Chinese Herb Proves Effective in RA

April 15, 2014 3:47 PM

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Chinese Herb Proves Effective in RA

A plant extract used in traditional Chinese medicine was as effective as methotrexate for the short-term treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and was superior when the two agents were given in combination, an open-label randomized trial showed.

At 6 months, 46.4% of patients receiving methotrexate had improved by at least 50% on the American College of Rheumatology (ACR50) criteria, as had 55.1% of those receiving extracts Tripterygium wilfordii Hook F (TwHF) and 76.8% of those given both, according to Xuan Zhang, MD, of the Chinese Academ...

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