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Schizophrenia? Use Chinese herbs!

Researchers from Cochrane Collaboration reviewed 7 studies on use of Chinese herbs for schizophrenia:

  • The overall response favoured combining herbal medicine plus antipsychotic drugs vs using antipsychotic drugs alone.
  • Significantly fewer people getting combined treatment left the study early compared with those given antipsychotics alone.
  • Combined treatment group had reduced side effects (like constipation) of the anipsychotic drugs.

Conclusions?
Results suggest that combining Chinese herbal medicine with antipsychotics is beneficial.

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