What is Chinese Herbs?

Category: Supplements

Most popular types: Dr. Ming's TCM ALS Formula Gui Pi Wan

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See also: Bai Hua She She Cao Oldenlandia

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) a variety of herbs are used to "balance" the five elements of the body. These may be taken as a tablet, powder, or applied as a topical paste or cream.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) 21 13
General health 14 3
Fibromyalgia 3 2
Generalized Anxiety Disorder 3 1
Insomnia 3 3
Energy level 2 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 3
None 27

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Chinese Herbs

Side effect Patients
Bad taste in mouth 1
Stomach discomfort 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Chinese Herbs

Dosage Patients
1 other twice daily 1
3 other daily 1
2 tsp. twice daily 1
6 g twice daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Chinese Herbs

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 11
Course of treatment ended 6
Did not seem to work 6
Expense 4
Side effects too severe 3
Personal research 2
Doctor's advice 1
See all 26 patients who’ve stopped taking Chinese Herbs

Duration

Currently taking Chinese Herbs

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 1

Stopped taking Chinese Herbs

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 17
Usually 13
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 8
A little hard to take 6
Not at all hard to take 14
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 6
$100-199 4
$50-99 10
$25-49 2
< $25 2
Not specified 6
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3 patient evaluations for Chinese Herbs

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uschiw
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uschiw
Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: none
Vision: moderate
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: mild
Walking: moderate
I am: g
I have:
MS

See uschiw's full Chinese Herbs history

Jan 1, 2010 (Started Jan 05, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: As needed

  • 0 helpful marks
Schatzie
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Schatzie
Sex: M
Data Quality: 0 stars
Bulbar: moderate
Arms: none
Chest: mild
Legs: none
I have:
ALS

See Schatzie's full Chinese Herbs history

Nov 4, 2008 (Started Jul 16, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage:

  • 0 helpful marks
mattchch
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mattchch
Sex: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Bulbar: severe
Arms: severe
Chest: mild
Legs: moderate
I am: g
I have:
ALS

See mattchch's full Chinese Herbs history

Sep 3, 2008 (Started Nov 25, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take

  • 0 helpful marks
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