmenorrhea KW - Prevalence SP - 314 EP - 9 JF - Journal of ethnopharmacology JO - J Ethnopharmacol VL - 152 IS - 2 N2 - ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), when given for symptom relief, has gained widespread popularity among women with primary dysmenorrhea (PD). The aim of this study was to analyze the utilization of TCM among PD women in Taiwan. METHODS: The use, service frequency and Chinese herbal products prescribed for PD women were evaluated using a cross sectional survey of 23,118 beneficiaries who were recruited from the National Health Insurance Research Database. The logistic regression method was employed to estimate the odds ratios (ORs) for utilization of TCM. RESULTS: Overall, 53.4% (N=12,349) of PD women utilized TCM and 92.2% of them sought TCM with the intention of treating their menstruation-related pain symptoms. PD women who do not take prescription painkillers (aOR=35.75, 95% CI:33.20-38.49) were more likely to seek TCM treatment than those who took pain medication (aOR=1.00). There were a total of 213,249 TCM visits due to PD, of which more than 99% were treated with Chinese herbal products (CHPs). Dang-gui-shao-yao-san (Tangkuei and Peony Powder) was the most frequently prescribed formula for treating PD. CONCLUSION: Primary dysmenorrhea women tended to use Chinese herbal products to deal with pain-related symptoms, rather than use acupuncture. Dang-gui-shao-yao-san, which containing both sedative and anti-inflammatory agents, is the most commonly prescribed Chinese herbal formula for the treatment of PD. A well designed, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study to further evaluate the efficacy of Dang-gui-shao-yao-san as a treatment women with primary dysmenorrhea is warranted. SN - 1872-7573 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/24417866/The_traditional_Chinese_medicine_prescription_pattern_of_patients_with_primary_dysmenorrhea_in_Taiwan:_a_large_scale_cross_sectional_survey_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0378-8741(14)00011-7 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -