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Drug Plus Chinese Remedy Reduces Symptoms Of Rheumatoid Arthritis

April 21, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Combining a Chinese herbal remedy with the current drug used to treat rheumatoid arthritis is more effective than either treatment alone at easing the symptoms of the disease, Chinese researchers report. Triptergium wilfordii Hook F (or TwHF) has been used traditionally in China to treat joint pain, swelling, and inflammation; it is approved for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis in China. In a clinical trial with 207 patients divided into three groups, the group given methotrexate and TwHF daily for six months showed a 50 percent improvement in the number of tender or swollen joints and other criteria including pain, disability, and doctors’ assessment of disease severity.
Q.-w. Lv et al., " Comparison of Tripterygium wilfordii Hook F with methotrexate in the treatment of active rheumatoid arthritis (TRIFRA): a randomized, controlled clinical trial. ", Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, April 21, 2014, © BMJ Publishing Group Ltd & European League Against Rheumatism
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