Traditional Chinese medicine in the treatment of diabetes

  • Zhao H
  • Tong P
  • Chan J
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This review focuses on the efficacy and safety of Chinese medicine in the treatment of type-2 diabetes. Included were 84 controlled clinical studies of type-2 diabetes treated with Chinese medicine for at least 1 month. Reported outcomes were: symptom relief; improvement in glycemia, insulin resistance and secondary failure, and adverse events. Symptom relief was achieved in most (>80%) of the patients receiving Chinese medicine. Compared with orthodox drugs, Chinese medicine had a 1.2-fold (95% CI 1.2-1.3) increase in symptom relief. The relative risk of achieving a fasting blood glucose of

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  • *Medicine, Chinese Traditional
  • Blood Glucose/drug effects/metabolism
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2/*drug therapy
  • Drugs, Chinese Herbal/adverse effects/*therapeutic
  • Humans
  • Hypoglycemic Agents/adverse effects/*therapeutic u
  • Safety
  • Treatment Outcome

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  • H L Zhao

  • P C Tong

  • J C Chan

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