Meta-Analysis of Chinese Traditional Medicine Bushen Huoxue Prescription for Endometriosis Treatment

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Objectives. To evaluate the efficacy and safety of Bushen Huoxue prescription (BSHXP) for endometriosis. Methods. A meta-analysis was performed, and studies were searched from the seven databases from the date of database establishment to April 30, 2017. Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that explored the efficacy and safety of BSHXP for patients with endometriosis were included. Two assessors independently reviewed each trial. The Cochrane Risk of Bias assessment tool was used for quality assessment. Results. In the 13 included studies, the total effectiveness rates of BSHXP were higher than those of Western medicine (RR, 1.55; 95% CI, 1.03-2.32; P=0.04), but the dysmenorrhea alleviation rates of the two treatments did not significantly differ (RR, 1.28; 95% CI, 0.70-2.34; P=0.42). The pregnancy rates of BSHXP were also higher than those of hormone therapy (RR, 1.99; 95% CI, 1.17-3.39; P=0.01). However, whether BSHXP is more effective than Western medicine in diminishing endometriotic cyst remains unknown. Conclusions. Our study provides evidence that BSHXP is effective and safe for endometriosis, but this evidence is inconclusive because of the low methodological quality of the included RCTs. Our findings suggest that BSHXP is an alternative drug for endometriosis, but it should be further examined in future clinical research.

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Shan, J., Cheng, W., Zhai, D. X., Zhang, D. Y., Yao, R. P., Bai, L. L., … Yu, C. Q. (2017). Meta-Analysis of Chinese Traditional Medicine Bushen Huoxue Prescription for Endometriosis Treatment. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Hindawi Limited. https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/5416423

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