A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study
Refractory RA patients
This small study examines the safety and efficacy of Thunder God Vine TEA medicinal extract (an Ethanol/Ethyl Acetate extract) in the treatment of patients with refractory RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis).
In a word, refractory RA means that for these people conventional therapy had failed.
Rheumatoid Arthritis = RA
Here is the link to the full study which is available from the Wiley Online Library website (publisher):
Benefit of an Extract of Tripterygium Wilfordii Hook F in Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study
The duration of the study was of 20 weeks (5 months). The clinical trial included 35 patients with active refractory Rheumatoid Arthritis. Patients were required to have failed an adequate treatment with at least 1, but no more than 4 DMARDs.
3 Groups: Placebo / Low dose extract / High dose extract
- The first group took a placebo,
- The second group took 180 mg/day of Thunder God Vine TEA medicinal extract,
- The third group took 360 mg/day of Thunder God Vine TEA medicinal extract.
Other interesting facts
Patients stopped their treatments 4 weeks before entering the trial. Some patients took anti inflammatory drugs such as Prednisone not over 7.5 mg per day and/or NSAIDs. They were required to take the same stable dosage throughout the trial.
The most common side effect was diarrhea. It caused 1 patient in the high-dose group to withdraw from the trial. The trial is on a very small number of persons, but the results are nonetheless highly significant.
Summary of the study conclusions
To summarize, the study conclusion is that refractory RA patients treated with the TEA medicinal extract at a dosage of 360 mg/day improved significantly. It also shows that this dosage of the extract was safe.
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