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Prescription patterns of Chinese herbal products for patients with uterine fibroid in Taiwan: A nationwide population-based study.
J Ethnopharmacol. 2015 Aug 02; 171:223-30.JE

Abstract

ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE

Uterine fibroid (myoma) is one of the most common diseases in women. Although there are several studies on the efficacy of Chinese herbs, there is a lack of large-scale survey on the use of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for the treatment of uterine fibroid. This study aimed to investigate the utilization of Chinese herbal products for patients with uterine fibroid, prescribed by licensed TCM doctors in Taiwan.

MATERIALS AND METHODS

A random sample comprised of one million individuals with newly diagnosed uterine fibroid between 2002 and 2010 from the Taiwanese National Health Insurance Research Database was analyzed. Demographic characteristics, TCM usage, the frequency as well as average daily dose of Chinese herbal formulas and the single herbs prescribed for patients with uterine fibroid, were analyzed.

RESULTS

Overall, 35,786 newly diagnosed subjects with uterine fibroid were included. Majority of these patients (87.1%; n=31,161) had visited TCM clinics. Among them, 61.8% of their visits used Chinese herbal remedies. Patients less than 45 years of age tended to use TCM more frequently than elder patients. Gui-Zhi-Fu-Ling-Wan (Cinnamon Twig and Poria Pill) was the most frequently prescribed Chinese herbal formula, while San-Leng (Rhizoma Sparganii) was the most commonly prescribed single herb.

CONCLUSIONS

Our study identified the characteristics and prescription patterns of TCM for patients with uterine fibroid in Taiwan. Further basic mechanistic studies and clinical trials are needed to confirm the therapeutic effects and mechanisms.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Research Center for Traditional Chinese Medicine, Department of Medical Research, China Medical University Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan; Department of Chinese Medicine, China Medical University Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan; Research Center for Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan; School of Chinese Medicine, China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan.Department of Chinese Medicine, China Medical University Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan.Research Center for Traditional Chinese Medicine, Department of Medical Research, China Medical University Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan.Department of Chinese Medicine, China Medical University Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan; School of Chinese Medicine, China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan; School of Post-baccalaureate Chinese Medicine, China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan.Department of Chinese Medicine, China Medical University Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan; School of Chinese Medicine, China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan; School of Post-baccalaureate Chinese Medicine, China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan.Department of Chinese Medicine, Buddhist Dalin Tzu Chi General Hospital, Chiayi, Taiwan.Department of Chinese Medicine, China Medical University Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan; Research Center for Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan; School of Chinese Medicine, China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan. Electronic address: maofeng@mail.cmuh.org.tw.

Pub Type(s)

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

Language

eng

PubMed ID

26051833

Citation

Yen, Hung-Rong, et al. "Prescription Patterns of Chinese Herbal Products for Patients With Uterine Fibroid in Taiwan: a Nationwide Population-based Study." Journal of Ethnopharmacology, vol. 171, 2015, pp. 223-30.
Yen HR, Chen YY, Huang TP, et al. Prescription patterns of Chinese herbal products for patients with uterine fibroid in Taiwan: A nationwide population-based study. J Ethnopharmacol. 2015;171:223-30.
Yen, H. R., Chen, Y. Y., Huang, T. P., Chang, T. T., Tsao, J. Y., Chen, B. C., & Sun, M. F. (2015). Prescription patterns of Chinese herbal products for patients with uterine fibroid in Taiwan: A nationwide population-based study. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 171, 223-30. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jep.2015.05.038
Yen HR, et al. Prescription Patterns of Chinese Herbal Products for Patients With Uterine Fibroid in Taiwan: a Nationwide Population-based Study. J Ethnopharmacol. 2015 Aug 2;171:223-30. PubMed PMID: 26051833.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Prescription patterns of Chinese herbal products for patients with uterine fibroid in Taiwan: A nationwide population-based study. AU - Yen,Hung-Rong, AU - Chen,Ying-Yu, AU - Huang,Tzu-Ping, AU - Chang,Tung-Ti, AU - Tsao,Jung-Ying, AU - Chen,Bor-Chyuan, AU - Sun,Mao-Feng, Y1 - 2015/06/04/ PY - 2015/02/18/received PY - 2015/04/27/revised PY - 2015/05/25/accepted PY - 2015/6/9/entrez PY - 2015/6/9/pubmed PY - 2016/5/18/medline KW - Complementary and alternative medicine KW - Gui-Zhi-Fu-Ling-Wan KW - National health insurance research database KW - Rhizoma Sparganii KW - Traditional Chinese medicine KW - Uterine fibroid SP - 223 EP - 30 JF - Journal of ethnopharmacology JO - J Ethnopharmacol VL - 171 N2 - ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Uterine fibroid (myoma) is one of the most common diseases in women. Although there are several studies on the efficacy of Chinese herbs, there is a lack of large-scale survey on the use of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for the treatment of uterine fibroid. This study aimed to investigate the utilization of Chinese herbal products for patients with uterine fibroid, prescribed by licensed TCM doctors in Taiwan. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A random sample comprised of one million individuals with newly diagnosed uterine fibroid between 2002 and 2010 from the Taiwanese National Health Insurance Research Database was analyzed. Demographic characteristics, TCM usage, the frequency as well as average daily dose of Chinese herbal formulas and the single herbs prescribed for patients with uterine fibroid, were analyzed. RESULTS: Overall, 35,786 newly diagnosed subjects with uterine fibroid were included. Majority of these patients (87.1%; n=31,161) had visited TCM clinics. Among them, 61.8% of their visits used Chinese herbal remedies. Patients less than 45 years of age tended to use TCM more frequently than elder patients. Gui-Zhi-Fu-Ling-Wan (Cinnamon Twig and Poria Pill) was the most frequently prescribed Chinese herbal formula, while San-Leng (Rhizoma Sparganii) was the most commonly prescribed single herb. CONCLUSIONS: Our study identified the characteristics and prescription patterns of TCM for patients with uterine fibroid in Taiwan. Further basic mechanistic studies and clinical trials are needed to confirm the therapeutic effects and mechanisms. SN - 1872-7573 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/26051833/Prescription_patterns_of_Chinese_herbal_products_for_patients_with_uterine_fibroid_in_Taiwan:_A_nationwide_population_based_study_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0378-8741(15)00370-0 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -